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Bad Monkey

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  21,703 ratings  ·  2,884 reviews
Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land in Florida--now, in the Bahamas too--get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.

Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police--has a human ar
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Knopf (first published 2013)
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Neal Sanders
Reading a Carl Hiaasen novel is a lot like watching a master pool player put nine balls into a rack, then casually chalk his cue. When he’s ready, he lines up his shot and then expertly smacks that little white cue ball into the other nine. You never know which balls are going to go where, and guessing isn’t going to help. What you want to do is just sit back and watch the master run the board.

‘Bad Monkey’ is Carl Hiaasen at his best. The satire flows in every paragraph, the word choices (and es
If I ever visit Key West, I’ll smuggle aboard enough food rations to last me twice as long as my planned stay, refrain from eating at any restaurant within a sixty-mile radius, catch my own fish from my hotel balcony, and cook them from my own grill on said balcony, setting off all smoke detectors in a three-room radius. To that end, I’ll probably increase my life expectancy by six years, and I won’t go to sleep with cockroach-filled nightmares.

If writing zany characters were an occupation unto
This was actually my first foray into the works of Carl Hiaasen *gasp* – I know, it's hard to believe. I can't say I wasn't forewarned† that Bad Monkey might not make a great first impression for Carl (beloved by many whose opinions I hold in high regard). But, I've been known to disregard good advice before, so I forged onward.

"Have you ever been to Florida? It's a criminal population. It's America's Australia." - Jack Donaghy

This is just one of the many facts about life I learned from Jack
When I was about thirteen, I picked LUCKY YOU off the library shelves. I liked the bright colors and kicky title, no other reason than that. I've been a fan of Carl Hiaasen ever since. I've even converted other fans, most notably my mother who wanted me to read my copy of BAD MONKEY faster so that she could read it.

BAD MONKEY takes Hiaasen slightly out of his wheelhouse without removing his most noticeable touches. It takes place in South Florida, of course, but also moves to the Bahamas for a m
Mal Warwick
A severed arm, a voodoo lady, and a detective on the roach patrol — and, oh yes, a very bad monkey

I miss Skink.

Skink, as you may be aware if you’re a Carl Hiaasen fan, is the deranged ex-Governor of Florida who now lives as a hermit in the Everglades and descends on environmental evil-doers of all stripes to wreak justice upon their bodies and souls alike, never to be forgotten. Skink is Justice personified. Yet there’s not a whiff of Skink — oh, yes, you can smell him from far away — in Hiaasen
R.S. Carter
I don't think Hiaasen likes women very much. Let's recap our cast of lovely ladies in this novel, shall we?

The VooDoo Queen

She'll take cash but prefers sexual favors in lieu of big hoodoo, mon. Refusing her sexual advances will lead you to an early poison-riddled death and her stoned monkey throw poo at you while holding a crack pipe in his other hand.

Treacherous Gold Digging Wife

Her husband is missing and only an arm is found, but it's okay. She's got one heck of an insurance policy about to be
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4.5 Stars

Searching for a book with a REAL cast of characters? Well, look no further friends ‘cause this one has them all – an ex-policeman turned roach-patrol food inspector, a beauty of a medical examiner, a timid sheriff, an evil stepmother, her new boyfriend and a greedy stepdaughter to complete the trio, a “Mary Kay Letourneau” and her (not-so) young boy-toy, a beekeeper, a voodoo priestess, unsavory restaurateurs, grave robbers, part of a dead body and, dare I omit, one bad monkey.

The stor
Stacy Monahan
First and foremost -- do not read this book if you have any intention to eat in a public dining establishment within 3 weeks of opening the book. Just -- don't.

But that's not why I disliked the book. The plot was paper-thin, and telegraphed from a mile away. The characters' motivations made no sense (maybe my understanding of law enforcement is faulty, but it seems unlikely that multiple police forces would be actively uninterested in pursuing evidence of a murder and would try to avoid such ev
Having grown up in South Florida, the sheer craziness of the place has never diminished. It has however, from time to time, changed. The unquestioned chronicler of local insanity is Carl Hiaasen, who from the vantage point of being both a native and an investigative reporter and columnist, has skewered Florida politicians, judges, reporters, lawyers, Seminole Indians, Christian real estate developers, plastic surgeons, strippers, and cops for years.

Now it's time for restaurant inspectors, spec h
Davenport Public Library
I have an embarrassing admission…

I’ve never read anything by Carl Hiaasen before. I’ve never read Hoot or Skinny Dip or Native Tongue. And I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I picked up his newest novel, Bad Monkey. With reviewers calling the novel a “misadventure” and described Hiaasen as a “premier humorist”, my expectations were high. I was not disappointed.

Bad Monkey introduces Andrew Yancy, a former Miami Police detective and soon to be former Monroe County sheriff’s
What a joyous book!

I became aware of Carl Hiaasen reading about how he was friends with the late, great American singer-songwriter, Warren Zevon. This is my first experience reading Hiaasen and it certainly won't be my last.

Andrew Yancy lives in the Florida Keys as a local police detective until he gives a prominent surgeon and husband of a former flame a "colonoscopy" with a powerful vacuum cleaner in full view of the public while defending her honour. As a result of this impulsive show of chiv
Kasa Cotugno
Carl Hiaasen has been writing the same book for twenty years, and I can't get enough. Bad Monkey denotes a return to form. He's written some YA novels and a book on golfing, but this is what he does best.

Here once again is a hero with a strong sense of righteousness that is evinced in unpredictable not always savory ways, unredeemable villains who are despoiling whatever our hero holds dear, and a supporting cast of rascals and gorgeous women. Several years ago, I heard Hiassen explain that th
This is only the second book that I've read by Hiassen---the first being Star Island---and I would be willing to bet that this book represents Hiassen at the top of his game.
Andrew Yancy is a disgraced Miami police officer, banished to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department after the unforgivable crime of attempting to bring one of Miami's more unsavory detectives to justice. Relegated to the sought after position of Health Inspector, Yancy thinks his investigatory days are over; until a local f
It’s difficult to describe the synopsis without giving too much away because there is so much going on. You’ve got a Florida Keys detective, Andrew Yancy, who loses his job after an event that happened prior to the book, and to stay in “law enforcement” is set up with a job as a restaurant inspector. Yancy is also dealing with a former girlfriend and the oversized spec house built next door which is blocking his view of the sunset over the water.

But the mystery, which takes up the bulk of the st
Christi Guess
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 style ...more
Craig Dube
Satire is funny and entertaining. This book is not.

I've read and enjoyed Carl Hiassen before. I knew coming into it it would take place in Florida, have a pro-environmental theme, and have lots of quirky characters. I don't know if I felt like this book tried too hard or if it didn't try at all. Quirky mostly works when it isn't the norm, but with this book everyone was a bit too colorful. The book ended up being a cast of characters that weren't interesting and I didn't find myself caring about
Jun 24, 2013 Skip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
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 plotl ...more
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
OK, this book is on the level with David Copperfield and War and Peace. It represents a new literary field, a book that makes me laugh so hard that I feel ashamed of myself. Last night while I was finishing it when my wife was sleeping, I began to laugh over a particularly slapstick portion and tried to contain myself. I hurt so badly that I had to stop and get water. Hiaasen has no decency. He garners stories from the actual news. Thus you are left wondering if a woman who has fallen in love or ...more
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 ...more
George Lichman
Best selling author Carl Hiaasen is back with Bad Monkey, another mystery set in south Florida, this one as brilliantly wacky as the others.
Andrew Yancy is a Detective for the Sheriff's office in Key West. He's on suspension for an unspeakable act involving a vacuum cleaner he committed against the husband of his lover when Sheriff Sonny Summers has an easy assignment for him: deliver a severed arm that was fished out of the ocean to the Miami Medical Examiners office...and don't bring it back
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: i
I think I have just tired of his shtick. Compared to his most recent books, this one is better, but given that Star Island was atrocious, it wasn't a high bar. This one does have a decent story, good locales, and more interesting and believable side characters.
It would have been fine if Hiaasen wasn't determined to hit you over the head with the "everything has to be absurd" routine. Why can't the hero just have sucker punched his girlfriend's husband? Why do we have to be reminded every 40 pag
Hiaasen back in form. Has all the classic elements (raging nature, crazed animals, maniacal badguys) and a lot of the book is comfortably familiar. That said, it isn't a rehash, there's no forced "feel" to this book. It flows very well, and while the protagonist may be formulaic Hiaasen at his core, he's unexpectedly quick and not at all maudlin about the evils of modern Florida and the islands. The female cast are all, again, Hiaasen tropes, but evolved well. The caper at the center of the plot ...more
I have heard really good things about Hiassen, and wanted to like this book. I am hoping that this was just a swing and a miss for him. This was a suspense mystery that was severely lacking in suspense and mystery. It is as if he opened the book of tired clichés and started with page one. On the second page of the book we learn that the protagonist, Andrew Yancy is a detective that is currently on suspension. Haven't heard that one before. He has a problem with authority. Shocking. And (gasp) he ...more
Bookkaholic Magazine
(See our full review over at Bookkaholic.) A wacky comedy featuring the same detective from Hiaasen's other books, Yancey, but this time he's been demoted to food inspector on the island. Things go from suspicious to weird when Yancey tries to track down the origins of an arm that ended up on the end of a tourist's fishing line complete with extravagant wedding band, a missing watch worth over 200,000 dollars, and the middle finger pointing up.
Since October, Carl Hiaasen’s Bad Monkey has sat on my shelf glaring at me. If you’ve seen a picture of the book’s cover, you know this is no joke—that monkey is pissed off. The monkey is right; I should have read the book sooner.

Andrew Yancey is a former detective now restaurant inspector of Monroe County (Florida). He’s having a few rough months: his quiet view of the ocean is being invaded by a jerk building a too-high McMansion; his girl-friend is a fugitive on the run from justice; and ther
Another entertaining Hiaasen novel! It has all the usual elements -- an ex-cop, several ecological/economic/corrupt nightmares set in South Florida, quirky characters, a smart, practical love interest, and several intense chase scenes. On the one hand, the fact that these are typical elements in a Hiaasen book suggests that they're somewhat formulaic, and perhaps that's true. But on the other hand, they're smart and funny and well-written, and who doesn't like that in a book?

Mr. Hiaasen writes b
The endorsements on the back cover had me thinking I'd laugh more. Newsweek's review said Carl Hiaasen is one of the few funny writers left in the whole country..." I guess that's fair if you think dry satire is the best kind of comedy. I remember one single part toward the end that made me chuckle out loud. I won't spoil it because your taste might mirror mine and if you do take the time to read this, you'll be thankful the only opportunity to laugh wasn't ruined.

Having said that...

I enjoyed it
Fred Forbes
Let me admit to a bit of a bias. Carl Hiaasen is one of the nicest authors I have met as I have seen him at book signings a number of times over the years and he is always one of the most entertaining speakers and always willing to spend a few moments chatting as he signs. A few years ago I dropped him a comment regarding one of his newspaper columns and was surprised to receive a hand written card in response. So, I go into his books looking for good things and usually find them. Like Carl, I l ...more
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live in southern Florida.
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