A “brilliant satirist” (Providence Journal), the author of Florida Roadkill and Orange Crush delivers more murder and mayhem in the wacky world of Florida
Transferred to Tampa, mild-mannered Midwestern family man Jim Davenport thinks his new tropical villa home is a slice of heaven—until he encounters his new neighbors, a crazy collection that includes none other than Serge Storms and his incomparable cohorts Coleman and Sharon.
It all becomes too much for Jim, and before the former farm boy knows it, he’s gone and killed the youngest of the infamous McGraw Brothers—newly released ex-cons eager for revenge. As the calendar moves toward July Fourth, Jim and company will meet up in a spectacular extravaganza sure to be the biggest blowout Tampa has ever seen!
Conjuring up Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard on crack, the fourth off-the-wall novel from Dorsey (Orange Crush) finds antihero Serge Storms a quixotic, socially conscious crook-cum-executioner undertaking to salvage his upscale Tampa neighborhood from encroaching undesirables. Milquetoast Jim Davenport, an unlikely corporate hatchet man at the Indiana office of Apollo Consulting, a company specializing in downsizing the executive suites of top-heavy corporations, is promoted and moves with his wife, Martha, and their three kids to 888 Triggerfish Lane in Tampa. Always a step ahead of the law, Serge moves in across the street with his drug-fiend lackeys, Coleman and Sharon. Then, like popcorn in a microwave, all manner of zany subplots go spinning off as Jim accidentally kills the youngest of the notorious McGraw Brothers, newly released from prison. Florida special agent Mahoney, who has a vendetta against Serge, is dispatched to Tampa to stop a murderous crime spree that reeks of the McGraw clan. Meanwhile, the E-Team a quartet of elderly women whose first names begin with "E" stalks elderly Ambrose Tarrington III, who pretends to be wealthy by test-driving fancy cars and photographing himself in front of a luxurious mansion. John Milton, an ill-starred substitute teacher desperately trying to find a job, meets his nemesis, Rocco Silvertone, during a stint as a used-car salesman. As the surviving McGraws close in on Jim, a July 4 barbecue brings the cast together for a madcap denouement that will please the growing numbers of the Dorsey faithful. FYI:A teaser chapter will be included in theOrangeCrush paperback, out in April.
I read it twice!!
Awesome book. Best dorsey book.