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Cadillac Beach (Serge Storms #6)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,465 ratings  ·  80 reviews
And busting out of Chattahoochee State Hospital ... without his meds! The thrill-killing Floridaphile needs to get to the bottom of his bookie grandad's bizarre 1964 death -- not to mention launch "Serge & Lenny's Florida Experience," the new Miami specialty tour venture he's cooked up with his best brain-dead druggie-buddy. It's all good. For Serge A. Storms, anyway. ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Finnean Projects
Hell's to the yeah.
Tim Dorsey's the kind of writer you want to sit down and have a beer with - so long as you have a shotgun taped under the table. Everyone of his books is a walk through an insanity that can only be experienced in Florida. I won't compare him with another writer - I'll compare him with something comparable:
You know that one thing you'll only eat a few times a year? That sweet that after you taste it the world melts away and you just feel... Sane. Fine. Like the world could hand
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Eric_W
Normally, I would never give a book like this 5 stars, but there is a fake letter in the middle that I think is brilliant and prescient. (You can skip the review and go right to the italics below.) This book is a classic example of how a really good narrator can make a good book truly a wonderful experience. George Wilson reads this and his inflections and characterizations are terrific.

A very funny book that reminds me of Carl Hiaasen. Lots of gags about Miami Beach, e.g., they sell bullet hole
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Craig Pittman
Amusing, but not laugh-out-loud funny -- except for one line.

The main character, as in all of Tim Dorsey's books, is cheerful Florida-obsessed psychopath Serge Storms. This time what's driving his mania is his desire to figure out what happened to his grandfather -- allegedly a suicide in 1964 Miami -- and what became of the priceless diamonds he was holding from the famous Murph the Surf robbery. In between he also runs a demented tour business that visits some of the scenes of famous events i
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Brett Tompkins
There are a bunch of Dorsey novels on the bookshelf in my fire station, and the covers are attractive, so I finally decided to see if they were any good. I can definitely say I've never read anything like this before. It was like a combination of "Dude, Where's my Car", a Cheech and Chong movie, and a little of the video game Grand Theft Auto. What's funny is that he actually mentions "Dude, Wheres my Car" in the book, so it makes me wonder if that movie influenced his writing at all. The book s ...more
Ensiform
Certifiable nutcase Serge Storms and Lenny, his spacey marijuana-addicted sidekick, are back again in his sixth screwball crime-spree novel. This time on the trail of a stash of missing gems. Serge is now obsessed with the idea of clearing up the mystery surrounding his grandfather's alleged suicide, which is tied to the legendary dozen diamonds still missing after Murph the Surf's infamous (historical) 1964 jewel heist from the Museum of Natural History. Serge's ambitious crusade gets off to an ...more
Betterthanfiction
Dorsey is in one of my favorite genre of writers - wacked-out Floridian. Apparently there is something about southern Florida that produces psychotic characters and bizarre plot twists. I’m guessing it if because southern Florida is full of psychotics with bizarre lives. Dorsey’s main character, Serge A. Storms, is a raving lunatic hell-bent on writing the wrongs imposed on his beloved Florida by a myriad enemies - developers, tourists, the government, college students, various mafias and anyone ...more
June Ahern
Oh my, I'm not sure what to say. I did listen to 'Cadillac Beach' by Tim Dorsey on CD, narrated by George Wilson. I'm not sure if I had read it if I would have finished the story. It's zany, insane, funny, very funny, and what??? The main character is a "special" man named Serge who is just like his grandfather, Sergio, that supposedly committed suicide after a heist of jewels in the 1960's. Serge doesn't believe it. He's been in and out of State mental homes in Florida, and out was breaking out ...more
Marfita
Are they really mysteries? Perhaps they are crime novels. Most of the time you know who's killing whom.
Serge and his stoner friend, Lenny, have started their own tour company. Well, okay, Serge did all the work. He has a Master Plan to unfold: starting a business (check), finding out what really happened to his grandfather, finding the missing diamonds, annoying Castro, getting the Today show to move to Miami ... you get the picture. He has so much on his plate. Lucky for him he's manic.
You have
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Sandi
Serge is as crazy as ever and in this book he, along with his stoner friend Lenny, start their own tourist service and try to solve the mystery of Serge's grandfather's death back in 1965. Lots of bodies, Florida history, and chaos ensue but all according to the Master Plan. I listened to the audio version read by one of my favorites George Wilson.
Pop
Wow, I love Serge and Dorsey. Every so often I have to read one of their adventures just to break the monotony of dullness. Every one could use a little Serge once in awhile.
Sandie
Apr 19, 2011 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Floridians, those that like funny and wacky stories
Recommended to Sandie by: I was already hooked on the series
If you’ve read any of Tim Dorsey’s books, you have an inkling of what his main character – Serge Storms – is about. He’s manic depressive but hates how he feels on his meds, so he doesn’t take them which leads him to run wild from one fiasco to another, which author Tim Dorsey has carefully recorded for us to enjoy.

Occasionally Serge used to get caught by the police and returned to the Chattahoochee mental hospital, but since his escape in 1996 he’s been on the lam. He’s been investigating a di
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Tom Croom
This may be my favorite Serge A. Storms book.

I am in love with Florida: the beach, the history and the lifestyle. I've call this place home for over twenty years and the longer I stay, the more interesting I find this place to be. Among all the great attributes of the Sunshine State, one of my favorite things about Florida is it's colorful past.

Which leads me back to Serge.

Cadillac Beach is a tale told by jumping back and forth between present day the sixties (with various stops in the nineties
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Alpha
"An awesome novel that even goes as far as the roots and beginnings of our favorite psychopathic Floridaphile serial killer, Serge A. Storms. This is the hook for this novel for this novel takes place back in 1996, one year before the events of Florida Roadkill and Triggerfish Twist. This novel starts out with Serge being caught and in a psychiatric ward explaining his side of the story. He grows impatient and escapes and tries to find out the truth behind the story of his grandfather Sergio who ...more
Genie
Once again Psychopathic Serge Storms and Lenny, his marijuana smoking sidekick, are back again in another of Dorsey's screwball crime-spree novels. This time they are on the trail of a stash of gems missing since 1964. Serge has escaped from the state psychiatric hospital in Chattahoochee, Florida's and hits the road to Miami. He is obsessed with the idea of clearing up the mystery surrounding his grandfather's alleged suicide as well as finding the legendary dozen diamonds missing since the Mur ...more
Tom
Serge Storms is one of my favorite literary creations, a spree killer whose victims always turn out to be jackasses of one sort or another.

"Cadillac Beach" follows Serge and perma-buzzed Lenny through a Miami-based adventure. The twist this time is a running flashback to 1964 Miami, where Serge's grandfather, Sergio, runs with an eccentric gang.

The body count rises, and the story is chockablock with Florida history.

I enjoyed "Cadillac Beach." It's by no means my favorite of Tim Dorsey's works. I
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Snotchocheez
I'm glad I've had an opportunity to read Dorsey's novels from oldest to newest. While all of the books thus far center on strange shenanigans, career criminals and bumbling buffoons in Florida, this one is probably the best of the bunch that I've read thus far. He gives his principal character, Serge Storms, a back story which explains (sort of) why Serge is the wacked-out dude that he is. The story this time is much deeper, involving several diamonds that go missing and his grandfather, Sergio, ...more
Dan Schwartz
There is a magical moment in this book when all of the seemingly random occurrences come together and the sheer genius of it all is revealed. Unfortunately, getting to that point was not as entertaining as a typical read, and I would go as far as to say that some of the events seemed forced so that the author can provide comical commentary, which is not necessarily bad, the book just lost some of its flow (and since this is the epitome of disjointed storytelling, flow can not be sacrificed willy ...more
Rex Fuller
Find the jewels still missing from the famous Murph the Surf heist. Sounds like a good basis for a plot. Well, yes and no. Tim Dorsey--it's hard to keep a straight face just saying his name--has to triple down on the idea and then triple down again. He has Serge Storms create a Master Plan, the main points of which are: launch a business in South Florida, solve his grandfather's disappearance, embarrass Castro, restore CIA pride, decimate the Mob, and then help the Chamber of Commerce find the g ...more
Traummachine
I don't really know what to say, Tim Dorsey's hard to describe. In this book there's a woman who got caught as a fake female impersonator, and then laments that "society wasn't ready to accept a male transvestite trapped inside the body of a woman." Dorsey is Carl Hiaason on crack; sheer comic genius.

But to compare Cadillac Beach with his prior books, I loved it. This is his sixth novel, and I was afraid he was running out of steam when I read book 5. Luckily, I was wrong, and Cadillac Beach is
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Alison
This book is weird. No, WEIRD. The plot, what there is of one, is that the main character, Serge, is out to solve the mystery of his grandfather's death. It was ruled a suicide, but Serge just knows that it had something to do with the theft of a bunch of jewels from a museum. He sets off to find some answers and ends up creating a tour company, getting on the outs with the mob and the police when some of his customers kill a mob boss who is ratting and going into witness protection, and creatin ...more
Lisa
Once again Tim Dorsey gives the reader another crazy, wacky, roller coaster ride. The never ending adventures never gets boring. love this series.
Allan
My favourite Tim Dorsey book so far. This one goes into the origins of Serge Storm and shows how he got to be the way he is: totally demented and yet strangely compelling. Him and his pot-head buddy Lenny wreak havoc on various south Florida low-lifes as they leave a path of chaos and destruction.
Paul
A lot like early Carl Hiaasen. Some funny moments and some interesting Miami insights but I was glad when if was over.
Mark
So far, not impressed. I find that I have to like the main character in order to enjoy the book that I'm reading. Unfortunately all of Tim Dorsey's books are about the same guy, Serge. Now I'm all for the serial killer anti-hero solving mysteries, like Dexter, but sadly Serge doesn't have any of Dexter's charm or moral compass. Where Dexter chooses to kill bad guy's Serge kills people for talking through TV shows. I was expecting a story that had the same wit and sarcasm of Christopher Moore and ...more
Cat
Hmm, I'm not sure what to say about this except that once I got the hang of Serge's (ahem) temperament, I found it more enjoyable. A bit hard to follow, especially on CD, because it jumps around from place to place, person to person, and back and forth in time. At the end, I'm not even sure I remember what happened to the stolen gems, but that's because that's not the major part of the story. Except it is. Fun. ALMOST made me want to visit Miami and environs...almost.

Funny as hell, but also irr
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Cathy
This was my first book that I read of Tim Dorsey. It was a slow start for me because each chapter kept going from past to present. Once I got all the characters down, it really pick up. It was full of humor and mystery. Both, which I like in a book. The ending was a bit long for me. I think he could've skipped some of the past towards the end and kept on with the present so that Serge could solve the mystery of his grandfather in a few less pages. But I enjoyed this book and would read another o ...more
That70sheidi
Jul 05, 2011 That70sheidi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who need/want to laugh
Shelves: 2011, humor, mystery, series
My god I love this series and I love Serge and Lenny. Serge and I would be best friends, because not only does he say the most off-the-wall shit, he actually makes a ridiculous amount of sense and is so entertaining while doing so. And his "Just kidding! Or am I?" routine is awesome.

I loved the pacing, the meandering plot lines, the resolution to each plot line, the characters, and especially the amount of back story we get in this book about Serge's family and history.

I seriously love love lo
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Shari Scott
Well....that was weird.
Dino Mascolo
I listened to this while driving the work truck. I didn't like it that much at the beginning, but it got funnier and funnier. Good performance by the reader.
Andrea
Tim Dorsey is definitely no Carl Hiassan, though he tries mightily. I kept reading this, thinking that maybe all the insanity would tie up nicely and make sense in the end. But no, it was just insanity for its own sake, which is not terribly entertaining. Nor do I appreciate when innocent characters die for no apparent reason, not just once, but in multiple scenes throughout the book. I gave this 2 stars because I did enjoy the historical references, though.
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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. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.

From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined
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