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Bad Monkey de Carl Hiaasen
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Bad Monkey (edició 2013)

de Carl Hiaasen

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)
Membre:Sam.Berretti
Títol:Bad Monkey
Autors:Carl Hiaasen
Informació:Knopf (2013), Hardcover, 336 pages
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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 |
Carl Hiaasen doesn’t balance carefully between satire and black humor in the opening paragraphs of this book, he jumps feet first into a situational comedy. This guy is admirable; he's a true-blue environmentalist, lover of the land and of justice. Even his children's books teach the right message: don't be greedy, don't be cruel, don't hurt animals, don't develop land that shouldn't be changed from the way Mother Earth made it. He writes funny characters and hilarious dialogue. Bad Monkey has his take on Bahamian vernacular, pulled off with inventive spelling which is challenging reading but worth every extra second it takes to absorb.

The writing is first rate; I liked that the protagonist, Andrew Yancy isn’t perfect, in fact far from it. For me that makes the character more believable, and I found him colorful besides.

Hiaasen has no decency. He garners stories from the actual news. Thus you are left wondering if a woman who has fallen in love (or in lust) with an ex-police officer will actually testify against him when he tries to sodomize her husband with a Hoover? At any rate, whatever the opposite of James Elroy is, Hiaasen represents it. I have been very sick lately, and to distract myself from the boring-ness of recuperating, I started Bad Monkey; named for a Capuchin so vile and ungovernable that he cannot work on Pirates of the Caribbean. The attacks of the monkey are funny enough to read the book. I recommend it to anyone, but don't let anyone else know that you are reading it. It will lower their estimation of you. I'm too old to care.

The appeal of Hiaasen to me is how he mixes the perverse and the moral, the high brow and the low brow, and other opposites to such great effect. His protagonist have their flaws, but they're never anything on the villains. And those greedy, violent schemers always get what's coming to them in the craziest ways. The path to the comeuppance is labyrinthine, but easy to follow because the humor and subject matter lighten it up and keep the story moving. Hiaasen makes me think of a Chuck Palahniuk who is less in love with his shock value and ever so slightly more optimistic about the human condition.

The only issue I had with this novel is, I also found the Caribbean accents hard going as a reader. They'll work in a movie - but reading them is too much hard work from an author whose writing style I find is normally easy on the brain. I understand the Jamaican/Bahamian/Caribbean accents with no problems. Other authors have tried to write in these accents, from around the Florida Keys, and had no problems making them both understandable, and accented. But Hiaasen failed in this area. There were passages in the novel where I had no idea what the character was trying to say, and had to take a few minutes to puzzle it out. I think this could have been done better, but as to how, I would have NO idea.
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  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 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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