Carl Hiaasen is noted for creating a distinctive landscape filled with Florida’s social, political, and environmental issues and ills. His fictional world is populated by an array of bizarre cliché-flouting characters, from reporters who become reluctant investigators to ludicrously grotesque villains and environmental avengers such as a former governor and ecological fanatic turned Everglades hermit. Within his world Hiaasen creates wildly absurdist situations laced with his own particular humor while reflecting a strong environmental consciousness. His years as an investigative reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald have given him a keen insight into Florida’s ills, which he attacks in his novels. His investigative reporting has won many significant awards and finalist status for the Pulitzer Prize on two occasions, and his novels, which combine sociopolitical satire, black humor, broad slapstick, and environmental criticism, have achieved both a critical and popular following and appear in bookstores nationwide. His distinctive style, themes, and satiric wit, which he uses to call attention to corporate greed, government corruption, and the destruction of his beloved Florida wilderness, offer a black-comedy world not yet rivaled by other authors of crime and detective fiction. Like Elmore Leonard, Hiaasen has taken crime fiction into the mainstream by subverting old formulas with matters of social and environmental importance. His place in the canon of contemporary authors seems assured.