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Bad Monkey [Hardcover]

Carl Hiaasen
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11 Jun 2013

When a severed arm is discovered by a couple on honeymoon in the Florida Keys, former police detective - now reluctant restaurant inspector - Andrew Yancy senses that something doesn't add up. Determined to get his badge back, he undertakes an unofficial investigation of his own.

Andrew's search for the truth takes him to the Bahamas, where a local man, with the help of a very bad monkey (who allegedly worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) is doing everything in his power to prevent a developer from building a new tourist resort on the island, with deadly consequences . . .

Outrageous, hilarious and addictive, this is the unique Carl Hiaasen at his absolute best. Bad Monkey will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; First Edition edition (11 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847443362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847443366
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve novels, including the bestselling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy and Lucky You, and three bestselling children's books, Hoot, Flush and Scat. They have been translated into 34 languages, 33 more than he can read or write. Carl Hiaasen also writes an award-winning column for The Miami Herald.

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[Hiaasen] amplifies the grotesque aspects of everyday criminality in order to cut to the heart of human nature (The Irish Times)

He is a comic genius. Bad Monkey sees him on top form . . . the energetic way he skewers venality and venery is laugh-out-loud funny (Evening Standard)

There is much to relish in Bad Monkey . . . Its jacket calls him 'the funniest crime writer to put pen to paper'. He's certainly that, but on this form it wouldn't be rash to omit 'crime' and just call him the funniest writer around (Sunday Times)

It's not often when reading a crime novel that I have to break off to laugh out loud, but, when the author is Carl Hiaasen, it is near impossible to keep a straight face... Nothing less than a masterclass in black humour (Daily Mail)

His eye for detail, ear for dialogue, and ability to make the weird both credible and wonderful,

means Bad Monkey is vintage Hiaasen; it's fresh, it's funny and it's fabulous


It's Hiaasen doing what Hiaasen does . . . he always adds something extra to the mix . . . jauntiness, wit and larger-than-life characters (Sunday Express)

Carl Hiaasen writes crime thriller like no other, stories so funny they can make you sick . . . Read it and weep: in a good way (RTE Guide)

Sun-soaked yet blackly comic crime fiction from the US master Hiaasen . . . Outrageously enjoyable stuff (Sport ET Magazine)

A laugh-out-loud comedy caper that contains a number of serious messages delivered with Carl Hiaasen's signature mordant and impeccably timed wit (Irish Independent)

A rum-soaked romp, brimming with shifty characters and razor-sharp dialogue (Sunday Mirror)

The king of Florida noir... With Bad Monkey, Hiaasen has rediscovered some of the delirious ingenuity

that previously distinguished his work

(Independent on Sunday)

Author of the funniest crime novels in the business, bar none... [Bad Monkey] is every bit as hilarious as you could hope...This is vintage Hiaasen (Boing Boing)

Rightly hailed as a return to form (The Guardian)

Outlandish and hilarious, Bad Monkey confirms Hiaasen's reputation as the comic laureate of crime (Mail on Sunday)

You will laugh, you will howl and you will be utterly captivated by this twister of a thriller from ace Florida writer, Carl Hiaasen (RTE Guide)

From the opening page, there is a confidence, economy and enjoyability to Bad Monkey that give the impression of a writer back in love with his franchise . . . the greatest pleasure is the feeling that, through long residency and his journalistic beat, Hiaasen owns this location . . . a novel that is as enjoyable to read as it seems to have been him to write (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)

Magnificently outlandish novel . . . Such an absurdist eye, combined with scrupulous attention to detail, is what marks out Hiaasen from lesser writers . . . No matter how implausible the scenario, you are only too happy to suspend disbelief because Hiaasen's fiction is such a joy to read (Tatler)

I loved Bad Monkey. Hiaasen at his funniest and most thickly plotted. Like Chandler with a sense of humour... (John Niven)

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Carl Hiaasen's latest brilliant take on the world

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unarmed and dangerous 12 July 2013
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Carl Hiaasen never runs out of satiric material when he mines the demographics of Florida, and this time around he's drawn a bead on Medicare scammers (the medical scooter), filthy restaurants, McMansion builders, retirees with too much money and too many houses and power boaters. Somewhere in the middle of this hilarious stew is the story of an Oklahoma school teacher who takes up with her underage AP student and follows up with an "alumni" program a few years later.

"Bad Monkey" features the usual off-center protagonist with the right moral compass but an unerringly capacity to alienate the establishment (his police department employers, in this case). The book opens with the discovery (on the end of a sport fishing line) of a human arm with the middle finger in the upright position. It romps from that point forward. And the monkey of the title? Well, the sidebar in this otherwise Florida-centric story is the inclusion of a Bahamas location, where the villains and heroes duke it out with a humble fisherman who has lost his house to a developer. Also on hand is a sex-crazed senior citizen voo-doo queen and an out of work and out of sorts capuchin monkey. The latter (thankfully) is not portrayed as cute or heroic, though he does have one glorious moment when confronted by a black-hat opponent.

Funny, funny read. May Hiaasen and Florida never stop producing this stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carl Hiaasen 22 Oct 2013
By Berni
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I love the humour and the larger than life characters. The real delight is when the little man takes on the might of the corrupt powers and wins; if only the real world was as just.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy stuff but made me grin a few times 26 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I do love Carl Hiaasen's work, that wonderful combination of anarchism and a very dry sense of humour which can be very dark at times. I do hate revealing the content of stories but for me it is simply not possible not to grin about the Florida law man accused of assaulting his lover's husband with a vacuum cleaner... As a result he gets "busted" to "counting the dead flies at McDonald's" (hygiene inspector). This has fails to impede his investigation into the arm found at sea with a single digit raised.

Ok - this is a crime story however if you haven't read any Hiassen before it is unlike most crime stories. As with other Hiaasen tales, it is the rich and diverse cast of characters that makes the story. Even the Bad Monkey has a great back story. His barbed humour never fails to amused me and you get crime, politics, Russian Mafia, dead bugs and live ones, real estate and the environment to mention but a few topics and all seamlessly worked together.

Sadly there is no Skink in this story and if you haven't sampled Hiaasen before I'd suggest starting with the early ones such as Double Whammy or Tourist Season. If you are already a fan then this one is one of the good ones and you should enjoy reading it.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best 28 Nov 2013
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I was rather disappointed by this novel. It retains the weirdness and eccentricity characteristic of Hiassen's work, but not the social concern often to be found in them. It is also overlong for its content.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 18 Jun 2013
This was meant to be a light, fun read, but it did little for me. Hiaasen is described as "the funniest crime novelist to put pen to paper" and he may be, but he isn't with this novel.

Andrew Yancy is a former cop who loses his position for disciplinary reasons and ends up as a food inspector. He still goes island-hopping, however, because he is driven to find out what happened to the owner of an arm which is washed ashore. Other characters include a monkey - which has nearly a chapter devoted to it, at one point - and a voodoo queen. So you do probably have the ingredients for a fun read. The execution, however, was just not to my liking and I didn't find myself laughing too often, nor getting too engrossed in the mystery.

Most is resolved at around the 3/4 mark and the balance of the book really drags. I thought there might be another twist or two to come but instead it was just a really protracted and uneventful close.

There were no typos in the Kindle version, but question marks were used in some strange places.

In short, a light read which didn't deliver either the intrigue or humour I hoped would be there.
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It's probably true that Hiaasen has written better novels that Bad Monkey, but he is so far ahead of anyone else in the genre of comic crime fiction that I can forgive him a slight lapse and still recognise the work with five stars.

There are some moments of absolute hilarity in the book and as usual it is populated with the weirdest characters even Florida could produce.

The plot meanders a little but when a new Hiaasen is such an event to be celebrated that's okay.

I for one am alraedy anticipating the next volume!
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5.0 out of 5 stars florida 24 July 2013
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Another good yarn by one of my favorite authors. Although l have not travelled to Florida the keys ,everglades and beaches of south Florida come to life with the witty writtings of this author I have read all his novels and possess 80% of them.
You have to keep putting the books down to indulge in a good belly laugh.
A true humerous look at the way of Floridian life. The greed of the estate/builder person comes through in every book also the nuttines of some USA citizens.
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