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Bad Monkey by [Hiaasen, Carl]
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"[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)"

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Carl Hiaasen's latest brilliant take on the world

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (11 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7YZ34W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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It is over seven years since I last read a Carl Hiaasen book (read everything up to Nature Girl) and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them; for me, he really is the American Tom Sharpe (or is Tom Sharpe the British Carl Hiaasen?).
This is vintage Hiaasen, with outlandish characters, ridiculous situations, over the top action, plenty of rude, crude and nasty and loads of quality humour - fun, easy reading.
Warning - if you have a weak stomach and vivid imagination, give this one a miss, as some of the restaurant inspector passages might start you on an unintended diet.
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Hiaasen is a total master of the genre. Mind you not too many guys target ecological crime writing as a career; so let us safely say that he is the most famous and best of all Norwegian-American ecological crime-writers ... there I have said it
The plot may be a tad thinner than usual here but it is all more than compensated by the fact that his writing style seems to be getting more and more tight and to the point through the years. I have read most of the earlier works and his prose on the page is now crisper tidier the images clearer and more HD than ever before; some writers like musicians lose their sharpness as time unfolds but not he; in the words of Lou Reed: "As a good wine he gets better as he gets older"
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I hadn't read any of Carl Hiaasen before but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character is a detective investigating a murder but the sub-plot concerns itself with comedy and some marvellous characters. I had a problem in understanding some of the American slang dialogue which held me up a bit but otherwise it was good.
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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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I loved this crazy book! It is the usual Hiaasen careering from one ridiculous disaster to another. The monkey has to be the head of a massive corporation for sure....The reason for 4 stars is only that Skinny dip made me laugh out loud so much whilst flying to the USA I was embarrassed!! Behind all the madness is a very real message of greed & the disgraceful lengths property development will go to to make the bucks. Treat yourself & laugh out loud.
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I've enjoyed previous Hiaasen books and this one started well but as we hit the "bad monkey" itself things just got weirder and weirder and frankly I lost interest -- I just wasn't enjoying reading it and I didn't finish it.
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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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