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Staff Pick

"Ruff throws the reader some astounding curveballs, often necessitating the need to re-read and re-re-read some passages to make tentative sense of what's going on. In this way, Bad Monkeys pleasingly resembles cinematic brain corkscrews such as Memento and The Usual Suspects."
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Bad Monkeys twists, turns, shifts, and shakes its way through the story of Jane Charlotte, a woman who claims to be a member of a clandestine organization dedicated to fighting evil known as the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. A gripping, witty, and hilariously bizarre story about lies, betrayal, and a secret world.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Bad Monkeys twists, turns, shifts, and shakes its way through the story of Jane Charlotte, a woman who claims to be a member of a clandestine organization dedicated to fighting evil known as the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. A gripping, witty, and hilariously bizarre story about lies, betrayal, and a secret world.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

"Ruff throws the reader some astounding curveballs, often necessitating the need to re-read and re-re-read some passages to make tentative sense of what's going on. In this way, Bad Monkeys pleasingly resembles cinematic brain corkscrews such as Memento and The Usual Suspects."
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"In this clever SF thriller from Ruff (Fool on the Hill), almost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. Or is she? In a series of sessions with a psychotherapist in the Las Vegas County Jail nut wing, Jane tells the story of her early life in San Francisco and her assimilation into the Bad Monkeys, an organization devoted to fighting evil. Crazy or sane, Jane is still a murderer, whether she used a weapon like the NC gun, which kills someone using Natural Causes, or more prosaic weaponry. Still, nothing is quite what it seems as Jane's initial story of tracking a serial killer janitor comes under scrutiny and the initial facts about her brother, Phil, get turned on their head. At times the twists are enough to give the reader whiplash. Ruff's expert characterization of Jane and agile manipulation of layers of reality ground the novel and make it more than just a Philip K. Dick rip-off." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information,Inc.)

Review:

"'In this clever SF thriller from Ruff (Fool on the Hill), almost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of 'The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons.' Or is she? In a series of sessions with a psychotherapist in the Las Vegas County Jail 'nut wing,' Jane tells the story of her early life in San Francisco and her assimilation into the 'Bad Monkeys,' an organization devoted to fighting evil. Crazy or sane, Jane is still a murderer, whether she used a weapon like the NC gun, which kills someone using Natural Causes, or more prosaic weaponry. Still, nothing is quite what it seems as Jane's initial story of tracking a serial killer janitor comes under scrutiny and the initial facts about her brother, Phil, get turned on their head. At times the twists are enough to give the reader whiplash. Ruff's expert characterization of Jane and agile manipulation of layers of reality ground the novel and make it more than just a Philip K. Dick rip-off. (July 24)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Ethicist and philosopher Peter Singer has an interesting thought experiment involving a runaway train. You, the volitional observer, note that a hurtling locomotive seems destined to wipe out five people on the tracks. But with the flick of a switch, you could send the wheeled missile down another track where it would kill only one unsuspecting victim. Do you do it? Does virtue compel you to sacrifice... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"There are echoes here of the pervasive paranoia of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Walker Percy's unreliable jailhouse narrator in Lancelot, as well as the sardonic black humor of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams." Library Journal

About the Author

Matt Ruff is the author of the critically acclaimed Set This House in Order as well as two previous novels, Fool on the Hill and Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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adfkjpahrepihre, December 2, 2009 (view all comments by adfkjpahrepihre)
This book is soo good it gave me a huge massive erect!on and filled buckets of Kum from it A+++++++++++ workkkkkkkkkk
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Jose Juarez, May 1, 2009 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
Ever heard of Matt Ruff? Me neither. I took a chance on Ruff's latest novel Bad Monkeys and it paid off.
Bad Monkeys is fiction writing at its best! It's reminicent of The Terminator but genuinely original and independent. The story engages you from the get go. Take a chance, the only thing you'll regret is not reading Bad Monkeys any sooner. If you can, purchase the book NEW, independent writers need recognition too. Ruff has been succesful at creating cult followings for all his four books but has yet to receive the appreciation that comes from a best selling novel.
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getdriver85, October 31, 2008 (view all comments by getdriver85)
incredible writing! It's a must read. Matt Ruff's best to date! You got to read it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061240416
Author:
Ruff, Matt
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
by Matt Ruff
Subject:
General
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Vigilantes
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.17x5.22x.74 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780061240416 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"Ruff throws the reader some astounding curveballs, often necessitating the need to re-read and re-re-read some passages to make tentative sense of what's going on. In this way, Bad Monkeys pleasingly resembles cinematic brain corkscrews such as Memento and The Usual Suspects."

"Staff Pick" by ,

Bad Monkeys twists, turns, shifts, and shakes its way through the story of Jane Charlotte, a woman who claims to be a member of a clandestine organization dedicated to fighting evil known as the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. A gripping, witty, and hilariously bizarre story about lies, betrayal, and a secret world.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Bad Monkeys twists, turns, shifts, and shakes its way through the story of Jane Charlotte, a woman who claims to be a member of a clandestine organization dedicated to fighting evil known as the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. A gripping, witty, and hilariously bizarre story about lies, betrayal, and a secret world.

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Ruff throws the reader some astounding curveballs, often necessitating the need to re-read and re-re-read some passages to make tentative sense of what's going on. In this way, Bad Monkeys pleasingly resembles cinematic brain corkscrews such as Memento and The Usual Suspects."

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this clever SF thriller from Ruff (Fool on the Hill), almost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons. Or is she? In a series of sessions with a psychotherapist in the Las Vegas County Jail nut wing, Jane tells the story of her early life in San Francisco and her assimilation into the Bad Monkeys, an organization devoted to fighting evil. Crazy or sane, Jane is still a murderer, whether she used a weapon like the NC gun, which kills someone using Natural Causes, or more prosaic weaponry. Still, nothing is quite what it seems as Jane's initial story of tracking a serial killer janitor comes under scrutiny and the initial facts about her brother, Phil, get turned on their head. At times the twists are enough to give the reader whiplash. Ruff's expert characterization of Jane and agile manipulation of layers of reality ground the novel and make it more than just a Philip K. Dick rip-off." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information,Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'In this clever SF thriller from Ruff (Fool on the Hill), almost everyone is a bad monkey of some kind, but only Jane Charlotte is a self-confessed member of 'The Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons.' Or is she? In a series of sessions with a psychotherapist in the Las Vegas County Jail 'nut wing,' Jane tells the story of her early life in San Francisco and her assimilation into the 'Bad Monkeys,' an organization devoted to fighting evil. Crazy or sane, Jane is still a murderer, whether she used a weapon like the NC gun, which kills someone using Natural Causes, or more prosaic weaponry. Still, nothing is quite what it seems as Jane's initial story of tracking a serial killer janitor comes under scrutiny and the initial facts about her brother, Phil, get turned on their head. At times the twists are enough to give the reader whiplash. Ruff's expert characterization of Jane and agile manipulation of layers of reality ground the novel and make it more than just a Philip K. Dick rip-off. (July 24)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "There are echoes here of the pervasive paranoia of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 and Walker Percy's unreliable jailhouse narrator in Lancelot, as well as the sardonic black humor of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams."
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