Carl Hiaasen is at the top of his form in Bad Monkey, another over-the-top mystery that could only take place in Southern Florida. A detached arm and an almost hairless monkey are just for starters as Hiaasen unravels this hilarious yarn. I laughed out loud many times so this may not be the best book to read on a plane unless you want to explain to your seatmate the hilarity on nearly every page. This is the perfect beach read: smart, funny and not too taxing. Enjoy.
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 just may be one of Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of nine previous novels. He also writes a twice-weekly metropolitan column for The Miami Herald.
"[A] comedic marvel . . . [Hiaasen] hasn't written a novel this funny since Skinny Dip. . . . Beautifully constructed."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[A] deliciously zany romp. Buckle up for the ride."—People
"Bad Monkey boils over with corruption and comeuppance. And yes, there's a monkey."—O, The Oprah Magazine
"[A] rollicking misadventure in the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida. . . . Hiaasen has a peculiar genius for inventing grotesque creatures . . . that spring from the darkest impulses of the id. But he also writes great heroes."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
"This 'Triple-F'-fierce, funny, and Floridian . . . enfolds corruption, greed, mayhem, and very funny social satire in the way that only Hiaasen does it."—Reader's Digest
"[Hiaasen is] one of America's premier humorists."—Rege Behe, Pittsburg Tribune-Review
"No one writes about Florida with a more wicked sense of humor than Hiaasen."—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
"The gold standard for South Florida criminal farce."—Kirkus Reviews
"Inspired . . . Another marvelously entertaining Hiaasen adventure."—Publishers Weekly
"Hiaasen is laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly entertaining."—Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred)