Carl Hiaasen
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Carl Hiaasen

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family.
A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper's weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been writing a regular column, which at one time or another has pissed off just about everybody in South Florida, including his own bosses.

Today his column appears on most Sundays in The Herald's opinion-and-editorial section, and may be viewed online at www.herald.com.

Hiaasen began writing novels in early 1980s with his good friend and fellow journalist, William D. Montalbano. Together they wrote three mystery thrillers - Powder Burn, Trap Line and Death in China - which borrowed heavily from their reporting experiences.

Tourist Season, published in 1986, was Hiaasen's first solo novel. GQ magazine called it "one of the 10 best destination reads of all time," though it failed to frighten a single tourist away from Florida. His next effort, Double Whammy, was the first (and possibly only) novel ever written about sex, murder and corruption on the professional bass-fishing tour.

Since then, Hiaasen has published Skin Tight, Native Tongue and nine national bestsellers - Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island and Bad Monkey. All the novels are set in Florida, for obvious reasons.

Hiaasen is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: Hoot, which won a Newbery Honor, Flush, Scat and, most recently, Skink - No Surrender, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience.

The film version of Hoot came out in 2006. It was directed by Wil Shriner, and produced by Jimmy Buffett and Frank Marshall. Buffett plays a teacher in the movie, while the author himself makes a forgettable cameo.

Hiaasen has also written two nonfiction books. The first, Team Rodent, is a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture. In 2008 came The Downhill Lie, which chronicles Hiaasen's ill-advised return to the sport of golf after a "much-needed" 32-year hiatus.

Together, his books have been published in 34 languages, which is 33 more than he can 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.

To prove he doesn't just make up all the sick stuff in his books, Hiaasen has also published three collections of his newspaper columns, Kick Ass, Paradise Screwed and Dance of the Reptiles. All these volumes were heroically edited by Diane Stevenson.

For his journalism and commentary, Hiaasen has received numerous honors, including the Damon Runyon Award from the Denver Press Club and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

His nonfiction work has appeared in many magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Time, Esquire and, most improbably, Gourmet.

One of Hiaasen's most well-known novels, Strip Tease, was turned into a major motion picture starring Demi Moore, and directed by Andrew Bergman. Hiaasen still believes that the Vaseline scene featuring Burt Reynolds is a landmark moment in American cinema.

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    • Squirm

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 190

    This summer, Billy Dickens will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, save a neighbor's cat, save an endangered panther, and then try to save his own father....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great kids book

    • By Helen W. on 10-13-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Hoot

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Chad Lowe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 626

    Roy Eberhardt has recently, and unhappily, arrived in Florida. "Disney World is an armpit," he states flatly...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Listened with my nine-year-old

    • By Ed on 02-13-12
    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Chad Lowe
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Release date: 10-31-03
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,119 ratings

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Razor Girl

    • A Novel
    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,981

    When Lane Coolman's car is bashed from behind on the road to the Florida Keys, what appears to be an ordinary accident is anything but (this is Hiaasen!)....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book this year!

    • By green ice cream garden on 09-19-16

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Tourist Season

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: George Wilson
    • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,039
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 547
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 547

    The cast, which includes a deranged journalist, a visionary ex-jock, and a lovesick detective, is just the kind of company Carl Hiaasen's fans love to keep....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • CAUTION: BELLY ACHING LAUGHTER IMMINENT!

    • By Tracy P. on 02-08-17

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Skinny Dip

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,272
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Skinny Dip

    • By Bill Burton on 12-24-04

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Flush

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Michael Welch
    • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 705
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370

    Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Adequate, but something's missing

    • By Book reader on 09-15-05

    Regular price: $25.27

    • Skink - No Surrender

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 767
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 691
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 689

    Classic Malley - to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Clinton Tyree is all time favorite

    • By Norman on 09-27-14

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Scat

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: Edward Asner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 474
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 310
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • not just a kids book

    • By Vicky on 07-05-09

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Chomp

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: James Van Der Beek
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 625
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 541
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 544

    Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he's grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle. His father is the unpredictable one....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book for the entire family.

    • By David on 04-09-13

    Regular price: $30.80

    • Basket Case

    • By: Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419

    Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South Florida daily, "plotting to resurrect my newspaper career by yoking my byline to some famous stiff"....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hasson never disappoints

    • By leslie suelter on 12-09-16

    Regular price: $28.00

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