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Carl Hiaasen

Bestselling novelist and journalist Carl Hiaasen is among South Florida’s most colorful natural resources. His comic style—Hiaasenesque—combines thrilling plot lines, blunder-prone schemes, wayward men and headstrong women, corrupt politicians, and a loving nod to the natural (and unnatural) landscape of the Sunshine State.

Hiaasen’s bestselling novels include Star Island, Nature Girl, Strip Tease, and Skinny Dip. His newest book, Bad Monkey, which takes place in Key West and Big Pine Key, FL, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. Bad Monkey has earned rave reviews from critics including Adam Gopnik, who wrote in the New Yorker that Hiaasen’s distinctive brand of “Florida glare” had “supplanted the L.A.-noir tradition as a paperback mirror of American manners.”

Hiaasen also writes a regular column for the Miami Herald, where he has worked since 1976. His writing has won numerous journalism awards, and his work was recently included in a national compliation called Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns. He’s also the author of The Downhill Lie, a bestselling memoir about his harrowing return to golf after a “much-needed” 32-year layoff.

Hiaasen has been profiled on “60 Minutes” and has appeared as a guest on the “Today Show,” the “Colbert Report,” and “Morning Joe.” He has also published four books for young readers, including Chomp and Hoot, which was awarded a Newbery Honor.

A new collection of Hiaasen’s newspaper columns, Dance of the Reptiles, will be published January 28 by Vintage.

Online Resources

Bad Monkey reviewed in the New York Times
Hiaasen interviewed in the Times
Bad Monkey reviewed in USA Today

Selected Bibliography

Bad Monkey (2013)
Nature Girl (2006)
Skinny Dip (2004)
Sick Puppy (2000)
Stormy Weather (1995)
Skin Tight (1989)
Tourist Season (1986)