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4.0 out of 5 starsSecond best Dorsey book I've read so far.
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2021
This was my fifth or sixth Tim Dorsey book and the only one besides Orange Crush that I've liked yet. The twists at the end deeply impressed me. The humor was above average due to Serge being more of a trickster and less murderous than some books. If you need a starting point for the Serge Storms novels, then you could do worse than this one.
I'm right now on book number 8, and am incredulous how this author keeps coming up with the things he does. I just can't imagine how he can get up to what, 24 in the series now? I will keep reading these books until my head explodes, or I come to the end of the series, whatever happens first. Fascinating!
Tim Dorsey is to fiction what smashing watermelons with a sledgehammer is to comedy. And that's not a bad thing, but it could get old if it were the only dimension to Dorsey's routine. But what makes Dorsey's writing not only entertaining - but strangely addictive - is that infused within the frenetic pace of his offbeat humor and madcap characters lies an exceptional grasp of pop culture. Dorsey, living vicariously through "Cadillac Beach's" Serge Storm, is clearly an ardent student of 20th century American history and a passionate defender of Florida's heritage. Though well camouflaged behind his over-the-top brand of humor, Dorsey's biting social satire rivals that of Tom Wolfe or Carl Hiaasen. As with Hiaasen, Dorsey relentlessly targets Florida's lunacy from all possible fronts, but from a more playful, less cynical, and certainly more bizarre - if less believable - perspective.
"Cadillac Beach" is typical of Dorsey's fare - another loosely plotted light-speed paced chronicle of Serge's latest adventure. Serge, that rare lovable but certifiably-insane-serial-killing-protagonist, has started a specialty travel service that treats customer to the link between Miami's past and present. Dorsey weaves into this nutty tail interesting tidbits and trivia of Miami's past - Lucy, the Beatles, Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston, Goldfinger, and, most importantly, the infamous "Murf the Surf'" jewel heist of the Museum of Natural History in '64. Throw in the Miami mob, the CIA, FBI, hookers, thugs, bums and dopers and you pretty much get the idea. True to theme, "Cadillac" flashes back to Miami 1964-65, reliving the misadventures of Serge's grandfather Sergio and his misfit mob, as Serge tries to unravel the mystery of granddad's death. Bullets, babes, drugs, and cops - the usual Dorsey stuff - and as always, it isn't the destination that matters, but the fun along the way.
5.0 out of 5 starsLove Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books.
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2019
Love Tim Dorsey's Serge Storms books. After reading the first in the series I could not wait to read the rest of the series to see what adventures Serge, Coleman and the rest of the cast of characters got into in their travels through Florida.
5.0 out of 5 starsNot everyone will like Tim Dorsey's style
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2016
Not everyone will like Tim Dorsey's style, or his main characters, for that matter. Personally, I love it. Serge Storms is an absolutely classic character whose lunacy often causes me to laugh out loud while reading. I've read many of Dorsey's books and plan to eventually read them all.
Just read it and laugh and laugh and laugh and then beg someone to snap you out of it so you can take a deep breath! All of Tim Dorsey's books are hysterically funny...he must have a huge funny bone himself; one thing for sure, though...he has a huge and very comical imagination and could put it all into words that not only make you roil with laughter but grip you like an octupus tentacle into the whole story. I always tell my friends and co-workers to buy Tim Dorsey novels and you'll feel a whole lot better after a harrowing day at work.