Andrew Yancy–late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police–has a human ar
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Reading a Carl Hiaasen novel is a lot like watching a master pool player put nine balls into a rack, then casually chalk his cue. When he’s ready, he lines up his shot and then expertly smacks that little white cue ball into the other nine. You never know which balls are going to go where, and guessing isn’t going to help. What you want to do is just sit back and watch the master run the board.
‘Bad Monkey’ is Carl Hiaasen at his best. The satire flows in every paragraph, the word choices (and es
If I ever visit Key West, I’ll smuggle aboard enough food rations to last me twice as long as my planned stay, refrain from eating at any restaurant within a sixty-mile radius, catch my own fish from my hotel balcony, and cook them from my own grill on said balcony, setting off all smoke detectors in a three-room radius. To that end, I’ll probably increase my life expectancy by six years, and I won’t go to sleep with cockroach-filled nightmares.
If writing zany characters were an occupation unto
This was actually my first foray into the works of Carl Hiaasen *gasp* – I know, it’s hard to believe. I can’t say I wasn’t forewarned† that Bad Monkey might not make a great first impression for Carl (beloved by many whose opinions I hold in high regard). But, I’ve been known to disregard good advice before, so I forged onward.
“Have you ever been to Florida? It’s a criminal population. It’s America’s Australia.” – Jack Donaghy
This is just one of the many facts about life I learned from Ja