The new full-tilt, unstoppably hilarious and entertaining novel from the best-selling author of Skinny Dip and Bad Monkey
When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous Razor Girl--and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page. There's Trebeaux, the owner of Sedimental Journeys--a company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another . . . Dominick "Big Noogie" Aeola, a NYC mafia capo with a taste for tropic-wear . . . Buck Nance, a Wisconsin accordionist who has rebranded himself as the star of a redneck reality show called Bayou Brethren . . . a street psycho known as Blister who's more Buck Nance than Buck could ever be . . . Brock Richardson, a Miami product-liability lawyer who's getting dangerously--and deformingly--hooked on the very E.D. product he's litigating against . . . and Andrew Yancy--formerly Detective Yancy, busted down to the Key West roach patrol after accosting his then-lover's husband with a Dust Buster. Yancy believes that if he can singlehandedly solve a high-profile murder, he'll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to Yancy's future will be as surprising as anything else he encounters along the way--including the giant Gambian rats that are livening up his restaurant inspections.
From the Hardcover edition.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Carl Hiaasen’s outrageous portraits of criminal life in his native Florida make the Sunshine State seem like the weirdest place in the U.S., and the surreal, captivating Razor Girl is one of his strangest. The story starts with a bang—literally, because one of the first people we meet is a woman who collides with other drivers for a living. Inspired by Hiaasen’s background as a crime reporter, the larger-than-life plot gets darker and more out of control from there. But there’s a sense of fun—and even a twisted kind of affection—in his sardonic take on life in the Keys that still makes it seem like the sort of place we’d love to visit.
At the start of Hiaasen's breezy, enjoyable sequel to 2013's Bad Monkey, Lane Coolman, a Hollywood talent agent, is driving from Miami to Key West to keep an eye on Buck Nance, star of Bayou Brethen, a reality TV show, when his rental car is rear-ended by an attractive crash-scam artist, Merry Mansfield. Coolman ends up kidnapped, while Buck incites a riot at a Key West bar. Meanwhile, a Bayou Brethren fan, desperate to impress his TV hero, goes too far when he attacks a tourist. Aided by Merry, Andrew Yancy, a lowly health inspector looking for a way to get his job back with the sheriff's department, seizes the chance to solve a murder case in which Buck, who goes AWOL from his show, is a suspect. Add a few Gambian pouched rats, a New Jersey mobster, a businessman selling stolen sand, and reprehensible neighbors to the fast-paced plot, and readers will be hoping that Yancy and the other quirky denizens of Hiassen's Florida will soon be back for another screwball adventure. Author tour. 300,000 first printing.
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Why oh why with the untold number of editors and proofreaders available to this publisher is the misuse of karat, a reference to the degree of fitness of purity for gold, used for the reference to weight of a gemstone; specifically the diamond in this book? It was and is a heinous oversight. Only in the U.K. is carat used interchangeably weight weight and purity.
Pure gibberish. Terrible read.
Waste of time.
Not his best work
Yancy, like the author, succeeds in spite of himself: does in the (hapless) bad guy and wins the girl (a consolation prize). You get the impression that Hiassen is just stringing thoughts together randomly. Occasional humor as Yancy blunders through the plot but no suspense or drama to speak of; unfortunate for the reader, considering the entertainment to be enjoyed in the author's earlier works.