A native of perhaps one of the more... [[OnlyInFlorida eccentric]] states in the Union, Carl Hiaasen has built his career writing both on the fictional and real life exploits of the citizens of Florida. Known for a strong sense of black and satirical humor, many of his novels involve situations that he insists isn't that much of a stretch for his fellow Floridians: from a crook being beaten with a frozen lizard, to a particularly ornery and sexually-deviant dolphin, to a female lead that continually has two songs clashing in her head, his novels are filled with all manner of colorful individuals. Not withstanding the more colorful of their type and behavior, Hiaasen's books usually contain recognizable yet unstereotyped characters that are often criminal, eccentric, mentally ill or challenged etc yet still make endearing protagonists - whereas his villains are the sort of individuals for whom his imaginative fates can be seen as richly deserved.

[[http://www.carlhiaasen.com/index.shtml Official website.]]

!!Fiction written with Bill Montalbano:
* ''Powder Burn''
* ''Trap Line''
* ''Death in China''

!!Novels
* ''TouristSeason''
* ''DoubleWhammy''
* ''SkinTight''
* ''NativeTongue''
* ''Strip Tease''
* ''StormyWeather''
* ''LuckyYou''
* ''SickPuppy''
* ''Basket Case''
* ''SkinnyDip''
* ''NatureGirl''
* ''Literature/StarIsland''
* ''Literature/BadMonkey''

!!Young Adult novels
* ''Literature/{{Hoot}}''
* ''Flush''
* ''Scat''
* ''Chomp''

!!Non-fiction
* ''Kick Ass'' - Selected columns
* ''Paradise Screwed'' - Selected columns
* ''Team Rodent''
* ''The Downhill Lie''

This author's work contains examples of:

* IronicEcho: In ''Tourist Season'', Skip Wiley has written a column wishing Florida would get hit by a hurricane. In ''Stormy Weather'', when a hurricane hits, Skink is eager and ready to see it.
* NonIdleRich: The heroes of both ''Stormy Weather'' and ''Sick Puppy'' - Augustine and Twilly, respectively - are both rich by fate (Augustine received money from an insurance settlement after he survived a plane crash; Twilly inherited his from a rich relative who died). Augustine takes care of his uncle's exotic pets, even searching for them during the hurricane in the novel, while also helping a woman find her missing husband and helping Skink find out who beat up Jim Tile's girlfriend. Twilly, in turn, devotes himself to stopping the building or a bridge to Shearwater Island that would mean environmental destruction (though he is a bit fanciful in his methods).
** According to ''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''.
* OnlyInFlorida: Hiaasen's solo novels and young adult novels run on this trope.
* RecurringCharacter: Former governor Clint Tyree (though he prefers to be called "Skink" or "Captain") appears in six of Hiaasen's novels, state trooper Jim Tile appears in five, detective sergeant Al Garcia appears in four (though none since ''Literature/StripTease''), and Twilly Spree appears in two, plus one of the young adult novels. Some characters "recur" by never appearing, but by being mentioned by others in passing.
* SeriousBusiness: ''Double Whammy'' has been described as a tale of sex and murder set in the high-stakes world of... large-mouth bass fishing. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Garcia:
-->''[[LetMeGetThisStraight "You're telling me," Garcia said, "that grown men will sit down for hours in front of a television set and watch other men go fishing."]]''
-->''"Millions," Decker said. "Every weekend."''
-->''"I don't ever want to hear you talk about crazy Cubans," Garcia said, "never again."''
** Twilly, who's the AntiHero of ''Sick Puppy'', initially goes after lobbyist Palmer Stoat, not because of his corrupt activities, but because he's a shameless litterbug.
* TakeThat: Most of Hiaasen's novels go after those who went after the Florida Everglades, but his has a few specific targets as well:
** ''Skin Tight'' features an obnoxious TV tabloid journalist modeled on GeraldoRivera.
** ''Double Whammy'' and ''Lucky You'' feature dishonest evangelists who fake miracles and use their audience's donations to run their business empires. A swipe at 1980's era "televangelists".
** ''Native Tongue'' has a theme park similar to Walt Disney World being run by an ex-mobster.
** The villain of ''Basket Case'' is a takeoff on CourtneyLove.
** ''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.
* 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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