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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms) Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2003
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“TRIGGERFISH TWIST makes for twisted fun....a must-read book on this summer’s list.” (Tampa Tribune)
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Some highlights of this novel include the wonderfully film noiresque conversations between the detective Mahoney, and a slightly perverted cop who shows up at many crimes scenes. The cop is known only as "Sarge". Every conversation between the two brought a chuckle. The doormat of a protagonist, Jim Davenport, is also a nice Dorsey creation as he is the epitome of a good guy getting screwed everywhere he turns because he is so decent. In Dorsey's world of justice Mr. Davenport gets the rewards he richly deserves by novel's end, and those who have used and abused him also get theirs.
Another highlight of the novel that merits mention is a college commencement speech that Serge delivers. It is found on pages 314-317 of the book, and it is nothing short of hilarious and brilliant. It is funny, but it also contains some very real truths about our world today.
Oddly enough, this text is a celebration of neighborhoods and traditional family values. Serial killer Serge idolizes nuclear families and Jim Davenport because he knows how valuable what they do and provide is to a stable society. It is odd to get that message from a novel that focuses on a serial killer and his drug addled friends, but it is there none the less.
Unlike many of the previous Dorsey novels featuring Serge A. Storms, this one is a completely stand alone text, and does not need (or even connect to) the three books that preceded it.
"Triggerfish Twist" is a fun summer novel, and gives you more of Dorsey's twisted humor. That is what it was meant to be, and that is what it delivers.
Is Dorsey's funny Triggerfish
Perhaps the best one of the lot
(At least of all the ones I've got)
The fourth novel in the series is set in Tampa in 1997. Jim Davenport is the unlikely star of this one, proving that even a milquetoast can cause a lot of trouble given the right circumstances.
It all begins when a clerical error lists Tampa as the third best city to raise a family, and good old Jim accepts a transfer from his company, settling in with his family in Triggerfish Lane. He soon learns that sometimes opportunity knocks just for the heck of it, and finds himself in the middle of a character jungle that only Dorsey could create.
As usual, the characters and highly improbable situations make the book, and things really get crazy when Serge, the world's favorite psychopath, moves into Triggerfish Lane with his cronies Sharon and Coleman. Serge is a fountain of information and a philosopher, but when faced with injustice he springs into action, devising his trademark Machiavellian and Goldberg-ian solutions to the problem.
You'll find yourself laughing out loud at things that aren't normally considered funny, such as real estate scams, corporate down-sizing, used car dealership tricks, fake millionaires, substance abuse (almost any substance), deranged killers on the rampage, pit bulls and little old ladies in cold water, but when Dorsey puts them all together, it'll hit your funny bone hard.
Recommended for people who like it dark, twisty and funny
Amanda Richards, August 19, 2008