Carl Hiaasen

Sunshine State Satirist


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About the Book

Carl Hiaasen has been described as “one of the funniest crime writers in decades,” “America’s finest satirical novelist,” and a “great American writer about the great American subjects of ambition, greed, vanity, and disappointment.” A columnist for thirty years, Hiaasen also wrote several award-winning young adult books but is best known for his 14 crime novels. His distinctive blend of outrageous humor and biting satire appeals to mystery fans, as well as readers of comic fiction and those interested in social and environmental issues. The author examines Hiaasen’s entire body of work, from his earliest writing as a reporter and then columnist for the Miami Herald to his bestselling novels for both adult and young readers. While much of his writing focuses on his beloved Florida, his work has a universal appeal that has earned him global fame.

About the Author(s)

David Geherin, a professor emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University, is the author of ten books on crime fiction, three of which were finalists for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

David Geherin

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 210
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6944-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3459-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Biography 3
1. Journalism 13
2. Nonfiction 25
3. Collaborations with Bill Montalbano 34
4. Novels for Adults 40
5. Novels for Young Readers 133
6. Literary Influences 163
7. Florida: Hiaasen’s Muse 169
8. Humor and Satire 174
9. An Interview with Carl Hiaasen 180
Bibliography 189
Index 197