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Bad Monkey

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Carl Hiaasen

Narrated By: Arte Johnson

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2013

Duration: 11 hours 25 minutes


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.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Lee Chambliss

    The narrator has a great character. The book is humorous, keeps one's interest. On the con side, I could have done without all the constant profanity. I have heard Hiaasen books before, but for some reason this one seems to have taken foul language to new depths. The story would not have suffered at all to have kept it a lot cleaner.

  • Kristin Douglass

    Good book. Difficult to listen to the narrator. His voice was very annoying, and he seemed to forget which characters he had given an accent.

  • shirley keaster

    Great book. Very funny and reader was excellent. We enjoyed the story line and it held our attention,,,

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