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Razor Girl

(Andrew Yancy #2)

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17,235 ratings  ·  2,163 reviews
The new full-tilt, razor-sharp, unstoppably hilarious and entertaining novel from the best-selling author of Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, et al.
When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous
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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Vintage
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Paromjit
Carl Hiaasen has penned a smart, hugely entertaining, and hilariously comic satire located on the Florida Keys. I wish I could say that the crazy and lunatic web of storylines were all the product of Hiaasen's febrile imagination, but no, they have a basis in truth and Florida tabloid headlines. So be prepared for the disturbing, deranged, delinquent and delicious depiction of the Sunshine State. The eponymous Razor Girl is the quirky scam artist, Merry Mansfield, who has the MO of purposefully ...more
James Thane
This is another hilariously funny south Florida romp by Carl Hiaasen with a great cast of odd, strange and curious characters. At the heart of the story is Andrew Yancey who was formerly a police detective. Sadly, Yancy was booted from his job and demoted to being a pest inspector for the health department after he got into an altercation with a girlfriend's husband.

Yancy is desperate to get back his detective rank, and sees his opportunity when he becomes entangled in a web of disasters that i
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Kaceey
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I've read all Carl Hiaassen's books, this was not one of my favorites. Felt as though there was more unnecessary filler than usual. This seemed to slow the flow down somewhat.
That being said, it was still lot's of fun and an easy read.
As always, the action and story were original and a great ride. I love the fun and silliness of these books. Always good to lighten my mood and give me a few laugh out loud moments.
Looking forward to the next one.
Tim
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Mr. Hiaasen has some funny moments here, there's too much negativity to overcome it all. 5 of 10 stars
HBalikov
There is no need to read most Carl Hiaasen books in any particular order. Most stand on their own and, if you have read one, you know what you are getting. Among the features usually are:

Florida “culture” skewered and grilled;
Wacky people or wacky behavior;
Some unusual ways of earning a living;
Corruption with or without politics;
Humor from the deepest black to the simplest puns; and,
A study of human relationships and what some apparently find attractive.

Razor Girl captures much of this, set in K
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Paul
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a casual reader may suspect that Carl hiaasen has lost some of his wit after penning so many novels. well with this latest book he hit readers with a fresh hurricane of humour. ex-cop turned food safety inspector makes a welcome return in these pages. he is joined by Mr. hiassen's trademark of colourful characters and there were several times I chuckled out loud reading about their antics. imo what brings life to his characters are their odd quirks Mr. hiassen imbues them with writing them witho ...more
Louise Wilson
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any of Carl Hiaasen novels for a long time and honestly I don't know why I stopped. His quirky characters and sense of humour make for good reading.

This starts with Merry, a girl who is paid for accidentally rear ending cars while tending to her lady garden.

I really enjoyed this novel and I definitely won't leave it so long this time before I picked up another.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Little Brown Book Group UK and the author Carl Hiaasen for my ARC in exchange for an ho
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Gerard Villegas
Now if you've haven't picked up a Carl Hiaasen book, you need to! His brand of humorous storytelling, quirky characters, and loosely-based-on-a-true-story concept is just too bizarre and surreal to even fathom the nuttiness of his novels. Once again in his latest Razor Girl, Hiaasen proves he still got it when it comes to combining elements of mystery, adventure, and comedy wrapped into a neat bundle of crazy kookiness that can only happen within the Florida Everglades.

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I was lucky to receive
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Dawn
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The longer I live in South Florida, the less Hiaasen reads like fiction. I love spending time in his crazy universe - and then I look up and realize that I'm LIVING in his crazy universe. This shit is real.

I sleep better at night knowing that as Hiaasen is running around the country on tour for this book, he is undoubtedly scribbling notes for his next book, which is sure to include hilarity about Zika and sea-level rise. I can't wait. Then again - I don't have to. I can just watch the local new
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Diane
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This novel is rollicking fun, filled with kooky characters and ridiculous situations, all set in the bizarre world of the Florida Keys.

Our hero is Andrew Yancy, a former police detective who gets caught up in the schemes of "Razor Girl" Merry Mansfield. The laugh-out-loud story also involves a reality TV star, a corrupt lawyer, a sleazy Hollywood agent, a redneck psycho, a mafioso and a missing diamond ring.

I listened to this on audio, fantastically performed by John Rubinstein, and the novel w
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Dave
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An irresistible irreverent journey through the edge of the continent. Hiaasen takes a whole lot of comic situations and combines them. You have a restaurant inspector ex-detective, the rich lawyer and his scandalous fiancé, the redheaded tornado who does bumpy insurance scams with her scanties dangling and a razor in her hand, the goombahs from Jersey and their odd brand of justice, and the guy who hauls sand across the Gulf Stream. Add in a couple of characters with their own reality show about ...more
Skip
3, maybe 3.5 stars. Another zany adventure by Carl Hiaasen, not to be missed by his fans, with his usual hearty mix of miscreants. I liked Merry Mansfield (Razor Girl) very much, whose scam is rear ending cars while using a straight razor in her nether regions. She is quite a character, but good hearted, taking pity on Andrew Yancy and his continuing misfortunes in employment and relationships. Hiaasen does his usual job of creating comedy around "current" societal issues: reality TV, overdevelo ...more
The Library Lady
A lot of kids read kids books by a popular author, then try to move on to his/her adult works.

So listen up, you parents whose kids love Flush,Hoot, and other great kids books by Hiaasen: I know that your kids are doubtlessly very bright and (winces) "advanced" readers, and you like to push them along.

But unless you want them reading books that start off with a man having a car accident involving a woman who apparently was distracted because she was shaving an intimate part of her body while driv
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Sandy
Wait....the "wet wolverine"? What the.....

Soooo…..a reality TV star walks into a local pub & proceeds to crack jokes about the LGBTQ community & motorcycle clubs, unaware he’s in a gay biker bar. What could possibly go wrong?
 
If you’ve read Hiaasen before you know what will follow…..hilarity, utter mayhem & a cast of loons running amok somewhere in Florida. Oh, and Gambian pouch rats just slightly smaller than a volkswagon.
 
Let’s see. There’s the eponymous Merry, a young woman who earns her kee
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Jim
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My only problem with Hiaasen is that he doesn't publish enough. However, I recognize that to write a well and crazy as he does take time and a certain weirdness that may have to wait its turn. Meet Merry Mansfield, the Razor Girl. You have to read the book to know why she has that name. How can Hiaasen create such bizarre characters, make you love them and wonder why. Couple that with folks right out of Duck Dynasty...and then you remember...this is Florida. I read my first Carl Hiaasen just bef ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Welcome back Yancy, first encountered in Hiaasen's Bad Monkey a few years ago -- unusual for Hiaasen since he usually writes standalones. Yancy still hasn't gotten his badge back, is still on roach patrol duty, and still loving his sunset views from his deck, finding ways of preventing any construction on the adjacent lot. Laugh out loud funny with reality tv stars (think Duck Dynasty), gorgeous smart women, and hijinx. The only thing wrong with reading his books so fast is that now I know I wil ...more
Don Gorman
(2). I really don't know why, but Hiaasen's schtick just didn't go down that well in this one. Yes, there is plenty of the funny, over the top stuff but somehow it doesn't dominate they way it usually does. A couple of good side stories, some great minor characters but something is missing here. But with a long time favorite author, I will certainly look forward to giving him many second chances.
Veronica
A humorous and irreverent read chock full of quirky characters inhabiting colorful Key West. It would've been a four star read but, rather like over zealous guests, it started to wear out its welcome by the end.
Tony
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely outstanding. If you’re looking for a page-turner with plenty of tongue-in-cheek, then stop a while here.

The cop who isn’t a cop makes an eventful and superbly written return with smiles ind winces on every page.

Simply wonderful!
Ange H
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Carl Hiaasen's books so much over the years, it pains me to say that this was his worst. I love this genre, which I call "South Florida Absurdist," by Hiaasen, Dave Barry, and Tim Dorsey, and they never fail to entertain the hell out of me. This is the first one that didn't make me laugh out loud even once; and where the plot seemed forced and lazy instead of inspired and madcap.

My dislike started almost immediately, in how the book came to be titled Razor Girl. Merry Mansfield (not
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Mal Warwick
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carl Hiassen hit it out of the park with this one, the twentieth of his novels for adults. Razor Girl is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I could hardly stop laughing.

Imagine this: a beautiful young redheaded woman crashes into the back of a luxurious rental car driven by a high-flying Hollywood talent agent. The agent, Lane Coolman, has distinguished himself by assembling the cast of a spectacularly successful reality TV show that bears a suspicious resemblance to Duck Dynast
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Nigeyb
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to read all of Carl Hiaasen’s novels in the 1980s. For some reason I stopped reading them in the late 1990s, an occasional foray aside, despite always having always enjoyed his work. When 'Razor Girl' came up as an Audible deal of the day I was “in like Flynn”.

All the familiar ingredients were present and correct: a rich vein of dark humour, hapless and egotistical men, clever women, and some cynical comments on the local politics of Florida. All held together by the travails of the love
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Jim
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typically incisive Hiassen satire, with the usual cast of colorful characters. So what's not to love?

Simply put, Hiassen's weak point is writing female characters...for the most part, their main role seem to be to give the male characters someone to sleep with. In this book, we have:

- The title character, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl who's hot for the protagonist
- Deb, the fiancée of Yancy's nemesis, also ready to hop in bed with the protagonist
- Rachel, a slutty ex-wife
- Juveline, a slutty mod girl
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Mike French
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again Carl Hiaasen proves why he is one of my favorite authors. Non stop action as always!
Jessi
Some of the animals featured in Razor girl are
An Irish setter named John who is wears an orange fake support dog vest
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A mongoose named Clee Roy who also sports a vest but it is maroon and purely a style choice
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and the pièce de résistance an infestation of South African Gambian pouched rats
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They average in this story at 4 to 6 lbs and they are glorious and nightmarish all at the same time.
Razor Girl is the second Andrew Yancy story, the first being Bad Monkey which I loved. Andrew is s
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Ms.pegasus
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The beady eyes and naked tail belie Clippy's assurances to his dining patrons. A descendant of Hemingway's 6-toed cats, he brazenly declares. Unbelievably, Clippy is merely one of the least reprehensible characters in this vintage Hiaasen tale set in the Florida Keys.

Former detective Andrew Yates, the main character in BAD MONKEY reappears in this book. He is still protecting the gullible tourists from the worst of Key West's colorful eateries. Unconventional and attention-grabbing methods inst
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Charles Finch
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My USA Today review:

For sheer joyful fertility of invention, the American writer closest to Charles Dickens might be Carl Hiaasen, Florida’s resident master of the sunburnt caper. Neither can help himself: running through a boring police log specifically to show that it’s boring, Hiaasen nevertheless pauses to note of a domestic dispute, “the husband was struck with a bag of frozen snapper chum,” a throwaway line better than anything in “Inherent Vice.” The rest of the Hiaasen experience – cluel
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Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
I received a copy of Razor Girl from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Razor Girl is my first book by Carl Hiaasen. I was intrigued by the Florida Keys setting as well as the numerous reviews that mention the humor in Hiaasen’s books. Unfortunately, it never grabbed my attention. I found there were too many characters - I groaned each time a new one was introduced. I also found it unnecessarily crude and only occasionally amusing. Overall, neither the characters nor the plot managed to c
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Col
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, h
Synopsis/blurb.........

Key West is a small place, but there are criminal secrets buried everywhere . . .

When jumped-up reality TV star Buck Nance aggravates the crowd in a Key West bar, he incites a riot and vanishes in the melee. His hapless agent Lane Coolman should have been by Buck's side, but has been accidentally taken hostage by two petty criminals who now think they can turn a quick profit by ransoming an LA talent agent.

As the search for Buck continues, the mystery draws in a broad cast
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Ronald Koltnow
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Be Published by Alfred A. Knopf on 6 September 2016

There comes a time, when you are reading Carl Hiassen, that you just give up thinking and go with the flow. This is a silly book, but it is also a book for silly times. Hiassen, as always, takes on the rich the famous, the real estate scamsters, low-life criminals, sexy opportunists, and the wildlife (two-and four-legged) that lives in Southern Florida. Is this Hiassen's best book? Not by a long shot. Did I laugh? Uncontrollably. I will not g
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, he joined the Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. As a journalist and author, Carl has spent most of his life advocating for the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family live in southern ...more

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