From Publishers Weekly
Fasten your seatbelts: Serge A. Storms, Florida's manic tour and history guide as well as its most inventive and prolific serial killer, cruises at warp(ed) speed through bestseller Dorsey's 11th thriller (after Atomic Lobster
). Serge's primary target is a tattooed thug called Jellyfish (behind his back) or Eel (to his face), whose gang rips off diamond couriers. But along the frantic way, Serge and his pal, the always-buzzed Coleman, remove a variety of societal pests, including skinheads beating a homeless man, auto repair shysters preying on tourists and bargain motels that don't deliver on their bargains. Serge's instruments of vengeance include garden hoses, pigs, aerosol sprays and lots of duct tape. Dorsey's inspired insanity certainly won't appeal to everyone, but Serge's antics give vicarious satisfaction to those who too often see misdeeds go unpunished. In short, Serge continues to pummel convention and evildoers with exuberant abandon and wit. 9-city author tour. (Feb.)
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Hewing to the basic formula established in 10 previous novels, Dorsey has his irrepressible Florida-lover and psychopath Serge Storms off his meds and on the road in a two-tone 1971 AMC Javelin. Obsession, compulsion, odd bits of Florida trivia, dumb criminals, and inventive ways to execute dumb criminals ensue, from Jacksonville to Miami. (Serge finds inspiration for his novel executions at Home Depot.) Throw in a beautiful, dangerous stripper; Serge’s drug-addled sidekick, Coleman; dumb but murderous jewel thieves; and Serge’s longtime nemesis, Agent Mahoney (also off his meds and trying to protect Serge from a contract hit), and you have a plot that even Serge’s beloved duct tape can’t quite hold together. But the charm of Dorsey’s novels has never really been about plot. It’s in the belly laughs, the eccentric bits of local folklore, the manic energy, and the hothouse Florida madness Dorsey churns out so reliably. --Thomas Gaughan