Electric Barracuda (Serge Storms Series #13)

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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 authorities—especially one tenacious state agent—have 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 ...

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Overview

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 authorities—especially one tenacious state agent—have 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 website—which, 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Dorsey's madcap 13th novel featuring vigilante serial killer Serge A. Storms (after Gator A-Go-Go), Serge gets engaged in a scheme cooked up by his faithful sidekick, Coleman, who hopes to attract tourists to Florida by offering theme vacations: "My first theme vacation: the ‘tourist fugitive.' You come down here and pretend to be on the lam." Those on the gleefully maniacal Serge's trail include a conniving lawyer gulled into thinking Serge has the key to Al Capone's lost treasure, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement task force, and Serge's personal Javert, the obsessive, dubiously lucid but insightful Agent Mahoney. Dorsey cheerfully rejoices in Florida's colorful history and in the triumph of absurdity and anarchy over law and propriety. His police are no better than Keystone Kops, while tempering his deranged protagonist's taste for complex murder is Serge's unerring ability to select worthy targets. An unnecessary final revelation aside, series fans will be pleased. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061876899
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Serge Storms Series , #13
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (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 ten previous novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, and Atomic Lobster. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Highly Enjoyable

    Tim Dorsey's newest installment to his Serge Storms series, Electric Barracuda, is a hilarious mix of Raising Arizona meets Dexter. This novel has a unique blend of action and humor that draws the reader into the chaotic life of Serge as he evades a quasi-imagined dragnet trying to capture him for his various misdeeds. Truly, this is one 'villian' not to be missed as he will have you reading, and laughing, late into the night! Serge Storms is without a doubt one of the most unique characters that I have had the pleasure to read in a while. His complex nature is matched only by the facade of his laid back demeanor. With wit and intelligence that is often times surprising, Serge's entrepreneurial prowess leads him on a never ending adventure through the state of Florida. From the Everglades to the various islands throughout the area, he and his dim witted companion Coleman create havoc with three federal agents hot on their trail. While Serge is a murderer, he holds to a strict code of ironically killing those who he feels should be murdered. There is definitely no love lost for the victims of his sometimes brutal crimes, for instance a man cruising the playground is found with his stomach full of children's expanding sponges, you know the little capsules that expand in water to make fun shapes? Well, you won't look at those not so easily swallowed capsules the same way again! And yet, you can't help but cheer him and his vigilante ways. Not to mention the fun assortment of characters who aid him in his journeys. They all add a splash of human color to the back drop of the journey. The atmosphere is akin of the old movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World, with chases that often have perfect comedic timing. With the police usually only moments behind the murderous pair, they zip to their next destination ahead of imaginary law enforcement officers never realizing that they are truly running from the actual cops. Really, the complicated nature of this aspect adds its own zeal leaving the reader wondering how long Serge's luck will actually hold out. But, not only are present day predicaments broached, but historical ones as well in the form of gangster Al Capone and his hideout in the Glades. How does this tie back to Serge and his present day chaos? Well, you'll just have to read to find that out! Dorsey's wonderful writing style shifts seamlessly between character groups as well. The concise Noir-like writing style he invokes for the federal agents pursuing Serge adds a bit of old timey flair, yet the characters themselves manage to be quite human and not the stiff gum shoes of that particular era. The clipped stylistic changes contrast to the more fluid structure that surrounds Serge. In fact, around Serge there is a sense of word association that mirrors the ever shifting ideas that flood throw his mind perfectly. Most notably these periods of spewing ideas is common when Coleman is given voice to speak, his drug addled brain going from one topic to the next without rhyme or reason. And yet, this free flowing geyser of facts, history and whimsy is one of the things that I loved most about the novel. You never knew exactly what you were going to get from these two colorful characters and often times is was as surprising as their actions.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    OMG!

    Do you remember the old question "If you can have dinner with anyone who would it be?". Serge and Coleman!!!!

    Another great addition to the Serge anthology! Mr. Dorsey, you are truly a sick and twisted individual. For that reason I'm adding you to my dinner party list!

    For those of you who have had the pleasure of reading the entire Serge Storms collection....click on the damned "buy now" icon and purchase this! Mr. Dorsey has not lose his edge! I now have a way to get back at my ex-girlfriend...something involving a raft and a blow gun!

    Kudos Tim, you have done justice to my favorite serial killer!

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Of all of the books that Tim Dorsey has written to date, this is

    Of all of the books that Tim Dorsey has written to date, this is certainly one of them.  And, to this reader, that is definitely NOT a bad thing!!

    If you're familiar with Tim's Serge A. Storms series, you know what to expect in this book – and it delivers.  Serge and Coleman tour Florida, stopping to look at significant and historic sites.  Someone – usually several someones with different motives – are in active pursuit.  (In this book, Tim actually pokes fun of this aspect of his books, with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Crown Vic actively followed by a series of other vehicles throughout the novel.)  And, a few people who have insufficient respect for their fellow men and/or the natural resources and history of the State of Florida meet a gruesome – and highly creative – demise.  

    I typically read my series in order, but once you get past the first 5 or 6 in this particular series, you can pretty much jump and skip around – BUT NOT WITH THIS BOOK.  There are a few major character developments among the supporting cast – at least the few that make an appearance in this book – that the reader is encouraged to read earlier books in this series before tackling this one.

    RATING: If you like the ongoing chronicles of Serge's travels, 4 stars.  If you do not, 2½ would be more applicable  I really do like them, so he gets a 4 from me.

    POSTSCRIPT: It should be noted that when Tim Dorsey does a live appearance and chooses to do a reading from his works, THIS is the book he typically selects to read from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Serge Mania

    Another great read. Serge Storms is the bomb. Keep em coming.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Serge does it again!

    My husband and I both thoroughly enjoy reading every new Serge adventure and this one certainly doesn't let us down! I lived in Florida for over 27 years and I love all his Florida travels especially when I have to been to most. This is a MUST READ for all you Serge Storm fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Serge Strikes Again

    I laughed, I cried. I cried laughing.
    Yet another funny, bizarre Serge Storms tale from the master of Florida minutiae. God Bless Tim Dorsey. He is in his own genre and he does it so well. I hoep to read 100 Serge Storm books.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Electric Barracuda

    Serge Storms is a crazy, peculiar serial killer of really bad guys. And this is the newest story of his escapades. Set in Sunny Florida and not the state of amusement parks but the Everglades and alligators. This satirical look at cops and killer is quick read that is over the top in some stops and contrived in others. I thought I would like this novel based on the summary and other reviews but it was not one for me.

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