BOOKS: LITTLE RASCALS: SATIRIST CARL HIAASEN

SATIRIST CARL HIAASEN KNOWS LIZARDS WHEN HE SEES THEM

Apocalyptic grumblers in the north of the U.S. are sometimes heard to say that what the nation needs for its spiritual and environmental health is another Ice Age, a mile-thick, continent-wide ice sheet, heading south. In Florida they do not say this. Florida has hurricanes, and when satirist Carl Hiaasen dedicates his new thriller, Stormy Weather (Knopf; 336 pages; $24), to "Donna, Camille, Hugo and Andrew," he is not referring to cute little nieces and nephews.

Hiaasen, a columnist for the Miami Herald, is a funny fellow who regards human Floridians as a notch below palmetto bugs in matters of ethics...

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