It's always a good time when I get a new Tim Dorsey novel featuring the exploits of Serge Storms and his trusty (but wasted) sidekick Coleman. A friend of mine loaned me his copy of Dorsey's latest.... Electric Barracuda. As usual, Serge and Coleman are racing around Florida for one of Serge's "projects", reliving the history of the Sunshine state and dispensing justice in rather unique and gruesome ways. Throw in a number of rather large surprises (more so than the normal weirdness that happens) and a major twist at the end, and Electric Barracuda is a wonderful addition to the Storms bibliography.
In this adventure, Serge is launching a new website and "tour" that promises to be like none other ever offered. He's starting the Fugitive Tour, racing around the state evading the law and learning about the less savory sides of Florida history. Given his encyclopedic knowledge of trivia, Serge has unique views of locations that haven't been afforded the importance that he attaches to them. For instance, if you didn't know that Capone had a residence in Florida, you'll know a lot more by the time Serge gets done. What adds to the surreal nature of the action is that while Serge and Coleman are staging escapes and evasions for the tour, they really *do* have a number of people hot on their trail to capture them. As Serge and Coleman go from place to place, they comment on the parade of law enforcement that seems to be after someone, but it doesn't dawn on them until the end that perhaps *they* are the primary target. And what's a Storms novel if there aren't a couple of unsavory types that violate his sense of fair play and decency? Serge dispenses his own form of retribution, usually involving death in strange ways. For instance, have you ever wondered what would happen to someone if they swallowed those little pills that dissolve in water and expand into animal shapes? LOTS and lots of those pills? It's... interesting.
As a fan of Dorsey, I loved the book. This one seemed to have even more Florida trivia and history than normal, and I found it fascinating. Someone new to the Storms experience would enjoy it, but they may lose a bit of the "nuance" of the characters. :) Still, Storms and Coleman never seem to disappoint when it comes to fun, and Electric Barracuda delivered on all counts for me.
Disclosure: Obtained From: Friend Payment: Loaned
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