Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen
Andrew Yancey has several problems: the former employee of the Miami Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office is currently on roach patrol, i.e., a restaurant inspector. His current girlfriend Bonnie has an unsavory and lurid past that is about to be revealed, and a builder is constructing an oversized house that spoils his view of the water in the Florida Keys. And one minor detail: when a charter fisherman catches a human arm, Yancey is ordered by the county sheriff to take it to Miami thereby making it the city's problem.
Andrew, to be fair, is multitalented. A man who supports a mango Popsicle habit, Andrew is nevertheless appealing to the opposite sex, and, although dubious, is willing to make love with a beautiful and slightly kinky medical examiner on an autopsy table. Throw in a few murders, a ill-tempered monkey with the heartbreak of psoriasis, a not-so-grieving widow and her estranged daughter concerned with inheritance issues, a hurricane with an unlikely name, assorted Bahamans including a voodoo queen interested in sex as a payoff for voodoo services provided, and a surprise revelation that throws a real curve in the plot, and we have the makings of another wild ride with a fantastic plot, well-conceived outrageous characters, and a fast-paced story that readers have come to expect in Carl Hiaasen's novels. There are also satiric undertones, as Hiaasen also explores the despoiling effects of uncontrolled development on the Florida coast.
'Bad Monkey' is Hiaasen at his best.
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