Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

77%

9 Critic Reviews

Unraveling this madcap tale requires Yancy to travel to Andros Island in the Caribbean, where the widowed Eve Stripling and a shady boyfriend are planning to develop a luxury resort on an unspoiled beach.
-Star Tribune

Synopsis

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.




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About Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen has been writing about Florida since his father gave him a typewriter at age six. Then it was hunt-and-peck stories about neighborhood kickball and softball games. Now Hiaasen writes a column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels, including Sick Puppy and Nature Girl.Hoot, Hiaasen's first novel for young readers, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Newbery Honor. And Flush, his second book for kids, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Hiaasen's work at www.carlhiaasen.com.
 
Published June 12, 2014 by Sphere. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
on May 30 2013

Not as funny as Hiaasen’s best...with a title character more vicious than amusing, but still the gold standard for South Florida criminal farce.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jun 17 2013

The reason for all this screwball chaos in “Bad Monkey” is clear: Mr. Hiassen does not write serious novels...His books are built of balsa wood, but they are beautifully constructed all the same.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Ben East on Jun 22 2014

Hiaasen's novels of misadventure in south Florida have been dubbed too formulaic of late. Bad Monkey, however, feels like a return to form...the pithily sceptical way in which Hiaasen's prose dances through the narrative makes the most ridiculous examples of excess and corruption seem more than credible.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Jul 10 2013

In Bad Monkey, he has escaped from the bondage of publishing concept and reader expectation to produce a novel that is as enjoyable to read as it seems to have been for him to write. The hope must be that he and we are able to go there again.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Jul 10 2013

In Bad Monkey, he has escaped from the bondage of publishing concept and reader expectation to produce a novel that is as enjoyable to read as it seems to have been for him to write.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 22 2013

...another marvelously entertaining Hiaasen adventure.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by D. P. Lyle on Jun 11 2013

Bad Monkey is vintage Hiaasen. A quirky protagonist surrounded by even quirkier characters mired in oddball intrigue—all in South Florida, of course.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Colleen Kelly on Jun 25 2013

Unraveling this madcap tale requires Yancy to travel to Andros Island in the Caribbean, where the widowed Eve Stripling and a shady boyfriend are planning to develop a luxury resort on an unspoiled beach.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Bob Minzesheimer on Jun 11 2013

With a big plot twist at the end, Hiaasen writes suspense in which the corrupt and greedy get what they deserve. As in his previous novels...readers can assume the good guys will win. The suspense and fun is how they do it.

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