Razor Girl

Razor Girl

A Novel

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 ... "--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2016
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385349741
Branch Call Number: FIC HIA
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 25 cm

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justinemassages
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.

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rdw39
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.

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carol507
Mar 22, 2017

Too much characters!!!

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Curtis777
Feb 21, 2017

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

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TheresaAJ
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.

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toddhansen1
Jan 10, 2017

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

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7626dee
Nov 05, 2016

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

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MaxRSW
Oct 22, 2016

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

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peacebenow
Oct 09, 2016

Carl Hiassen inserted so many really news stories in this zanny caper! FL is defiantly a hotbed off oddities and deception. Hiassen captures it so well!

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Dave99_0
Sep 24, 2016

Carl Hiaasen has the pulse of American pop culture. Once again, he spins a bizarre and hilarious tale about a dysfunctional society. IMHO, I would rate "Razor Girl" at 4.0 stars.

When will Hollywood produce a major motion picture about the misadventures of restaurant inspector, Andrew Yancy?

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