Micro-Review #95: Squeeze Me

by Carl Hiaasen

The Florida satirist’s latest novel features a Trump-like president codenamed “Mastodon,” a coterie of ultra-wealthy, blue-haired “Potussies” who would go to Hell and back for him, and a Burmese python intent on gobbling up geriatric Republicans. Throw in a malfunctioning presidential tanning bed and a local “wildlife wrangler” investigating the python-induced death of a Potussy named Kiki, and you have a fun novel that serves as a good beach read and a nice decompression from the Trump years. The story isn’t quite as twisted and supercharged as Hiaasen’s best novels, but there’s plenty of garish satire to keep you smiling throughout. Reviewed on Sept. 1, 2022

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