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Carl Hiaasen

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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in South Florida and presently lives with his family and pet snakes in the Florida Keys. He attended Emory University and was graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Florida in 1974.

Since 1976, Hiaasen has worked for The Miami Herald, beginning as a general assignment reporter and later joining the newspaper's prize-winning investigations team. There he worked on projects exposing dangerous doctors, crooked land deals and drug corruption in the Bahamas and the Keys. For the last sixteen years, Hiaasen has written a twice-weekly column that has won numerous awards and earned him the enmity of many sleazy politicians, who've found themselves the target of his pen.

In the eighties, Hiaasen also turned his hand to fiction. His first novel, Tourist Season, was named "one of the ten best destination reads of all time" by GQ Magazine. He is the author of eight other best-selling novels, Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You, Sick Puppy, and Basket Case. Together Hiaasen's novels have been translated into 21 languages, and the London Observer has called him "America's finest satirical novelist."

Writing in Cosmopolitan, Louise Berkow describes Hiaasen's fiction as "unbelievably funny -- tears-running-down-your-cheeks funny in spite of some pretty weighty themes like the destruction of the environment." Tony Hillerman calls him "the Mark Twain of the crime novel."

The film Striptease, based on Hiaasen's novel, was a major motion picture starring Demi Moore in pasties and Burt Reynolds in a Newt-Gingrich hairpiece.

Hiaasen is also the author of Team Rodent, an unsparing essay about the Disney empire, and two recent collections of newspaper columns, Kick Ass and Paradise Screwed.

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