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

SQUIRM by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"Humorous, self-deprecating narration and convoluted exploits will keep pages turning till the satisfying close. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Billy Dickens is not the kind of kid who suffers bullies or poachers or absent parents. Read full book review >
ASSUME THE WORST by Carl Hiaasen
Released: April 10, 2018

"Slim but pointed and humorous; a good gift for the neighbor's kid's graduation."
Two of the literary world's most entertaining lighthearted cynics collaborate on a brief text that takes the form of a fake graduation speech. Read full book review >
RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention."
Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur (Skink—No Surrender, 2014, etc.) is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Hiaasen's fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"
If you were pursuing your cousin's kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe. Read full book review >
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
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
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
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
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Hiaasen's third outing for young readers might be a little slow in pacing and the character types might be recognizable to experienced readers, but fans of Hoot and Flush (2002, 2005) will not be disappointed by this funny, believable, environmentally friendly tween thriller. (Thriller. 10-15)"
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
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
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"But Noah's determination and sense of right comes straight from the author's heart, and readers will cheer as he and his cohorts scuttle once and for all the activities of the Coral Queen. (Fiction. 10+)"
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
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
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"If the ending is somewhat predictable, it is also entirely satisfying—Hoot is, indeed, a hoot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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
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 >
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
Released: Jan. 11, 2000

"Not top-drawer Hiaasen, then, but its selling points do include much sex, none of it in the missionary position, and a detailed concluding account of the characters— later lives, in the manner of Dickens on ‘ludes."
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
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Deeply satisfying, both for what it reveals of the serious priorities of a supposedly light novelist and for the outrageous epic of Florida profiteering and entropy within."
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
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 >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"So much for life, and art, on the cutting edge."
Thirteen top Florida writers team up, one chapter each, for this formula crime farce. Read full book review >
STORMY WEATHER by Carl Hiaasen
Released: Aug. 24, 1995

"If you're not laughing by page six, you need a complete checkup."
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

"Prime Hiaasen, and with a new edge: sexier, more violent, more political, but just as funny."
It's a wonder Florida hasn't yet banished Hiaasen (Native Tongue, etc.). Read full book review >
NATIVE TONGUE by Carl Hiaasen
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
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
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
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
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
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 >