Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Book - 2013 | First edition.
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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: 9780307272591
0307272591
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm

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patcarstensen
Aug 15, 2020

crazy funny

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lukasevansherman
Apr 24, 2020

"Jesus," he said. "The man's got a monkey on his dick."
Maybe one of Hiaasen's funny books. Mix a cop demoted to health inspector, his crazed ex-wife, his coroner girlfriend, the Russian mob, a detached arm, a deranged monkey, and a voodoo priestess with liberal amounts of rum and tequila. Shake and enjoy.

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tpl414
Jul 14, 2019

Not sure what others see as admirable in this novel but I thought it was trash. Over-the-top weird characters, a shit-throwing monkey who doesn't help progress the story, and zero plot that anyone can see coming a mile away. Skip this one.

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 04, 2018

Irreverent and hilarious!

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aquifuhrer
Nov 15, 2016

I took this book on the recommendation of the library website because it seemed an unusual departure from the norm, which I'm always searching for. I should have known better when it was immersed among all the murder mystery/romance novels making up the most popular title list. Yikes! Here I thought I was going to read something different from the usual fare of formulaic offerings representing a mixture of murder mysteries heavily laced with sappy love scenes when what did I get? A combination of a murder mystery interspersed with way too many sappy and corny love scenes, with unbelievable characters like a coroner girlfriend who can immediately shake off being kidnapped and almost killed and wanting to make love right after being rescued. Yeah right! So although I know nothing about this author, his modus operandi is now clear - write trash demanded by much of the marketplace. Although the plot is unusual enough with some clever writing sparsely interspersed, I just couldn't stomach the formulaic drivel! If I could have given it zero stars I would have, so it gets half a star. Anyone looking for well-written literature, stay away from this one.

JBarringer Sep 24, 2016

I picked up this book because of the title and cover (the monkey was staring at me). It turned out to be pretty good, an entertaining murder mystery involving a severed arm that is fished out of the ocean by a tourist.The monkey was my least favorite element of the book, but the rest was good.

gailwm Mar 05, 2016

Very engaging and fast paced plot with surprising twists.
Informative details included about Medicare and Florida. A good read that is both easy and informative at the same time. Highly recommended for those who enjoy satire in the context of a murder mystery.

jubee71 May 20, 2015

I am enjoying the first couple of chapters...funny book.

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chicken33
Apr 08, 2015

I loved this book. I've read a few of Carl Hiaasen's books, and he never seems to disappoint when it comes to plot and humour. His are the kinds of books that you regret finishing -- you don't want the fun to end. Bad Monkey was no exception.
One thing that irked me, however, was his rendition of a Bahamian dialect. It was inconsistent and felt false, on the verge of being offensive. Writing in dialect can be tricky, and if a writer can't do it extremely well (and authentically), it's better not done at all. On this point I was disappointed, as it slowed down reading as I tried to decipher what the characters were saying.
On the whole, though, Bad Monkey is a wacky and enjoyable read.

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Ivan W. Taylor
Nov 06, 2014

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.

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