Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters, including his just-ex lover, a hot-blooded fugitive from Kansas; the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; the Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; Yancy’s new true love, a kinky coroner; and the eponymous bad monkey, who with hilarious aplomb earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters.
Here is Hiaasen doing what he does better than anyone else: spinning a tale at once fiercely pointed and wickedly funny in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of what’s left of pristine Florida - now, of the Bahamas as well - get their comeuppance in mordantly ingenious, diabolically entertaining fashion.
©2013 Carl Hiaasen (P)2013 Random House Audio
Near the top for laughing out loud while listening.
There was something surprising and/or humorous around every corner.
Timing and delivery. I loved his work and hope he reads another one! For crying out loud he's a comedian.
A hilarious distillation of the absurd and preposterous in south Florida.
I think there must be some "sour grape" consumption by many of the other reviewers. The story is a scream and the narrator does a great job.
Great, classic Carl Hiassen plot, but the pernunciation of some South Florida specific words was off ( for example, filets, conch, Brickell, flan, etc). Still, that was one bad monkey!
I am not sure. I have had a very a hard time getting interested in the plot of this book. I love Carl Hiaasen books, but this one did not hold my interest. I didn't finish it.
I did not really like this narrator's voice. He had the somewhat light, comic tone that Hiassen novels should have, but I didn't love his voice.
I'm really not sure I should review a book I didn't finish listening to but it really seemed too tedious for words. The last straw was the narration in a faux Chicago mobster accent.
Do wish I had not ever started it on a two hour drive...
Had its moments and kept me amused while commuting. One character is suppose to be a terrible writer (which he is) but his terrible writing is not too far removed from Hiaasen's at times.
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