Books by 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


ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"If Florida is the poster child for a nation's fiscal and political disintegration, Hiaasen is the state's galloping knight (in)errant, slaying the dragons of ineptitude, arrogance and idiocy."
Miami Herald columnist and best-selling novelist Hiaasen (Bad Monkey, 2013, etc.) wages a relentless war of words against those who would despoil his home state and cheapen a nation: the greedy, the corrupt and the stupid. Read full book review >
BAD MONKEY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 12, 2013

"Not as funny as Hiaasen's best (Star Island, 2010, etc.), with a title character more vicious than amusing, but still the gold standard for South Florida criminal farce."
A severed arm that a visiting angler hooks off Key West kicks off Hiaasen's 13th criminal comedy. Read full book review >
CHOMP by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION
Released: March 27, 2012

"Humorous adventure tales just don't get any more wacked…or fun to read than this. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Lots of kids think they live in a zoo; Wahoo Cray actually does. Read full book review >
STAR ISLAND by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Clueless celebrities and criminal paparazzi provide the perfect match and the perfect metaphor for contemporary public culture. And you never know which sentences are going to end with a back flip."
Now that the Florida real-estate market has gone bust, the insatiable bottom-feeders circle a hilariously untalented starlet, everyone looking for a piece of her before she too crashes and burns. Read full book review >
SCAT by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

During a field trip to Black Vine Swamp, a suspicious "wildfire" breaks out, and much-feared and -reviled science teacher Mrs. Starch vanishes. Read full book review >

NATURE GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2006

"For once, the characters are funnier than their exhaustingly unpredictable interactions. The result is less satire than usual from Hiaasen (Skinny Dip, 2004, etc.), and more Rube Goldberg farce."
Hiaasen's latest heroine is mad as hell, at least when she's off her meds, and she's not going to take it anymore. Read full book review >
FLUSH by Carl Hiaasen
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

What's a kid to do when his dad's thrown in jail for an unsuccessful act of ecoterrorism? Read full book review >

SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen
THRILLERS
Released: July 16, 2004

""I had a feeling he didn't love me any more," muses bobbing Joey, "but this is ridiculous." It's also bitingly satirical, sublimely zany, and deeply satisfying."
Florida's preeminent satirist returns from a YA excursion (Hoot, 2002) to ask the eternal question: What happens when the wife you've killed isn't dead? Read full book review >
HOOT by Carl Hiaasen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

The straight-arrow son of a maybe-federal agent (he's not quite sure) turns eco-terrorist in this first offering for kids from one of detective fiction's funniest novelists. Read full book review >

BASKET CASE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2002

"The giggles throughout, in fact, are authentic, but this time the crazies only nibble at the edges of the dutiful detective story instead of disporting themselves smack into the middle of things, as they've done in Hiaasen's more inspired crime comedies."
South Florida's master farceur takes enough off his trademark loony tunes (Sick Puppy, 2000, etc.) to fit some, though not all, the laughs into a whodunit. Read full book review >
PARADISE SCREWED by Carl Hiaasen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"These sharp, amusing pieces confirm Hiaasen's status as a bird so rare—the humorous popular novelist with an acutely critical social perspective—that he's practically an endangered species."
A second helping of dry wit and gale-force malice from South Florida's native Ambrose Bierce. Read full book review >
SICK PUPPY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

Will another unspoiled Florida island be turned into a paradise for golfers and crooked developers and politicians? Read full book review >

KICK ASS by Carl Hiaasen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

A public service to his many fans, this compendium of Miami Herald columns by best-selling novelist Carl Hiaasen (Lucky You, 1997, etc.) reveals an angry, alert civic muckraker in the pugilistic vein of Mencken or Royko. Read full book review >

LUCKY YOU by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"Makes you wonder."
As soon as an informative headnote warns that "there is no approved dental use for WD-40," you can relax, knowing that you're in for several blissful hours in the hands of a master farceur whose subject this time is what passes in South Florida for providence. Read full book review >
NAKED CAME THE MANATEE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Thirteen top Florida writers team up, one chapter each, for this formula crime farce. Booger, a manatee "whose brain was approximately the size and complexity of a bocce ball," sets the Rube Goldberg plot in motion when, at the behest of Dave Barry, he collides with a boat commandeered by a pair of equally witless thieves, sending them into the drink and their mysterious cargo—which looks an awful lot like Fidel Castro's head—into the lap of Les Standiford's contractor John Deal and his lawyer, Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter, who'll phone Edna Buchanan's peerless crime reporter Britt Montero and—well, you get the idea. Read full book review >

STORMY WEATHER by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

A hurricane, passing over southern Florida, leaves in its untidy wake the usual Hiaasen carnival of knaves and fools. Read full book review >

STRIP TEASE by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Aug. 26, 1993

It's a wonder Florida hasn't yet banished Hiaasen (Native Tongue, etc.). Read full book review >

NATIVE TONGUE by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1991

"The problem may be that Hiaasen's tilled this particular crime-comic soil one time too many."
Hiaasen's fourth Florida crime-farce—about an environmental-protection scam—is as manic as ever but lacks the crisp suspense that made Skin Tight a minor crime-classic. Read full book review >
SKIN TIGHT by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 11, 1989

"Great entertainment, Hiaasen's best."
Black-humored crime-novelist Hiaasen (Tourist Season, 1986; Double Whammy, 1987) tops himself here, exploding sardonic marvels on nearly every page—in an exceptionally inventive tale of a retired Florida cop and his run-ins with the weirdest villains this side of Batman. Read full book review >
DOUBLE WHAMMY by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 12, 1987

"Still, with its byzantine plot and wonderful, weird denizens, this is one of the most delightfully inventive and entertaining crime novels of the year."
Veteran of three taut but traditional thrillers (with William B. Montalbo: Powder Burn, 1981; Trap Line, 1982; A Death in China, 1984), Hiaasen unveiled an original madcap voice steeped in black humor when he finally soloed in last year's satirical crimemeller, Tourist Trap. Read full book review >
TOURIST SEASON by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 24, 1986

"But if you like your gallows laughs with gall, this could be for you."
Satiric mystery adventure about a crazed Miami reporter and an eruption of bloodlust meant to drive off the tourists and developers. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN CHINA by Carl Hiaasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1984

"Still, a solid, lively thriller for the most part—with an efficient (if familiar) central plot, action that's scenic and varied, and loads of wry, unromanticized China atmosphere."
Art-historian Tom Stratton is on a rather dismal tour of China—when he bumps into his beloved mentor, Prof. Read full book review >
POWDER BURN by Carl Hiaasen
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1981

"Good, solid underworld melodrama—with some especially authentic touches in the police work (a morgue scene is a standout) and the trafficking."
The cocaine traffic in Miami—convincingly, tautly fictionalized by two Miami Herald reporters. Read full book review >