Strip Tease

By Carl Hiaasen

Homicide, politics, and G-strings collide during this caper from the bestselling writer of vacationer Season. Hilarity and chaos escape in a strip joint while a bachelor social gathering will get out of hand, making the drunken visitor of honor a hazard to "big funds" and "big government."

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The fellow wasn’t dressed for Palm seashore. His blue eyes have been bloodshot and jumpy. His hair used to be raveled on one facet, as though slept on. “You bought a automobile? ” he stated. Willa seemed fearful. Perry sized up the stranger and took a small leap forward. the fellow displayed a rusty steak knife and stated, “Don’t make me ask two times. ” The Crispins led Darrell furnish to their apartment automobile, a candy-apple Thunderbird. Darrell provide stated he authorized. He took the keys from Perry and ordered the couple to hop within the backseat. “Why? ” Willa requested. “Till we get around the bridge,” Darrell stated. The Intracoastal Waterway separated town of Palm seashore from West Palm seashore. extra disparate worlds will be tough to discover; West Palm used to be for regular people, Palm seashore for the eccentric wealthy. The police officers at the island have been infamous rousters of undesirable visitors—blacks, Hispanics and someone now not donning Polo. for those who labored in a single of the mansions, high-quality. differently, get your ass over the bridge. Darrell furnish figured he may need the Crispins to speak him out of a Palm seashore site visitors cease. “You received a handbag? ” he requested Willa. The newlyweds squeezed every one other’s palms. Perry was once relieved to determine that Willa had left her two-carat diamond marriage ceremony band within the resort room. He was hoping she’d performed a similar with the traveler’s exams. “Halloo? ” Darrell supply acknowledged. “Yes, I’ve acquired my handbag. ” “Thatta woman. ” “All I hold is 40 money. ” Darrell snorted. “How approximately you, recreation? ” “Credit playing cards is all I’ve got,” Perry stated. “Figures. ” Darrell barreled via a purple mild on worthy street. He loved the best way the T-bird dealt with. “All correct, honey, gimme the money. And your medicinal drugs, too. ” Willa seemed confounded. Her husband motioned gravely at her handbag. She took out twenties and nervously prolonged them over the headrest, as though feeding a undergo on the zoo. “I don’t have any pills,” she advised Darrell supply. “Except my contraception. ” “That’ll do high-quality. ” He grabbed the cash along with his guidance hand. the opposite handheld the steak knife, working the stained blade during the stubble on his jawline. From the backseat, Willa acknowledged. “I’m sorry yet you can’t take my capsules. ” “Oh yeah? ” Darrell was once heartily amused. “You’ll get sick,” acknowledged Willa. “They’re no longer made for males. ” “Sick? ” “They’re made from hormones! ” “No shit,” Darrell supply acknowledged. “So, like, i'd develop tits. Is that what you suggest? or perhaps even a love muffin. ” “No, I didn’t—” “Be an outstanding lady and give up the fucking drugs. ” Darrell’s arm got here down and speared the rusty knife into the white upholstery. He ripped a protracted sibilant gash within the stiff vinyl. Perry Crispin acknowledged: “Willa, supply the guy what he desires. ” “No. ” “My God,” stated her husband. “Don’t be silly. ” “Fine, Perry. And what’re we purported to do for the following 4 weeks—hold palms? ” Willa secure the handbag with either palms. “Our pharmacy is in Westport, keep in mind? ” Perry Crispin acknowledged: “I’m no longer believing this. ” “What—you wish me to get pregnant? ” within the entrance seat, Darrell furnish was once buzzing the subject from The Sound of track, which used to be his sister Rita’s favourite motion picture of all time.

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