Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff

Bad MonkeysJane Charlotte has been arrested for murder. But as she tells the psychiatrist, murder is her job. Or rather, her vocation. She works with an organization dedicated to making the world a better place, specifically with the Department for the Final Disposition of Irredeemable Persons.

 Bad Monkeys.

Well, that’s what she tells the psychiatrist. But it’s a weird story from beginning to end. She tries to grow pot in a community garden and gets arrested by someone named, literally, Officer Friendly? Jane Charlotte’s high school best friend is named Carlotta Juanita? When Dr. Vale tries to fact-check her story, there are some things that just don’t add up.

Like everything.

And yet, while it may be impossible to read this story as an entirely straightforward thriller, you also can’t read it as a story about a nutcase.

Or can you?

I don’t do drugs. I rely on books for my head trips. And this is a very good head trip of a book.

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