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
As usual Carl Hiaasen cracked me up. I listened to it while driving to Florida from Virginia. There I was going 80 mph, laughing so hard I could hardly breathe.
The developer trying to sell the house across the street from the main character. I knew that whenever he appeared in the story, something hysterically funny was going happen.
Hi deadpan delivery of the book.
I hope Carl is working on his next book.
I just love Carl Hiaasen's work. Easy to read and follow with interesting characters.
Excellent narration by Arte Johnson. It is hard to believe this is the same Arte Johnson we used to watch on Rowen and Martin's Laugh In, but it is.
Different story; different reader
Only redeeming quality is that it took 15 minutes to know that I couldn't finish it. This one failed fast.
Someone told me Hiaasen writes like Elmore Leonard -- not even close. And Arte Johnson is really annoying. First audiobook I couldn't finish.
Another funny book by Carl Hiaasen. What really made the difference was the great read by Arte Johnson.
The narration completely ruined the book for me. Am a big Hiaasen fan. Skinny dip gets a listen at least once a year. This time i couldn't get past the first two chapters. This one i will return.
The vivid descriptions of the where we were, the weather, and the development of the characters.
Knowing that Hiaasen had written another Florida adventure.
I am going to read the hard back book instead; or an E-book.
Nothing compares to Stephen Hoye's renditions of these books - so tongue in cheek sarcastic - it actually takes away from the pleasure of the entire story to have to get used to a new narrator - especially when Hoye is perfect.
Always love Carl Hiaasen's books.
I like a lighter read now and again, and this was a fine book to fill a couple of hours. I like the main detective...very Harry Bosch like character. His antics as he tries to reclaim his spot in the detective ranks are fine, as is his penchant for sex and hooking up with both the right and the wrong people. Full of fun characters, not much in the way of plot twists, but a great romp.
I think I liked our main character the best.
When the monkey clamped onto one of the bad guy's penis.
Would never rename it...great title.
The basic story was strong, but the writing of the story was weak. The gratuitous sex was not consistent with the story line. The last 50 pages drop in a headlong rush to finish the story.
New York Best Selling book on 59 weeks...it has to be good
I am undecided as to whether I would listen to it again. The story was excellent. I'm sure I would enjoy reading it. However, I did not care for the narrator. After the first 5-10 minutes I ordinarily don't think so much about the actor reading the book because they do a good job and and simply become part of the experience. This time I found Artie Johnson distracting.
This is my first Carl Hiasen book. The story seemed similar to some of Elmore Leonard's books. Maybe Get Shorty.
The performance was not so great. Artie Johnson's voice was halting and it distracted me.
Lots of funny moments. I was not "moved" but it's not that kind of book. The chain of events during the hurricane were the best.
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