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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Tim Dorsey
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Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living -- it's Florida and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street. So it's only a matter of time before Jim up and actually kills somebody ...

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    Conjuring up Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard on crack, the fourth off-the-wall novel from Dorsey (Orange Crush) finds antihero Serge Storms a quixotic, socially conscious crook-cum-executioner undertaking to salvage his upscale Tampa neighborhood from encroaching undesirables. Milquetoast Jim Davenport, an unlikely corporate hatchet man at the Indiana office of Apollo Consulting, a company specializing in downsizing the executive suites of top-heavy corporations, is promoted and moves with his wife, Martha, and their three kids to 888 Triggerfish Lane in Tampa. Always a step ahead of the law, Serge moves in across the street with his drug-fiend lackeys, Coleman and Sharon. Then, like popcorn in a microwave, all manner of zany subplots go spinning off as Jim accidentally kills the youngest of the notorious McGraw Brothers, newly released from prison. Florida special agent Mahoney, who has a vendetta against Serge, is dispatched to Tampa to stop a murderous crime spree that reeks of the McGraw clan. Meanwhile, the E-Team a quartet of elderly women whose first names begin with "E" stalks elderly Ambrose Tarrington III, who pretends to be wealthy by test-driving fancy cars and photographing himself in front of a luxurious mansion. John Milton, an ill-starred substitute teacher desperately trying to find a job, meets his nemesis, Rocco Silvertone, during a stint as a used-car salesman. As the surviving McGraws close in on Jim, a July 4 barbecue brings the cast together for a madcap denouement that will please the growing numbers of the Dorsey faithful.


    “TRIGGERFISH TWIST makes for twisted fun....a must-read book on this summer’s list.”

    Product Details

    • File Size: 533 KB
    • Print Length: 400 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061031550
    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (March 17, 2009)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000GCFBSS
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Dorsey May 10, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is my third Dorsey novel and he delivers with this one too. Dorsey is a lot like Hiaasen, only with a significantly more violent and demented twist. People are always getting bumped off in his novels, often in very creative ways. Readers of his Florida Roadkill and Hammerhead Ranch Motel books will be delighted to find that Serge and Coleman are back in this novel, which is actually a prequel to these books. Serge fans won't be disappointed as Serge is up to his usual frenetic and frenzied antics and also bumps off at least one deserving scumbag in his usual creative way. Coleman's character gets some hilarious fleshing out and development here, more so than in the previous books. And Sharon the gorgeous cocaine-snorting floozy/nympho makes up the threesome in this novel. The novel is very fast-paced and there is hardly a dull moment during the entire book, and Dorsey builds all the interelated threads and characters up to a spectacular and satisfying climax. Definitely another must-read for the Dorsey fans out there.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious & inventive August 21, 2006
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    Mistakenly believing Tampa to be the third best city in the United States for raising a family, Jim Davenport moves his family to a lovely old home on Triggerfish Lane. But beyond the lofty facade of the Davenport's new residence lies the seedy underbelly of crime and murder, car salesmen and consultants, rental properties and urban renewal. It all comes together in Tim Dorsey's delightful "Triggerfish Twist."

    The story comes complete with a laundry list of main characters, a large and unwieldy cast that, in many writers' hands, would collapse under its own weight. But Dorsey juggles them neatly, like an expert clown, and the tangled plotlines come together like, well, a game of Twister on the 4th of July without pants. (Read the book, you'll understand.)

    Davenport is your average guy, a conscientious business consultant and family man. His wife, Martha, is a bit high-strung, it's true, but they and their children settle down on Triggerfish with high hopes for the future. Little do they know that Lance Boyle, who owns many of the properties on their street, is vying to buy up the rest so he can raze the houses and make a tidy sum on townhouses. To further that goal, he fills his rentals with the worst lowlifes he can find -- hoping to force a sharp decline in neighborhood values and encourage the few remaining homeowners, like the Davenports, to sell and move away.

    There's more, but it'd be easier if you just read the book. Dorsey, an author of some note, is my latest discovery and a wonderful addition to my must-read list. The spiritual cousin of fellow Florida writer Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is hilarious and inventive. This is the perfect time to visit his little corner of Florida.

    by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    Dorsey's novel is most easily compared to those of Carl Haissen and Elmore Leonard (and Dave Barry's two full-length novels), but, if possible, it is even zanier and more incredible. It's set in Florida, with all of its quirks and swampland and the rampant crime from half-witted criminals. Dorsey weaves a topsy turvy plot of dozens of threads which all come together in the end, with the bad guys getting their due and the good ones having it all work out.

    I'm impressed Dorsey was able to present as many characters as are in this novel, keeping them all straight for the reader, and then bringing them all together for a slam dunk ending.

    I haven't read other Dorsey novels, but I can see the style getting repetitive after a while, so I'll take him in small doses. If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out Dave Barry's Tricky Business, which is a hilarious Florida crime caper from a talented comedic writer.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    I picked up Triggerfish Twist at a tiny used book store for a quarter, along with various other books that caught my eye. I didn't expect much for the money, as I have been very disappointed by other books with equal amounts of bragging inside the cover, declaring just how hilarious the book you are about to buy is, and how no other book comes close (John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces" comes to mind). I was definitely in for a surprise!

    Until I started reading Triggerfish Twist, I never would have thought that I could laugh out loud while reading a book... especially one so full of violence! While I wasn't sent into teary-eyed hysterics on every page, I often found myself chuckling at various characters and events in the book, and smiling through the whole thing. The characters are numerous, but easy to keep track of, and all of the separate stories twist and weave so well together that even if some of the events are predictable, you don't know exactly how they're going to go off, and, when they do, it's perfect. I could easily imagine this book being a "Bubble Boy" type movie, only with more blood.

    Triggerfish Twist definitely isn't the Iliad, or any other great thought provoking tome, but it's worth a read if you want a good laugh.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Absurd, Violent, Hilarious! June 21, 2006
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    I read the first book in the Serge Storms series by Tim Dorsey and was reasonably entertained, but thought, I don't want to read a whole series about a psycho, and the descriptions of the next two books in the series didn't thrill me, so I passed on them. I just happened to find this one in a box of older books the other day and started reading it. I finished it last night. I had to muffle my laughter so as not to wake my sweetie up as I read until 2 AM to finish this!

    Dorsey has really hit his stride. He still has uncontrollable psycho Serge Storms in the thick of things, but he's only one part of the whirl of obsessive and mostly unlikable characters pinballing off each other in the seedier parts of Tampa, FL. Serge is still a completely crazy killer but he kills such repugnant people, you can't feel too sorry for them. And Serge has an oddly sentimental streak to him--in this book, he does what he does in defense of the innocent suburbanites doing their best to live peacefully in what should be a nice quiet neighborhood. Serge likes them and envies them in a way, and will defend them to the death--generally someone else's.

    As others have said, fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry should check this out--Dorsey may still be on the B team, but he's a zany Florida crime novelist to be reckoned with, and his books will make you laugh!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
    This book was funny, engaging and just the thing to relax with when I needed a break from homework. Didn't realize it was the 4th book in a stood well on its own. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by L. Marshall
    4.0 out of 5 stars serge and Coleman at it again
    Another hit
    The boys just keep it up with there wild and crazy actions.
    Lots of twists and turns in this one.
    Published 2 months ago by Philip Cox
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Serge you'll like Triggerfish Twist
    If you like Serge you'll like Triggerfish Twist; if you don't know him start at the beginning of the series and you'll have much more fun with this proud Floridians take on the... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Publius
    2.0 out of 5 stars It has its moments, but it falls a bit flat.
    based on other reviews this is supposed to be the best starter for Dorsey. I liked the characters and how they developed, and I'm also a fan of multiple intersecting story lines... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by ContinuallyCool
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book! Worth the wait!
    A super book and good action!
    Published 6 months ago by Zsun
    1.0 out of 5 stars and I have a pretty low bar when it comes to airplane reading
    Just tries too hard to be amusing. Does not succeed. Did not bother to finish it, and I have a pretty low bar when it comes to airplane reading!
    Published 6 months ago by seachange
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Tim Dorsey's best! So funny
    One of Tim Dorsey's best! So funny, when Serve is giving the commencement address, I am sitting in my doctor's office laughing out loud.
    Published 6 months ago by kate
    3.0 out of 5 stars A little Dorsey goes a long way
    While there are funny to hilarious moments in "Triggerfish Twist," Tim Dorsey's Florida is so preposterous that the jokes are just too far fetched. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by DLB
    2.0 out of 5 stars Dorsey is pretty funny, but a bit too far out for ...
    Dorsey is pretty funny, but a bit too far out for my taste. I would imagine the city council of Tampa would like to "Tar and Feather" him.
    Published 6 months ago by russ
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    Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and is the author of ten previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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