The Pope of Palm Beach (Serge Storms Series #21)

The Pope of Palm Beach (Serge Storms Series #21)

by Tim Dorsey


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From Florida’s king of mayhem—"compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey—comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms.

No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they’re on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years.

Growing up, Serge was enthralled by the Legend of Riviera Beach, aka Darby, a welder at the port who surfed the local waves long before the hot spots were hot. A god on the water, the big-hearted surfer was a friend to everyone—the younger surfers, cops, politicians, wealthy businessmen and ordinary Joes—a generosity of spirit that earned him the admiration of all. Meanwhile, there was a much murkier legend that made the rounds of the schoolyards from Serge’s youth—that of the crazy hermit living in a makeshift jungle compound farther up the mysterious Loxahatchee River than anyone dared to venture.

Then Serge moved away. But never forgot.

Now he’s back, with those legends looming larger than ever in the rearview mirror of his memory. As his literary odyssey moves north from Key West, closer and closer to his old stomping grounds, Serge digs into the past as only Serge can. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce.

As the body count grows, so does the list of questions:

Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? Who is expecting the dildo? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out?

Told in alternating flashbacks between Serge and Coleman’s childhoods and the present day, The Pope of Palm Beach is a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of Tim Dorsey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062429261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: Serge Storms Series , #21
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 90,037
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(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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The Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Drewano More than 1 year ago
‘The Pope of Palm Beach’ is another great Serge Storms novel. While it felt a bit lighter than normal on time with Serge, it still packs a ton of fun. From Florida trivia to creative games and ‘bonus rounds’ this book is non-stop hilarity from start to finish. If you love this series you’ll love this book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, funny and intelligent writing that few authors can actually achieve. Loved this book and loved all of them. Keep Serging and stay Cole, man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lot's of laughter, crazy schemes and wonderful characters make for a very humorous and clever look at crazy Floridians.
Rita Burton More than 1 year ago
Absolutely LOVED it. The Florida Commission on Tourism needs to give Tim an award or put a statue of him somewhere prominent in the state. This guy does more for Florida tourism than any commercial or advertisement I've seen. I love grabbing my laptop and google mapping my way around Florida on all of his and Coleman's adventures. I've actually been to a few of these locations, but Florida is a Big place, with lots to see and Serge loves to remind us. OK, so when's the next adventure start????
RowingRabbit More than 1 year ago
“The sun was going down behind the Big Burger when the alligator came flying in the drive-through window.” When a book opens with a sentence like that it can only mean one thing. God help us, they’re back. Yep, Serge A. Storms & his perma-stoned sidekick Coleman are on the road again, embarking on a literary tour of Florida. It goes without saying there will be some speed bumps along the way…you know, just the usual stuff. Angry monkeys, drug dealers, a hermit, sex toys with GPS…the mundane things we all deal with on a daily basis. Dorsey has been described as Carl Hiaasen on acid. Both write novels that are hilarious, fast paced & full of colourful characters they employ to highlight the state’s constant battle between greedy developers & environmentalists. But Dorsey turns it up to eleven. Serge, his certifiable MC, is a true original & in this outing we get to see how he & Coleman became the terrors of Florida’s backroads. In part one we meet them as children growing up in the more idyllic 1960’s & follow Little Serge’s adventures which include meeting the Pope. No, not that one. Another thread set in the same time frame introduces the Pope of Palm Beach. Darby Pope is a legendary surfer & all around zen guy much admired in his community. When he takes a young boy named Kenny under his wing, it’s the start of a life long friendship that unfolds in alternate chapters. The story line is funny & poignant & provides a counter balance to zany violence of Serge & Coleman’s road trip. As the significance of Darby & Kenny’s friendship becomes clear, it’s inevitable the 2 time lines will collide in the present. Aaaand we’re off. They join forces to fight back against skanky criminals intent on settling an old score. Mayhem ensues & some is not for the faint of heart. But you have to hand it to Serge. He may be a killer but he dispatches bad guys in ways you could never imagine. It’s a wild, violent & completely bonkers vehicle that allows the author to toss satirical barbs at the politicians & policy that are destroying Florida’s fragile ecosystem. And whether you’re giggling or gasping, you’ll learn the history & culture of Florida they never taught in school as you ride shotgun with this deranged duo.