Conjuring up Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard on crack, the fourth off-the-wall novel from Dorsey (Orange Crush) finds antihero Serge Storms a quixotic, socially conscious crook-cum-executioner undertaking to salvage his upscale Tampa neighborhood from encroaching undesirables. Milquetoast Jim Davenport, an unlikely corporate hatchet man at the Indiana office of Apollo Consulting, a company specializing in downsizing the executive suites of top-heavy corporations, is promoted and moves with his wife, Martha, and their three kids to 888 Triggerfish Lane in Tampa. Always a step ahead of the law, Serge moves in across the street with his drug-fiend lackeys, Coleman and Sharon. Then, like popcorn in a microwave, all manner of zany subplots go spinning off as Jim accidentally kills the youngest of the notorious McGraw Brothers, newly released from prison. Florida special agent Mahoney, who has a vendetta against Serge, is dispatched to Tampa to stop a murderous crime spree that reeks of the McGraw clan. Meanwhile, the E-Team a quartet of elderly women whose first names begin with "E" stalks elderly Ambrose Tarrington III, who pretends to be wealthy by test-driving fancy cars and photographing himself in front of a luxurious mansion. John Milton, an ill-starred substitute teacher desperately trying to find a job, meets his nemesis, Rocco Silvertone, during a stint as a used-car salesman. As the surviving McGraws close in on Jim, a July 4 barbecue brings the cast together for a madcap denouement that will please the growing numbers of the Dorsey faithful. Agent, Nat Sobel. (May 7) FYI: A teaser chapter will be included in the Orange Crush paperback, out in April. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Part-time Florida history buff and full-time whack job Serge A. Storms (Orange Crush, 2001, etc.) has a brand-new bag. When his housemates Sharon and Coleman burn down their Ybor City townhouse trying to freebase carpet lint, Serge moves the whole ménage out to Triggerfish Lane, where slumlord Lance Boyle rents units to the sleaziest tenants he can find, hoping to gross the other homeowners into selling him their units too. Unexpectedly, Serge loves the suburbs, throwing himself with untrammeled enthusiasm into the lives of his new neighbors—H. Ambrose Tarrington III, busted millionaire with a lingering fondness for Jaguars; Raul Sanchez, who spends 18 hours a day at Gillian Anderson Web sites; even Slowhand, Siddhartha, and Waste-oid, stoners from the University of South Florida who, until Serge, had been Boyle's top-ranking nuisance tenants. But Serge's favorite is Jim Davenport, a gentle, patient family man who recently moved his wife and children from Wisconsin because he read in a magazine that Tampa was the third most livable city in America. Serge is so fiercely protective of Jim that those who harass him, like neighbor Jack Terrier, who refuses to leash his Doberman, and Scorpion, the sociopathic boyfriend of Jim's daughter, meet grisly, lovingly described ends at Serge's hands. But can Serge's vigilance save Jim from the wrath of the lethal McGraws, who have a grudge against him for air-bagging their youngest brother to death during a failed carjacking? Placing homicidal Serge on the side of the angels still leaves room for mayhem aplenty in Dorsey's riotous fourth outing.
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