Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms Series #1)

Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms Series #1)

by Tim Dorsey

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Overview

Local trivia buff Serge loves inflicting pain. Drug-addled Coleman, his partner in crime, loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with righ dead men's money.

Then there's Sean and David, who love fishing—and helping turtles cross busy thoroughfares. Unfortunately, they're about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen money.

Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs...and the suitcase. A hitman wants Satan to reign supreme. A slimy, insurance-frauding dentist wants his fingers back. In the meantime, there's murder by gun, Space Shuttle, Barbie doll, and Levi's 501s.

Welcome to Florida!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061139222
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Serge Storms Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 68,397
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of twenty-one novels: Pope of Palm Beach, Clownfish Blues, Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, FL.

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Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms Series #1) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 339 reviews.
vito More than 1 year ago
Mr. Dorsey has crafted a book filled with stereotypic scumbags doing depraved things that I suppose are meant to be humorous. The occasional well-turned phrase is inadequate compensation for the general absence of plot development and the pervading sense of being slimed this book left me with. Skip it.
clawman More than 1 year ago
I read average of 3 books a month and this book was absolutely GROSS. It went from one over the top, disgustingly cruel scene to next. I would liken it like a severed head rolling down the road. I will never read another of this author's works...I bought 2 on B & N sale and will not start the 2nd....Big waste of read time, money, and paper on which it was printed...a BIG YUCK. Would have given less than one star if was available....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having come across this book in Atlantic Books on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD, I thought to myself, 'Why not...I'm moving there, I might as well read more on the Sunshine State.' I'm glad I bought it, I definitely can say. If you need a laugh, this book certainly provides more than one. Right down to Mo Grenadine being hit by the Conch Train in Key West, I had tears of laughter coming out of my eyes. Tim Dorsey is right next to the 'master of the Florida seriocomic novel,' Carl Hiaasen, in my eyes. Being second to Carl Hiaasen (my favorite author)...that's a great honor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest, no wait, THEE funniest book I've read in years...and possibly my life. Way to go Dorsey
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh man, this book is nuts!! Dorsey is a lunatic plain and simple!! I thought Carl Hiaasen was insane, but this guy is beyond crazy!!!
Tim_C More than 1 year ago
Started very slow and it was tough to follow. But kept going and ended up really enjoying it. Funny read and worth the effort. Will start the next book in the series shortly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to believe that the average rating for this book is so high. There is no plot just a bunch of hideous situations and scenarios populated by uninteresting characters. Lots of people are killed or maimed in just the first eight chapters; I gave up at that point. The majority of the writing is disjointed clauses with a few complete sentences tossed in. I can't understand how this became a series of stories if this is an example of Dorsey's writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the 99¿ l paid for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pathetic story hated it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any humor in this is hard to find and I enjoy dark comedies. None of the chararcters are worth reading about and there is virtually no plot - just rambling situations spliced together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disturbing. The creative killing, the unstable characters, the sadness of the whole book did not make for a good read. MADE myself finish it. Did not pass it on like I usually do with books. Actually tossed it in the garbage. Glad I only paid the bargain price for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Tim Dorsey that I have had the extreme pleasure to read and I pray for more!! I was turned on to Mr. Dorsey by the NY Times Book Review Crime Page and being a part time Florida resident/transient I couldn't resist a look. Mr Dorsey develops outrageous characters and tells a story surrounding the much more outrageout activities of these characters. I found myself breaking out into loud laughter in an otherwise quiet restaurant, more than once. It is my ever humble opinion that Author Tim Dorsey is either insane or a genius. I think the latter with maybe just a touch of madness. Writing that can well be appreciated in the law enforcement world. For some unknown reason I keep thinking of the novel 'Catch Twenty-Two' as I read Dorsey's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Dorsey has added a new twist to the growing popularity of the southern Florida mystery writers such as James Hall, Carl Hiaasan, and my person favorite - Randy White. This story has got it all. From the drugged-out psychotic threesome, to the rejected drug cartel, all the way to the lawyer with morals. I found myself continuously laughing out loud and not wanting to put the book down. But like one of the previous reviewers, I was a bit curious about the abrupt ending... Until I read a local article in the newspaper that Mr. Dorsey claims to be doing a sequel that will pick up where 'FL Roadkill' left off. I can't wait!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Florida Roadkill, and the many successors, certainly do not have a general appeal. The people who have given this a one likely did not read the inside of the cover, or the first chapter which is available in part on this page, before purchasing it. The problems they have with the book are displayed prominently in these places. In some publications of the book, a large heroin needle is prominent on the cover art, to tell you that heroin will appear in the book. If you don't like serial killers, drugs, hookers, and rants about Florida history, you're not gonna like this book.
inkbladder More than 1 year ago
I read a lot (all genres), as probably do you or you wouldn't be reading this. I live in Florida. Like most, I am a transplant, but I love my adopted home of almost 20 years, especially its rich history. Mr. Dorsey's humorous account of serial killer with a heart Serge Storms' adventures are some of the most imaginative stories I have ever read. I understand the reviews that can't stomach this series, it ain't for everyone, but neither is apple pie. I love the way Dorsey often ties obscure Florida history into the tales, and the unique cast of characters that drop out and reappear in their own time seemingly by their own volition. I have caught myself researching the events the stories are based around and discussing my new found knowledge with family and friends. The best description I can come up with is to throw Dave Barry and Elmore Leonard and Kurt Vonnegut in a car, roll it end over end while on fire, let it get put out in the Everglades murky waters, and out will crawl Mr. Dorsey's Serge Storms. I've read every book in the series, and find myself unable to put them down once I start. I can't get enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had such high hopes for this book as it was compared to Hiaasen's work. Despite the fact that it had minimal continuity, zero plot development. Unknowable characters randomly blasting in and out of the picture, I actually finished it. Now if only i could figure out what it was about. That'll teach me not to ignore the Readers ratings. What a catastrophy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only can this author not spin a story, what he does spin sounds like he has watched one too many Ace Ventura movies, and lacks the basic skills to copy the decent parts. The descriptions of the characters can only be from the mind of a syphillitic monkey, or that of a teenager who watches too many bad hollywood crime depictions and has read one too many fantasies from a porn mag. What a piece of garbage. Not worth reading. If you get this as a gift its because that person hates you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an odd "murder mystery" with lots of twists. If you're a Floridian, you'll recognize many of the places and several of the characters. The humor, in my opinion, rarely evokes more than a smile or light chuckle. The storyline is disjointed. (In at least two places the timeline looped back upon itself in a way that left me wondering if there were errors in the creation of the eBook.) Only one character (Serge) is more than one-dimensional. As one reviewer wrote, much of the sex and violence seems gratuitous. Alll in all: not highly recommended, but I did "enjoy" it enough to want to finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole book, but it wasn't one that I just couldn't put down. It really jumped around in the beginning and the characters didn't make me care enough to rush out and get the next book in the series. The author did tie it all together in the end, but I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it a lot. It was fast paced and funny, and different from anything I have read before. Read the first few pages and you will want to continue.
irunwithscissors More than 1 year ago
Good luck on keeping up with all the characters. I just gave up and didn't finish the book.
elsa1 More than 1 year ago
I deleted it from my library. Did not read it. Isn't there a lesser rating?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorsey uses imaginative and original methods of murder and twists the lines of several people's lives into one another. I couldn't wait to always read the next chapter, and I can't wait to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a fun read. As I am sitting in Florida, I am imagining the scenes of the characters bumbling around the area. It is not great literature, but with a name like "Florida Roadkill" who would expect it to be?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and found it to be an easy read. I also enjoed the fact that a lot of the places in the bok I have been to... really allows you to visualize ttje settings.