Book Description

June 11, 2013

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.

About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of twelve previous novels, including the best-selling Lucky You, Nature Girl, Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, and Star Island, and four best-selling children’s books, Chomp, Flush, Hoot, 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.



Andrew Yancy is having a bad day, well, really a bad month.  He lost his job as a police detective when he attacks his girlfriend, Bonnie's husband with a mini vac.  I can't even begin to describe what he does with it but let it be known that it was all over YouTube in minutes.  The newly elected sheriff really likes Yancy, so he gets him a job as a restaurant inspector in the Florida Keys.  Yancy promptly looses about 20 pounds.  Also, Bonnie is a wanted woman since the affair with one of her high school students.  Mix in a Medicare scam, a detached arm that won't go away and a new love in the form of a forensic doctor, Rosa,  called to examine said arm.

Of course, there are lots of little sub plots, something for everyone with an environmental theme running throughout.  Yancy's next door neighbor is overbuilding a house and down in the Bahamas, a pristine beach is being developed by the owner of the lost arm and Medicare scammer.  I can't reveal much more since it would reveal too much of the plot but let's just say that Karma comes calling for this evil person.  Each character has a unique flavor that only Hiaasen can provide.

The best thing about Hiaasen's books is that the plot details and story lines are so absurd they couldn't possibly be true and then you read the notes.  Almost everything is mined from Florida headlines and then embellished with great flare.  Hiaasen creates another wonderful story and he is one of the few authors that I have read everything he has written.  Even the gold book and I am not a golf fan. The twist at the end will truly have you smiling as the bad guys get what they deserve.  Oh, and the good guy gets the girl.


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