Hiaasen followers will be delighted to see Clinton 'Skink' Tyree, a Vietnam war hero who served a brief period as Florida's governor in the 1970s, and who quit after being driven almost mad by the ruination of paradise:
He'd fled the governor's mansion with his
values intact but his
idealism extinguished, his
patience smashed to dust.
Politics had scrambled his
soul much worse than the war, and he
left behind in Tallahassee not only his
name but the discredited strategy of forbearance and compromise.
The cherished wild places of his
childhood had vanished under cinder blocks and asphalt, and so, too, had the rest of the state been transformed - hijacked by greedy suckworms disguised as upright citizens.