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Pineapple Grenade (Serge Storms #15)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  957 ratings  ·  140 reviews

“The undisputed king of the comic crime novel.”
Providence Journal

“I guarantee Dorsey will never win the Nobel Prize for Literature—he’s far too funny.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“If you’ve never read Dorsey, you need to start…You won’t be disappointed.”
Miami Herald

Gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer Serge Storms is back—and he’s finagled his way into becoming a sec

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ebook, 531 pages
Published (first published 2012)
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Anybody who can make me laugh this hard gets five stars. I dropped my Kindle and choked, 5 stars! By now I've read three or four Dorsey novels and I don't try to follow the plot. It would slow down the joyride. The book chronicles the exploits of a manic psychopath and his drug-fueled companion anyway, so how crazy would it be to try and make sense out of what they're doing and call it a plot? Better to just read along at a breakneck pace, giggling and hooting, and enjoy the Florida scenery as i...more
Marfita
I worry about Tim Dorsey. He seems far too interested in making unique and horrifying ways to kill someone funny ... and deserving. And he's starting to get self-referential, or maybe I just never noticed it before. Pineapple Grenade: A Novel is a rich parody of spy novels, with more twists than a Chubby Checker Convention. The generals of Costa Gorda need to encourage the rebels so that they have a reason to stage a coup in case the elected president becomes too much of a problem. Two cells of...more
An Odd1
"Pineapple Grenade" by Tim Dorsey explains little, not even where lead hero gets funding, granted I gave up after 4 chapters of dropped purposeless open ends. x-rated attempts to link absurd things in strange places; overall like Fredric Brown's "The Frownzly Florgels", where aliens cavort to explain off-beat illustration. Serge, in a T-shirt emblazoned with S, and cape, accompanied by marijuana smoker Coleman, capture one of the criminals robbing tourists around Miami airport. Cut to motel wher...more
Ann Keller
Take Spies Like Us and any good James Bond movie, mix with the Marx Brothers - shaken not stirred, of course! -- and you have Pineapple Grenade. This zany thriller is set in Miami, Florida, as two experienced operatives, Serge and his sidekick, Coleman, stumble upon an assassination plot, combined with an arms deal and drug trafficking.

Serge and Coleman do their best to infiltrate the opposition, encountering double agents and ne-er do wells on both sides of the fence. Serge even finds romance w...more
Ron Arden
This may be the best Tim Dorsey book yet. The last few Serge Storm tales were getting a bit formulaic, but this one has hit it out of the park (sorry about the overused metaphor). Of course, there is all the insane trivia of Florida and righteous do gooding you expect from Serge, but this one becomes more like a James Bond movie.

The first paragraph starts by saying a prosthetic leg with a Willie Nelson bumper sticker washes up on a Florida beach ... then it gets weird. You have to keep reading.

S...more
Chris
Dorsey is back up to form with this book. In the first 5 minutes of reading had me giggling and guffawing three or four times.

Serge becomes a spy. He knew he was hired when the guards threw him out the door extra hard. He's so good at it rival factions of CIA agents battle over who can recruit him all while foreign agents have plots and plans of their own.

The only downside to this book was he had to bring is personal politics into it with rants against a couple prominent names. Had he spread ou...more
Larry Hostetler
After reading Electric Barracuda I was excited to find Pineapple Grenade available to purchase from the friends of the library in my neighborhood. With the long weekend (I have Columbus Day as a holiday) I thought it would be good entertainment and it was.

While Electric Barracuda was zany, this was much more standard fare, although standard is not likely often used of Serge Storm novels. Still chock full of oddities and wierdness, this story was set mostly in the Miami area. Nonetheless it had s...more
Joel
Tim Dorsey= Ernest Hemingway on acid. I have to stop reading these books in public. People tend to stare when you start laughing at what you're reading...but it's worth it.
Jan
What do you get when you mix sociopath behavior on crack cocaine with meth as a base for a spy novel? You get Pineapple Grenade that's what! And lucky for all us Serge Storm fans, Tim Dorsey is bringing another wonderful tale within the psychopathic world of everyone's lovable murdering Florida buff... with a heaping side of entertaining stupid in the form of Coleman.

Before I continue, I must be honest and say that I don't even know the overall plot and timeline of Serge Storm's life anymore. Tr...more
Holly
Serge Storms and his stoner side-kick Coleman become secret agents!Usually Dorsey weaves seemingly unrelated stories into one (albiet absurd) tale. Sometimes it makes you wonder where the story is going. In Pineapple Grenade it is not as bad since most of the stories are about spies, spying, covert ops, the CIA...so there is more continuity. Serge still has time to kill a few deserving criminals, write letters to Sarah Palin, scam a scam artist who's sent an email to Serge asking him to send $10...more
Sue Wargo
I jumped into this series without knowing much about it. The blurb on the jacket made it sound like a fun book so what the heck. I found there was virtually no background provided about the characters such as who they are and their relationship to each other. As a mystery series reader, that filler which may annoy the long time reader, helps the new reader. I found that had I not purchased the book, I would have stopped after about 50 pages and given up. However, I plodded along and make that re...more
Dan Schwartz
Every now and again I pick up a book that I have never heard of by an author I have never heard of and I am usually pleasantly surprised. This time it was Tim Dorsey's Pineapple Grenade (which I later discovered was book 15 of the Serge Storms series). Not knowing anything about the book I went into it with an open mind, which I think helped because the story was disjointed and bizarre, but in a fresh, new, and fantastic way. This book is a true literary gem and I can not wait to read the rest o...more
Tony
PINEAPPLE GRENADE. (2012). Tim Dorsey. ***.
Dorsey is back with another installment featuring Serge Storms, his answer to all the ecological horrors going on in the world – especially those occurring in his native Florida. The focus of this novel is the assemblage of twenty or more heads of state from South and Central American countries for a meeting in Miami. It’s a summit that will discuss issues that will actually skirt any real issues that might exist, while it gives the CIA the opportunity...more
David
I know this is a broken record, but I wish GoodReads allowed half-star increments. Giving only four stars to a Tim Dorsey book feels a bit unfair. However, this is a four and a half star read. I fail to give it the full five only because it's not quite among his very best, but it's still very good. This is the 15th installment of the wacky Serge Storms, the one serial killer in all of literature you wish you could befriend. One of the miracles in the world of this type of fiction is how, after 1...more
Paul
With 'Pineapple Grenade', Dorsey returns to form with the formula that has made his Serge series a success. The book is well written, with clever sarcasm, a few laugh-out-loud moments, and some interesting ways to die. Serge finds himself in Miami for a summit of North and South American leaders and saves the head of state of a small 'banana republic' from a carjacking. What follows is the usual collection of Florida history trivia, rambling plot, creative murders, substance abuse and biting sar...more
Phillis
This is Tim Dorsey at his best. Serge Storms at is ummmm worst? Serge has decided to become a spy. No one has hired him but Serge fans know that doesn't make a difference. He accidentally saves the life of a small banana republic's President during a foiled robbery near Miami Airport, who Homeland Security thinks was a botched assassination. Now everyone thinks Serge is a spy but no one can figure out who he is working for. Coleman is high, has no idea what happened but thinks being a spy is coo...more
Paul
Pineapple Grenade the latest book in the Serge Storm series, is so bad I don't know where do I begin? Much of what I am going to say has been said by others but I don't think it can be overdone. This book is awful! Serge is up to the same wandering ranting psychotic behavior only it just is not funny anymore, and the political angle is just stupid. If you think you are the next P J O'Rourke, you aren't. Not even on the same field of his last book, which should never have seen the light of day. M...more
Jim Corbiere
Loved it! Wouldn't recommend it if you have never read any of the other novels by Tim Dorsey because he gets right into the story..going on the assumption that you know the players! However, I would seriously recommend you read the entire series. Serge is such an insane but likable spree killer with a love of history of Florida. Armed with a camera and many other odds and ends he gives history lessons and kills bad guys in incredibly imaginative ways...always great for a laugh and to make you wo...more
Matt Smith
Actual rating: 3½ stars

Storms. Serge A. Storms. Tim Dorsey serves up more maniacal serial-killing, laugh-out-load debauchery with 007-style fanfare in Pineapple Grenade.

Serge and his perpetually stoned sidekick Coleman have cracked into the spy-for-hire business, much to the chagrin of competing government agencies who are very eager to obtain his services before the other can. Serge weaves his way through Miami's underworld community of burned secret agents, government mess-ups, femme fatales,...more
Ellen
ugh. I kept reading because the Miami references are so bizarre and so believable. It got to seem like a scanty framework for satire, though, and I got tired of it and quit. None of the characters were likeable which was a turnoff. It's #15 in the series and people like the series, so I might try another earlier in the series.
Dianne

This has to be the first time that I really did NOT like one of the books from this series. While all of these books revel in the confusion that is Serge and Tim Dorsey, it didn't seem to work in this particular book. Most of Tim's book are info-dumps at times and it is up to you to pick out what is going to be important...then you learn it is ALL going to be important, in this book the info-dumps just didn't seem to add up to anything worth getting excited about.

I have to agree with the reviewe...more
Matt
None of Dorsey's books are that different from one another and I really enjoy reading all of them. None really deserve more than 3 stars, but it is so obvious that his latter ones are better than his earlier ones, so I can't help but give these 4 stars. They are also for sure worth 4 stars of enjoyment, if not 4 stars of literary transcendence.

This one may be the most intricate yet. Serge is a spy. Well not really, but he has everyone in the CIA thinking he is a spy. He becomes the head of secur...more
Brett
Tim Dorsey just can't do any wrong with Serge Storms & company, if you ask me. In this piece of Floridian insanity, Serge gets caught up with some South American revolutionaries & several groups of covert operatives (including two rival branches of the CIA) as well as the conservative political elite trying to play the invasion-terrorism-panic card for their own sleazy purposes, all while trying to spread the word about the awesomeness of Floridian history & being a one-&-a-half-man...more
Joel Brown
Serge Storms is a great hilarious character in Florida crime fiction, like Dexter's even more insane brother plopped down in Carl Hiaasen's world. Dorsey is a very funny man, but sometimes with him things get a little too crazy for me, or maybe too scattershot is a better word. This time it's the opposite. One of Dorsey's most disciplined books, the plot (about Miami/Central American arms running and the CIA) mostly makes sense, the time sequence isn't too whack, Coleman's around for comic relie...more
Tom
Serge Storm: secret agent.

That should tell you just how absurdist Tim Dorsey's latest novel, Pineapple Grenade, is.

Serge and Coleman are in Miami, and Serge wants to find a spy job. He makes his way through Miami's different consulates, attracting the attention of two bitter, rival CIA teams. Eventually, he joins up with a beautiful and deadly Latin American spy.

Naturally, Serge ends up killing a few deserving jerks, including one carjacker, who is found hollowed out without a mark on him.

At t...more
Isabelle
This was a great book. Quick read for me. Having lived in South Florida most of my life, I marvel at the observations and humor Tim Dorsey infuses into his novels. I loved it. Serge is a riot. Solid 4.5 for me.
Nathan Flamank
Serge is back in another chaotic, hilarious and totally insane novel set once again in Florida. Dorsey is a master at this kind of mad-cap nonsense and for me this was one of the most enjoyable Serge stories for some time.

Highly recommend.
Bren
Parts of the book were funny and clever. I applaud the author's creativeness on methods of exterminating Florida bottom dwellers. I rated the book 3.5 stars because I thought the Costa Gorda/Spy/corrupt Senator storylines jumped all over and were hard to follow.
Hugo Rodrigues
This book was awesome, laugh out loud funny, the main character is super smart and lucky but has several coexisting mental illnesses that render him obsessive, psychopathic, schizophrenic, and frequently homicidal, but Serge Storm serves as the most amazing anti-hero character I ever read and his dumb druged out wingman completes the chaos.
In an adventure to clean out criminals from the streets gets involved in a plot from the CIA to explore the resources of a 3rd world country, Serge infiltrat...more
Fred Forbes
Since I travel a lot around Florida I am always open to be "educated" by one Serge Storms on doings in a particular place. I enjoy the nutball characters - Serge and Coleman - but some of this series gets a bit overdone and becomes a bit too busy. Too many characters, too many plot strings. And this is one of them. I mentioned this to Tim Dorsey at a signing that it all seems to come together at the end like a "Keystone Cops" collision and his comment was - "Yeah, isn't it great!". Well, sometim...more
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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...more
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“A prosthetic leg with a Willie Nelson bumper sticker washed ashore on the beach, which meant it was Florida.


Then it got weird.”
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