Florida Roadkill (Serge Storms Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money.

On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals -- and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more ...

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Overview

Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money.

On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals -- and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs . . . and the suitcase. In the meantime, there's murder by gun, Space Shuttle, Barbie doll, and Levi's 501s.

In other words, welcome to Tim Dorsey's Florida -- where nobody gets out unscathed and untanned!

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Editorial Reviews

Miami Herald
Impossible as it sounds, Dorsey has muscled in on the big guns' territory and ripped the place upside down and inside out. Jittery, bizarre and utterly charming...Roadkill reads like Quentin Tarantino wrote it on a rum-and-speedball binge after baking too long in the ferocious August sun. Except Tarantino's characters are a bit tame in comparison to some of Dorsey's mangy minions.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A violent, funny, hyperkinetic novel...where the bizarre is downright commonplace.
New York Times Book Review
Vulgar, violent, and gaudier than sunsets on the Keys, Dorsey's roadshow is some fun.
Tampa Tribune
Fiercely energetic, outrageously funny...imagine Hunter S. Thompson sharing a byline with Groucho Marx.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A violent, funny, hyperkinetic novel...where the bizarre is downright commonplace.
Miami Herald
Impossible as it sounds, Dorsey has muscled in on the big guns' territory and ripped the place upside down and inside out. Jittery, bizarre and utterly charming...Roadkill reads like Quentin Tarantino wrote it on a rum-and-speedball binge after baking too long in the ferocious August sun. Except Tarantino's characters are a bit tame in comparison to some of Dorsey's mangy minions.
Tampa Tribune
Fiercely energetic, outrageously funny...imagine Hunter S. Thompson sharing a byline with Groucho Marx.
New York Times Book Review
Vulgar, violent, and gaudier than sunsets on the Keys, Dorsey's roadshow is some fun.
James W. Hall
A red-line, juking, jiving, manic, tequila-laced, triple-espresso ride through the flipped-out, ultra-scuzzy, bullet-between-the-eyes state of Florida...Wow, what a ride.
Tom Tolworthy
If the pen is mightier than the sword, Carl Hiassen writes with an x-acto knife, and Tim Dorsey writes with a chainsaw. —President of B&N Superstores
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This dizzying road movie of a first novel follows a passel of comic con men (and one con woman) down and around the Florida coast. Their adventures involve deliciously caricatured characters along with delirious violence, not to mention pigeon-eating maniacs, cocaine, traffic jams, biker gangs, hot-tub accidents, mock-Satanic heavy metal bands, partially frozen crocodilians, the World Series and the space shuttle. Serge and Coleman are roommates, manic ne'er-do-wells trying to fashion a living from crime and adventure. Sexy Sharon Rhodes murders magnates for their life insurance. On the run after her last hit, she meets Serge and Coleman, and the trio start a crime spree. Former millionaire George Veale has just been released from prison when he absconds with a suitcase of drug money. The cash belongs to insurance CEO Charles Saffron, who hires sleazy private investigator Mo Grenadine to get it back. (Mo is also a corrupt right-wing state legislator and a gay-baiting talk radio host.) Serge and Coleman (themselves remotely connected to drug cartels) get wind of the suitcase and scheme for the cash. Sharon wants in on the caper, too, whether or not the two men planned it that way. Dorsey's cast of dangerous oddballs chase, rob, shoot and kill their way from Tampa to the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas, until their raucous evasion of law catches up with them. Dorsey is a newspaperman by trade (at the Tampa Tribune), and his sentence rhythm can be crisply journalistic: "Wilbur Putzenfus was losing hair on top and working the comb-over. No tan. No tone.... Spiro Agnew without the power." Floridian readers may laugh or wince as Dorsey skewers the state's foibles and stereotypes. But he can abandon his verbal dexterity and his social observation to get a quick laugh or a quick jolt of violence: as a result, his satire seems less serious than it might be. Admirers of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen will note their influences here; as entertainment, this rollicking, over-the-top novel is a blast. Agent, Nat Sobel. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In this debut, lots of people are after a suitcase full of money that got dropped in the wrong car: two bad guys, one obsessed with Florida history (the setting is Miami) and another with cocaine; one lady, whos also a killer; and the good-guy lawyer. Dorsey is night news coordinator of the Tampa Tribune, so expect good detail.
Publisher's Weekly
This dizzying road movie of a first novel follows a passel of comic con men (and one con woman) down and around the Florida coast. Their adventures involve deliciously caricatured characters along with delirious violence, not to mention pigeon-eating maniacs, cocaine, traffic jams, biker gangs, hot tub accidents, mock-Satanic heavy metal bands, partially frozen crocodilians, the World Series and the space shuttle. Serge and Coleman are roommates, manic ne’er-do-wells trying to fashion a living from crime and adventure. Sexy Sharon Rhodes murders magnates for their life insurance. On the run after her last hit, she meets Serge and Coleman, and the trio start a crime spree. Former millionaire George Veale has just been released from prison when he absconds with a suitcase of drug money. The cash belongs to insurance CEO Charles Saffron, who hires sleazy private investigator Mo Grenadine to get it back. (Mo is also a corrupt right-wing state legislator and gay-baiting talk radio host.) Serge and Coleman (themselves remotely connected to drug cartels) get wind of the suitcase and scheme for the cash. Sharon wants in on the caper, too, whether or not the two men planned it that way. Dorsey’s cast of dangerous oddballs chase, rob, shoot and kill their way from Tampa to the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas, until their raucous evasion of law catches up with them. Dorsey is a newspaperman by trade (at the Tampa Tribune), and his sentence rhythm can be crisply journalistic: “Wilbur Putzenfus was losing hair on top and working the comb- over. No tan. No tone. ... Spiro Agnew without the power.” Floridian readers may laugh or wince as Dorsey skewers the state’s foibles and stereotypes. But he can abandon his verbal dexterity and his social observation to get a quick laugh or a quick jolt of violence: as a result, his satire seems less serious than it might be. Admirers of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen will note their influence here; as entertainment, this rollicking, over-the-top novel is a blast.
Kirkus Reviews
Hilarious set pieces distinguish this otherwise sluggishly plotted contribution to Sunbelt Baroque, the genre epitomized by Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.
Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press
“[A] rollicking satire.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061833021
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Serge Storms Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 27,494
  • File size: 878 KB

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 sixteen other 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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Eleven months before the World Series, in November, the start of the tourist season, the beaches off St. Petersburg were jammed with pasty people.

As always, Sharon Rhodes knew every eye was on her as she walked coyly along the edge of the surf, twirling a bit of hair with a finger. A volleyball game stopped. Footballs and Frisbees fell in the water. Guys lost track of conversations with their wives and got socked.

She was the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in person. Six feet tall, gently curling blonde hair cascading over her shoulders and onto the top of her black bikini. She had a Carnation Milk face with high cheekbones and a light dusting of freckles. Her lips were full, pouty and cruel in the way that makes men drive into buildings.

She stopped as if to think, stuck an index finger in her lips and sucked. Men became woozy. She turned and splashed out into three feet of water and dunked herself. When she came up, she shook her head side to side, flinging wet blonde hair, and thrust out her nipples.

There was nothing in Sharon a man wanted to love, caress or defend. This was tie-me-up-and-hurt-me stuff, everything about her shouting at a man, "I will destroy all that is dear to YOU," and the man says, "Yes, please."

Wilbur Putzenfus was losing hair on top and working the comb-over. No tan. No tone. A warrior of the business cubicle, with women he was socially retarded. Spiro Agnew without the power. A hundred and fifty pounds of unrepentant geek-on-wheels.

Sharon threw her David Lee Roth beach towel down next to his, lay on her stomach and untied her top.

Wilbur studied Sharon with a series of stolen glimpses that wouldn'thave been so obvious if they hadn't been made through the viewfinder of a camcorder.

When Wilbur ran out of videotape Sharon raised up on her elbows, tits hanging, and said to him in a low, husky voice, "I like to do it in public.

Wilbur was apoplectic.

Sharon replaced her top and stood up. She reached down, took Wilbur by the hand and tried to get him to his feet, but his legs didn't work right, Bambi's first steps.

She walked him over to the snack bar and showers. Against a thicket of hibiscus was one of those plywood cutouts, the kind with a hole that tourists stick their faces through for snapshots.

This one had a large cartoon shark swallowing a tourist feet first. The tourist wore a straw hat, had a camera hanging from a strap around his neck, and was banging on the shark's snout.

The bushes shielded the backside of the plywood from public view, but the front faced heavy foot traffic on the boardwalk.

Sharon told Wilbur to put his face in the hole, and he complied. She told him not to take his head out of the hole or she would permanently stop what she was doing. She pulled his plaid bathing trunks to his ankles, kneeled down and applied her expertise.

Some of the guys from the volleyball game had been following Sharon like puppy dogs, and they peeked behind the plywood. Then they walked around the front of the cutout and stood on the sidewalk, pointing and laughing at Wilbur. Word spread.

The crowd was over a hundred by the time Wilbur's saliva started to meringue around his mouth. His eyes came unplugged and rolled around in their sockets, and he made sounds like Charlie Callas.

Finally, nearing crescendo, Wilbur stared bug-eyed at the crowd and yelled between shallow breaths, "WILL ... YOU... MAR-RY... ME?"

"Yeth," came the answer from behind the plywood, a female voice with a mouth full, and the crowd cheered.

Wilbur Putzenfus, a claims executive with a major Tampa Bay HMO, was not an ideal catch. But he could provide a comfortable life. Wilbur's job was to deny insurance claims filed with the Family First Health Maintenance Organization ("We're here because we care"). As Family First's top claims denial supervisor, Wilbur handled the really difficult patients, the ones who demanded the company fulfill its policies.

Wilbur was promoted to this position after a selfless display of ethical turpitude that had revolutionized the company. On his own he'd launched a secret study that showed wrongful-death suits were cheaper than paying for organ transplants covered by their policies.

"So we should stop covering transplants?" asked a director during the watershed board meeting.

"No," said Wilbur, "we'd lose business and profit. We should just stop paying the claims."

"We can do that?" asked the director.

"Gentlemen," said Wilbur, grabbing the edge of the conference table with both hands. "These people are terribly ill and in serious need of immediate medical treatment. They're in no shape to argue with us."

"Brilliant," went the murmur around the table.

As the senior claims denier, Wilbur handled only the most tenacious and meritorious claims that bubbled up through lower levels of impediment.

While a simple coward in person, Wilbur became a vicious coward behind the relative safety of a longdistance phone call- Wilbur answered each appeal with the predisposition that no claim would get by, regardless of legitimacy, company rules, reason and especially fairness. When cornered by an airtight argument, Wilbur responded with a tireless flurry of Byzantine logic. If all else failed and it looked like a claim had to be approved, there was the secret weapon. It became legend around the industry as the Putzenfus Gambit.

"It's an obvious typographical mistake on the bill. Why can't you fix it?" the policyholder would ask.

"I don't have that authority."

"Who does?"

"I can't tell you."

"Why not?!"

"I'm not allowed to give out that information."

"What's the phone number of your main office?"

"I'm not authorized to disclose that number."

"Fine! I'll get it myself. What city is your main office in?"

Silence.

"Are you still there?"

"I'm not allowed to talk to you anymore."

Click.

Sharon's engagement ring was from denied dialysis. The wedding floral arrangement from rejected prescriptions and the open bar from obstructed physical therapy. The buffet was subsidized by untaken CAT scans that would have found a tiny bone fragment that later paralyzed a fourth grader...

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

Eleven months before the World Series, in November, the start of the tourist season, the beaches off St. Petersburg were jammed with pasty people.

As always, Sharon Rhodes knew every eye was on her as she walked coyly along the edge of the surf, twirling a bit of hair with a finger. A volleyball game stopped. Footballs and Frisbees fell in the water. Guys lost track of conversations with their wives and got socked.

She was the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition in person. Six feet tall, gently curling blonde hair cascading over her shoulders and onto the top of her black bikini. She had a Carnation Milk face with high cheekbones and a light dusting of freckles. Her lips were full, pouty and cruel in the way that makes men drive into buildings.

She stopped as if to think, stuck an index finger in her lips and sucked. Men became woozy. She turned and splashed out into three feet of water and dunked herself. When she came up, she shook her head side to side, flinging wet blonde hair, and thrust out her nipples.

There was nothing in Sharon a man wanted to love, caress or defend. This was tie-me-up-and-hurt-me stuff, everything about her shouting at a man, "I will destroy all that is dear to you, and the man says, "Yes, please."

Wilbur Putzenfus was losing hair on top and working the comb-over. No tan. No tone. A warrior of the business cubicle, with women he was socially retarded. Spiro Agnew without the power. A hundred and fifty pounds of unrepentant geek-on-wheels.

Sharon threw her David Lee Roth beach towel down next to his, lay on her stomach and untied her top.

Wilbur studied Sharon with a series of stolen glimpses that wouldn't have been so obvious if they hadn't been made through the viewfinder of a camcorder.

When Wilbur ran out of videotape, Sharon raised up on her elbows, tits hanging, and said to him in a low, husky voice, "I like to do it in public."

Wilbur was apoplectic.

Sharon replaced her top and stood up. She reached down, took Wilbur by the hand and tried to get him to his feet, but his legs didn't work right, Bambi's first steps.

She walked him over to the snack bar and showers. Against a thicket of hibiscus was one of those plywood cutouts, the kind with a hole that tourists stick their faces through for snapshots.

This one had a large cartoon shark swallowing a tourist feet first. The tourist wore a straw hat, had a camera hanging from a strap around his neck, and was banging on the shark's snout.

The bushes shielded the backside of the plywood from public view, but the front faced heavy foot traffic on the boardwalk.

Sharon told Wilbur to put his face in the hole, and he complied. She told him not to take his head out of the hole or she would permanently stop what she was doing. She pulled his plaid bathing trunks to his ankles, kneeled down and applied her expertise.

Some of the guys from the volleyball game had been following Sharon like puppy dogs, and they peeked behind the plywood. Then they walked around the front of the Cutout and stood on the sidewalk, pointing and laughing at Wilbur. Word spread.

The crowd was over a hundred by the time Wilbur's saliva started to meringue around his mouth. His eyes came unplugged and rolled around in their sockets, and he made sounds like Charlie Callas.

Finally, nearing crescendo, Wilbur stared bug-eyed at the crowd and yelled between shallow breaths, "WILL...YOU...MARRY...ME?"

"Yeth," came the answer from behind the plywood, a female voice with a mouth full, and the crowd cheered.

Wilbur Putzenfus, a claims executive with a major Tampa Bay HMO, was not an ideal catch. But he could provide a comfortable life. Wilbur's job was to deny insurance claims filed with the Family First Health Maintenance Organization ("We're here because we care"). As Family First's top claims denial supervisor, Wilbur handled the really difficult patients, the ones who demanded the company fulfill its policies.

Wilbur was promoted to this position after a selfless display of ethical turpitude that had revolutionized the company. On his own he'd launched a secret study that showed wrongful-death suits were cheaper than paying for organ transplants covered by their policies.

"So we should stop covering transplants?" asked a director during the watershed board meeting.

"No," said Wilbur, "we'd lose business and profit. We should just stop paying the claims."

"We can do that?" asked the director.

"Gentlemen," said Wilbur, grabbing the edge of the conference table with both hands. "These people are terribly ill and in serious need of immediate medical treatment. They're in no shape to argue with us."

"Brilliant," went the murmur around the table.

As the senior claims denier, Wilbur handled only the most tenacious and meritorious claims that bubbled up through lower levels of impediment.

While a simple coward in person, Wilbur became a vicious coward behind the relative safety of a long-distance phone call. Wilbur answered each appeal with the predisposition that no claim would get by, regardless of legitimacy, company rules, reason and especially fairness. When cornered by an airtight argument, Wilbur responded with a tireless flurry of Byzantine logic. If all else failed and it looked like a claim had to be approved, there was the secret weapon. It became legend around the industry as the Putzenfus Gambit.

"It's an obvious typographical mistake on the bill. Why can't you fix it?" the policyholder would ask.

"I don't have that authority."

"Who does?"

"I can't tell you."

"Why not?!"

"I'm not allowed to give out that information."

"What's the phone number of your main office?" "I'm not authorized to disclose that number."

"Fine! I'll get it myself. What city is your main office in?"

Silence.

"Are you still there?"

"I'm not allowed to talk to you anymore."

Click.

Sharon's engagement ring was from denied dialysis. The wedding floral arrangement from rejected prescriptions and the open bar from obstructed physical therapy. The buffet was subsidized by untaken CAT scans that would have found a tiny bone fragment that later paralyzed a fourth grader. The medical evidence in that case was so overwhelming, Putzenfus considered his denial of the claim a moral victory.

The white stretch limo slung a cloud of dirt for three hundred yards. Doing at least sixty, too fast for the thin causeway inches above water.

The coastal area north of Tampa Bay was too spongy and harsh for condos. The limo was way out in the sticks, and the view over the marsh opened up for miles. The incongruous sight of swamp and speeding limo suggested an overthrown Central American president or bingeing rock star.

"Are you sure this is the right way?" Sharon asked from the back of the limo, her nose smudged against the side glass. She slid the electric window down. Sharon pressed her right hand on the top of her head to secure the wedding veil and stuck her face out into the wind to get a better view ahead.

Wilbur had proposed only two months before, and that night he'd laid out the plans for their dream wedding. Sharon listened and pictured nuptials on a fancy barrier island. She expected to drive over the Intracoastal Waterway on one of those new gleaming arches of a bridge and into a five-star resort.

Not a swamp.

Sharon fell back into her seat in the limo, lit a cigarette and said, "This blows."

She scratched her crotch through the wedding gown as the limo crossed onto Pine Island. When they pulled into McKethan Park, she could hear the music Wilbur had selected, "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie. Sharon stuck a finger in her mouth, making the international puke sign.

I need some more coke to handle this, she thought, and stuck a doctored spansule up her nose, snorting like a feral hog.

A cool, light breeze whipped small whitecaps near the shore. Wilbur, in a white tux, waited at the southern point of the island. The watery backdrop was ringed with distant saw grass and sabal palms. A laughing gull flew over Wilbur, catching the last light of day. It dove in the water and came up with a needlefish.

A windblown Sharon stepped out of the limo and walked toward Wilbur with the gait of someone making a trip to the mailbox. An enraptured Wilbur gazed upon the love of his life. Sharon, chewing a wad of Bazooka bubble gum, watched the seagull fly off with its fish and said to herself: I thought they just ate Fritos.

Sharon decided the honeymoon at Disney World stunk and told Wilbur every sixty seconds they were there. She snorted cocaine the whole time, in the Country Bear Jamboree and all over Tomorrowland. She smoked a joint in the Haunted Mansion, and fucked another tourist at Twenty Thousand Leagues, out behind the plastic boulders.

Wilbur thought the honeymoon was nothing less than perfect, due, in no small part, to the steady diet of blow jobs Sharon dispensed to keep him tolerable.

Driving back to Tampa on Interstate 4, Sharon said she felt unwell and climbed into the backseat to lie down. Traffic slowed to stop-and-go at the perpetual road construction outside Plant City. Sharon asked him to roll down the windows so she could get more air.

"Ouch!" Wilbur yelled a few minutes later and slapped the left side of his neck. "Damn mosquitoes."

Copyright © 1999 by Tim Dorsey

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

    Worst Book I have ever Read

    I read average of 3 books a month and this book was absolutely GROSS.
    It went from one over the top, disgustingly cruel scene to next. I would liken it like a severed head rolling down the road. I will never read another of this author's works...I bought 2 on B & N sale and will not start the 2nd....Big waste of read time, money, and paper on which it was printed...a BIG YUCK. Would have given less than one star if was available....

    19 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

    Not as clever as he thinks he is

    Mr. Dorsey has crafted a book filled with stereotypic scumbags doing depraved things that I suppose are meant to be humorous. The occasional well-turned phrase is inadequate compensation for the general absence of plot development and the pervading sense of being slimed this book left me with. Skip it.

    18 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    HILARIOUS!

    This is one of the funniest, no wait, THEE funniest book I've read in years...and possibly my life. Way to go Dorsey

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    An accidental but hilarious find!

    Having come across this book in Atlantic Books on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD, I thought to myself, 'Why not...I'm moving there, I might as well read more on the Sunshine State.' I'm glad I bought it, I definitely can say. If you need a laugh, this book certainly provides more than one. Right down to Mo Grenadine being hit by the Conch Train in Key West, I had tears of laughter coming out of my eyes. Tim Dorsey is right next to the 'master of the Florida seriocomic novel,' Carl Hiaasen, in my eyes. Being second to Carl Hiaasen (my favorite author)...that's a great honor!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2009

    Not Funny like the review lead me to believe

    Disturbing. The creative killing, the unstable characters, the sadness of the whole book did not make for a good read. MADE myself finish it. Did not pass it on like I usually do with books. Actually tossed it in the garbage. Glad I only paid the bargain price for it.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Written by an illiterate

    I find it hard to believe that the average rating for this book is so high. There is no plot just a bunch of hideous situations and scenarios populated by uninteresting characters. Lots of people are killed or maimed in just the first eight chapters; I gave up at that point. The majority of the writing is disjointed clauses with a few complete sentences tossed in. I can't understand how this became a series of stories if this is an example of Dorsey's writing.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    No wonder it is only 99¿

    Pathetic story hated it.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    What was this guy smokin?

    Oh man, this book is nuts!! Dorsey is a lunatic plain and simple!! I thought Carl Hiaasen was insane, but this guy is beyond crazy!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Definitely a good read

    Started very slow and it was tough to follow. But kept going and ended up really enjoying it. Funny read and worth the effort. Will start the next book in the series shortly.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Total Disappointment

    This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. Makes no sense and if it is susposed to be funny then I really missed the punchline. Ok to read if you have nothing better to do.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Awful

    Can't say anything else.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2009

    wish i'd read the review before I bought

    this is one of the worst books i've ever picked up to read. just gratuitous sex, drugs, and violence without any plot or character development.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Don't bother

    Any humor in this is hard to find and I enjoy dark comedies. None of the chararcters are worth reading about and there is virtually no plot - just rambling situations spliced together.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Outrageously Funny!!

    This is the second book by Tim Dorsey that I have had the extreme pleasure to read and I pray for more!! I was turned on to Mr. Dorsey by the NY Times Book Review Crime Page and being a part time Florida resident/transient I couldn't resist a look. Mr Dorsey develops outrageous characters and tells a story surrounding the much more outrageout activities of these characters. I found myself breaking out into loud laughter in an otherwise quiet restaurant, more than once. It is my ever humble opinion that Author Tim Dorsey is either insane or a genius. I think the latter with maybe just a touch of madness. Writing that can well be appreciated in the law enforcement world. For some unknown reason I keep thinking of the novel 'Catch Twenty-Two' as I read Dorsey's work.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    One hell of a good book... a TRUE south FLORIDA tale!!!

    Tim Dorsey has added a new twist to the growing popularity of the southern Florida mystery writers such as James Hall, Carl Hiaasan, and my person favorite - Randy White. This story has got it all. From the drugged-out psychotic threesome, to the rejected drug cartel, all the way to the lawyer with morals. I found myself continuously laughing out loud and not wanting to put the book down. But like one of the previous reviewers, I was a bit curious about the abrupt ending... Until I read a local article in the newspaper that Mr. Dorsey claims to be doing a sequel that will pick up where 'FL Roadkill' left off. I can't wait!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Worst book in 50 years of reading

    I had such high hopes for this book as it was compared to Hiaasen's work. Despite the fact that it had minimal continuity, zero plot development. Unknowable characters randomly blasting in and out of the picture, I actually finished it. Now if only i could figure out what it was about. That'll teach me not to ignore the Readers ratings. What a catastrophy!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Dumbest book EVER

    Not only can this author not spin a story, what he does spin sounds like he has watched one too many Ace Ventura movies, and lacks the basic skills to copy the decent parts. The descriptions of the characters can only be from the mind of a syphillitic monkey, or that of a teenager who watches too many bad hollywood crime depictions and has read one too many fantasies from a porn mag. What a piece of garbage. Not worth reading. If you get this as a gift its because that person hates you.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Bad news!

    Not worth the 99¿ l paid for it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Awful!

    Thought it would be a bit like a christopher moore book. Not at all! It just is not a good book. I finished it thinking it would get better but it doesnt. Really not worth the dollar i spent.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Didn't enjoy this book at all

    This book was just all over the place, confusing and at times frustrating...so bad I couldn't even finish it. Sorry Mr. Dorsey...but this is my humble opinion...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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