Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida. His previous novels are Tourist Season, Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Lucky You and Sick Puppy, which together have been translated into twenty languages. Since 1979 he has worked at the Miami Herald as a magazine writer, investigative reporter and metropolitan columnist. 'Crime fiction at its most entertaining' - Mail on Sunday 'America's finest satirical novelist . . . Hiaasen is the blazing conscience of the sunshine state' - Observer 'Carl Hiaasen is Florida's poet laureate . . . a unique satirical talent' - Financial Times 'Anarchic humour, in-your-face satire and bizarre violence' - Irish Times
``Hiaasen's latest thriller is his funniest and sharpest novel to date. Set in a south Florida swarming with ripoff artists, crooked cops, nude sunbathers and corrupt politicians, it features a Mafia-connected plastic surgeon with butterfingers, a bitchy Hollywood starlet, a remarkably inept hit man and a pompous TV journalist `nationally famous for getting beaten up on camera,' '' said PW. Author tour. (Oct.)
Mick Stranahan, formerly employed by the Miami prosecutor's office, has had five wives and killed five men, and he is still an unhappy man. Forced into premature retirement for blowing the whistle on a crooked judge, Stranahan seeks disengagement from society and exiles himself to Stiltsville. It isn't long before the outside world intrudes, and he is dragged back into the cesspool of Miami corruption. An old unsolved case involving a young college coed's disappearance after a routine outpatient rhinoplasty in a swank plastic surgery factory comes back to haunt Stranahan and disrupt his self-satisfying ennui. In Hiaasen's world everyone is corrupt, and the world is awash in vanity and greed. Thanks to the author's offbeat sense of humor, however, the story is not unbearably oppressive. Reader George Wilson provides the perfect tone of understated irony. Wilson's characterizations are clever and clearly distinct. Recommended for most libraries with large crime/mystery collections.-- Jack McCleland, Brooklyn P.L.