Books by Tim Dorsey

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with a B.S. in Transportation. While at Auburn, he was editor of t


NAKED CAME THE FLORIDA MAN by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2020

"Enough mayhem to raise the dead and delight the living."
Veteran chaos magnet Serge A. Storms (No Sunscreen for the Dead, 2019, etc.) tours the gravesites of famous Floridians from Flipper to Zora Neale Hurston. Read full book review >
NO SUNSCREEN FOR THE DEAD by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"All Dorsey mayhem is vintage Dorsey mayhem, but Florida's retirement scene provides the perfect backdrop for this latest round of lunacy."
Florida's biggest—and craziest—fan discovers the Sunshine State's greatest natural resource: old folks. Read full book review >
COCONUT COWBOY by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Dorsey's 19th keeps the body count low but the energy high as he proves again that enough is enough, but too much is plenty."
Demonstrating that his encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history and his ability to transform obsession into a thing of beauty reach north past Daytona, Serge Storms takes his stoner pal Coleman on a pilgrimage through the Sunshine State's panhandle. Read full book review >
SHARK SKIN SUITE by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

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Florida's premier vigilante may have met his match. Read full book review >
TIGER SHRIMP TANGO by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Dorsey's 17th is as antic as ever, but his straight-arrow plotting deprives readers of the fun of figuring out just what the hell is going on."
A rare burst of focus sets Serge Storms (Riptide Ultra-Glide, 2013, etc.) straight on the path of a band of South Florida scam artists. Read full book review >
THE RIPTIDE ULTRA-GLIDE by Tim Dorsey
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Filming and dodging bullets give Serge scant time for his other favorite hobby—vigilante justice—keeping the body count relatively low in Dorsey's stripped-down 16th."
Still thinking globally, but now acting locally, Serge Storms (Pineapple Grenade, 2012, etc.) turns his admittedly limited attention to the section of U.S. Highway 1 that goes from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys. Read full book review >
PINEAPPLE GRENADE by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Dorsey's 15th pits Serge against what may be the only folks as dysfunctional as he is: members of the international intelligence community."
Serge Storms (When Elves Attack, 2011, etc.) bumps it up a notch, joining a CIA operation so covert even the agency doesn't know about it. Read full book review >
WHEN ELVES ATTACK by Tim Dorsey
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Although Serge is thinking big, Dorsey's holiday gift is small, with his new, linear story line a mere shadow of his mayhem-filled priors."
Multitasking maniac Serge Storms (Electric Barracuda, 2011, etc.) slows the flow when he concentrates on having a down-home Florida Christmas. Read full book review >
ELECTRIC BARRACUDA by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"Despite the relatively low body count, Serge fans can revel in his increasingly arcane knowledge of Southern Florida lore as well as the cat-and-mouse thrills in Dorsey's lucky 13th."
Floridaphile vigilante Serge Storms (Gator A-Go-Go, 2010, etc.) dodges law-enforcement agents in the Everglades. Read full book review >
GATOR A-GO-GO by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"As in any Dorsey novel (Nuclear Jellyfish, 2009, etc.), the plot is irrelevant. It's all about laughs, which fans will find in satisfactory supply, though newcomers maybe not so much."
In his 12th time out, Serge A. Storms, the sociopath with a heart of gold, goes where the wild things are: Florida during Spring Break. Read full book review >
NUCLEAR JELLYFISH by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Less zany than usual, Serge's 11th, part travelogue, part bloodbath, is both as monotonous and as uncertain as that combination would suggest."
Lovable sociopath Serge Storms (Atomic Lobster, 2007, etc.) goes high tech, spreading information over the Internet about Florida's gas, food and lodgings. Read full book review >
ATOMIC LOBSTER by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"As usual, enough is never enough as Serge takes up for the little guy whether the little guy wants it or not."
Recovered from the midlife malaise that made him seem almost normal in Hurricane Punch (2007), South Florida's leading sociopath goes back to what he does best: murder and mayhem. Read full book review >
HURRICANE PUNCH by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Despite dizzying time-shifts and a mounting body count, Serge's flight from his own mortality is, as usual, riotous fun."
Midlife makes all professionals reevaluate their work, and serial killers are no exception, as Dorsey's ninth sagely demonstrates. Read full book review >
THE BIG BAMBOO by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2006

"Less manic but more devious than previous outings, Dorsey's latest makes his freewheeling hero a bi-coastal phenomenon."
Just because Florida fanatic Serge A. Storms (Cadillac Beach, 2004, etc.) is crazy doesn't mean he's stupid, as he deftly demonstrates in Dorsey's latest romp. Read full book review >
CADILLAC BEACH by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Serge's uncharacteristically sharp focus takes some of the edge off as Dorsey's freewheeling style, still gloriously manic, is compressed into a mere two dimensions."
Just because South Florida trivia aficionado Serge A. Storms is crazy doesn't mean he's stupid, as Dorsey demonstrated in The Stingray Shuffle (2003) and wallops home once more. Read full book review >
THE STINGRAY SHUFFLE by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"If you love wholesale carnage—and, really, who doesn't?—Dorsey's fifth is full-throttle fun."
Serge A. Storms must be off his meds again, judging from the impressive array of corpses piled up and down the East Coast. Serge doesn't need to kill three of the ex-KGB agents hired out by the Mierde Cartel's Mr. Grande to recover the $5 million in drug money that Serge and his perma-stoned sidekick Lenny stashed at the Hammerhead Ranch Motel before it was turned into Lincoln Logs by Hurricane Rolando-berto (Hammerhead Ranch Motel, 2000) because Nikita backs his Mercedes into a swamp, Leonid gets electrocuted by the equipment he's using to urge cooperation from an insurance adjuster from Buccaneer Life and Casualty, and Pavel belly-flops onto an alligator hunter's bang stick. Serge does put out Igor's lights, though, strapping him into a range cart and exposing him to the drives of several dozen homicidal golfers. And he dehydrates Brandon and Cameron, the two frat boys who defaced his beloved Florida East Coast Railway's historic Rambler. But meting out justice must wait, since the remaining Russian, Ivan, has recruited Dmitri, Alexi, Vladimir, and of course Chuck, who chase Serge up the East Coast to New York. After a three-way shootout featuring the Russians, the Cosa Nostra, and some Jamaicans intent on protecting their slice of the urinal trade, he joins blues singer Eugene Tibbs, author Ralph Kunkelstein, and the five-woman Books, Booze, and Broads club for a murder mystery ride aboard the Silver Stingray, where life imitates art, and art imitates mayhem. Read full book review >
ORANGE CRUSH by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Too cute."
An accidental Florida governor gets political religion and steers a virtuous reelection campaign through the roadside stands and swamps of the state that gave us both our current president and Pee-Wee Herman. Read full book review >
TRIGGERFISH TWIST by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Placing homicidal Serge on the side of the angels still leaves room for mayhem aplenty in Dorsey's riotous fourth outing."
Part-time Florida history buff and full-time whack job Serge A. Storms (Orange Crush, 2001, etc.) has a brand-new bag. When his housemates Sharon and Coleman burn down their Ybor City townhouse trying to freebase carpet lint, Serge moves the whole ménage out to Triggerfish Lane, where slumlord Lance Boyle rents units to the sleaziest tenants he can find, hoping to gross the other homeowners into selling him their units too. Unexpectedly, Serge loves the suburbs, throwing himself with untrammeled enthusiasm into the lives of his new neighbors—H. Ambrose Tarrington III, busted millionaire with a lingering fondness for Jaguars; Raul Sanchez, who spends 18 hours a day at Gillian Anderson Web sites; even Slowhand, Siddhartha, and Waste-oid, stoners from the University of South Florida who, until Serge, had been Boyle's top-ranking nuisance tenants. But Serge's favorite is Jim Davenport, a gentle, patient family man who recently moved his wife and children from Wisconsin because he read in a magazine that Tampa was the third most livable city in America. Serge is so fiercely protective of Jim that those who harass him, like neighbor Jack Terrier, who refuses to leash his Doberman, and Scorpion, the sociopathic boyfriend of Jim's daughter, meet grisly, lovingly described ends at Serge's hands. But can Serge's vigilance save Jim from the wrath of the lethal McGraws, who have a grudge against him for air-bagging their youngest brother to death during a failed carjacking? Read full book review >
HAMMERHEAD RANCH MOTEL by Tim Dorsey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

" With characters this disposable, though, it's hard to get engaged in a tale that's witty but essentially heartless."
This grown-up take on "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" uses a shoal of small-time South Florida grifters to remind you that there's always someone just a little bit bigger, quicker, and crazier who's ready to take you down. Read full book review >
FLORIDA ROADKILL by Tim Dorsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

" Dorsey's voice is laconic and distinctive. And his management of single scenes is skillful. Structural weaknesses and improbable coincidences aside, then: an amusing beach read."
Hilarious set pieces distinguish this otherwise sluggishly plotted contribution to Sunbelt Baroque, the genre epitomized by Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard. Read full book review >