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Bad Monkeys

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»Worin besteht Ihre Arbeit bei den Bad Monkeys?«, fragte der Arzt. »Böse Menschen bestrafen?«
»Nein. Normalerweise töten wir sie einfach.«

Las Vegas. Hochsicherheitsgefängnis. Psychiatrische Abteilung. Eine Mörderin legt ein Geständnis ab. Angeblich gehört sie einer mächtigen Geheimorganisation an, deren Ziel es ist, das Böse zu bekämpfen. Mittels geheimnisvoller NT-Knarren,
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (first published 2007)
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Sep 08, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, american-lit
One of those books that starts out great and then totally falls apart. It opens with Jane Charlotte having been arrested for murder in Las Vegas; when she told the police she’s part of a secret government organization (code name: Bad Monkeys) she ended up in the psych ward. The book is comprised of her interviews with the doctor there alternating with her first person account of her story. For about two-thirds of the book, this is fascinating: Ruff—whose Set This House in Order, about Dissociat ...more
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's sort of like a runner who starts the race strong, first out of the gate, all eyes are on him. Then he kind of stubs his toe, takes a break, and vigorously walks into the stands looking for an ice cream vendor*.

Sort of.

Trying very hard not to ruin the book, the first half I found extremely compelling. Great premise, well-written, exciting action, good dialog. Read the whole thing in two days. But the more I think about it, the less I like it, because the second half is ever-increasingly fan
Richard Derus
Review now at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

With the Amazon takeover causing uncertainty in future treatment of reviews, I'm moving them all to new online homes.
May 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, crime
As many of the Good Readers pointed out, this novel begins very strong and it ends very weak. This sounds not too bad but it is: What makes me angry (and I would like Ruff to give me my money/time back) is that it begins strong because it ends weak. Let me explain: It is not very difficult to make a really good beginning. You only have to make the reader think "How will this end?". And the reader will be rewarded if all the loose ends will be cleared in the end. But if they don't the reader will ...more
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to get my complaint about this book off my chest before I start talking about the contents of Bad Monkeys. I absolutely hated the physical format of this book. By the ISBN number, it comes up in GoodReads as being a hardback. Now, that's probably what the publisher called it and the cover is harder than a paperback, but it's not quite as hard as a hard back. That wouldn't be bad if it weren't for the fact that the book is considerably narrower than a typical hardback or trade pape ...more
Sebastien Castell
Another brilliantly inventive book by Matt Ruff, Bad Monkeys follows the story of Jane Charlotte, a daring and deceptive agent of a secret society's assassination group (the eponymous "Bad Monkeys" department.)

It's hard to peg the book's genre with any sense of confidence. At the outset it presents a kind of murder mystery that soon delves into psychological suspense. These give way to a sort of present-day secret society sci-fi in which it's clearly our world but forces are at work beneath the
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wozers! What did I just read?

Finished it pretty much in one night. It pulled me in immediately, barreled through to the end, & left me wondering what the heck I just read.

A New York Times book review called it "science-fiction mystery thriller (a trifecta of genres!)".

Don't read lots of reviews or summaries, just jump in blind & enjoy the ride. Seriously.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monkey Shines
A review by Gerry Donaghy

Jane Charlotte works for The Department of Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons, a division of a nameless organization dedicated to fighting evil. The nickname for her division is Bad Monkeys, and at the beginning of Matt Ruff's novel of the same name, Jane is being questioned by a police psychiatrist regarding her involvement in a recent murder. When asked if she punishes evil people, Jane responds glibly, "No. Usually we just kill them." But the victi
Bob Redmond
In this story, the protagonist--a thirty-something Femme Nikita--faces an interrogation that exposes her sordid, adventurous, secret-agent past, and eventually illuminates her moral state as good or evil (I won't divulge which). Told in episodic backstory, the novel covers the twin tropes of brotherhood: from the macro (Big Brother is Watching) to the micro ("am I my brother's keeper?"). It also has plenty of serial killing, drugs, geeky technology and plastic explosives.

The book is an ungainly
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bad Monkeys was an absolute page turner for me (in every possible positive sense of the phrase). It was like Matt Ruff was channeling Neal Stephenson. Through a primarily first person narrative, with a sprinkling of third person interludes, Bad Monkeys questions the deeper nature of good and evil, and what exactly separates the two, without ever dropping it's fast pace or Matt Ruff's characteristically fun nature.
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I was born in New York City in 1965. I decided I wanted to be a fiction writer when I was five years old and spent my childhood and adolescence learning how to tell stories. At Cornell University I wrote what would become my first published novel, Fool on the Hill, as my senior thesis in Honors English. My professor Alison Lurie helped me find an agent, and within six months of my college graduati ...more
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