Atomic Lobster (Serge Storms Series #10)

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Why is everyone rushing to flee Tampa on a cruise ship to hell?

Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane.

It's reunion time in the Sunshine State, and ...

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Overview

Why is everyone rushing to flee Tampa on a cruise ship to hell?

Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane.

It's reunion time in the Sunshine State, and we're not just talking the family jamboree of that blood-soaked criminal clan, the McGraws, whose nastiest, meanest member is finally released from prison and heads south bent on revenge. On top of it all, the government is covering up a growing list of mysterious victims across Florida who may or may not be connected to a nefarious plot being hatched against national security.

But wait! There's more on the horizon! Who is the oddly familiar femme fatale named Rachael? Is Serge wrong that guns, drugs, and strippers don't mix? What sets the Non-Confrontationalists off on a rampage? What finally brings Coleman and Lenny together? Will they succeed in building the biggest bong ever? And can Serge surf a rogue wave to victory?

So batten the hatches, don the life jackets, and take cover as all these questions and more are answered in the latest adventure from the acclaimed author of Hurricane Punch.

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Mixing crime and humor is hard: a delicate balance must be maintained between the clever and the cute, between the cheap cackle and the meaningful guffaw. Dorsey is a master of this high-wire act, and reader Oliver Wyman makes a perfect partner. Dorsey's 10th caper about serial killer Serge A. Storms gives Wyman the chance to show off his amazing vocal range. He starts with a snidely funny old woman ("We call Viagra 'granny abuse,' " she says) recounting for a TV crew what happened when Serge and his mob of Florida misfits took over a cruise ship she was on. A flashback to the planning stage finds Serge (a smart, edgy and somewhat whiny voice) and his dumber colleague Coleman setting up the deal. There's a gorgeous stripper named Rachel, assorted villains and a passel of DEA agents and other cops. Wyman balances them all with ease, giving listeners who like their comedy bloody and bawdy lots of fun. Simultaneous release with the Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 3). (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060829698
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Series: Serge Storms Series , #10
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Dorsey

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of fifteen novels: The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Pineapple Grenade, When Elves Attack, 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, Florida.

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Atomic Lobster

Chapter One

The day before the incident at the Sunshine Skyway bridge

Ten a.m. Soon, the regular afternoon sun showers would roll in from the east to cool things down. But for now, another sticky, cloudless morning in Tampa. Palm trees. Broken taillight glass. No wind. Minimum-wage people perspired under a covered bus stop at the southern end of the transit line. A '73 Mercury Comet entered the parking lot of a decaying shopping center and headed up a row of tightly packed cars.

Coleman twisted a fat one in his lips. "I'm bored."

"Just keep an eye out for cops." The Mercury reached the end of the row, made a U-turn and started up another. Serge assessed each empty vehicle, but nothing felt right.

"What about your first plan?" asked Coleman, flicking a Bic. "You said it would definitely work."

"It did." Serge glanced down at the Macy's sack atop the drivetrain hump on the floor between their feet. "Line the inside of a shopping bag by gluing ten layers of aluminum foil, then more strips along the seams. Guaranteed to defeat most stores' security detectors."

"What did you steal?"

"More foil. I ran out making my bag."

"Being broke sucks."

"Just watch for cops."

The Comet turned up another row.

"See anything?" asked Coleman.

"No."

"Then why are you smiling?"

"Because I love this shopping center. Britton Plaza." Serge pointed his camera out the windshield. "Note the giant, fifties-era arch over the sign. Not many left." Click. "And that movie theater. Sidewalks got jack-hammered in front of all theother stores for new ones, but they preserved the original marbleized pavement in front of the cinema with its metal inlays of happy-sad thespian masks, which I can never get enough of and—Hold everything!"

"What is it? Why are you slowing?"

"That old woman with the walker. Range, fifty yards." He reached under his seat for a crowbar.

"Serge! It's an old lady!"

"I'm not going to hit her." He rolled down his window and rested the steel shaft on the door frame. "Timing's absolutely crucial."

"What's happening?"

"Watch carefully. It'll all be over in a blink."

"I don't see anything. What am I supposed to be looking for? . . . Holy shit! That punk just nailed her in the face and snatched her purse!"

Serge didn't answer, his foot twitching on the gas pedal.

"He's running toward us!" yelled Coleman.

"Steady . . . steady . . . Now!" Serge hit the accelerator. Tires squealed. He swung the crowbar, clothes-lining the thief in the Adam's apple. Legs flew out. A body slammed to the pavement. The Comet stopped.

Serge opened the door and herded stray contents back into the purse. He returned to the car, driving a few seconds to a group of Good Samaritans who'd run to the woman's aid.

"Hey!" yelled Serge, hanging out the driver's window and twirling the handbag by its strap like a lasso. "Here's her purse. Catch . . ."

Serge slammed the gearshift in reverse. The Comet squiggled backward and screeched to a halt next to an unsteady man trying to get his footing.

Serge jumped out again. "Let me help you up." A knee to the crotch. "Coleman, the trunk."

"I'm on it."

A half minute later, the Comet skidded out of the parking lot and turned north on Dale Mabry Highway. "That really pissed me off."

"Me too," said Coleman. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."

"It's the decline of the Florida shopping experience." Serge sped up to make a yellow light. "Old ladies getting mugged, no more S&H Green Stamps."

The Gulf of Mexico was typically serene, rippling with a leisurely wake behind the SS Serendipity on its return voyage from Cozumel. Three hundred miles to the mouth of Tampa Bay. A row of luxury suites on the port side faced the shimmering water. The second cabin from the end, number 6453, was registered to three Latin men in white linen suits. They were accompanied by a fourth occupant, decidedly against his will. Heels dragged across the carpet as the others muscled him into the bathroom.

"But I delivered the shipment just like you said! Didn't you get it?"

"We got it," said Tommy Diaz. He hung a trifold canvas case from the shower head and unsnapped it. The bag fell open to reveal a nineteen-piece kitchen cutlery set.

"W-w-what are those for?" asked the guest, now pinned to the bottom of the tub.

"Rafael, tape his mouth."

"Wait! Stop! Just hold on a second! . . . I don't understand. I did everything I was supposed to. You said you got the shipment."

Tommy pulled the largest carving knife from its sheath, touching the tip with his finger. "And don't think it's not appreciated."

"Then why are you doing this?"

"Because you know about the shipment."

Tape went over the mouth. The hostage's terrified eyes looked up at a trio of faces looking back down: the Diaz Brothers. Tommy, Rafael and Benito. Used to be the Diaz Boys, ten years ago when cousin Juan was involved. Juan was allowed in the gang because they swore to his mom that they'd treat him like a brother. Then Juan died in a tragic hurricane accident when they wouldn't let him into a cramped storm shelter because he was the cousin. That left them short with only two, so they let baby brother Benito into the gang like Andy Gibb.

"Rafael," said Tommy. "Turn up the stereo. This could get noisy."

". . . Send lawyers, guns and money . . ."

"Hey, Tommy. It's the Z-man."

"Will you get back in here? He's a wiggler."

"Listen to all that racket he's making," said Rafael, "even with the mouth tape."

"This will quiet him down," said Tommy. "Hold those shoulders still."

". . . get me out of this! . . ."

Tommy thrust with a firm crossing motion.

"Goddammit!" said Rafael. "Look at my new shirt!"

"Told you to hold him still," said Tommy. "It's like you've never worked with arterial spray before."

"I'll teach him to fuck up my threads!" Rafael reached for the cutlery set. "Bleed on me, motherfucker? . . . Take this! . . . And this! . . . And this! . . . And this! . . ."

Atomic Lobster. Copyright © by Tim Dorsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    Dorsey does it again!

    I look forward to each new Serge Storm book by Tim Dorsey. This time, he's right in tune with all of his previous wacko, off-the wall books in Atomic Lobster. When the myriad plot twists all come together on a cruise liner, you wonder if Captain Stubing and Gopher will make an appearance. Characters come back from Triggerfish Lane skillfully woven into fabric of the plot yielding a surprise ending. Plus, this book had the added advantage of several "scenes" set in the Tampa neighborhood where I grew up. There's only one thing wrong with Tim Dorsey's books and that is that they only come out once a year--there's not enough of them! But, they leave the reader eagerly anticipating what Serge and Coleman will come up with next. It's just too bad that no one has made a series of movies!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    I dare you not to laugh out loud

    Warning: do not attempt to read this book in public while consuming food or beverage. You will either choke yourself or spray innocent bystanders.

    How can you combine sex, drugs, rock and roll, apparently untreated psychosis, "justifiable" yet creative homicide, an aging football star, group therapy for the excessively timid - that is overtaken by the poster boy for in-your-face confrontation, and an assortment of nefarious characters into something that you just can't put down? Read this book. I haven't laughed out loud as much since the last Dorsey offering.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 22, 2014

    BIOS

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    Posted January 6, 2014

    RULES

    1. If there is swearing or anything of that type please say it has mature content. 2. Only write good reveiws please. As in, dont say the story sucks. Say they should work on it a little more. Constructive critisizem. 3. Fanfics and ero<_>tica are allowed along with original stories. 4. Follow the rules. 5. Have fun! Write in next result!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    To trey

    "Whoa hold up there buddy. I aint the hugging type"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Trey

    Finally someone! :D *he hugs the person.*

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Quite funny read.

    I wasn't sure I would like this but it got me hooked after the first few pages. A little mystery involved and the answer is not revealed till the end(of course). I really enjoyed it and hope you do too. I would definitely like to read more from Mr. Dorsey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Summer

    Sighed to herself. At least i got it out. Turns into Lockedheart and pads away. Forever.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Crazy, funny, wild ride

    This book is mostly based in Tampa, FL. This was my first Dorsey book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Some of the characters are apparently in most of his other titles but I was still able to pick this up and enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

    OMG - What a mess!

    I'm so tired every time I put the book down from back and forth, forth and back between these odd and extremely annoying characters

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    Poser

    If you want to read Elmore Leonard, you should read Elmore Leonard. Dorsey is a second best.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Not as good as previous, but highly enjoyable nonetheless

    Not as many laugh out loud moments as his previous novels. Still, you just have to enjoy a "lovable" homicidal maniac as a lead character. Florida remains a main character as well as many other characters from past books.

    The madness continues and Florida residents just seem not to notice or to accept it as "normal." Not as many novel ways to get revenge as previous, but then the bar was set very high in those previous books.

    I look forward to some sort of movie.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Dorsey strikes again

    I have been an avid fan of Tim Dorsey for years. After waiting for his latest book, I was not disappointed. He is one of my favorite writers and never fails to please.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2008

    Serge Does it Again...Through Tim Dorsey, of Course

    After having read so many books recently, and having been so lax about publishing my reviews on the B&N site, I thought it was high time that I did something about it. If you are down in the dumps, depressed, or generally have a feeling of malaise, this is the book for you. Serge A. Storms, the 'evil genius,' if you will, never ceases to delight readers with his antics, and this time takes his escapades to a cruise ship from the Tampa area, where most of Dorsey's books take place. I don't want to give away the ending, but one who reads this novel will wonder at completion 'Who is this guy?' Maybe he's a psychotic/schizophrenic/ADD-ADHD version of James Bond after all with his own special charm for the ladies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    So much fun.

    This book had me in stitches! It was so funny and was an easy read. I devoured the book within 2 days of plane flights and I annoyed the passengers on both sides of me because I laughed out loud many times!! Not light and fluffy stuff in here, want to say it's along the line of 'Fight Club' in the beginning.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is the usual over the top satire

    The man slapped six foot stripper Rachel so Serge A. Storms decides to give him a first hand lesson at the Serge charm school. He and Coleman hold the guy by his ankles off an overpass just to scare him. However, an angry Rachel arrives, elbows Serge in the chest and bites Coleman. They drop the man who vanishes. Serge and Coleman agree it is time to hit the road especially since the latter hopes to create the biggest bong ever.----------- Others also are touring Florida. The quickest to the draw of the mean McGraws, killer Tex is out of prison with plans to murder those who sent him up river. The G-Unit (dubbed the E-Team by the media) nonagenarian investors seek sex on a cruise Serge learns not to be in there way when they drive as they purposely pretend confusion while playing pinball with pedestrians. Finally the government seems to be hiding some mysterious murders. The convergence of all these divergent people turns out to be Jim and Martha Davenport, who just wants some excitement in their lives.------------------ This is the usual over the top satire that atomizes just about everyone even a lobster. Serge is at his best starting with his woops while Coleman meeting up with pal Lenny plan on a Guinness Book size bong. However, between Amazonian Rachel, the government, bad Tim McGraw and the ¿Granny¿ brigade, Serge and Coleman understand the biggest threat to their Florida road show is these dangerous ninety years olds. Tim Dorsey provides his typical insane zaniness that leaves no one standing except ninety-one years old Edith Grabowski who had sex twice without oxygen and is ready to take on Tim, Rachel, Serge and Coleman in a no holds barred Florida death match.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    Wow

    I haven't finished yet, but am so far impressed. I laughed at every sentence, and ended up reading the book out loud so other people could laugh too. It is exciting, funny, and very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    The 21st Century Don Quixote

    Tim Dorsey: A master of all things satiric once again takes us on a love/hate adventure of all things Florida. The good, the bad and the hillariously ugly. The noble, lovable and psychotic hero: Serge A. Storms is none the less passionate of his beloved Florida and righting it's wrongs in his quest to formulate his legacy. Like the 16th Century knight. Serge sees Florida with his heart and society considers him a prime candidate for heavy sedation, medication, or incarceration. Fortunately, our hero is too sane to let that happen and is truly a role model that reminds us that we should all be passionate. The cause or inspiration is irrelavant, just be happy and enjoy as one man's giant is another man's windmills. The dialog is laugh out loud fun and a good test for the reader's sensibilities. If you don't laugh--there is something wrong with you, but I can't imagine a better self-help book exists than this zany piece of fiction or is it?

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