Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best spinning a wickedly funny fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy the corrupt and the degraders of pristine land in Florida now in the Bahamas too ge

Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida now, in the Bahamas too get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.Andrew Yancy late of the Miami Police, soon to be late of the Key West Police has a human arCarl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida now, in the Bahamas too get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.Andrew Yancy late of the Miami Police, soon to be late of the Key West Police has a human arm in his freezer There s a logical Hiaasenian explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner Yancy thinks the boating accident shark luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol But first Yancy will negotiate an ever surprising course of events from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island with a crew of equally ever surprising characters, including the twitchy widow of the frozen arm an avariciously idiotic real estate developer a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded unto death by her particularly peculiar charms Yancy s new love, a kinky medical examiner and the eponymous Bad Monkey, who earns his place among Hiaasen s greatest characters with hilariously wicked aplomb.

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  1. Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades He and his family still live in southern Florida.

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  1. Reading a Carl Hiaasen novel is a lot like watching a master pool player put nine balls into a rack, then casually chalk his cue When he s ready, he lines up his shot and then expertly smacks that little white cue ball into the other nine You never know which balls are going to go where, and guessing isn t going to help What you want to do is just sit back and watch the master run the board Bad Monkey is Carl Hiaasen at his best The satire flows in every paragraph, the word choices and especiall [...]


  2. If I ever visit Key West, I ll smuggle aboard enough food rations to last me twice as long as my planned stay, refrain from eating at any restaurant within a sixty mile radius, catch my own fish from my hotel balcony, and cook them from my own grill on said balcony, setting off all smoke detectors in a three room radius To that end, I ll probably increase my life expectancy by six years, and I won t go to sleep with cockroach filled nightmares.If writing zany characters were an occupation unto i [...]


  3. This was actually my first foray into the works of Carl Hiaasen gasp I know, it s hard to believe I can t say I wasn t forewarned that Bad Monkey might not make a great first impression for Carl beloved by many whose opinions I hold in high regard But, I ve been known to disregard good advice before, so I forged onward Have you ever been to Florida It s a criminal population It s America s Australia Jack DonaghyThis is just one of the many facts about life I learned from Jack Donaghy 30 Rock and [...]


  4. When I was about thirteen, I picked LUCKY YOU off the library shelves I liked the bright colors and kicky title, no other reason than that I ve been a fan of Carl Hiaasen ever since I ve even converted other fans, most notably my mother who wanted me to read my copy of BAD MONKEY faster so that she could read itD MONKEY takes Hiaasen slightly out of his wheelhouse without removing his most noticeable touches It takes place in South Florida, of course, but also moves to the Bahamas for a memorabl [...]


  5. A severed arm, a voodoo lady, and a detective on the roach patrol and, oh yes, a very bad monkeyI miss Skink.Skink, as you may be aware if you re a Carl Hiaasen fan, is the deranged ex Governor of Florida who now lives as a hermit in the Everglades and descends on environmental evil doers of all stripes to wreak justice upon their bodies and souls alike, never to be forgotten Skink is Justice personified Yet there s not a whiff of Skink oh, yes, you can smell him from far away in Hiaasen s 17th [...]



  6. Andrew Yancey is a police detective for the Florida Keys police department When he accidentally assaults the woman he like s husband with a vacuum cleaner hose, he loses his badge and has to become a restaurant inspector He then finds out that someone accidentally reeled in a dead man s arm and that the police department he had worked at won t do anything about it Can he solve the murder of the arm or is there some monkey business going on Read on and find out for yourself.This was a pretty good [...]


  7. I don t think Hiaasen likes women very much Let s recap our cast of lovely ladies in this novel, shall we The VooDoo QueenShe ll take cash but prefers sexual favors in lieu of big hoodoo, mon Refusing her sexual advances will lead you to an early poison riddled death and her stoned monkey throw poo at you while holding a crack pipe in his other hand.Treacherous Gold Digging WifeHer husband is missing and only an arm is found, but it s okay She s got one heck of an insurance policy about to be pa [...]


  8. 3 starsWell, heck Dunno who or what to blame for my somewhat tepid reaction toBad Monkey Blame Mother Nature s awful timing It s hard to laugh at pithy Hurricane sex is the best comments or find humor in wussily named Hurricane Fran oise being a bit player in Hiaasen s comedic stylings when you re still at this very moment wondering if the real life Hurricane Matthew whose death toll is already in the multiple hundreds is going to pull a Hurricane Sandy and destroy the Eastern US seaboard.Blame [...]


  9. 4.5 StarsSearching for a book with a REAL cast of characters Well, look no further friends cause this one has them all an ex policeman turned roach patrol food inspector, a beauty of a medical examiner, a timid sheriff, an evil stepmother, her new boyfriend and a greedy stepdaughter to complete the trio, a Mary Kay Letourneau and her not so young boy toy, a beekeeper, a voodoo priestess, unsavory restaurateurs, grave robbers, part of a dead body and, dare I omit, one bad monkey.The story begins [...]


  10. First and foremost do not read this book if you have any intention to eat in a public dining establishment within 3 weeks of opening the book Just don t But that s not why I disliked the book The plot was paper thin, and telegraphed from a mile away The characters motivations made no sense maybe my understanding of law enforcement is faulty, but it seems unlikely that multiple police forces would be actively uninterested in pursuing evidence of a murder and would try to avoid such evidence becau [...]


  11. I have an embarrassing admission I ve never read anything by Carl Hiaasen before I ve never read Hoot or Skinny Dip or Native Tongue And I honestly didn t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up his newest novel, Bad Monkey With reviewers calling the novel a misadventure and described Hiaasen as a premier humorist , my expectations were high I was not disappointed.Bad Monkey introduces Andrew Yancy, a former Miami Police detective and soon to be former Monroe County sheriff s office [...]



  12. Having grown up in South Florida, the sheer craziness of the place has never diminished It has however, from time to time, changed The unquestioned chronicler of local insanity is Carl Hiaasen, who from the vantage point of being both a native and an investigative reporter and columnist, has skewered Florida politicians, judges, reporters, lawyers, Seminole Indians, Christian real estate developers, plastic surgeons, strippers, and cops for years.Now it s time for restaurant inspectors, spec hou [...]


  13. I ve never really bought into the idea of a summer read, but this makes the perfect one Fast paced detective story combined with snarky, sarcastic comedy kept my mind engaged without making me think too hard Atmospheric, a little kinky and darkly funny, it s as if Dennis Lehane and Christopher Moore got together and this is the book that resulted.Glad my book club chose it.


  14. There s a lot going on in this novel Some funny, some tragic and some puzzling As a fan of Carl Hiaasen, this is not one of his better works as he is unable to cleanly put this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way 4 of 10 stars


  15. Carl Hiaasen has been writing the same book for twenty years, and I can t get enough Bad Monkey denotes a return to form He s written some YA novels and a book on golfing, but this is what he does best.Here once again is a hero with a strong sense of righteousness that is evinced in unpredictable not always savory ways, unredeemable villains who are despoiling whatever our hero holds dear, and a supporting cast of rascals and gorgeous women Several years ago, I heard Hiassen explain that the vil [...]


  16. Satire is funny and entertaining This book is not.I ve read and enjoyed Carl Hiassen before I knew coming into it it would take place in Florida, have a pro environmental theme, and have lots of quirky characters I don t know if I felt like this book tried too hard or if it didn t try at all Quirky mostly works when it isn t the norm, but with this book everyone was a bit too colorful The book ended up being a cast of characters that weren t interesting and I didn t find myself caring about what [...]


  17. I think I have just tired of his shtick Compared to his most recent books, this one is better, but given that Star Island was atrocious, it wasn t a high bar This one does have a decent story, good locales, and interesting and believable side characters It would have been fine if Hiaasen wasn t determined to hit you over the head with the everything has to be absurd routine Why can t the hero just have sucker punched his girlfriend s husband Why do we have to be reminded every 40 pages that ins [...]


  18. What a joyous book I became aware of Carl Hiaasen reading about how he was friends with the late, great American singer songwriter, Warren Zevon This is my first experience reading Hiaasen and it certainly won t be my last.Andrew Yancy lives in the Florida Keys as a local police detective until he gives a prominent surgeon and husband of a former flame a colonoscopy with a powerful vacuum cleaner in full view of the public while defending her honour As a result of this impulsive show of chivalry [...]


  19. I have heard really good things about Hiassen, and wanted to like this book I am hoping that this was just a swing and a miss for him This was a suspense mystery that was severely lacking in suspense and mystery It is as if he opened the book of tired clich s and started with page one On the second page of the book we learn that the protagonist, Andrew Yancy is a detective that is currently on suspension Haven t heard that one before He has a problem with authority Shocking And gasp he likes sed [...]


  20. A severed arm, tiny deer, demoted cop, beautiful Miami Coroner, fugitive ex girlfriend, clueless Sheriff,crooked real estate developer, scooter driving voodoo queen, Medicare scam artists, greedy grieving daughter, assorted restaurateurs practicing poor food safety and a Bahamian fisherman and his ex movie star monkey with a bad attitude are some of the unique characters populating this original mystery you ll not soon forget when you stop laughing, that isEd


  21. The bad monkey is a scabrous capuchin named Driggs, and he s here to throw a monkey wrench into a range of ill conceived plans hatched by the colorful miscreants inhabiting this quasi mystery I call this a quasi mystery because the real draw is Hiaasen s entertaining jaunt touching on corrupt officials, self important but credulous tourists, sketchy real estate developers, and inventive scammers all driven by unbridled greed The most dangerous sharks are the ones residing on land Welcome to Key [...]


  22. First off the the title is not a liar, there is a monkey and he is very bad.This is the story of Andrew Yancy, he is in a bit of a funk now that he has been suspended from his beloved position as detective at the Key West police force The suspension is due to an altercation involving a vacuum cleaner and his girlfriend s husband in the town square.Seriously they had me at vacuum cleaner.Questions abound don t they Or just one What did he do with the vacuum cleaner Well if you asked Yancy he woul [...]


  23. This was a solid three for some witty turns of phrase and a decent story idea The first half flowed well though, most halfwits could have figured out the twist very early on Then, something went lazy and off about the editorial choices For instance, a red pen could have been very handy to stop the author from starting too many sentences with Which, blah blah blah and ending an inordinate number of sentences with blah blah blah, whatever It would be one thing to use these speaking styles with spe [...]


  24. this review refers to the audiobook version.Hiassen is waaaaay too funny.his books are always a romp, bringing up sometimes serious issues with wicked good humor in this book, we get real estate development and Medicare fraud all wrapped up in the tale of a shark chomped arm and a mysteriously not really grieving widow.our hero, a cop who was demoted to food inspector for a rather nasty bit of knight in shining armor ness, desperately wants his detective job back before he dies of starvation ins [...]


  25. This is only the second book that I ve read by Hiassen the first being Star Island and I would be willing to bet that this book represents Hiassen at the top of his game.Andrew Yancy is a disgraced Miami police officer, banished to the Monroe County Sheriff s Department after the unforgivable crime of attempting to bring one of Miami s unsavory detectives to justice Relegated to the sought after position of Health Inspector, Yancy thinks his investigatory days are over until a local fishing boa [...]


  26. Classic zany writing by Carl Hiaasen Andrew Yancy is demoted from being a detective in the Florida Keys to a food inspector for publicly sodomizing his girlfriend s husband with a vacuum cleaner When asked to dispose of an arm to avoid scaring tourists, Yancy decides to solve the murder, hoping to get back to policing people, rather than restaurants Yancy hooks up with a sex crazed Miami coroner to find out what happened to the rest of the body of the arm he found I thought the Bahamas plotline [...]


  27. Usually, I like when a book goes on with telling outcomes and wraps things up after the main resolution climax, but this became a bit long winded I actually had some troubles keeping up with the cast and who did what after the drama was played out Otherwise it is a very readable story and very much in style for Hiassen odd characters, strange and awkward violent or sexual situations, big helpings of black humor, environmental awareness and karmic justice.


  28. If I lived in Florida, I d try and draft Carl Hiaasen to run for Congress so he can represent the Florida he loves so dearly, and continue his quixotic quest to call attention to the Medicare fraudsters, environmental abusers, real estate developing swindlers and other denizens who prey on his state The hearings won t be as much fun as his books, but they would be a damned site entertaining than they are nowThis latest book is tons of whacked out fun I can t believe it s been so long since I sa [...]


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