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Serial killer and champion of all things Florida, Serge Storms is videotaping a reality TV show about his native state that he knows will beat those Jersey Shore mooks like a gong. He says this to his stoner sidekick, Coleman, as he tapes a pitched gun battle taking place on U.S. 1 between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Readers learn only later that the firefight was between gangs vying to control the supply of OxyContin to Kentucky. It's a dark beginning to Dorsey's latest (Pineapple Grenade, 2012) paean to the glories and charms of the Sunshine State. The author typically has Serge dispatching the state's most vile residents in imaginative ways, but in this one, the gangsters who die do so in a hail of MAC-10 bullets. Serge must make do with offing two oafs who violate the unwritten etiquette of the beach and the ATM queue. Fans of the series will find some belly laughs and unlikely sightseeing ideas, but the chilling portrait of Florida's pain-clinic pill mills may overwhelm the comedy for some readers.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Bestseller Dorsey serves up his usual mix of mayhem and mirth in his 16th Serge Storms thriller (after 2012's Pineapple Grenade). As Serge-accompanied by his stoner companion, Coleman, who acts as straight man and one-man audience for Serge's frequently baffling behavior-travels through Florida, he spouts weird bits of state history and dishes out inventive and unusual punishments to annoying miscreants. In particular, Serge, who aims for his own reality show ("You have to fake a lot of stuff"), deals with a beach bully, a rip-off artist preying on the elderly, incompetent doctors, shyster lawyers, pain clinics, and a budding turf battle between the Kentucky mafia and Mexican drug lords. Meanwhile, laid-off Wisconsin school teachers Barbara and Patrick McDougall embark on a Florida vacation that they will regret. Serge, the McDougalls, and the warring traffickers collide on a course that proves often hilarious and sometimes fatal. 10-city author tour. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.