Razor Girl

  • by Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. 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 ED 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 DustBuster. 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.

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What the Critics Say

"Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth.... [Hiaasen's] plotting is so fine-tuned that preposterous complications that would strain lesser novelists fit right into his antic world. Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[An] immensely entertaining wild ride.... Merry Mansfield, the Razor Girl, is sharp, that's for sure, and one of the coolest characters Hiaasen has ever brought to the page.... This is the ultimate beach read for anyone with a taste for Hiaasen's skewed view of a Florida slouching toward Armageddon." (Jane Murphy, Booklist)
"Breezy, enjoyable...fast-paced...readers will be hoping that Yancy and the other quirky denizens of Hiaasen's Florida will soon be back for another screwball adventure." (Publishers Weekly)

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Best book this year!

If you like Hiaasen or liked Bad Monkey - Stop reading reviews and just read the book. This is written for those with a dark sense of humor and a guilty pleasure for the news of the weird (or what we here in South Florida refer to as the 6:00 local news). Hiaasen hits it out of the ball park again with an insane bunch of characters, each equal parts loathsome and loveable. It was a delight to have Yancy, our hero from Bad Monkey, back. The star of the show though is Merry. The two of them - him trying to salvage his police career and her penchant for petty crime - would make a great series, but that’s wishful thinking. Like his other books, this isn't just a wild crime novel, it's a hidden editorial on popular culture and environmental stewardship or lack thereof. What I love about Hiaasen though is that I'm not gagging on an op-ed piece disguised as fiction but instead thoroughly loving a well-written, imaginative tale of crime and mayhem with some observations and history mixed in. What amazes me most is that even though he has a style and niche, Hiaasen always surprises.
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- green ice cream garden

finally

Hiassen is back in top form. And it's embarrassing to walk down the street and burst out laughing, for no apparent reason.
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- Catcher50

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio