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Tiger Shrimp Tango: A Novel (Serge Storms) Hardcover – January 28, 2014

4.3 out of 5 stars 227 customer reviews
Book 17 of 18 in the Serge Storms Series

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There are really no better guides for a virtual tour of Florida than Serge Storms and his ever-inebriated sidekick Coleman (The Riptide Ultra-Glide, 2013), especially if you can appreciate a plot with plenty of slack for hysterical digressions bound by the time-tested moral: Don’t be a jerk. This time philosophical serial killer Serge is working for his Hammett-channeling friend Mahoney to track the worst offenders in an epidemic of scam artistry. Harnessing the power of metadata (no one said this book isn’t smart), Serge and Coleman uncover a dazzling string of culprits. Then they dispatch them in a series of science experiments intricately plotted to amuse Serge and make ironic statements. Serge punctuates his hunt for miscreants with tours of Florida attractions (LEGOLAND, Tupperware Confidence Center), a mission to unite the Democratic and Republican parties, and a plot to avenge his love Felicia’s murder. This strong entry in the long-loved series is an incisive, darkly humorous road trip; perfect for those weary of Dexter’s sobriety, and a great crossover match with Christopher Moore’s adventures (Sacré Bleu, 2012). --Christine Tran

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“One would have to be unbalanced to write this book, afflicted to read it, and delusional to understand it. Naturally, I loved almost every word of it.” (Bookreporter.com)

“Tim Dorsey balances the right blend of crime, mystery, humor and zaniness to a very special and engaging effect.” (ReviewingTheEvidence.com)

“Another quirky plot that will make you laugh out loud... All of Tim Dorsey’s books have been a delight, but I think this one is at the head of the pack.” (BookLoons.com)

“Wild; lovingly violent; and very, very clever.” (MyrtleBeachOnline.com)

A fun book to read. The workings of Serge’s mind is a wondrous thing. (The Oklahoman)
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Product Details

  • Series: Serge Storms (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062092812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062092816
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is book 17 in the Serge Storms series. If you have not read the others, shame on you! Do so ASAP.

Regardless, this is a stand alone novel. You can read it without having read other Serge books and will only miss out a little because you will not know some of the reoccurring characters. You should read this if you want

To read how an ostrich can kill
To see how Mentos are a dangerous weapon
To see how cigars can kill
To see how a lobster can kill
To see how home made napalm can be used
To learn why Glee is a superb show
To learn why the Democrats and Republicans would both not want Jesus to run for office,
Etc. Etc. Etc.

This book is hilarious, loaded with Florida trivia, hilarious, a story of scammers defeated and,did I mention, hilarious?

Read it! Read it! Read it!
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Of course you have to enjoy Tim Dorsey to appreciate his books. Some are better than others, but the tie In's as the Serge stories progress or regress are something to pay close attention to or you miss half the fun.
I always prepay for Tim Dorsey and then forget about the date. Then I am pleasantly surprised when I get an email stating the book has been downloaded to my Kindle.
Like I stated before, you have to be a fan to enjoy and give high marks, otherwise you're a critic and you should not be reviewing these books.
I don't know what stream of consciousness is necessary to write this stuff and I don't know how much longer he can keep it up, but let's hope for a long while.
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Dorsey does it again! Delivers Serge,Coleman and an excellent cast of new and old friends, enemies, bad guys, crazies and Florida. Better than all the current Florida crop of authors, Dorsey can take mayhem, drugs, sociopathy and serve up a most delicious menu of dark humor, sentiment and outright hilarity leaving you satisfied and anxious for t h e next adventure.
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“Tiger Shrimp Tango,” Tim Dorsey's 17th book about walking Florida encyclopedia and occasional serial killer Serge Storms, is about what you'd expect.

That is, it includes manic road trips in a 1978 Firebird Trans Am, despicable villains, hapless victims, a devotion to the Sunshine State and all within it that “obsession” can't even begin to describe, insane-yet-disturbingly-reasonable-sounding ranting, and methods of killing people that no sane person would ever consider but which sound kind of cool.

You know, a Serge Storms book.

Storms, unstoppable force of bipolar nature that he is, once again roams the highways and byways of Florida with his stoner sidekick Coleman, relishing the kitschy history of every little nook and cranny and dispatching anyone he feels has crossed the line of rudeness or disrespect. This time he's going after Internet scam artists who have based their nefarious -- and, sadly, all too believable -- schemes in, hey, guess which state. These organized criminals are running dating scams, robbing houses of the newly dead during their own funerals, and other unspeakable crimes. One blackmailer is prolific enough to have created an entire convention's worth of victims, which is exactly how they gather in Miami (complete with themed ID badges and souvenirs) to take him down.

With the help of ex-FDLE lawman and nearly incoherently noir Mahoney, Serge heads out to rid his beloved Florida of these con artists and rescue the daughter of one of the victims. And, oh yes, avoid the person from his past who wants to assassinate him.
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By Pete S. on February 22, 2014
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Serge, the psychopath we learned to love, (in spite of our better judgement) by the second chapter of Dorsey's first book, continues his high speed rage trough Florida. He and Coleman, our inner stoner, deliver a Ruberg system of justice to villains ripped from current headlines. A must read for any of Serge's Disciples.
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After "Riptide Ultra-Glide," I had begun to fear that Dorsey was losing his gift for intricately woven plots. But with "Tiger Shrimp," Serge has come Stormin' back with his usual brilliant vengeance. This time around, his targets are a gang of evildoers who start out as practical jokers, making phone calls to hotel guests telling them there's a toxic chemical leak or some such on their floors, & to tear off all their clothes, grab the nearest fire extinguishers, run out into the night & spray each other with the contents. Turns out the joke is a ploy to enable the gang to enter the now-open hotel rooms & steal everything in sight. And that's just for openers. Serge gets involved & - as always - finds new & creative ways to apprehend & execute the thieves (death by emu, stump grinder, Cuban cigar bomb, Mentos, & much, much more), with the dubious assistance of his traveling companion, the severely drug-addled but loveable Coleman. Dorsey brings back the dependable, slightly deranged ex-police detective turned private eye, Mahoney, who refers to himself in the third person & talks in a parody of Raymond Chandlerese (the "broad ... blew her nose like a British ambulance, and her sob story had more twists than a dragon parade in Chinatown"), as well as Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin (he's gorgeous, he's sexy, women go crazy for him - but every time it seems he's really going to score this time, he gets caught in a byblow from one of Serge's schemes). In the course of events, Serge manages to unite a Tea Party conservative & a diehard liberal during the Republican convention in Tampa (using sodium pentothal) & of course, continues his running commentary on Florida's history, including a side trip to Legoland & a discussion of the social & philosophical implications of "Glee." Never a dull moment. One of Dorsey's best!
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