Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen

By Carl Hiaasen

"Ruthlessly wicked...Wonderful...His most sensible publication yet."
ATLANTA magazine & CONSTITUTION
When the dear clue-tongued mango voles on the awesome nation of Thrills on North Key Largo are stolen by way of heartless, ruthless thugs, Joe Winder desires to discover why, and locate the voles. Joe is in recent years a PR guy for the superb state subject matter park, yet now that the voles are long past, Winder is dragged alongside of their wake via a chain of strange and deadly occasions that start with the sleazy real-estate agent/villain Francis X. Kingsbury and will finish just one way....

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She advanced into the room, and thrust the flowers into the vase. It had once belonged to her Uncle Clem, whose funeral, or reburial, at the end of the war she remembered quite well: the gun carriage arriving at the country churchyard, the coffin draped in the regimental flag, the raised swords, the bugle at the graveside, and, most memorably for a five-year-old, her father weeping. Clem was his only sibling. The story of how he had come by the vase was told in one of the last letters the young lieutenant wrote home.

When he spoke he was perfectly pleasant. “I know you never liked that sort of thing, Cee. ” “That’s my point. Another six years. ” He wasn’t offended. She was the one who was overinterpreting, and jittery in his presence, and she was annoyed with herself. He was taking her question seriously. “No one’s really going to give me work as a landscape gardener. I don’t want to teach, or go in for the civil service. And medicine interests me . ” He broke off as a thought occurred to him. “Look, I’ve agreed to pay your father back.

You just did it. You start low and end high. ” He swallowed hard, drew a breath and made another attempt, producing this time a roll call on a rising chromatic scale. “At the end. ” Now came a roll call on the old monotone, with a break of register, a yodel, on the final syllable. Lola had come to the nursery that morning in the guise of the adult she considered herself at heart to be. She wore pleated flannel trousers that ballooned at the hips and flared at the ankle, and a short-sleeved sweater made of cashmere.

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