Razor Girl

Razor Girl

Book - 2016
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"When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an innocent accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!). Behind the wheel of the offending car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous Razor Girl--so named for her unique, eye-popping addition to what might be an otherwise unexciting scam. But, of course--this is Hiaasen!--the scam is only the very beginning of a situation that's going to spiral crazily out of control while gathering in some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page. There's the owner of Sedimental Journey--the company that steals sand from one beach to restore erosion on another...Dominick "Big Noogie" Aeola, the NYC mafia capo with a taste for the pinkest of sands...Zeto, the small-time hustler who gets electrocuted trying to charge a Tesla...Nance Buck, native Wisconsinite who's nonetheless the star of the red neck reality TV show, "Bayou Brethren"...a psycho who goes by the name of Blister and who's more Nance Buck than Buck could ever be...the multimillionaire product liability lawyer who's getting dangerously--and deformingly--hooked on the very product he's litigating against...and Andrew Yancy--formerly Detective Yancy, busted to Key West roach patrol after he beat up his then-lover's husband with a Dustbuster--who's convinced that if he can just solve one more murder on his own, he'll get his detective badge back. That the Razor Girl may be the key to his success in this deeply ill-considered endeavor will be as surprising to him as anything else he encounters along the way--including the nine-pound Gambian pouched rats getting very used to the good life in the Keys... "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
Edition: First United States edition.
ISBN: 9780385349741
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

I always enjoy a Hiaasen book, and this title is no exception. Hiaasen can throw shade at Florida stereotypes like no other, and in this book, his literary voice is as sharp as the titular razor. As someone who loves Florida and its residents who proudly let their freak flags wave, I read this book with relish and delight.

It is probably not the best intro to Hiaasen, but for those of us who know and love his works, this is a fun romp

Dec 29, 2017

Weird book. Definitely not one of his best. Don’t bother with it in my opinion.

Jul 12, 2017

This was the first of Hiaasen's books that I read. I didn't realize how much I liked it until reading some of his lesser books.
This was a quick and fun read for me, and I found myself laughing out loud.

Jun 08, 2017

This is the 4th book I've read by Carl Hiaasan, and I've always enjoyed his quirky characters and his satire on the people living in Florida. In this book, he seemed to describe his characters as more bizarre & also appeared to be searching for more shock value in his presentation of murders & sex scenes. I think I'll low key any future readings by this author & stay with those who write good solid mysteries.

Mar 22, 2017

Too much characters!!!

Feb 21, 2017

I love his books and his zany humor. can only wish for more, soon. thanks, carl.

Feb 13, 2017

Hiaasen is my go-to author for dark, bitter humor. As a seasoned reporter, he has a front row seat on the business and political shenanigans that take place in south Florida. In this outing, Andrew Yancy, formerly a detective and now reduced to a health inspector, finds himself involved in a case that includes Buck Nance (formerly Matt Romberg) who stars in Bayou Brethern, a redneck reality show. As Yancy uses questionable means to locate the missing Buck and prevent his neighbor from destroying his ocean view with a McMansion, the reader gets another wild ride through the various scams that proliferate in Key West. You may never eat in another restaurant again after following Yancy through his daily "roach patrol" rounds.

Jan 10, 2017

My 1st book by this author. Not for me. Mildly entertaining at best. Too many outlandish characters for my tastes

Nov 05, 2016

I usually burn through a Hiaasen book in one sitting-not this one. Too off the wall for once!

Oct 22, 2016

A fun book, definitely in the top half of his work, and worthy of re-reads.

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