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Spending a couple of days in Clearwater last week got me thinking of my favorite “Florida” writers. We flew into Tampa International, and I was immediately aware that I was on Serge Storms’ home turf. Serge is the main character in all of Tim Dorsey’s novels. 

A few months ago, a friend of my brother’s emailed me and asked if I had ever read any of Tom Corcoran’s “Alex Rutledge” mysteries. I finished “Air Dance Iguana” in Clearwater, and began a mental comparison of my favorite writers who use Florida as a setting for their stories, or at least have a Florida connection.

The following is a list of my favorite authors in the Florida fiction genre. This list could also serve as a light, summer reading list for anyone with an interest in Florida fiction:

Tim Dorsey— Without a doubt one of the funniest authors I have ever read. If you don’t mind laughing out loud while you’re reading, check out “The Stingray Shuffle” or “Florida Roadkill.” Serge Storms is a lovable serial killer, and Dorsey surrounds him with a hilarious supporting cast in every book.

Carl Hiaasen–Not as laugh out loud funny as Dorsey, but a great storyteller just the same. I reccomend “Skin Tight” because I like the Mick Stranahan character, and “Double Whammy” because any book with “Skink” in it is worth reading.

Tom Corcoran— So far I’ve only read “Air Dance Iguana” and “Bone Island Mambo” (no, the latter is not a porno). His influence on Jimmy Buffett, as an author, is easily recognizable. Corcoran’s Alex Rutledge is who I would like to be when I grow up, if I already didn’t want to be Tully Mars. Which brings me to…

Jimmy Buffett–I have a thirty year history with Buffett’s music, and have been a fan of his writing since I first came across a used copy of “Tales from Margaritaville.” I immediately identified with Tully Mars in the story “Take Another Road” and with Slade Patterson in “I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever.” As for his other books, the non-fiction “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” is as good an auto biography as I have ever read. “Where is Joe Merchant” and “A Salty Piece of Land” are top notch examples of Florida/Island fiction.

Anyone have any other authors to add?




Written by thescolai

June 5, 2007 at 5:21 am

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