"One of Hiaasen's best, with believable characters and relationships and the all-too-human title simian." thomas ralston said.
"A fun and captivating read. Maybe a little raw, but once you start it you will have to finish." Katherine Jo Holman said.
"Enjoyed his in depth knowledge of the Florida Keys. You can read between the lines that he loves that part of the world.
The novel was a "page turner" for me. Kept me up late, leading to loss of sleep. The "twist" in the story was unexpected." Alan W Wuthnow said.
"This book is wonderful and funny. He definitely knows the state of Florida, and as a resident I find Yancy incredibly relatable. Point being, the characters are believable Florida residents and the book is funny as hell. I'm so happy I saved this book from getting thrown out and it now sits on my book shelf." Peter Benedetto said.
"Florida based author Carl Hiaasen is known for his clever and intricate satires. Prior to reading his latest novel, Bad Monkey, my only encounter with Hiaasen's writing was with his young adult novel Hoot. True to form, Bad Monkey sees Hiaasen set his story is his home state and cast it full of quirky characters.
Andrew Yancey has fallen on hard times. An unfortunate incident involving a vacuum cleaner and his girlfriend's husband saw him demoted from his plush detective job in the Florida Keys. Relegated to "roach patrol", Yancey spends his day's enforcing health and sanitation standards at local restaurants. But remnants of his past career threaten to come back to haunt him. Namely, the human arm that currently resides in his freezer!
Beyond Yancey's narrative, Hiaasen casts his novel with several other questionable characters. There's a Bahama native who is looking to curse another man. He turns to the island's local voodoo expert to cast a curse on the man. He also happens to be the owner of titular mammal who is said to have been cast in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Then there's Yancey's neighbor who is building an oversized mansion in a "get rich quick" scheme. The only problem is that no one wants to buy the out of place home. Yancey, who hates that the structure blocks his view of the Florida landscape, is doing everything in his power to sabotage potential buyers.
In Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen delivers on all fronts. He expertly balances on the edge of absurdity, never allowing his wild story or characters to wander too far astray. Hiaasen's various narrative threads manage to entertain and maintain suspense. When they finally come together, you'll be as surprised as you are satisfied. While Bad Monkey never takes itself too seriously, it is a seriously fantastic read!" Ethan said.
"Hiaasen could write my grocery list and make me laugh. Or more likely elicity a wry smile, bordering on smirk." BooksFan said.
"Hiaasen is a great writer and this is one of his "calmer" stories...well, maybe not Where is the movie? Any good actor would die for one of the major roles." Spatz Strickler said.