Dewey asked what qualified as Hiaasenesque-ness and I had to think about it, but I think I've got some things that are featured in many of his books:
- they're very funny - satirical, bizarre and darkly humourous
- they're set in Florida and are usually filled with the oddness of that state (which I haven't experienced first-hand but have heard many people - authors and regular folks alike - allude to)
- there's often a conservation theme such as saving an endangered species or the destruction of the Everglades
- the central problem of the novel usually happens to a tough, quirky female character and she's soon joined in her journey to solve it by a tough, quirky guy that she's just met (often, sometimes she already knows him) - they end up together in the end
- the villain is usually a slick con-man type who deserves what's coming to him
- the secondary villains are either his accomplices or part of a subplot and they're completely, hilariously brain-dead rednecks - they've often lost everything (including limbs) and are deranged and covered in filth by the end
Other Hiaasen fans - feel free to include anything I've missed!