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Bad Monkey de Carl Hiaasen
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Bad Monkey (edició 2015)

de Carl Hiaasen (Autor)

Sèrie: Andrew Yancy (1)

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Andrew Yancy, late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police, has a human arm in his freezer. There is a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events, from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island, with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy's new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey.… (més)
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Títol:Bad Monkey
Autors:Carl Hiaasen (Autor)
Informació:Grand Central Publishing (2015), Edition: Reissue, 432 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
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I am a native Floridian, and that probably goes a long way toward my enjoyment of Carl Hiaasen. That isn't to say that he isn't a good writer-- he is, and [b:Bad Monkey|16071701|Bad Monkey|Carl Hiaasen|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1359148688s/16071701.jpg|21865808] is one of his better books in recent years. I must say, though, that it is the comfort of a Floridian setting that made me excited to read this book, and it didn't disappoint.

Coming from northeast FLA, I appreciate books like [b:Double Whammy|13068|Double Whammy|Carl Hiaasen|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344272073s/13068.jpg|817138] a little more because, while not Jacksonville or Gainesville, the local is a bit more familiar to me. Miami, I think most Floridians will tell you, is kinda a separate place altogether. The Keys, while not Miami, are also a bit unfamiliar but less so. I've been to the Keys as many times as I've been to Miami. I like the Keys just fine. Still, it's nice to be in a familiar state after spending so much of my crime reading in Scotland.

Hiaasen stands apart from the other Florida crime writers. He's funny, but not in a absurdist way like Tim Dorsey (which can get old) or in the not-actually-funny-because-I'm-trying-too-hard way of Dave Barry. God I hate Dave Barry. Anyway. Hiaasen's humor comes from the situations his characters get into to a degree (more on that later), but really because throughout his novels there is a detachment in the perspective of the narrative, something I imagine to be a consequence of his background in journalism. In his best novels, Hiaasen avoids the ridiculous surreality of Dorsey by avoiding too much commentary in the narration or character reactions. Absurd things happen, but they just happen and the characters deal with it. This is, after all, Florida, a state know for the odd characters, rampant corruption, and general weirdness. What Hiaasen presents is out of the ordinary for most of the country, but it seems reasonable for the sunshine state, especially when presented through his narrative style.

What I really liked about this story was the even-handedness of his portrayal of the various players. Usually, there is a fairly straight-laced (if troubled, or flawed) main character who somehow finds herself/himself involved in a crime. This time around the main character is a cracked as any of the other characters, but he is never a joke. Nor is he a borderline psychopath like Hiaasen's go-to recurring character Skink (who does not appear in this book). Rather, Yancey is a cop/former cop who wants his job back and doesn't seem to realize how unlikely that is. And the reason Yancey lost his job seems like a reasonable one, so there's no real sense of injustice toward him even though we identify and root for him easily. He's a nice guy, if a little under-motivated (at first), and a charmer, even if the charm doesn't always work. The other characters, too, are sympathetic while still being interesting, and where the less talented writer would have plenty of easy punchlines available, Hiaasen never takes the bait. Neville, a seemingly hapless Bahamian, speaks with a thick accent that made me wince in anticipation of some humor at his expense, but it never comes. Instead, he has a meaty role that makes him as likable as any. Same with the love interest.

The characters who don't get fair treatment in this or any other Hiaasen novel are the "baddies"-- they're buffoons from start to finish, and this is probably as close to a real weakness as BM is likely to get. Though there might be a death or two, and while this novel centers around Medicaid fraud, the biggest crimes for Hiaasen are the ones perpetrated against Florida. In this case, the environmental/developmental misdeeds are located (primarily) in the Bahamas, but the parallels to the development of the Florida coast are evident and mirrored by the subplot of the monstrous spec house built next door to Yancey. Hiaasen can be a bit preachy, but I usually agree with the sermon. Here, however, the message is subdued a bit. We sympathize with those who wish to thwart the developers, but in this instance the developers aren't bad simply because of the development projects. No, they're genuine assholes in their own right.

I don't have a whole lot more to say. Sometimes I feel as though I'm forcing myself to write. I think I may revisit my "no revision" rule, as this rambling can't be good, or even coherent. Fat lot of good it will do me if, as a record of my reading, I can't make head or tails out of my thinking.

Well, I am eager to pick out a new book. This was a good one. Not his best, but up there. ( )
  allan.nail | Jul 11, 2021 |
Classic zany writing by Carl Hiaasen. Andrew Yancy is demoted from being a detective in the Florida Keys to a food inspector for publicly sodomizing his girlfriend's husband with a vacuum cleaner. When asked to dispose of an arm to avoid scaring tourists, Yancy decides to solve the murder, hoping to get back to policing people, rather than restaurants. Yancy hooks up with a sex-crazed Miami coroner to find out what happened to the rest of the body of the arm he found. I thought the Bahamas plotline was awfully goofy, with a voodoo woman and the "bad monkey," but lots of laughs along the way as always. Fun, fun, fun. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Another classic by Hiaasen. Great characters, twisty funny plot. A fun read. ( )
  Rick686ID | Jan 27, 2021 |
Old reviews went missing. How does save not working? In late 2017, the read dates are missing as well so are all reading progress. Will have to guess dates for so many books.

This was my first Carl Hiaasen book. This is the book that got me into reading again. It is in my favorite shelf and I'm sad the review wasn't there when I looked. ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
I laugh out aloud at very few books, but this was one of them. I really enjoyed the story and the setting, and there were many truly funny parts! ( )
  Henrik_Warne | Dec 13, 2020 |
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The reason for all this screwball chaos in “Bad Monkey” is clear: Mr. Hiassen does not write serious novels about the human condition. He does not make it matter whose arm was severed, who committed the story’s several murders, which love affairs are real, or what will become of Yancy’s career. His books are built of balsa wood, but they are beautifully constructed all the same. And if they call for more comic distraction than honest emotion? Forget it, Jake; it’s South Florida. The truth is always stranger than fiction.
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Andrew Yancy, late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police, has a human arm in his freezer. There is a logical explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events, from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island, with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy's new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey.

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