From Publishers Weekly
Spring break, from its innocuous beginnings in 1935 to its drunken orgiastic present, provides the theme for bestseller Dorsey's dizzy 12th adventure to feature vigilante serial killer Serge A. Storms (after Nuclear Jellyfish
). When vengeful drug dealers and federal agents go after an innocent college student, Andy McKenna, who's come to enjoy Florida's Panama City Beach, Serge becomes Andy's protector. Along the way, Serge delivers rough justice in inventive and bizarre fashion (death by garage door, by bridge guitar, etc.) to a mugger, a rude driver, and various others guilty of minor infractions. The reality show Girls Gone Haywire
offers ample opportunities for scathing satire, as the show's producer becomes another one of Serge's targets. Meanwhile, Coleman, Serge's perennially stoned companion, acts as a guru to the spring breakers. As usual, Dorsey leavens the slapstick humor with intriguing bits of Florida historical lore. (Feb.)
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Serge Storms, Dorsey’s irrepressible spree killer and scholar-aficionado of all things Floridian, returns determined to make a documentary film about one of the state’s most important contributions to American pop culture: spring break. Dorsey stays faithful to his formula (road trip; drug-cartel assassins on the prowl; Serge’s inventive offings of various Florida miscreants; beautiful, predatory women; and odd bits of Florida trivia—Florida was the first state in the U.S. to ban midget tossing). Of course, it’s all washed down with vast quantities of mind-altering substances. Despite the formula’s familiarity, Gator a-Go-Go feels fresher than Dorsey’s recent books. Serge realizes that Florida’s most twisted lowlifes and criminals may be the only solution to the state’s overdevelopment; eventually, they will scare off tourists, immigrants, and real-estate developers. Along the way, Coleman, Serge’s spectacularly drug-addled pal, is quickly seen by Panama City undergraduate revelers as a guru who generously shares his partying wisdom in impromptu seminars on the beach. It’s a side of Coleman we haven’t seen. Great characters from previous books make welcome reappearances, too. All of Dorsey’s books offer belly laughs, but this one seems a cut above. --Thomas Gaughan