Carl Hiaasen joined the Miami Herald in 1976, where he still works. In 1979, he turned to investigative journalism concentrating on property development, exposing schemes to destroy Florida’s natural beauty for the sake of profit. His fiction mirrors his concerns as a journalist and Floridian. His novels have been classified as environmental thrillers, although they can just as well be read as mainstream reflections of contemporary life. The London Observer called him “America’s finest satirical novelist,” while Janet Maslin of the New York Times has compared him to Preston Sturges, Woody Allen, and S.J. Perelman. Mr. Hiaasen’s latest book is Nature Girl.