Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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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 with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters.

Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what's left of pristine Florida--now, of the Bahamas as well--get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
ISBN: 9780385367394
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file)
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Arte 1929-2019
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Sep 25, 2020

If you expect a traditional detective story, you'll be dissapointed. However, as pure entertainment, this book is gold. The situations described are deviously hilarious. A wonderful way of describing manipulative human behaviour. The performer, Arte Johnson of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in is priceless in this presentation.
I's been a long time since I laughed this much.

Jul 24, 2019

On this I have to be opposite of other reviewers, I liked it a lot. Zany, senseless actions are enhanced by the narrator, Artie Johnson the "Very interesting" guy from Laugh-in. His consonant strong pronunciations and diction enhance the humorous dialog. Not an intense "who-done-it." just a fun time with tolerable one liners.

Jan 03, 2019

I don't have any real strong thoughts after listening to the audiobook, only vague annoyances at the characters (frequently petty but also confused that other people would be similarly petty), contrived situations, and the narrator's distracting New York accent. That can't be a good thing.

TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

Highly amusing Hiaasen. If you are in the mood for wacky Florida high jinks you can't go wrong with Hiaasen, and this is no exception.

janeroth Jul 22, 2014

This was my first Hiaasen book. A smooth blend of humor and mystery. The narrators' New York accent was a nice touch. Very enjoyable.

Dec 15, 2013

A human arm is recovered by a sport fisherman and Andrew Yancy, a detective under suspension, thinks that all is not as it seems. Hiassen's stories are humourous with numerous laugh out loud moments. In particular, the bad guys who range from a slightly corrupt ex-cop to murderers all get fitting comeuppances. Hiaasen's targets are land developers who damage the environment and bureaucratic incompetence and corruption that enable them to flourish. Fortunately, there are flawed heroes such as Andrew Yancy to take them down. Good mystery. Good laughs.

Aug 21, 2013

Very entertaining book. I like to hear all the stories about South Florida. I find the narrator's accent (NYC) kind of distracting and the weird way he pronounces human ("yuman") and shone ("shown").

Aug 08, 2013

Hiassen's dark, biting humor is centered on Key West, Florida and the Bahamas in his latest novel. Andrew Yancy, disgraced detective turned food inspector, follows the trail of a severed arm that leads to mayhem, corruption, and "only in Florida" weirdness. You'll never look at law enforcement or restaurants in the same way again!

Jul 18, 2013

There's a lot going on in this novel. Some funny, some tragic and some puzzling. As a fan of Carl Hiaasen, this is not one of his better works as he is unable to cleanly put all this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way. 4 of 10 stars


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