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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives.

A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a city-desk reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team.

From 1985 to 2021 he wrote a regular opinion column, which at one time or another thrashed just about every major politician in the state -- and occasionally his own bosses. One of Hiaasen's proudest moments came when a Miami City Commissioner who was enraged by the columns introduced a resolution officially denouncing him.

Hiaasen began writing novels in early 1980s with his good friend and fellow journalist, the late William D. Montalbano. They collaborated on 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 eleven national bestsellers – Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, Basket Case, Skinny Dip, Nature Girl, Star Island, Bad Monkey, Razor Girl, and his latest, Squeeze Me, which opened at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List. All the novels are set in Florida, where they are read more as documentary than fiction.

Hiaasen is also responsible for several popular novels for young readers: His first, Hoot, won a Newbery Honor and was made into a feature film starring Brie Larson, Luke Wilson and Logan Lerman. 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 an awkward cameo for which he has deservedly received exactly 35 cents in acting royalties.

Hiaasen's other books for young readers include Flush, Scat, Chomp and Skink, which introduced one of his wildest characters to a teen audience. His latest middle-grade novel, Squirm, takes place in both Florida and Montana, an entire state with half as many people as Miami-Dade County.

In addition to the novels, Hiaasen has authored several nonfiction books. The first, Team Rodent, is a wry but unsparing rant against the Disney empire and its grip on American culture. In 2008 he wrote The Downhill Lie, which chronicles his ill-advised return to the sport of golf after a “much-needed” 32-year hiatus.

In 2018 he published Assume the Worst -- The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear, which was illustrated by the artist Roz Chast , whose work regularly appears in The New Yorker.

Together, Hiaasen's 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 and S.J. Perelman.

"...if you could use some wild escapism right now, Hiaasen is your guy. In in its themes and its wild imagination, Squeeze Me offers some familiar pleasures, akin to a Greatest Hits collection. Anyone who's read him will know what a prime recommendation that is."

Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Carl Hiaasen remains the undefeated, unscored-upon conscience of Florida, maybe the conscience of the whole country. I laughed and laughed and laughed while I read Squeeze Me – until I remembered, hey, I live in Palm Beach! Oh yeah, spoiler alert – the python did it."

― James Patterson

Carl delivers a wildly entertaining novel involving snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad, a menacing drone, and more! Buy Squirm.

Read Carl's tribute to his brother Rob Hiaasen and the others who died in the mass shooting at the Annapolis Capital Gazette.

I am devastated and heartsick to confirm the loss of my wonderful brother Rob today in the mass shooting in the newsroom at the Annapolis Capital Gazette. Rob was an editor and columnist at the paper, and one of the most gentle and funny people I've ever known. He spent his whole gifted career as a journalist, and he believed profoundly in the craft and mission of serving the public's right to know the news.

We called him Big Rob because he was so tall, but it was his remarkable heart and humor that made him larger than all of us.

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

Hug your loved ones like there's no tomorrow.

– Carl Hiaasen

Razor Girl, Carl's new full-tilt, razor-sharp, unstoppably hilarious and entertaining novel, is now available in paperback.

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. Behind the wheel of the other car is Merry Mansfield--the eponymous Razor Girl – and the crash scam is only the beginning of events that spiral crazily out of control while unleashing some of the wildest characters Hiaasen has ever set loose on the page.

Video: Carl discusses Razor Girl.

Free Excerpt from Razor Girl.

Buy Razor Girl.

Carl's new book of advice for young people – Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear is now available.

This is Oh, the Places You'll Never Go – the ultimate hilarious, cynical, but absolutely realistic view of a college graduate's future. And what he or she can or can't do about it.

Nine weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Now available as a trade paperback.

With Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaasen is back doing what he does best: spinning a wickedly funny, fiercely pointed tale in which the greedy, the corrupt, and the degraders of pristine land get their comeuppance.

Buy Bad Monkey. | Read an excerpt. | Watch the trailer.

Shooting is underway in Miami and the Florida Keys for Bad Monkey, Apple TV's upcoming series based on Carl's best-selling novel. The show will star Vince Vaughn.

Read Carl's columns in the Miami Herald.

Hoot – The Movie

Three middle schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops in this mystery adventure based on Carl Hiaasen’s Newbery Honor-winning book.

Watch it now!