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on 2 October 2015
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 the more 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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on 21 September 2017
I'm a big fan of hiaasen, hence the 4 star review, and as a whole I enjoyed the book very much. However, I am a little uneasy that the main character basically sexually assaulted another make character and this is seen purely as comedy. Equally, a female character is a fugitive paedophile and this is also only played for comedy value. Would it be just as "funny" if it was a 27 year old male teacher who had intercourse with a 15 year female pupil?
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on 27 April 2017
Great book really funny
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on 26 February 2017
Classic Hiaasen: murder, mystery, mayhem and mirth.
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on 13 May 2017
Looked forward to reading this as a change from his other wonderful stories. A bit too 'anecdotal' for me though.
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on 14 May 2017
Typical Carl Hiaasen. Loved Driggs and Neville. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Hopefully more Skunk in the next one.
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on 14 February 2015
Hilarious and brilliant
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on 4 August 2013
Only problem was there were too many storylines to be tied up by the end.
The ending was like seeing the directors cut/what ended on the cutting room floor as the titles roll in a movie
Apart from that, great characters, the return of 'the Captain', laugh out loud lines and, as ever, the reason why we never bought that Florida property years ago is writ large.
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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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on 29 October 2016
Monkey Shines

It's hard to hate Hiassen and this wild tale is yet another book that's impossible to dislike, but never invites the kind of excitement of his earlier, better novels. If it's your first Hiassen, you might love it - but it is very much a pale version of Stormy Weather, Striptease, Tourist Season, etc.

Hiassen captures the insanity of the worst of Florida. He knows the place, loves the place, hates people who make it even more crass and silly than it already is, and wants to save it from total destruction. This means the greedy, from Disney. plastic surgeons, property developers, etc. In this tale, the disgraced cop Yancy has gotten his teeth into a murder committed by a crazed Medicare fraudster and his wife. It is typically off the charts, with some great scenes, and is entertaining throughout.

Trouble is, you've read it before. Not word for word, but every surprise isn't a surprise. Maybe he should do a non-fiction about the Everglades or something. Perhaps it would clear him for another more innovative creation.
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