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Columnist and Novelist Carl Hiaasen.

Miami Herald columnist and novelist Carl Hiaasen. "Strip Tease," Hiaasen's fifth novel and latest gonzo thriller, is a yarn, pitting a seamy Florida politician against the star stripper at Miami's Eager Beaver club. Mr. Hiaasen has spun tales of environmentalists feeding tourists and senior citizens to alligators ("Tourist Season), of a villainous South Florida plastic surgeon who kills a woman during a nose job ("Skin Tight"), and about the amusement park, "The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills,' where one of the novel's heavies is loved to death by an amorous dolphin ("Native Tongue"). (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)

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Other segments from the episode on August 23, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 23, 1993: Interview with A. E. Hotchner; Interview with Carl Hiaasen; Review of Kathryn Davis's book "The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf."

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