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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
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)
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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."

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Books containing stories by Carl Hiaasen
By the Book (2014)
Writers On Literature and the Literary Life
edited by
Pamela Paul

2021 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award : Squeeze Me
2005 Agatha Award for Best Children/Young Adult Fiction : Flush
1992 Dilys Award for Best Book : Native Tongue

Award nominations
2021 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel (nominee) : Squeeze Me
2017 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Razor Girl
2017 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (nominee) : Razor Girl
2014 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Bad Monkey
2012 CrimeFest: Last Laugh Award (nominee) : Star Island
2005 CWA Gold Dagger (shortlist) : Skinny Dip
2003 Newbery Medal (nominee) : Hoot

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