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Carl Hiaasen is an American journalist and novelist. After two years as a reporter for “Cocoa Today” out of Cocoa, Florida, he joined the “Miami Herald” in 1976, where he currently works. Since 1985 he has written a regular column for the Herald, which currently appears weekly.
In the 1980s he embarked on a career as a novelist. He co-wrote three thrillers with fellow-journalist Bill Montalbano: “Powder Burn” (1981), “Trap Line” (1981), and “A Death in China” (1986). After Montalbano became a foreign correspondent, Hiaasen wrote his first solo novel, “Tourist Season” (1986), introducing many of his distinctive styles and themes. Hiaasen’s fiction mirrors his concerns as a journalist and Floridian. Hiaasen’s Florida is a hive of greedy businessmen, corrupt politicians, dumb blondes, apathetic retirees, intellectually challenged tourists, hard-luck redneck cooters, and militant ecoteurs.