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Razor Girl: A novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 6, 2016
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“Carl Hiaasen’s irresistible Razor Girl meets his usual sky-high standards for elegance, craziness and mike-drop humor. But this election-year novel is exceptionally timely, too. . . . [A] wonderfully overstocked book.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Raucous . . . It’s a classic Hiaasen setup, and Razor Girl delivers on it with seasoned, professional ease. The dialogue somehow sounds believable even at its most deadpan hilarious, and the multi-pronged satire—of Florida, corrupt cops, bumbling criminals, and, most exquisitely, the entertainment industry—is gentle but merciless.”
—Steve Donoghue, The Washington Post
“One of the wildest, funniest Hiaasen novels yet.”
—Sherryl Connelly, The Daily News
“Hiaasen’s propulsive plot moves this motley collection of weirdos swiftly through a Rube Goldberg string of mistakes and counter-mistakes. Hiaasen rules this satirized and exaggerated version of Florida as an agenda-driven and vengeful deity, reveling in the self-induced pitfalls that take down the worst offenders. His particular version of Murphy’s Law operates with a sly grin and a razor-sharp sense of humor.”
—Eric Swedlund, Paste magazine
"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 (starred review)
“[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 (starred review)
"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."
About the Author
CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida. He is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the best sellers Bad Monkey, Star Island, Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and five best-selling children’s books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink. His most recent work of nonfiction is Dance of the Reptiles, a collection of his columns from The Miami Herald.
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"The" Razor Girl is another femme fatal charachter from the author of South Floridian sex-fueled suspense-comedies (is that even a category?). She has a memorable strategy for kidnapping that would allow one to quickly identify other Hiassen fans in any room by uttering the phrase "Razor Girl," or attaching that attribute to any descendants of Eve in the vicinity.
In addition to the RZ, the cast of characters includes a Duck Dynasty-like family of invented cable bayou dwellers, their Hollywood entourage, mobsters (gotta like the name Big Noogie), and the returning Food-Inspector (and former detective) Andrew Yancy. Murder fuels the plot and in Hiassen style, all the story lines converge by the end of the tale. Funny, crude and filled with memorable if one-dimensional characters. The definition of escapist reading.
In addition to Lane Coolman and Merry Mansfield, the cast of interesting characters include: 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 Mafioso who hates the cold up north; Buck Nance, the star of a reality show called Bayou Brethren, who is actually a Wisconsin accordionist; a psycho known as Blister, who idolizes Buck Nance and tries to imitate the reality show character; Brock Richardson, a wealthy Miami liability lawyer, who is getting addicted to the very product he is litigating against; and Andrew Yancy, a former Detective who was busted down to a roach patrol inspector, who believes that solving a high-profile murder will lead to getting his detective badge back.
The book provides ongoing humor that at times caused me to laugh out loud. While the book could be considered R-Rated by some, it is not offensive in my opinion. I gave this book a 4-star rating because the humor is consistent throughout the book, but never goes overboard. I have never read any of this author's other books, but based on my experience with this book and the positive reviews his other books have received, I plan on doing so.
Buy it, you'll like it!
Another enjoyable well written tale.