Channeling his inner Easy Rider, Serge Storms saddles up for his most epic, lethal, and hilarious road trip ever as he revvs off to find the lost American Dream . . . starting in the Florida Panhandle.
Obsessed with the iconic Sixties classic Easy Rider, encyclopedic Floridaphile, lovable serial killer, and movie buff extraordinaire Serge A. Storms devises his wildest plan yet: finish the journey begun by his freewheeling heroes, Captain America and Billy, tragically cut short by some shotgun-wielding rednecks.
Setting a course for the Florida panhandle, Captain Serge—with Coleman literally riding shotgun—mounts his classic motorcycle and hits the highway in search of the real America: the apple-pie-eating, freedom-swilling moms and pops of Main Street USA.
But the America he finds in the rural burgs dotting the neck of the peninsula is a little bit different . . . and a whole lot weirder than anything Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper encountered. In a state where criminal politicians are more common than gators, Serge and Coleman discover one particular speed-trap locale so aggressively inept at corruption that investigators are baffled where to start.
Expect nothing less than madness, mayhem, ingenious homicides, and mind-altering pharmaceuticals when Serge and Coleman’s path intersects with the Sunshine State’s hyper-dysfunctional rusticity.
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Bestseller Dorsey's entertainingly picaresque 19th Serge Storms novel (after 2015's Shark Skin Suite) opens with a scene that sets the comic tone for what's to follow. A dispute between mascots for competing eateries, a man in a panda suit and one in a gorilla suit, turns violent; at a nearby bank, a would-be thief, who leads a "long, imprecise life footnoted entirely by sighs," learns to his chagrin that he's waited in the wrong line to hand in a robbery note. Dorsey deftly brings all his players to life, none more so than his serial killer lead, Serge, a vigilante who has a soft spot for the victims of bad guys other than him, a wide-ranging knowledge of popular culture, and original insights (e.g., that the Amazon delivery model was inspired by the Acme company in the Road Runner cartoons). The major plot thread focuses on geologist Peter Pugliese, who has just moved from New York to the small burg of Wobbly, Fla., and finds himself in shady company. The author's Kinky Friedman like voice perfectly suits the engaging story arc. Author tour.