Monday, 17 June 2013

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen

Hardcover, 336 pages

Carl Hiaasen is gloriously insane. I mean this in the best possible way. His careening, breakneck novels twist and turn and flip upside-down with oddballs and bad guys galore. Oh. And a monkey.

Andrew Yancy has been demoted to Roach Inspector after sodomizing girlfriend's husband with a small vacuum attachment, in a decidedly less than private setting.

You can't keep a cop down though, and Yancy begins his own investigation into the death of  a big-time swindler and the family he left behind. One things lead to a million and we are brought along for a hurkey-jerky ride through Florida to the Bahamas and back. The cast of characters also includes a Voodoo Queen, a lover running from the law, and a frozen arm. Kinda reminds me of the sketch comedies in which they are given a few random words and have to do a scene incorporating them all.

And he pulls it off. The book is gripping and a riot. You'll love it.

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.

Photo credit: Tim Chapman
Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of eleven previous novels, including the best-selling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald.