Who else writes like Hiaasen, Fitzhugh, Barry etc?

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The list author says: "Many people start their exposure to this sensational genre with either Carl Hiaasen or Bill Fitzhugh. They are not the only the ones who has mastered the surreal humorous adventure with lots of eccentric characters though."
Nature Girl
1.  Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen
The list author says:
  "Carl Hiaasen is easily the most popular of the surreal adventure novelist.  He has written many a masterpiece such as Sick Puppy, Skinny Dip, Lucky You, Stormy Weather, Native Tongue, Strip Tease and Hoot."
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Organ Grinders
2.  Organ Grinders by Bill Fitzhugh
The list author says:
  "Bill Fitzhugh is an hilarious author and master of the surreal adventure.  Unlike most other authors in this genre Fitzhugh sets his novels in various locations."
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Big Trouble
3.  Big Trouble by Dave Barry
The list author says:
  "Dave Barry like Hiaasen also writes many an article for a Florida newspaper and has also written a few surreal fiction masterpieces.  His best is his masterpiece Tricky Business."
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Company: A Novel
4.  Company: A Novel by Max Barry
The list author says:
  "Max Barry writes surreal masterpieces set in the corporate world.  His debut novel Syrup was an absolute masterpiece but check out all his work."
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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms)
5.  Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms) by Tim Dorsey
The list author says:
  "Tim Dorsey novels are a lot more violent than Hiaasen, Barry and his fellow authors in this genre.  The only bad point is that his novels follow a series so either start with the initial Florida Roadkill or read Triggerfish Twist, the fourth in the series which is actually the prequel to that novel and is a better book."
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Buck Fever: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel
6.  Buck Fever: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel by Ben Rehder
The list author says:
  "Similar sort of novels to author C.J. Box but with a lot more eccentric Hiaasen, Fitzhugh characters than his novels.  They are all set around a small Texan town where hunters, corrupt local cops and rednecks run free."
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Practical Demonkeeping
7.  Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
The list author says:
  "Imagine if Fitzhugh or Hiaasen wrote horror/supernatural stories and you've got Christopher Moore!"
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Weepin' Willie
8.  Weepin' Willie by Richard Grayson
The list author says:
  "Richard Grayson has written a Hiaasen/Fitzhugh character filled novel set in the funeral industry.  Sort of half way between these authors and Christopher Moore in plot.  As far as I know this is his only novel."
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Little Green Men
9.  Little Green Men by Christopher Buckley
The list author says:
  "Most have some political setting for at least the background of the plot but another great surreal humourous author."
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The Death and Life of Bobby Z
10.  The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow
The list author says:
  "Winslow writes novels across different genres that vary in quality from masterpieces to very average.  He has written some surreal masterpieces though such as The Death and Life of Bobby Z."
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Spy in the Ointment
11.  Spy in the Ointment by Donald E. Westlake
The list author says:
  "Westlake has a heap of novels and within them a collection classified as comic capers.  These books are very funny and similar in style to Fitzhugh, Hiaasen etc.  Dancing Aztecs, Enough, Smoke, Castle in the Air and High Adventure and Spy in the Ointment are a good place to start."
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The Gun Seller
12.  The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
The list author says:
  "Hugh Laurie, (yeah same guy who plays House) back in 1996 wrote a brilliant comic caper way back in 1996. Inside you'll find eccentric charaters and lots of laughs!"
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HELP!  A Bear is Eating Me!
13.  HELP! A Bear is Eating Me! by Mykle Hansen
The list author says:
  "Marv Pushkin is an as Hiaasen, Fitzhugh like character as you can get.  He's also trapped under a 4WD in Alaska with a bear gnawing at his exposed legs."
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Moist: A Novel
14.  Moist: A Novel by Mark Haskell Smith
The list author says:
  "Mark Haskell Smith also writes interesting humourous eccentric character fiction where those that need to, get their comeuppance by the final pages."
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Gutshot Straight: A Novel
15.  Gutshot Straight: A Novel by Louis Berney
The list author says:
  "A comic crime caper that takes the reader from Vegas to Panama, full of eccentric characters."
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Mister Ray
16.  Mister Ray by Adam Perry
The list author says:
  "Brilliant novel about a supermarket janitor who is mistaken for the person who is supposed to be the next recruit to Area 51."
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Drop Off
17.  Drop Off by Patrick Quinlan
The list author says:
  "Patrick Quinlan writes Hiaasen style crime capers that are somewhere between Hiaasen and Charlie Huston violence wise."
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May Contain Nuts: A Novel of Extreme Parenting
18.  May Contain Nuts: A Novel of Extreme Parenting by John O'Farrell
The list author says:
  "Hilarious author John O'Farrel writes some of the best stuff around.  Following more of a main character story than Hiaasen, Barry, Fitzhugh, Dorsey etc do the surrealness is still there for any fan of this great genre.  This is Your Life would be the best to start with."
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Being Alexander
19.  Being Alexander by Nancy Sparling
The list author says:
  "Like O'Farrell does, Sparling's work follows more of a tale through the eyes of a main character and but the humour and surrealness will not disapoint those looking for it.  Definitly get a copy of the hilarious novels Free Lunch and Being Alexander."
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Plan B: A Novel
20.  Plan B: A Novel by Jonathan Tropper
The list author says:
  "Jonathan Tropper writes mildy surreal but hilarious tales involving characters everyone comes across no matter where they live.  Again like O'Farrel and Sparling these storys revolve more around one character than Hiaasen etc's novels do"
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Heckler
21.  Heckler by Dan Barton
The list author says:
  "The Biff Kincaid series although not as surreal as the above authors is equally as good and funny.  Set in the world of comedians Biff solves murders of colleagues while you laugh until the final page.  Killer Material is the first novel in this sensational series."
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Trouble on the Heath (Quick Reads)
22.  Trouble on the Heath (Quick Reads) by Terry Jones
The list author says:
  "Short story - A residents association that trys to stop an inappropriate oversized house being built in their street unwittingly goes to war with a Russian supervillain complete with a hit man."
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