Bad Monkey

Hiaasen, Carl

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bad Monkey
Andrew Yancy, late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police, has a human arm in his freezer. There is a logical 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.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0307272591
Characteristics: 317 pages ;,25 cm


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Nov 06, 2014
  • Ivan W. Taylor rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a Snowbird. So I love reading funny stories about Florida. This one was great. Many great characters and a nice detective mystery. I plan on reading all of the Carl Hiassen books in the near future.

Oct 30, 2014
  • loudem rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I've read many many Hiaasen's books. But this one is the worst, I mean the worst I've ever read. The magic's not there any more. I just felt I was swimming in molasses. There are too many characters and they are not well define. It's just that the story is spread so thin for so long that it just became no fun to read anymore. It felt like he relished being stuck into this mediocrity and went 200 pages too long. And, really, the best character is the monkey.

Sep 22, 2014
  • SpyderGT rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Selected this book on the basis of an interview with the author on NPR. I'm not familiar with his earlier books. Had some funny moments, but at the half-way mark, I lost interest in the story and the characters. I concur with LT's point about the author's near stereotyping of Bahamians. Returned it without finishing it.

Sep 02, 2014
  • krathslag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Funny murder mystery, very well written.

Mar 30, 2014
  • norareyeurs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A lot of fun to read.

Feb 19, 2014
  • LyndaLovelyWright rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good for a light read.

Feb 18, 2014
  • LT rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Hiassen's novels tend to be laugh-out-loud funny, and his ecological correctness is a bonus as far as I'm concerned. I love his style and eagerly await new offerings. In his latest, Bad Monkey, Hiassen explores his usual theme of human depradations against the environment. Once again, his protagonists are the noble few eccentrics who conscientiously object to the over-development of tropical oceanfront and wetlands. However, this time around I found Hiassen's narrative disjointed and chaotic, and I failed to engage with his characters until well into the novel. Part of my difficulty involved a fracas described in the opening chapter and referred to throughout the book. An assault that is essentially anal rape is presented as a humorous incident. It wasn't funny when Tarantino did it and it isn't funny now. I felt that Hiassen ventured perilously close to stereotype in his characterization of the various Bahamians who contribute to the plot.

Nov 25, 2013
  • scoobie_24 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry are
two of Florida's greatest exports !
There must be something in the drinking water at the Miami Herald :), where they both write columns.

Nov 22, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well that was a fun satire. I picked this book up randomly because it had been recommended to me on more than one occasion. I'm not sure why, but it really reminded me of a good Christopher Lamb novel. I plan to read more of his when I have the time.

One last note, I think this was the EXACT opposite of Chicklit... Dudelit?

Oct 26, 2013
  • VPLlen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Funny, engaging and quick to read. I enjoyed the crazy characters and crazier plot. I think I'll try another Hiaasen.

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Feb 19, 2014
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Aug 25, 2013

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