Serge Storms - A Novel
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Serge Storms, that loveable thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-Florida-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authorities—especially one tenacious state agent—have begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?
Meanwhile, armed with his perpetually baked sidekick, Coleman, Serge decides to blitz the state and resurrect his Internet travel-advice website—which, of course, must be the finest and the final word on trekking the Sunshine State. To up the ante, Serge concocts a theme vacation for his cyberspace audience. And that theme? You, too, can experience Florida through the eyes of a fugitive.
Off they go blogging along a getaway route through the state's most remote bayous, back roads, and bars, where the number of cadavers begin stacking up like Serge's website hits. And in the middle of all his make-believe close brushes, Serge finally wises up to his pursuers and realizes that the manic gumball rally is genuinely on "in the tradition of the great American chase movie."
Clues and questions mount:
Who are all the women being photographed naked in the swamp?What made Coleman draw on his face with magic markers?Where is the cruise-to-nowhere taking its drunk prisoners?When was the last time a Civil War reenactment involved a sports car?
But Serge also has some personal business to tidy up. His grandfather's old Miami Beach gang suddenly had their life savings wiped out, and there's a good bet it was no accident. Too much action for Serge to juggle? Not when it all dovetails nicely into his Secret Master Plan. And especially if it involves Serge's favorite new obsession: tracking Al Capone's little-known escapades in the Everglades.
So gas up the car, say good-bye to the relatives, and join Serge on the lam as he drives straight for the deepest bowels of Florida to unravel the final mysteries of Electric Barracuda.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
This starts out a little slow but gathers momentum that involves Serge at his best. Florida history and memorabilia. Serge has his long time Nemesis Mahoney chasing him all across the state of Florida. Serge's friends aid him to keep one step ahead of the Feds. I. Addition to his stoner friend Coleman there is a surprise third member of the gang. It all races to a great conclusion with a surprise ending. This Is Tim Dorsey's finest effort yet.
Best Ending Yet
Fun filled chase throughout southern Florida's Everglades. Serge, Coleman and a special guest get chased by the usual Agents, Mahoney and a "Dog" Bounty Hunter who's more entertaining than the real one. Best of all Serge and his group don't even know their being chased. Throw in a legend of Al Capone and the infamous US41 Loop Road of the Everglades and you have Tim Dorsey's best novel yet. THE best twist and feel good ending. You'll love it!!!
Not one of his best.
I've enjoyed Dorsey's books in the past, but this one was so loosely frenetic that I kept wondering when the plot would form. After really struggling to stick with the book to it's conclusion, one is rewarded with an amusing ending. However I don't think the struggle is worth the reward. I'd recommend passing on this one.
- Category: Fiction & Literature
- Published: Jan 25, 2011
- Publisher: William Morrow
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Serge Storms