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Carl Hiaasen reads from Razor Girl: A Novel

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Harvard Book Store welcomes CARL HIAASEN, bestselling author of Bad Monkey and Skinny Dip, for a reading from his latest novel, Razor Girl.

About Razor Girl

Razor Girl, by Carl HiaasenWhen 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.

Praise

“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.” —Publishers Weekly


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Carl HiaasenCarl 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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