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Mr. Hiaasen is in tip-top form with his latest hilarious
misadventure set once again in beautiful Key West. Ex-detective
Yancy (lost his badge for “vacuum hosing” his
lover’s husband in public), now a restaurant inspector, tries
to solve a murder that starts off with an arm found on the
end of a fishing line. He hopes to get his badge back if he
solves it, but what he goes through is intensely funny and
creepy at the same time...magical!!!
— Ron, Los Angeles
From "the funniest important writer in America" comes a tale that is gleefully zany and incisively sharp and now available in mass market for the first time (Miami Herald).
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 just may be one of Carl Hiaasen's greatest characters.
About the Author
Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of nineteen novels, including Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, Stormy Weather, Basket Case, and, for young readers, Flush and Hoot. He also writes a regular column for the Miami Herald.
"[A] comedic marvel . . . [Hiaasen] hasn't written a novel this funny since Skinny Dip.
. . . Beautifully constructed."—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"[A] deliciously zany romp. Buckle up for the ride."
boils over with corruption and comeuppance. And yes, there's a monkey."—O, The Oprah Magazine
"[A] rollicking misadventure in the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida. . . . Hiaasen has a peculiar genius for inventing grotesque creatures . . . that spring from the darkest impulses of the id. But he also writes great heroes."
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
"This 'Triple-F'-fierce, funny, and Floridian . . . enfolds corruption, greed, mayhem, and very funny social satire in the way that only Hiaasen does it."
"[Hiaasen is] one of America's premier humorists."
—Rege Behe, Pittsburg Tribune-Review
"No one writes about Florida with a more wicked sense of humor than Hiaasen."
—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
"The gold standard for South Florida criminal farce."
"Inspired . . . Another marvelously entertaining Hiaasen adventure."
"Hiaasen is laugh-out-loud funny and thoroughly entertaining."
—Thomas Gaughan, Booklist (starred)