Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms Series #4)

Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms Series #4)

by Tim Dorsey

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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms Series #4) by Tim Dorsey

Ensconced in a lovely tropical villa on idyllic Triggerfish Lane, Jim Davenport anticipates the good life to come. But this isn't living — it's Florida and the neighborhood is not quite what it seems. It's got overly aggressive Little League parents, drug-free Rastafarians, homicidal hookers, unnatural sex and casual violence. Oh, yes, and there's a psychopathic serial killer-cum-Sunshine-State folklorist named Serge A. Storms living directly across the street. So it's only a matter of time before Jim up and actually kills somebody ...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061031557
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2003
Series: Serge Storms Series , #4
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 133,831
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of twenty-one novels: Pope of Palm Beach, Clownfish Blues, Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, 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, FL.

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Chapter One

So what's up with Florida?

Talk about a swing in reputation. Forty years ago the Sunshine State was an unthreatening View-Master reel of orange groves, alligator wrestlers, tail-walking dolphins and shuffleboard.

Near the turn of the millennium, Florida had become either romantically lawless or dangerously stupid, and often both: Casablanca without common sense, Dodge City with more weapons, the state that gave you the Miami Relatives on the evening news every night for nine straight months and changed the presidential election with a handful of confetti. Consider that two of the most famous Floridians in recent years have been Janet Reno and the Anti-Reno, Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Is there no middle genetic ground?

And yet they keep coming to Florida. People who maintain such records report that every single day, a thousand new residents move into the state. The reasons are varied. Retirement, beaches, affordable housing, growing job base, tax relief, witness protection, fugitive warrants, forfeiture laws that shelter your house if you're a Heisman trophy winner who loses a civil suit in the stabbing death of your wife, and year-round golf.

On a typical spring morning in 1997, five of those thousand new people piled into a cobalt-blue Dodge Aerostar in Logansport, Indiana. The Davenports -- Jim, Martha and their three children -- watched the moving van pull out of their driveway and followed it south.

A merging driver on the interstate ramp gave Jim the bird. He would have given him two birds, but he was on thephone. Jim grinned and waved and let the man pass.Jim Davenport was like many of the other thousand people heading to Florida this day, except for one crucial difference. Of all of them, Jim was hands-down the most nonconfrontational.

Jim avoided all disagreement and didn't have the heart to say no. He loved his family and fellow man, never raised his voice or fists, and was rewarded with a lifelong, routine digestion of small doses of humiliation. The belligerent, boorish and bombastic latched onto him like strangler figs.

He was utterly content.

Then Jim moved his family to Florida, and before summer was over a most unnatural thing happened. Jim went and killed a few people.

None of this was anywhere near the horizon as the Davenports began the second day of their southern interstate migration.

The road tar at the bottom of Georgia began to soften and smell in the afternoon sun. It was a Saturday, the traffic on I-75 thick and anxious. Hondas, Mercurys, Subarus, Chevy Blazers. A blue Aerostar with Indiana tags passed the exit for the town of Tifton, sod capital of the usa, and a billboard: jesus is lord...at buddy's catfish emporium.”

A sign marking the Florida state line stood in the distance, then the sudden appearance of palm trees growing in a precise grid. The official state welcome center rose like a mirage through heat waves off the highway. Cars accelerated for the oasis with the runaway anticipation of traffic approaching a Kuwaiti checkpoint on the border with Iraq.

They pulled into the hospitality center's angled parking slots; doors opened and children jumped out and ran around the grass in the aimless, energetic circles for which they are known. Parents stretched and rounded up staggering amounts of trash and headed for garbage cans. A large Wisconsin family in tank tops sat at a picnic table eating boloney sandwiches and generic pork rinds so they could afford a thousand-dollar day at Disney. A crack team of state workers arrived at the curb in an unmarked van and began pressure-washing some kind of human fluid off the sidewalk. A stray ribbon of police tape blew across the pavement.The Aerostar parked near the vending machines, in front of the no nighttime security sign.

“Who needs to go to the bathroom?” asked Jim.

Eight-year-old Melvin put down his mutant action figures and raised a hand.

Sitting next to him with folded arms and dour outlook was Debbie Davenport, a month shy of sweet sixteen, totally disgusted to be in a minivan. She was also disgusted with the name Debbie. Prior to the trip she had informed her parents that from now on she was to be called “Drusilla.”

“Debbie, you need to use the rest room?”

No reply.

Martha got out a bottle for one-year-old Nicole, cooing in her safety seat, and Jim and little Melvin headed for the building.

Outside the rest rooms, a restless crowd gathered in front of an eight-foot laminated map of Florida, unable to accept that they were still hundreds of miles from the nearest theme park. They would become even more bitter when they pulled away from the welcome center, and the artificial grove of palms gave way to hours of scrubland and billboards for topless doughnut shops.

Jim bought newspapers and coffee. Martha took over the driving and got back on I-75. Jim unfolded one of the papers. “Says here authorities have discovered a tourist from Finland who lost his luggage, passport, all his money and ID and was stranded for eight weeks at Miami International Airport.”

“Eight weeks?” said Martha. “How did he take baths?”

“Wet paper towels in the rest rooms.”

“Where did he sleep?”

“Chairs at different gates each night.”

“What did he eat?”

“Bagels from the American Airlines Admirals Club.”

“How did he get in the Admirals Club if he didn't have ID?”

“Doesn't say.”

“If he went to all that trouble, he probably could have gotten some kind of help from the airline. I can't believe nobody noticed him.”

“I think that's the point of the story.”

“What happened?”

“Kicked him out. He was last seen living at Fort Lauderdale International.”

The Aerostar passed a group of police officers on the side of the highway, slowly walking eight abreast looking for something in the weeds. Jim turned the...

Triggerfish Twist. Copyright © by Tim Dorsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Triggerfish Twist (Serge Storms Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm currently in the 15th chapter and it has really been exciting and fun and defintly worth buying if you have seven dollars lying around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been said that Mr. Dorsey killed off two, too many people in his first novel. The relevant conundrum then was how to please his new audience and bring the two beloved characters back. Mr. Dorsey does this in brilliant style and setting. Reuniting Sharon and Coleman with Serge was a high and wide hurdle which Dorsey clears with his rapier wit, clear style and his ability to make the bizzare seem almost commonplace, if not acceptable. It is interesting, albeit bad luck for the people that live on Triggerfish Lane, that Mr. Dorsey has now brought the trio into the suburbs. It affords him an unlimited supply of suburban rituals and middle income situations for Serge and his merry band to transorm into complete mayhem. This book, as all his others, is a page turner of pure adrenaline and side-splitting laughter. One is also extremely pleased with Mr. Dorsey's writing, already rich with talent, which shows his mature and more polished style, concise in its action leaving more room for the adventure of the characters and the story. This book will be a great summer read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Tampa Bay area, after his roommates Sharon and Coleman burn down their townhouse along with a few historical homes while freebasing lint, Serge A. Storms relocates the entire crew to Triggerfish Lane. Meanwhile in the same Triggerfish Lane area, Lance Boyle rents to the shoddiest tenants on the planet. The slumlord wants the more respectable locals to sell cheaply to him.

Shockingly, Serge the historian loves life in the Burbs. He ¿helps¿ his neighbors, which requires some kind of conning. His best buddy is Midwest refugee Jim Davenport, a gentle-hearted father of three, who moved his family here because Tampa ranks third as a desirable place to live. However, the magazine Tampa and the Boyle Tampa are not the same. Serge places the Davenports off limits to the local nasties. However, Serge¿s bodyguard service requires 24-7 when Jim accidentally kills one of the McGraws leading to the rest of the family of thugs seeking vengeance.

The latest Serge tale TRIGGERFISH TWIST is a very humorous look at suburbia through the eyes of a kindhearted urban con man. The story line is wacky, as Serge looks so comfortable outside his element. Except for the Davenports the rest of the cast adds zany depth while the Midwest transfers appear as a typical American family caught in the midst of an asylum that leaves the quintet tugging at the hearts of the reader and Serge when the McGraws seek revenge. Tim Dorsey provides a humorous tale that continues the crazy tradition that along with the 2k election paints Florida with a lunatic terrific fringe.

Harriet Klausner

Avid-FLA-reader More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Living in Florida as I do, makes it even more hilarious since I recognize the sites, people-types, and quirkiness of the state. I'd recommend anything by Tim Dorsey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story moves at 100 mph, giving the reader a hectic, twisting ride. Dorsey introduces a host of characters, each an individual and keeps them all discernable. Sharon is my favorite. What a bitch. This is the first title from Dorsey that I have read, and I'll read them all just to get more of her. The great thing about this story that its not only a zany, ridiculous adventure, it's a good mystery as well. Triggerfish Twist is an intensely funny, intricately woven, skillfully assembled, full speed ahead tropical, mind twister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can not thank this book enough for getting me into the love of reading. The book never slows down and each scene always gets more out of control than the one before it. I cannot fathom a better book. It's a super-charged blast of pure fun. This is a book for anyone and everyone. Specifically, Tim D's characters, and situations are so unique that they'll open your mind as if you were seeing a never before seen color. You'll love how the different lives and effects weave through each other.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well the characters are lots of fun but there is literally no plot...just meandering around chasing characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dorsey is a master at creating startlingly different characters and crashing their lives together in unbelievably funny ways ... you gotta read this one!!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another great story featuring Serge. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any funnier or more ridiculous Tim Dorsey does it. This book had me laughing out loud at several points and had me so enthralled that I finished it in just two day. Great writing, crazy characters and bad guys that get it in the end, this book as a bit of everything (except seriousness). If you’re looking for an escape with some fun hijinks under the Florida sun, grab this book, your drink of choice and settle in for a raucous good time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. Funny, ridiculous, with murder and surreal situational humor.
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Pitollie More than 1 year ago
This book was a  free download for me and boy did I get lucky! It moves along with a quick pace and has twists and turns that make me laugh aloud - on the employee shuttle bus! I have now downloaded another book by this author and can't wait. I cannot express how much I enjoyed the twists, turns and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read with plenty of twists and turns as you follow Serge and Coleman trying to make sense out of life.
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