Coconut Cowboy (Serge Storms Series #19)

Coconut Cowboy (Serge Storms Series #19)

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by Tim Dorsey
     
 

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Channeling his inner Easy Rider, Serge Storms saddles up for his most epic, lethal, and hilarious road trip ever as he revvs off to find the lost American Dream . . . starting in the Florida Panhandle.

Obsessed with the iconic Sixties classic Easy Rider, encyclopedic Floridaphile, lovable serial killer, and movie buff extraordinaire Serge A. Storms

Overview

Channeling his inner Easy Rider, Serge Storms saddles up for his most epic, lethal, and hilarious road trip ever as he revvs off to find the lost American Dream . . . starting in the Florida Panhandle.

Obsessed with the iconic Sixties classic Easy Rider, encyclopedic Floridaphile, lovable serial killer, and movie buff extraordinaire Serge A. Storms devises his wildest plan yet: finish the journey begun by his freewheeling heroes, Captain America and Billy, tragically cut short by some shotgun-wielding rednecks.

Setting a course for the Florida panhandle, Captain Serge—with Coleman literally riding shotgun—mounts his classic motorcycle and hits the highway in search of the real America: the apple-pie-eating, freedom-swilling moms and pops of Main Street USA.

But the America he finds in the rural burgs dotting the neck of the peninsula is a little bit different . . . and a whole lot weirder than anything Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper encountered. In a state where criminal politicians are more common than gators, Serge and Coleman discover one particular speed-trap locale so aggressively inept at corruption that investigators are baffled where to start.

Expect nothing less than madness, mayhem, ingenious homicides, and mind-altering pharmaceuticals when Serge and Coleman’s path intersects with the Sunshine State’s hyper-dysfunctional rusticity.

Where’s Jack Nicholson when you need him?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 11/16/2015
Bestseller Dorsey’s entertainingly picaresque 19th Serge Storms novel (after 2015’s Shark Skin Suite) opens with a scene that sets the comic tone for what’s to follow. A dispute between mascots for competing eateries, a man in a panda suit and one in a gorilla suit, turns violent; at a nearby bank, a would-be thief, who leads a “long, imprecise life footnoted entirely by sighs,” learns to his chagrin that he’s waited in the wrong line to hand in a robbery note. Dorsey deftly brings all his players to life, none more so than his serial killer lead, Serge, a vigilante who has a soft spot for the victims of bad guys other than him, a wide-ranging knowledge of popular culture, and original insights (e.g., that the Amazon delivery model was inspired by the Acme company in the Road Runner cartoons). The major plot thread focuses on geologist Peter Pugliese, who has just moved from New York to the small burg of Wobbly, Fla., and finds himself in shady company. The author’s Kinky Friedman–like voice perfectly suits the engaging story arc. Author tour. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Jan.)
Library Journal
08/01/2015
Dorsey follows up his New York Times best-selling Tiger Shrimp Tango with another Serge A. Storms extravaganza, this one sending our lovable serial killer into the Florida panhandle. With a 50,000-copy first printing and an eight-city tour.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-11-05
Demonstrating that his encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history and his ability to transform obsession into a thing of beauty reach north past Daytona, Serge Storms takes his stoner pal Coleman on a pilgrimage through the Sunshine State's panhandle. Completing Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's quest for the American dream isn't for wimps. It takes guts, vision, and a couple of slammin' high-handlebarred choppers. Serge has plenty of the first, maybe too much of the second…and as for the third, that's just what Bear Claw, owner of ED'Z DEAD SLEDZ, can provide. Of course Coleman, who can't quite seem to get the hang of using a kickstand, ends up in the sidecar of Serge's hog as the two barrel through Chipley and Marianna to Greenville, home of Ray Charles, and ultimately to the banks of the mighty Suwannee. Meantime, Peter and Mary Pugliese have found their version of the American dream courtesy of Maxine, a realtor who sells them a neo-Victorian, complete with second-story porch, in the North Florida town of Wobbly, known for its awesome speed trap and interlocking directorate of brothers, cousins, in-laws, and outlaws serving in every public office imaginable. Mayor Vernon Log invites Peter to join Bo, Jabow, Otis, Clem, Harlan, and Haywood down at Lead Belly's for ribs, and pretty soon, the two have a working relationship. (After all, a corrupt Florida politician can always use a geologist on his payroll.) Serge and Coleman, joined by Princeton grad student Matt, who finds Serge the ideal research subject, plow eastward, toward a confrontation that's utterly predictable and totally unforeseeable. Dorsey's 19th keeps the body count low but the energy high as he proves again that enough is enough, but too much is plenty.
Booklist
“Heartily recommended for readers who like their mayhem served up with belly laughs.”
New York Post
“Hilarious.”
Providence Journal
“Amazing...one of his funniest and most deftly plotted yet.”
St. Augustine Record
“Fast-paced. ... If you have not read any of Dorsey’s novels, join the fun.”
Tampa Bay Times
“Inimitable. ... The Serge books are often hilarious, but there’s always something serious underpinning the antics.”
Shelf Awareness
“It’s all fun in the Sunshine State. ... Nobody does wacky Florida like Dorsey.”
Florida Weekly
“Exquisite, zany, and yet sincere.”
Florida Times-Union
“Always over the top, Dorsey has peaked with Coconut Cowboy, creating a tough act to follow for No. 20.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Pure Dorsey. ... Weird and funny and silly.”
FloridaBookReview.net
“The side-splittingest entry in the Serge A. Storms library.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062240040
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Series:
Serge Storms Series , #19
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
107,231
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of seventeen other novels: 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, Florida.

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Coconut Cowboy (Serge Storms Series #19) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this guy and his books, but this last one was TOO SHORT!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds good !