"Sick Puppy" is not only a story of greedy politicians and builders who are destroying Florida's natural beauty, it is a story packed with colorful characters and wacky incidents.
When wealthy environmentalist, Twilly Spree, spots a man, Palmer Sloat, throwing garbage out of his car windown onto the highway, he decides to teach Sloat about environmental protection. When Sloat parks his open convertable and goes into a restaurant, Spree borrows a garbage truck and fills Sloat's car with garbage.
When Spree's message doesn't get across to Sloat, Spree escelates his tactics. He finds that Sloat is a lobbyest and in the midst of a building project that will despoil a Florida island, bulldoze the trees and cause many animals there to die.
Spree sets out to stop the project which is designed to enrich a builder and crooked politicans.
The characters are richly drawn and easy to imagine as was the unusual situations that they get into.
Hiassen plays with the reader and gives an amusing tale that is vastly entertaining. This is a good mystery that is packed with humor.