From Publishers Weekly
Scathing humor strips the pretense off its targets like a hurricane in bestseller Dorsey's rapid-fire ninth thriller. Last seen in The Big Bamboo
(2006), serial killer Serge A. Storms, who seems like all of the Marx brothers rolled into one, rumbles across Florida in a stolen Hummer with his usually drunk or stoned friend, Coleman. Serge follows one hurricane after another, driving in the relatively safe eye of the storm, pointing out fascinating bits of Florida history and only killing those who truly deserve it. That would include the guy in the car next to you blasting his music as well as the person price-gouging hurricane victims. The murders are accomplished in appropriately bizarre, if not graphic, fashion. As Serge evades law enforcement and perennial nemesis Agent Mahoney, his latest road trip allows him to skewer everything from President Bush to fast food establishments, with particular emphasis given to the foibles of the media (newspapers) for which Dorsey once worked. 13-city author tour. (Feb.)
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Dorsey's ninth novel to feature irrepressible Florida serial killer Serge A. Storm offers another utterly over-the-top blend of slapstick, satire, and mayhem. After a raucous adventure in Hollywood, Storm and his dumbed-down, liquored-up sidekick Coleman return to their native state, wreaking havoc as they chase hurricanes and kill civilians up and down the coast. Alas, it seems another local loco has made up his twisted mind to vie for the distinction of Florida's "most wanted." Dorsey's cast of characters reads like a psychiatrist's dream. Among them: Agent Mahoney, an obsessive-compulsive criminal profiler traumatized by his journeys inside Storm's mind, and Jeff McSwirley, a crackerjack reporter who regularly vomits and sobs when interviewing survivors of crimes. While Dorsey delivers less-incisive satire than does his fellow-Floridian Carl Hiaasen, he does have his moments, particularly when targeting the media. The title refers to Coleman's cocktail of choice, a noxious blend of Red Bull, Everclear, exotic fruit juices, and liqueurs. Clearly an acquired taste. And, like Dorsey's novels, perhaps too potent for some. Allison BlockCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved