Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff's office--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 shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it's not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first--this being Hiaasen country--Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy's new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters.

Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what's left of pristine Florida--now, of the Bahamas as well--get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
ISBN: 9780385367394
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

Highly amusing Hiaasen. If you are in the mood for wacky Florida high jinks you can't go wrong with Hiaasen, and this is no exception.

janeroth Jul 22, 2014

This was my first Hiaasen book. A smooth blend of humor and mystery. The narrators' New York accent was a nice touch. Very enjoyable.

Dec 15, 2013

A human arm is recovered by a sport fisherman and Andrew Yancy, a detective under suspension, thinks that all is not as it seems. Hiassen's stories are humourous with numerous laugh out loud moments. In particular, the bad guys who range from a slightly corrupt ex-cop to murderers all get fitting comeuppances. Hiaasen's targets are land developers who damage the environment and bureaucratic incompetence and corruption that enable them to flourish. Fortunately, there are flawed heroes such as Andrew Yancy to take them down. Good mystery. Good laughs.

Nov 30, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. It was bitingly snark-filled, tightly plotted, with plenty of action (and not the kind that typically makes my mind wander to my grocery list). The story kept me hooked the whole time, and there were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. The plot lines were truly inventive and I don't think I've ever read anything like it before. And did I mention it was ridiculously funny? Because it was. And I would recommend it to anyone.

Aug 21, 2013

Very entertaining book. I like to hear all the stories about South Florida. I find the narrator's accent (NYC) kind of distracting and the weird way he pronounces human ("yuman") and shone ("shown").

Aug 08, 2013

Hiassen's dark, biting humor is centered on Key West, Florida and the Bahamas in his latest novel. Andrew Yancy, disgraced detective turned food inspector, follows the trail of a severed arm that leads to mayhem, corruption, and "only in Florida" weirdness. You'll never look at law enforcement or restaurants in the same way again!

Jul 18, 2013

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 all this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way. 4 of 10 stars


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