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Mystery Books - Carl Hiaasen - Razor Girl

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Razor Girl
Carl Hiaasen
Knopf 2016
333 pages

 

Carl Hiaasen is the master of Florida weird; the over the top comic small-time crime novel. Any Hiaasen novel guarantees a wild ride with lots of bizarre characters and turns of events and Razor Girl does not disappoint.

Razor Girl is Merry Mansfield who is an expert at rear-ending target vehicles while shaving her cooch. The novel begins with her hitting the wrong vehicle and this gets Hollywood agent Lane Coolman in trouble. Lane Coolman is in Florida to find Buck Nance, the star of Bayou Brethren (a Duck Dynasty reference) who has taken off for Florida. Buck gets off script in a bar and insults every gay, black, and Hispanic patron there, which means all of the patrons there, and has to run for his life. This brings in Benny “Blister” Krill, Buck Nance's biggest fan who kidnaps him so as to become part of Bayou Brethren

Soon, ex-cop and current food inspector Andrew Yancy gets in his head that finding Benny Krill is his key to getting back on the force. Meanwhile, his neighbors want to build a monstrosity on the lot next door but not before they find the two hundred thousand dollarr engagement the fiancee has lost and Yancy has found but is then taken by some thugs acting for New York Mob boss Big Noogie. As for the fiance, he is one of those TV lawsuit lawyers who is unfortunately abusing of a deodorant which works better than any ED pill but has very weird side effects.

It just gets wilder after that including appearances by Gambian pouched rats at odd times.

Razor Girl may not be Hiaasen's tightest novel but it still makes for a very entertaining and relaxing read.

Other Carl Hiaasen Reviews

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Basket Case: Obituary journalist investigates death of rock star. Not as wild as most Hiaasen mysteries.

Skinny Dip: The usual Hiaasen comic mystery but not quite as good

Star Island: A hard slog even for Hiaasen fans

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