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.
Razor Girl: A novel
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh, no! Not another “Girl” book! But wait. This is not anything like “Gone Girl,” “Girl on a Train” or any of the other recent suspense novels with “Girl” in the title. Carl Hiaasen’s latest best-seller is more like a theatrical farce. I cannot possibly summarize the convoluted plot, which is set mostly in the Florida Keys. Better to run down the personae dramatis, who dash – or sometimes limp – on and off the stage.
Andrew Yancy – a detective busted to the Health Department’s “roach patrol”: -- is the protagonist sort of. He first appeared in “Bad Monkey,” another Hiaasen guide to crazy South Florida. Merry (“spelled like Merry Christmas”) Mansfield is the Razor Girl, so named for the personal grooming in which she engages when cars she is driving smack into cars ahead of her accidentally on purpose. Lane Coolman is a hapless Hollywood agent, who is...
Carl Hiassen hit it out of the park with this one, the twentieth of his novels for adults. Razor Girl is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I could hardly stop laughing.
Imagine this: a beautiful young redheaded woman crashes into the back of a luxurious rental car driven by a high-flying Hollywood talent agent. The agent, Lane Coolman, has distinguished himself by assembling the cast of a spectacularly successful reality TV show that bears a suspicious resemblance to Duck Dynasty. The redhead, Merry Mansfield (“like the movie star”), is the Razor Girl of the title. Her skirt is hiked up, her panties lowered, and she is holding a razor after having used it in the obvious way. Naturally, since this is a Carl Hiassen novel, she has engineered the crash so an accomplice can kidnap Coolman. Thus begins another of Carl Hiassen’s wildly improbable and hilarious tales of crime in Florida.
Razor Girl is set in the Florida Keys,...
I am always eagerly awaiting Carl Hiaasen's next book, and this wait was worth it! The characters were all well defined, all classically embedded into the story, and always true to their personalities. Hiaasen has no hesitation to lay it all out there with his innate ability to take the reader to places I didn't necessarily want to go, but, man, once I was on that ride, I couldn't, and didn't want to get off! Kidnappings, love affairs, lost jobs, good guys gone bad, bad guys gone good, exotic schemes and all centered around a family of "reality TV stars" who appear to be loosely based on Duck Dynasty, although they aren't near as wholesome nor...well, you'll just have to dive in and find out for yourself.
The title, I thought, was deceptive, until Merry, early on in the book, shows up with her razor and, well...again, you'll need to read it to find out how she uses it to her advantage, and it's not to take out anyone in the story in a way you would think based on...
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