So it’s now a running joke that a weird or unsavory news story about a random crime is apt to be headlined, “Florida Man…” We asked a couple of crime fiction writers well versed in those stories and in the business of making up their own Florida stories in the form of crime fiction series to talk about why Florida is such ripe territory for the weird and the unsavory. Alex Segura, who writes the Miami-based Pete Fernandez mysteries (the latest of which, Dangerous Ends, is just out), chats with Steph Post, who chronicles the northern Florida Cannon family in her recent Lightwood. Together they take on the Florida Man mythos, the diversity of the state, and some of their predecessors in the grand and wacky tradition of Florida crime fiction (listen to Alex about Charles Willeford, Hoke Moseley is my spirit animal).

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