Bad Monkeys

Bad Monkeys

[a Novel]

Book - 2007
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Jane Charlotte has been arrested for murder.

She tells police that she is a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil; her division is called the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons--"Bad Monkeys" for short.

This confession earns Jane a trip to the jail's psychiatric wing, where a doctor attempts to determine whether she is lying, crazy--or playing a different game altogether. What follows is one of the most clever and gripping novels you'll ever read.

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 2007.
ISBN: 9780061240416
0061240419
Branch Call Number: FICTION RUF

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varies
Jan 04, 2018

Ultimately this book is a cheat, one of those stories that is based around the dishonesty of both the main character and the occasion for meeting that character. If there had been any sort of payoff there might have been some redemption. The author certainly writes well so it's odd that Bad Monkeys is what he ended up with and that his editor agreed that it was ready to go.

KaiteS_KCMO Oct 17, 2016

A slim, speedy, intricately plotted book with elements of a caper novel and an arch sense of humor. Jane Charlotte is part of a secret government group that eliminates "bad monkeys" in unusual ways. Jane's conundrum? She doesn't know if SHE is one of the "bad monkeys" or not.

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stewartf82
Feb 02, 2016

Read this book for the quality of the action sequences alone.

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snkattk
Jul 14, 2012

Mildly entertaining. a lot packed into 227 pages. Dexter Morgans meets Harry Potter meets the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo meets Men in Black = confusion. But hey, who doesn't love a superhuman chicks with guns fight.

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andrewgraphics
Jun 20, 2012

Mildly interesting novel of woman locked away explaining how she works for a super-secret organization that tries to rid the world of evil. Twists and turns, eventually leading nowhere.

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jquickmsw
Oct 14, 2011

Ruff does dialogue as well as Elmore Leonard. Better, maybe. The premise is offbeat and intriguing (the young woman protagonist is a rule-breaker and sounds crazy -- but is she, really? You keep reading to find out...), and the writing is good. It'd be fun to see it made into a movie. You can't take it seriously, but I found it never boring, enjoyed it thoroughly

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bokinney
Feb 06, 2011

A fun read but ridiculous and, ultimately, pointless.

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