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Carl Hiaasen

USA flag (b.1953)

Carl Hiaasen (pronounced "hiya-sun") was born and raised in south Florida, where he still lives with his family. He attended Emory University and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1974.

Since 1976, Hiaasen has worked for the Miami Herald, beginning as a general assignment reporter and later joining the newspapers prize-winning investigations team. There he worked on projects exposing dangerous doctors, crooked land deals, and drug corruption in the Bahamas and the Keys. For the last twenty years, Hiaasen has written a regular column that has won numerous awards and earned him the enmity of many sleazy politicians, whove found themselves the target of his pen. Today his column appears on most Sundays in the Heralds opinion-and-editorial section.  Together Hiaasens novels have been published in 33 languages32 more than he is able to read or write. The London Observer has called him "America's finest satirical novelist," while Janet Maslin of the New York Times has compared him to Preston Sturges, Woody Allen, and S. J. Perelman.

For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen received the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club in 20032004. Hiaasen began writing novels in the early 1980s with his good friend and distinguished journalist, the late William D. Montalbano. Together they wrote three mystery thrillersPowder Burn, Trap Line, and Death in Chinawhich borrowed heavily from their own reporting experiences.

Genres: Mystery, Young Adult Fiction, Children's Fiction
New Books
September 2023

Black Lizard (with William D Montalbano)
   1. Powder Burn (1981)
   2. Trap Line (1982)
   3. A Death In China (1984)
   4. The Sinners of San Ramon (1989)
   1. Double Whammy (1988)
   2. Native Tongue (1991)
   3. Stormy Weather (1995)
   4. Sick Puppy (2000)
   5. Skinny Dip (2004)
   6. Star Island (2010)
   7. No Surrender (2014)
   8. Squeeze Me (2020)
Mick Stranahan
   1. Skin Tight (1989)
   2. Skinny Dip (2004)
   1. Hoot (2002)
   2. Flush (2005)
   3. Scat (2009)
   4. Chomp (2012)
Andrew Yancy
   1. Bad Monkey (2012)
   2. Razor Girl (2016)
   Tourist Season (1986)
   Strip Tease (1993)
   Naked Came the Manatee (1997) (with others)
   Lucky You (1997)
   Basket Case (2002)
   Nature Girl (2006)
   Squirm (2018)
   Wrecker (2023)
Picture Books
   The Edible Exile (2013)
Non fiction
   Team Rodent (1998)
   Kick Ass (1999)
   Paradise Screwed (2001)
   The Downhill Lie (2008)
     aka Fairway to Hell
   Dance of the Reptiles (2014)
   Assume the Worst (2018)
Omnibus editions
Series contributed to
Dilys Awards Best Book winner (1992) : Native Tongue
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2003) : Hoot
Agatha Award Best Children/Young Adult Fiction winner (2005) : Flush
Dagger Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : Skinny Dip
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Book nominee (2017) : Razor Girl

Carl Hiaasen recommends
Swamp Story (2023)
Dave Barry
"Before you open this book, ask yourself one important question: How hard do I want to laugh? Because (a) it's Dave Barry, and (b) it's Dave Freaking Barry. Of course Swamp Story is about greed, fraud, and viral fame, but there are also big-ass reptiles to keep the sketchiest characters on their toes. Everything that happens in this wild novel could easily happen in South Florida, and probably will. Read it here first. Dave's version is always the funniest."
The Horsewoman (2021)
Mike Lupica and James Patterson
"The Horsewoman is more than a thriller--it's an eye-opening ride through the high-stakes world of equestrian show-jumping. Patterson and Lupica make a great team, writing at a full gallop and with faultless timing of the lives of three fearless women connected by blood, competition, and a passion for fast horses."
Inkling (2018)
Kenneth Oppel
"Inkling is so clever and intriguing that it deserves a bookshelf all to itself. Once you're done reading, you'll want to keep a very close eye on it."
The Price You Pay (2018)
Aidan Truhen
"This novel has high-octane everything. It's a witty, gory, whiplash revenge tale narrated by a brilliantly entertaining sociopath. You're mortified by the things you find yourself laughing at - and when you turn the page, there's more. Guess what: you keep laughing."
IQ (2016)
(IQ, book 1)
Joe Ide
"I don't know how fast Joe Ide writes, but from now on he'll have to write faster. Everyone who reads IQ will be clamoring for the next book, and for the one after that. This is one of the most intriguing--and appealing--detective characters to come along in years."
Every Man a Menace (2016)
Patrick Hoffman
"Every Man a Menace is everything you could want in a thriller - lightning pace, dead-on dialogue, and a twisting, high-torque plot. But, most of all, this novel is smart and authentic, a welcome jolt at a time when so much fiction reads like it rolled off an assembly line."

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