In the early 1980’s, Carl Hiaasen began writing novels with his good friend and a distinguished journalist, the late William D. Montalbano. Together they produced three mystery thrillers— Powder Burn, Trap Line and A Death in China—which borrowed heavily for their own previous 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,” although it failed to frighten a single tourist away from Florida. Since then Hiaasen has published Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue and eight national best sellers: Strip Tease (made into a movie in 1996 staring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds), Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl and most recently, Star Island.
Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. He resided in Islamorada for much of his writing career and maintains a residence there (his primary residence is now Vero Beach.) A graduate of the University of Florida, Hiaasen joined The Miami Herald staff at age 23. He has been writing a regular column for The Herald since 1985.
Hiaasen made his children’s book debut with Hoot (2002), which was awarded a Newbery Honor and spent more that two years on the New York Times bestseller lists. For young readers he went on to write Flush (2005) and Scat (2009). Chomp, a new novel for young readers, will be published in early 2012. His novels have been published in 34 different languages. The London Observer has called him “American’s finest satirical novelist,” while Janet Maslin of the New York Times has compared him to Preston Sturges, Wood Allen and J.J. Perelman.
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