History Creator / CarlHiaasen

8th Jun '17 8:09:57 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/SkinnyDip''



* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Averted in ''Skinny Dip'' after Joey survives her husband's attempt on her life. She wants to attend her own funeral (in disguise) in order to interrogate her husband about why he tried to kill her. Her partner-in-crime convinces her to wait in the car.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Red Hammernut from ''Skinny Dip'' hires everyone from crooked hydrologists to hitmen to keep his farming operation looking clean enough on paper that he doesn't have to spend money on pollution controls.



* ForgingTheWill: In ''Skinny Dip'', Mick Stranahan forges a will in the name of presumed-dead Joey Perrone, leaving $13 million to her husband, as a ploy to find out just how greedy he really is. Joey would never have lavished such money on her scumbag of a husband as long as she was alive, which she happens to still be.



* {{Gaslighting}}: In ''Skinny Dip'', Chaz Perrone is driven insane in many small ways by his wife Joey, whom he thought he had killed.



* GoodbyeCruelWorld: In ''Skinny Dip'', Charles Perrone writes a fake suicide note, intending to cover his tracks as he flees the country, but karma catches up with him first.



* HumiliationConga: In ''Skinny Dip'', the second-to-last chapter has [[spoiler:Charles Perrone hopelessly slogging through the Everglades, ruing how his former friends all turned against him, especially the ones he had tried and failed to kill]]. He escapes from his tormentors, only to meet for the first time the last person he'll ever see.



* TheLoinsSleepTonight: ''Skinny Dip'':
-->''For the first time in their relationship--in ''any'' relationship--Chaz had heard that most hollow and dreaded of consolations: "Don't worry, it happens to everybody."... Even digitally remastered, "Bad to the Bone" could not rally Chaz's bone to its usual badness.''



* RemovedFromThePicture: In ''Skinny Dip'', Joey, having survived attempted murder by her husband (who believes her dead, as do the authorities), secretly returns to his house and, using cuticle scissors, cuts herself out of a wedding picture, which she places under his pillow. Her confidant Mick Stranahan immediately recognizes this as a typical feminine ploy; apparently, it happened to him with his third wife.



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** The disclaimer in ''Skinny Dip'' explains: "The events described are mostly imaginary, except for the destruction of the Florida Everglades and the $8 billion effort to save what remains."



* WomanScorned: ''Skinny Dip'' is all about Joey Perrone getting revenge on her husband Chaz, who pushed her into the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise. She takes full advantage of being presumed dead.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Several of Hiaasen's main characters either once worked on a newspaper or are currently writing for one. One ''Skinny Dip'' character, like Hiaasen, keeps pet snakes.

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* WomanScorned: ''Skinny Dip'' is all about Joey Perrone getting revenge on her husband Chaz, who pushed her into the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise. She takes full advantage of being presumed dead.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Several of Hiaasen's main characters either once worked on a newspaper or are currently writing for one. One ''Skinny Dip'' character, like Hiaasen, keeps pet snakes.
7th Jun '17 1:58:40 AM PaulA
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* AnythingThatMoves: In ''Native Tongue'', a local Glades theme park (run by a scumbag) bought Orky the sexually-frustrated killer whale as an ill-thought-out visitor attraction. Orky attempts pelagic-style loving with pretty much any warm body that enters his tank: these wet and warm bodies include a local TV reporter doing a live segment and the park's roided-out Head of Security (whom Orky found endlessly irresistible...)
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: Averted in ''Skinny Dip'' after Joey survives her husband's attempt on her life. She wants to attend her own funeral (in disguise) in order to interrogate her husband about why he tried to kill her. Her partner-in-crime convinces her to wait in the car.
* BlackComedyRape: The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, a theme park in ''Native Tongue'', buys a dolphin on the cheap to compete with Disneyland's swimming-with-dolphins attraction, but it turns out to be mentally unstable and sexually deviant. One of the bad guys meets his fate by falling into the pool and drowning as the dolphin assaults him.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Red Hammernut from ''Skinny Dip'' hires everyone from crooked hydrologists to hitmen to keep his farming operation looking clean enough on paper that he doesn't have to spend money on pollution controls.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath:
** In ''Strip Tease'', the sleazy ex-husband of the main character falls into a drug-induced sleep in a vat of sugarcane -- which is then fed through a processing plant.
** In ''Native Tongue'', a hitman falls into a tank at a "Sea World"-like attraction, and simultaneously drowns and is humped to death by the oversexed dolphin that lives in the tank.
* DoesntLikeGuns: In ''Stormy Weather'', Ira Jackson, a mafia thug, doesn't carry guns, partly because it's a condition of his parole, but mostly he feels anyone who carries a gun gets shot with one sooner or later. Besides, he prefers the more personal touch of crucifying his victims.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In ''Stormy Weather'', mobster Ira Jackson goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the real estate agent who sold his mother a defective home and the roofing inspector who didn't do his job properly, after a hurricane destroys the property and kills Jackson's mother.
* ForgingTheWill: In ''Skinny Dip'', Mick Stranahan forges a will in the name of presumed-dead Joey Perrone, leaving $13 million to her husband, as a ploy to find out just how greedy he really is. Joey would never have lavished such money on her scumbag of a husband as long as she was alive, which she happens to still be.
* FunWithFlushing: In ''Flush'', Noah and his sister flush dyes down a polluting ship's toilets in attempt to expose them.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In ''Skinny Dip'', Chaz Perrone is driven insane in many small ways by his wife Joey, whom he thought he had killed.
* {{Gonk}}: ''Skin Tight'' contains the ex-con turned bodyguard Chemo, who has a deformed face due to an electrolysis procedure that went horribly wrong. Then he took a medication that promised to fix it, but instead made it look like cereal was glued to his face. He went to prison for killing the incompetent electrolysis doctor.
* GoodbyeCruelWorld: In ''Skinny Dip'', Charles Perrone writes a fake suicide note, intending to cover his tracks as he flees the country, but karma catches up with him first.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: In ''Tourist Season'', the body of one of the victims of "El Fuego" is discovered wearing a flower-print shirt, baggy Bermuda shorts and black wraparound sunglasses and drenched in coconut-scented suntan lotion, none of which he usually wore in life.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: In ''Strip Tease'', this drives much of the main plot as characters discover a Congressman who beat up another patron at a nudie bar. They're hoping for some blackmail, but the Congressman's people have other ideas. A purer example is mostly in the background -- three migrant workers are hired to murder one character, sent back to Jamaica afterwards, and it's implied that a [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident fatal accident]] will be arranged for them there.
* HiddenDepths: In ''Flush'', [[TheBully Jasper]] is the son of the main antagonist, and serves as the protagonist's jerkass rival, along with his crony Bull. Bull is described as very big, but not too smart (and he is beaten by the protagonist's sister and grandpa). However, later in the book, Jasper and him sneak out some beers and cigarettes, which he tried to light up, and instead set his dad's boat casino on fire. Bull drags him out of the burning wreckage, despite both inhaling smoke, and Jasper even tries to shift blame on to him for it. Amazingly, he still hangs out with Jasper, and leaves him when confronted by the protagonist and his family in the end.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: In ''Strip Tease'', Erin Grant becomes a stripper, but only because she has to do something lucrative to pay off her legal fees from trying to get custody of her daughter from her sleazeball ex-husband. She never actually has much of a romance with anybody, let alone being saved by ThePowerOfLove, and she gets the happiest ending of anyone in the book.
* HumiliationConga: In ''Skinny Dip'', the second-to-last chapter has [[spoiler:Charles Perrone hopelessly slogging through the Everglades, ruing how his former friends all turned against him, especially the ones he had tried and failed to kill]]. He escapes from his tormentors, only to meet for the first time the last person he'll ever see.
* IllPretendIDidntHearThat: In ''Strip Tease'', this is Orly's response when Erin (on behalf of the other dancers) requests that the air conditioning be turned up. Orly is pretending this is to prevent her getting in trouble, but is really hoping to just ignore the request until the issue is forgotten. When Erin then writes down "72 or no dancing", he adds "I'll pretend I didn't ''see'' that."


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* LastNameBasis: In ''Strip Tease'', Mordecai is only referred to by that name, Mordecai, throughout the novel (even Joyce refers to him as her "cousin Mordecai"). Since Mordecai is a rare, but not unknown, first name in the US, the reader will probably assume that is the character's first name. It is only in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue that his full name (Jonathan Peter Mordecai) is given. (There's no plot reason for any first/last name confusion, it just comes as a mild surprise to any reader who happens to notice.)
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: ''Skinny Dip'':
-->''For the first time in their relationship--in ''any'' relationship--Chaz had heard that most hollow and dreaded of consolations: "Don't worry, it happens to everybody."... Even digitally remastered, "Bad to the Bone" could not rally Chaz's bone to its usual badness.''
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: In ''Tourist Season'', several characters are eaten by a North American crocodile named Pavlov, who has escaped into the wild.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Basket Case'' is all about the suspicious death of [[Music/KurtCobain a punk-inspired, revolutionary musician]] and the rise of [[Music/CourtneyLove his angry, sexpot wannabe musician girlfriend]].


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* OneSteveLimit: In-universe in ''Strip Tease'', where two strippers want to use the name stage name of "Monique". They settle on the older one keeping the name while the younger one calls herself "Monique Jr."


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* RemovedFromThePicture: In ''Skinny Dip'', Joey, having survived attempted murder by her husband (who believes her dead, as do the authorities), secretly returns to his house and, using cuticle scissors, cuts herself out of a wedding picture, which she places under his pillow. Her confidant Mick Stranahan immediately recognizes this as a typical feminine ploy; apparently, it happened to him with his third wife.
* ReturningTheWeddingRing: In ''Lucky You'', a major character had been engaged six times, broke the engagement six times, and returned the ring five times. The time she kept the ring was because the breakup was over the man developing a disturbing fascination with body piercings, and she was afraid of what he'd do with it if it was returned.


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* SoapPunishment: In ''Lucky You'', there's a white supremacist whose nice liberal parents once washed his mouth out for saying the N-word. Now he can be as racist as he pleases, but he can't bring himself to utter the N-word, much to the amusement of the other white supremacists.


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* TastesLikeChicken: Skink, a recurring character, is fond of roadkill. Whenever he offers it to another character, they will invariably reply it tastes like chicken.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction:
** ''Sick Puppy'' has:
--->''This is a work of fiction. All names and characters are either invented or used fictitiously. To the best of the author's knowledge, there is no such licensed product as a Double-Jointed Vampire Barbie, nor is there a cinematic portrayal thereof.\\
However, while most events described in this book are imaginary, the dining habits of the common bovine dung beetle are authentically represented.''
** The disclaimer in ''Skinny Dip'' explains: "The events described are mostly imaginary, except for the destruction of the Florida Everglades and the $8 billion effort to save what remains."
* ThisIsGoingToBeHuge: ''Nature Girl'' has two characters who went through this. One is a woman who was mistress to a man who killed his wife and ended up in a high-profile murder trial, which led to a sensationalised ghost-written book on her story for which she gained half a million dollars and a stockbroker boyfriend who recommended investing it in Enron; two years later, she had lost it all and was working at a bottom-feeding telemarketing company. The other is the mother of another character, whose many disappointments in life include her father cashing in his pension to invest it all in the Delorean Motor Company, leaving nothing to pass to his daughter.
* ToadLicking: Recurring character, eccentric governor-turned-hermit Clinton "Skink" Tyree, frequently licks toads.
* UndignifiedDeath: In ''Native Tongue'', a hitman falls into a tank at a "Sea World"-like attraction, and simultaneously drowns and is humped to death by the oversexed dolphin that lives in the tank.
* WomanScorned: ''Skinny Dip'' is all about Joey Perrone getting revenge on her husband Chaz, who pushed her into the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise. She takes full advantage of being presumed dead.
7th Jun '17 1:26:33 AM PaulA
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** ''Star Island'' can be seen as a TakeThat at both pop-star celebrities (the teen idol antagonist seems very similar to Creator/LindsayLohan and Music/BritneySpears) and the {{Paparazzi}} who stalk them.
7th Jun '17 1:03:27 AM PaulA
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* ''TouristSeason''
* ''DoubleWhammy''
* ''SkinTight''
* ''NativeTongue''

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* ''TouristSeason''
''Tourist Season''
* ''DoubleWhammy''
''Double Whammy''
* ''SkinTight''
''Skin Tight''
* ''NativeTongue''''Native Tongue''



* ''StormyWeather''
* ''LuckyYou''
* ''SickPuppy''

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* ''StormyWeather''
''Stormy Weather''
* ''LuckyYou''
''Lucky You''
* ''SickPuppy''''Sick Puppy''



* ''SkinnyDip''
* ''NatureGirl''
* ''Literature/StarIsland''
* ''Literature/BadMonkey''

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* ''SkinnyDip''
''Skinny Dip''
* ''NatureGirl''
''Nature Girl''
* ''Literature/StarIsland''
''Star Island''
* ''Literature/BadMonkey''
''Bad Monkey''



* ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''''Hoot''




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!!Works by Carl Hiaasen with their own pages include:

* ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''
* ''Literature/StarIsland''

!!Other works by Carl Hiaasen contain
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10th Nov '16 3:31:39 PM LTR
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** ''Razor Girl'' is a swipe at "reality" TV shows and the dangers of rabid fanbases taking said shows too seriously.
14th Sep '16 7:17:35 PM gewunomox
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** ''Star Island'' can be seen as a TakeThat at both pop-star celebrities (the teen idol antagonist seems very similar to LindsayLohan and BritneySpears) and the {{Paparazzi}} who stalk them.

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** ''Star Island'' can be seen as a TakeThat at both pop-star celebrities (the teen idol antagonist seems very similar to LindsayLohan Creator/LindsayLohan and BritneySpears) Music/BritneySpears) and the {{Paparazzi}} who stalk them.
23rd Aug '16 5:10:58 PM gewunomox
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** The villain of ''Basket Case'' is a takeoff on CourtneyLove.

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** The villain of ''Basket Case'' is a takeoff on CourtneyLove.Music/CourtneyLove.
1st Feb '14 8:52:02 AM lipranzer
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* ''Literature/BadMonkey''
9th Jan '14 3:29:24 PM MarchVee
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* ''StarIsland''

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* ''StarIsland''
''Literature/StarIsland''
30th Oct '13 5:47:20 PM elsiehama
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** According to ''Chomp'', where he features as one of the minor characters, he's apparently dumped five tons of raw garbage on someones car because that person was ''littering''.

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** According to ''Chomp'', ''Scat'', where he features as one of the minor characters, he's apparently dumped five tons of raw garbage on someones car because that person was ''littering''.
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