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Bad Monkey

(Andrew Yancy #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  35,612 ratings  ·  4,094 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
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ebook, 336 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Knopf
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Regan Love Carl Hiassen! Read three or four of his novels so far, getting ready to read another. I like his humor, writing style, and plots. His characters…moreLove Carl Hiassen! Read three or four of his novels so far, getting ready to read another. I like his humor, writing style, and plots. His characters are great. It's fiction, so any criticism of plots and characters as being "over the top" are a bit silly. It's not history. It's fiction. And I know that I 've met many a person that is indeed along the lines of Hiaasen's people.(less)
Janell Adults. Who like mysteries with a fairly fast pace, don't expect their heroes to be squeaky clean, can handle a few cockroaches, and aren't terribly…moreAdults. Who like mysteries with a fairly fast pace, don't expect their heroes to be squeaky clean, can handle a few cockroaches, and aren't terribly fond of big-money coastal development. Oh, and appreciate humor and snark.(less)
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Neal Sanders
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robert
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-s-reads
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
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Mara
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 Ja
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Liviania
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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PirateSteve
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Police procedural/crime, Floridian style.
Solid, fun read.
Amber
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Yancey is a police detective for the Florida Keys police department. When he accidentally assaults the woman he like's husband with a vacuum cleaner hose, he loses his badge and has to become a restaurant inspector. He then finds out that someone accidentally reeled in a dead man's arm and that the police department he had worked at won't do anything about it. Can he solve the murder of the arm or is there some monkey business going on? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty
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Mal Warwick
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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Snotchocheez
3 stars

Well, heck. Dunno who or what to blame for my somewhat tepid reaction to Bad Monkey:

Blame Mother Nature's awful timing? (It's hard to laugh at pithy "Hurricane sex is the best!" comments or find humor in wussily-named Hurricane Françoise being a bit player in Hiaasen's comedic stylings when you're--still at this very moment--wondering if the real-life Hurricane Matthew (whose death toll is already in the multiple hundreds) is going to pull a Hurricane Sandy and destroy the Eastern US sea
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Stacy Monahan
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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Alexw
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laughing too hard to make a review--just enjoy it-LOL !!
Ware
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Alena
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I've never really bought into the idea of a "summer read," but this makes the perfect one. Fast-paced detective story combined with snarky, sarcastic comedy kept my mind engaged without making me think too hard. Atmospheric, a little kinky and darkly funny, it's as if Dennis Lehane and Christopher Moore got together and this is the book that resulted.

Glad my book club chose it.
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
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Tim
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 this jumbled hodgepodge together in a rewarding way. 4 of 10 stars
Jessi
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 h
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aPriL does feral sometimes
The link below to another and better reviewer on Goodreads says everything there is to say about this light humorous summer beach read. The novel follows the usual bunch of police ne'er-do-wells and criminal screw-ups, who are Hiaasen's normal focus, that appear to be unbelievable to most normal middle-class readers. For those of us somewhat familiar with these types of real-life knuckleheads we know they are absolutely true to life, if funnier. Sensitive and Romance readers will find it offensi ...more
Alex
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Dec 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Mark
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms.pegasus
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: Joe Cummings of GR
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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 ...more
Ryandake
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dana
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Skip
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristina
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
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