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!
©1999 Tim Dorsey (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
I would never Mistake a Tim Dorsey Novel for a Hiaasen! If anyone does they are not paying attention. Mr. Dorseys characterizations are so wild and wacky they could be real, but only if you believe that truth is stranger than fiction.
If you are offended easily or dont like creative killings, this is not for you.
If you have said "i have a sense of humor and this is not funny", this is not for you.
If you believe that freedom of speech should only go so far, this is not for you.
Any or all of Tim Dorseys books will make just about anybody with a real sense of humor smile and cringe and spit milk out of your nose while you say i can see that as a newspaper story.
I really did try to like it. I tried to laugh off the characters. I tried to wait for the author to start tying things together. But after about two hours I gave up.
The first two hours of the book is a shaggy dog story filled with the most amoral people you can imagine. No, wait ... I could not have imagined people that amoral. The book just finally wore me down ... it wasn't funny enough to hold my attention, and those characters were just soooo depressing.
The narrator was clear, but his performance had all the warmth of a 1960 educational film.
I realize I'm in the minority with regards to this book... but if you can make it all the way thru the book then you are a better man than I.
I often wonder, as I listen to these books... What kind of crazy, sick, twisted, warped, thoughts must be rolling around in Tim Dorsey's head on a daily basis. To come up with all those highly inventive ways to kill. Does he just walk the aisles of Home Depot for inspiration?!? Serge is just a moral enforcer of epic proportion, you gotta love the guy! I really hope Triggerfish Twist is released soon! Thanks for all the great books! Highly Recommended!
This sequence of missteps from very unfortunate characters, I think, is supposed to be funny. Save your time. The plot is limited, the characters are transparent.
Not at all.
It would be easier to determine which one or two to keep.
I was hoping for John McDonald or Karl Hiaasen quality and was very dissappointed
Story is just too much sleaze. Characters are ALL sickos with no meaning.
Narrator is good! Lots of feeling and easy to listen to.
Many, the grossness just goes on and on.
I don't know; I didn't find it particularly funny. Carl Hiaasen is light years ahead of Tim Dorsey.
I'd have to finish this one first, but this book has a thin plot and is very disjointed with alot of filler.
Characters seem okay, we just need a story for these characters. Alot of characterization, but no story.
It had potential; i think the author is trying too hard to outdo Hiaasen. Just didn't work for me.
To correct a review from someone else, Carl Hiaasen's first book was written in 1986. This book was written in 1999. Clearly Dorsey is the copycat here, unfortunately not a very good one. Tried to like this book--just didn't care what happened anymore after 6 hrs of listening. The story just drags on and on; probably could have cut this book in half and it might've been enjoyable.
I was getting into a deep funk because I have read all of Christopher Moore and wanted more. Digging around I found Tim Dorsey and his Florida series and decided to give it a go. Boy am I glad I did, I now have another go to for my insanely funny reads.
Tim is the bastard son of Charles Dickens and Christopher Moore. No more needs to be said.
I completed making a purchase, and the Surprise $4.95 Sale popped up. The only book on the list that looked at all interesting to me was "The Stingray Shuffle" by Tim Dorsey. I bought it and then found out it was the 5th book in a series. You'd think I'd be on to this trick by now, but it gets me all the time. However, I frequently find gems this way that I would otherwise not have known about. Anyway, I never even tried to listen to it, I just went ahead and purchased book one, "Florida Roadkill."
Several reviewers had compared this series to books by Carl Hiaasen, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. I have read several Hiaasen books, but I never found them as funny as I'd hoped they would be. I was pleasantly surprised. It actually reminded me more of the humor of Dave Barry than any other author I've ever read. (Dave even makes a cameo appearance at the World Series later on in the book.)
This first book is a little chaotic, since it introduces most, if not all, of the recurring characters that will appear in later books, and I felt like I was being jerked around a lot from one storyline to another. Even so, I found it laugh-out-loud funny very often. Pay attention to a guy named Serge. He's the most loveable criminally insane person you're ever likely to meet, and he's been in every one of the four books I've read so far.
So, while I didn't quite find it to be a 5-star book, I still highly recommend it. I am now getting ready to start listening to book 5 and I have been laughing myself senseless at all the books in between. This book is a good listen in its own right, but important, I think, as an introduction to the series.
I don't know who would enjoy this. It seems the author was aiming for edgy post modern crime but forgot to add the point. I have read a broad cross section of crime fiction with a focus on anti heroes but this was a jumbled mess. Plot lines appeared for no reason other than authorial flights of fancy. Characters appeared and disappeared without any impact to the plot. I skipped a number of chapters and was still able to keep pace with serge being a "schizophrenic" (read pseudo gonzo) dickhead without actually progressing the story. If you enjoy non sequitur and non plot this series may be for you. I'm struggling to bring myself to listen to the last hour.I regrettably bought this based on the "popular purchases" feature but recommend you do not. In all seriousness this is trash.
Nothing to do with this series.
It was ok but I felt he was trying to make sense as much as this listener was.
Most. What was the point of the masturbating murderer who offed the bikies? What was the point of the shitty retirement village? What was the point of the insurance company other than the cocaine smuggling? A lot of this was pointless other than to portray everyone as deserving, however superficially, the end they met.
This was one of the worst books I've listened too. It sucks. The story is so convoluted and unconnected that it is impossible to keep track of. I was at least 2 hours into it before I realized there was a story. There are lots of characters who have no relationship or input to the story. The attempt at character development for the main characters is minimal at best. Although there are some funny scenes and comments, I have no idea how people like this book. Although it is violent, that didn't bug me. Don't waste your money.
"Not for the squeemish"
Good fun I hope these guys do not go to Disney land.
So wild I bet there are people like this in Florida.
The reader is very good and his voices bring a good story to life
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