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Bad Monkey Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:0446556149
LANGUAGE:English

"If I lived in Florida, I'd try and draft Carl Hiaasen to run for Congress so he can represent the Florida he loves so dearly, and continue his quixotic quest to call attention to the Medicare fraudsters, environmental abusers, real estate developing swindlers and other denizens who prey on his state. The hearings won't be as much fun as his books, but they would be a damned site more entertaining than they are now...This latest book is tons of whacked out fun - I can't believe it's been so long since I savored one of Hiaasen's books - it won't be such a long hiatus til the next one! I was thrilled to get this book from Amazon Vine; I had forgotten how wicked yet brilliant the action, humor and dialogue were in his mystery/humor/farces? I'm not exactly sure what category he fits in, but who cares? I love his dialogue, I love that his lead characters are very real, average joes, not supermen, and I love that his bad guys are truly diabolical human beings yet get their fair share of very funny lines so while you can enjoy their "stage time", when the end comes and cosmic justice is meted out, you can savor it without regret, no matter how gruesome a form it takes...

I really enjoyed this story of down-and-out suspended cop Andrew Yancy trying desperately to get his badge back. A Key West tourist snags a human arm while fishing and Yancy ends up with the job of taking it to to the Miami coroner - Yancy's boss has political aspirations and floating body parts lead to too many questions and scare away the tourists. Miami won't take it so Yancy stores it in his freezer and starts investigating what he suspects is a murder - he hopes to get his job back, but stumbles, in true Hiaasen style, into massive Medicare fraud, tourist hustles, and a voodoo witch.

Yancy is also trying to derail the plans of a developer destroying the sunset views next door with an obscene, 7000-square-foot behemoth of a spec house. No spoilers, but as another review pointed out here there is a lot going on, and most of it sounds insane if you don't read it for yourself - so crack open a cold one and savor this hilarious beach read this summer!
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" Usually, I like when a book goes on with telling outcomes and wraps things up after the main resolution/climax, but this became a bit long-winded. I actually had some troubles keeping up with the cast and who did what after the drama was played out. Otherwise it is a very readable story and very much in style for Hiassen: odd characters, strange and awkward violent or sexual situations, big helpings of black humor, environmental awareness and karmic justice. " said.

"Classic zany writing by Carl Hiaasen. Andrew Yancy is demoted from being a detective in the Florida Keys to a food inspector for publicly sodomizing his girlfriend's husband with a vacuum cleaner. When asked to dispose of an arm to avoid scaring tourists, Yancy decides to solve the murder, hoping to get back to policing people, rather than restaurants. Yancy hooks up with a sex-crazed Miami coroner to find out what happened to the rest of the body of the arm he found. I thought the Bahamas plotline was awfully goofy, with a voodoo woman and the "bad monkey," but lots of laughs along the way as always. Fun, fun, fun." said.

"this review refers to the audiobook version.

Hiassen is waaaaay too funny.

his books are always a romp, bringing up sometimes serious issues with wicked good humor. in this book, we get real estate development and Medicare fraud all wrapped up in the tale of a shark-chomped arm and a mysteriously not-really-grieving widow.

our hero, a cop who was demoted to food inspector for a rather nasty bit of knight-in-shining-armor-ness, desperately wants his detective job back before he dies of starvation: inspecting restaurants has definitely put him off his feed. along comes the aforementioned arm, and he's off on a not legally sanctioned investigation into the death of its former owner.

along the way he does a little civil disobedience vis. his new view-destroying next door neighbor, builder of a monstrosity intended only for a fast sale. i've no idea what kind of twisted mind Hiassen actually has, but i wouldn't want to try to build an ugly house next door to him.

the book is exceptionally paced, with a lot of balls kept masterfully in the air. it does get a little hard to track who's who (at least in the audio version)--there are a lot of characters--but entirely worth the effort.

the choice of narrator in the audio version seems a bit odd--Arte Johnson is a gravelly-voiced fellow, sounding much older than one imagines the protag to be, but he does a respectable job even with the women's voices.
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"This was a solid three for some witty turns of phrase and a decent story idea. The first half flowed well (though, most halfwits could have figured out the twist very early on). Then, something went lazy and off about the editorial choices. For instance, a red pen could have been very handy to stop the author from starting too many sentences with "Which, blah blah blah" and ending an inordinate number of sentences with "blah blah blah, whatever." It would be one thing to use these speaking styles with specific characters, but everybody lapsed into these two trends. What else? The sub plots and side plots were numerous and poorly developed. We never really learned much about the protagonist. Not even a physical description. The author also fell into the habit of randomly back tracking to explain pieces of the mystery toward the latter portions if the book. In a mystery, this just belies an inability to lay incremental breadcrumbs down for the ultimate reveal. In fact, the book's emotional and active climax occurred way before the book ended. Then it continued to drag forth with bad sentences and think-backs trying to tie up loose ends in a John Grisham type way, but not so well. Clunky.

The book was alright enough to warrant finishing, whatever. But, with the raw material he invented, I feel like the book didn't live up to its potential. Which, that's the reason it only gets three stars.

(Which, see what I did there? Yeah. Repeat that 100 times and its like literary Chinese water torture, whatever.)
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"
First off the the title is not a liar, there is a monkey and he is very bad.
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This is the story of Andrew Yancy, he is in a bit of a funk now that he has been suspended from his beloved position as detective at the Key West police force. The suspension is due to an altercation involving a vacuum cleaner and his girlfriend's husband in the town square.

Seriously they had me at vacuum cleaner.

Questions abound don't they?

Or just one :
What did he do with the vacuum cleaner?

Well if you asked Yancy he would say
" it was like a reverse colonic, no big deal"
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Yes, it was as amazing as we imagined.

Other then this one outburst of insanity and rage Andrew Yancy is a pretty laid back guy and had me laughing the whole book. He was a likable character that took great pride in doing a good job. This becomes apparent when he is demoted to restaurant inspector as part of the fall out from the aforementioned vacuum incident, a hilarious turn of events which is rife with funny situations and conversations and also results in him losing 15 lbs as he loses his appetite after seeing most of the kitchens in the area.
Yancy is tasked with transporting a severed arm which leads to an off the books murder investigation, a smart and sexy coroner, cat theft (that's right cat theft), insurance fraud, a trip to the Bahamas and a monkey, as well on the sidelines a new neighbor and a slightly insane ex all while trying to be reinstated by the police force.
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Fun read with likable characters.
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Totally recommend.
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"The “bad monkey” is a scabrous capuchin named Driggs, and he's here to throw a monkey wrench into a range of ill-conceived plans hatched by the colorful miscreants inhabiting this quasi-mystery. I call this a quasi-mystery because the real draw is Hiaasen's entertaining jaunt touching on corrupt officials, self-important but credulous tourists, sketchy real estate developers, and inventive scammers — all driven by unbridled greed. The most dangerous sharks are the ones residing on land! Welcome to Key West.

Hiaasen has created a vivid portrait of the area. The main character Andrew Yancy is an ex-officer of the Miami Police Department, and soon to be ex-officer of the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. Yancy has a strong self-righteous streak paired with impulse control issues. His boss, Sheriff Sonny Summers, dispatches him to the Miami-Dade medical examiner with a severed arm. His hope is to pass the arm off to their jurisdiction — the unfortunate floatsam of a boating accident that drifted downstream. Yancy points out with cool acumen: “Factor in the wind and currents, the odds of that arm floating from Miami all the way down here are pretty damn slim — unless it was paddling itself.” (p.9) The arm was the “catch of the day” of a tourist on a deep-sea fishing charter, became the centerpiece of the tourist's vacation log on facebook, traveled to Miami in Yancy's cooler alongside the popsicles and blue crabs, and waits for a claimant inside Yancy's home freezer. All of this transpires within the first few pages of the book.

Needless to say, the arm was not the remains of some boating mishap. Aberrant features arouse the curiosity of both Yancy and the attractive doctor in the M.E.'s office, Rosa Campesino. Most of the action, all of it outsized, alternates between Key West and Andros Island in the Bahamas.

This is the first book by Carl Hiaasen that I've read. I had heard of him from the NPR radio show, “Wait wait, Don't Tell Me.” Then, a couple of Goodreads readers mentioned him. I'm glad. This book was a welcome relief from the sombre books I have been reading recently.
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" A severed arm, tiny deer, demoted cop, beautiful Miami Coroner, fugitive ex-girlfriend, clueless Sheriff,crooked real estate developer, scooter driving voodoo queen, Medicare scam artists, greedy grieving daughter, assorted restaurateurs practicing poor food safety and a Bahamian fisherman and his ex movie star monkey with a bad attitude are some of the unique characters populating this original mystery you'll not soon forget - when you stop laughing, that is......Ed " said.

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