Electric Barracuda (Serge Storms Series #13)by Tim Dorsey
Serge Storms, that loveable thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-Florida-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authoritiesespecially one tenacious state agenthave begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?… See more details below
Serge Storms, that loveable thermonuclear vigilante and one-stop-Florida-trivia-shop, has been leaving corpses strewn across the Sunshine State for more than a decade. The authoritiesespecially one tenacious state agenthave begun to notice the exponential body count, and send a police task force to track down Serge. Could his luck finally have run out?
Meanwhile, armed with his perpetually baked sidekick, Coleman, Serge decides to blitz the state and resurrect his Internet travel-advice websitewhich, of course, must be the finest and the final word on trekking the Sunshine State. To up the ante, Serge concocts a theme vacation for his cyberspace audience. And that theme? You, too, can experience Florida through the eyes of a fugitive.
Off they go blogging along a getaway route through the state's most remote bayous, back roads, and bars, where the number of cadavers begin stacking up like Serge's website hits. And in the middle of all his make-believe close brushes, Serge finally wises up to his pursuers and realizes that the manic gumball rally is genuinely on "in the tradition of the great American chase movie."
Clues and questions mount:
- Who are all the women being photographed naked in the swamp?
- What made Coleman draw on his face with magic markers?
- Where is the cruise-to-nowhere taking its drunk prisoners?
- When was the last time a Civil War reenactment involved a sports car?
But Serge also has some personal business to tidy up. His grandfather's old Miami Beach gang suddenly had their life savings wiped out, and there's a good bet it was no accident. Too much action for Serge to juggle? Not when it all dovetails nicely into his Secret Master Plan. And especially if it involves Serge's favorite new obsession: tracking Al Capone's little-known escapades in the Everglades.
So gas up the car, say good-bye to the relatives, and join Serge on the lam as he drives straight for the deepest bowels of Florida to unravel the final mysteries of Electric Barracuda.
Floridaphile vigilante Serge Storms (Gator A-Go-Go, 2010, etc.) dodges law-enforcement agents in the Everglades.
What better place than South Florida's lushly overgrown, gator-packed wilderness—known as a swamp but actually an immense, slow-moving river, Serge sagely points out—for a fugitive to hide out? And who better to lead a tour through Snook Haven, Gator Hook, the Loop Road (Al Capone's favorite hideout) and Cabbage Key than perennial fugitive Serge, who's so used to being on the run that he doesn't even notice the trail of federal agents, local law and freelance bounty hunters led by his nemesis Agent Mahoney? Instead of attending to them, Serge is planning his Fugitive Tour, billed on his website as the best way to experience Florida's least-known attractions, like the museum in remote Chokoloskee Island or the Rod and Gun in Everglades City, where guests stay in cottages to protect the dark-paneled main building from fire. Not even a surprise visit from his ex-wife Molly, who brings a 5-year-old tornado named Mikey who needs to bond with his dad, or his sidekick Coleman's need for frequent bar stops can slow Serge down. He barely has time to kill six bad guys—two playground-cruising pedophiles and four insurance execs gorging on bailout booty—while staying on the lam.
Despite the relatively low body count, Serge fans can revel in his increasingly arcane knowledge of Southern Florida lore as well as the cat-and-mouse thrills in Dorsey's lucky 13th.
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