Carl Hiaasen is a Florida thriller writer, with a strong and continually growing fan base. His mystery/thrillers feature casts of extremely eccentric characters, involved in crazy capers and off-the-wall scams. His dialog is dry, sarcastic and painfully witty. His characters’ outlook is generally very cynical, and the tone of his books is more often than not satirical. Also notable about Hiaasen — his settings (almost always Florida) are equally as important to his plots as his characters. He is well know for his portrayal of Florida as a paradisical wonderland, sullied by the humans who inhabit it.
Fans of Hiaasen’s highly stylized work, especially his effective use of bizarre, colorful, well-drawn characters, or his use of Florida as an essential setting, will probably appreciate the works of many of the authors in the following list. These author names are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of their titles in print or audio formats.
Dave Barry (Fiction)
Tim Dorsey — very similar in style to Hiaasen
James W. Hall
Elmore Leonard — very similar in style to Hiaasen
Laurence Shames — very similar in style to Hiaasen
Randy Wayne White