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Hurricane Punch (Serge Storms #9)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  2,471 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Welcome to another typical summer in Florida, the season of the storms. Serge storms.

That lovable, under-undermedicated dispenser of truth, justice, and trivia is back with a vengeance. And not a weirdness-laced moment too soon.

His cherished home state is about to take a beating, and from far more than the way-too-routine conga line of hurricanes bearing down on the penins
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2007)
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Kevin
Jun 23, 2008 Kevin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fulltime Florida residents, and people who encounter them.
Shelves: fiction
I'm categorizing Hurricane Punch as humor under protest, but only because I don't think literature/fiction is fully appropriate either. This isn't a Dave Barry paperback, and although it did spring from the same Floridian culture, it's safe to say that Barry wouldn't be capable of reveling in the sleaze, magnified to hilarious effect by Dorsey.

As usual, all Florida residents are sheep to protagonist Serge A. Storm's shepherd, but most of them don't realize it or can't accept it. The loose theme
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Amanda
I've read a few of this author's books and they never fail to amuse. I think of him as a Carl Hiaasen (one of my favorite authors) on crack. His characters are just plain zany and the events chaotic. Amusing, but not for delicate readers.
Swankivy
My book club picked this book and assured us that even though it was number 9 in a series, you didn't have to read the other 8 to get it. I'm not sure if that's partially responsible for the huge disconnect I had with this book, but it's possible. What I felt like is that maybe everyone's grown to love these characters over other books and already had some kind of connection that I missed completely, because I couldn't get into these caricatures of humanity or believe in/enjoy anything they did. ...more
Kara Jorges
Coleman and Serge are back in Miami, and so is Mahoney, the cop who’s been trying to put Serge away with such little success he himself was just released from the loony bin. Mahoney is hot on Serge’s trail again, this time enlisting the help of empathetic reporter, Jeff McSwirley. McSwirley’s bosses want the ratings an exclusive with Serge will bring, and Mahoney just wants Serge, especially since he thinks Serge’s personality is beginning to split. Or are there two killers now? The usual hijink ...more
Turi
Had to drop everything I was reading a few days ago when I realized that Tim Dorsey had a new book out. He's kind of a guilty pleasure of mine - one on the few authors that we shelve in Mystery who I read consistently. Also, he's kind of sick and twisted - he writes Florida crime fiction - think Carl Hiassen or Elmore Leonard, but a bit more humor (like Dave Barry) and more twisted. His main recurring character, Serge Storms is a Florida history nut/serial killer with heart of gold. The main sch ...more
Tim
I really enjoy this Tim Dorsey series. He provides excellent humor and a refreshing change from the more serious readings I regularly indulge in. The characters are a riot! 8 of 10 stars
That70sheidi
I love Tim Dorsey. I laughed and laughed and learned about Florida and laughed some more. The scene that really got me was hearing Serge's nickname for the nun, which is actually something I've done and have received about as much appreciation for it as he did.

I really wish the narrator [audiobook version] had been George Wilson like previous books rather than Oliver Wyman, because to me Wilson captured the age and mania of Serge better and actually gave some whimsical life to Coleman, whereas
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Rachel
Lovable serial killer Serge Storms is back with his substance-abusing buddy Coleman. In this one, they track a whirlwind hurricane season, 'riding' the storms by driving in the eye. People die along the way of course - but Serge is not the only serial killer on the loose. Someone else is killing people, and Agent Mahoney thinks it's Serge's personality splitting. The ending surprised me, actually. I didn't figure it out until just before it was revealed. It's hilarious, as expected from Tim Dor ...more
Rob Kitchin
Dorsey’s Serge Storms’ novels are always a zany rollercoaster ride of cartoonish violence and madcap behaviour underlain with a dose of suspect moral philosophy – yes, Serge does terrible, imaginative things to his victims but there’s a logic and natural justice to his actions; though the ultimate price is rarely what most might consider the ‘right’ punishment. In Hurricane Punch he interweaves five main plotlines – storm chasing during a particularly bad hurricane season, his duel with a copyca ...more
Fara
This is a lot of fun. Like Hiaasen, Dorsey's characters are eccentric and very much a product of Florida. But Dorsey also has some wickedly pointed social commentary, and his bad guys are never really bad and his good guys never really good - but all very funny. This particular book does have one minor annoyance - the time-skipping is rather confusing in places. But overall, worth the read!
Mr.B
Like Tom Robbins, Tim Dorsey may become a little too formulaic and nauseating for me. I have enjoyed both authors before for their picaresque novels and bizarre, cheeky characters, but sometimes one gets the sense that what appears to be arrested development in the authors actually IS arrested development in the authors--usually at about the eighth-grade level.
Taryn
I absolutely love Tim Dorsey's books, I've read them all (which makes me sad!). I'd compare him to Carl Hiaasen, except Time Dorsey is less preachy and more focused on one character, Serge A. Storms, one of the most imaginative characters I've read about. I highly recommend this series to anyone who appreciates lighthearted books with a historical element.
Glenn
Oct 04, 2008 Glenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a crazy book with good laughs
Shelves: humorous-novels
Another crazy ride with Serge and Coleman. This time, they're stormchasers, going thru eyes of hurricanes that make landfall in Florida in an H2 Hummer. I love the parts where Serge thinks up inventive and appropriate ways to bring people to their demise after they've committed transgressions that go against his "moral code".

Julie Decker
Serge Storms is an unhinged, thrill-seeking killer, but underneath all the dubious morals and murder, he's got a good heart. He only kills people who REALLY deserve it--people who do unthinkable things like overcharge on ice during a hurricane or blast their music in traffic. And now that mild-mannered newspaper reporter Jeff McSwirley is receiving threats over his coverage of murders attributed to Serge, Agent Mahoney comes in with his expertise gathered from following Serge's crimes for a deca ...more
Marfita
Mar 04, 2010 Marfita rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: guys
Shelves: mysteries
It's a good thing I have the memory of a cat with dementia because I can read and enjoy these things over and over and still wonder, have I read this? The jury's still out on Hurricane Punch. It sounded really familiar, but all these Serge Storms stories sound alike after a while. And I never did guess who the "other" serial killer was, after going back and forth on everyone including the hippy-dippy Police Dept. tech wizard and Serge's "ex"-wife. Ultimately, it wasn't as satisfying as Gator A G ...more
Alpha
"This is the second novel named after a drink concoction made by Serge's buddy Coleman. This first one being Torpedo Juice which was also a name used by the Navy for any alcoholic beverage. However, for Torpedo Juice it was an equal mix of Everclear and Pineapple juice (Coleman's recipe). This time, Coleman makes Hurricane Punch which is a spinoff of the actual drink with so many different flavors in it but mostly fruit juices.

Anyways, the story for Serge is that there is a brand new serial kill
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Gerald Kinro
The story opens with Florida about to be rocked by a series of hurricanes. Anti-hero Serge Storms and his inebriated sidekick Coleman go storm chasing. However, in the midst of their pursuit of riding in the eye of the storm, Bodies, the victims of a serial killer, begin to show up. This story revolves around three players: Serge, Agent Mahoney the cop hell bent to get Serge and who thinks the serial killer is Mr. Storms himself. The third is Jeff McSwirley, a neurotic journalist with a knack fo ...more
Sally
I find that I like this author however this story got a bit long winded and repetitive.One of the main characters spouted Florida Trivia in the rapid paced, manic manner of a radio announcer. At times it was just to much for me. They were trying to stay in the eye of the hurricanes which were hitting Florida. Oh, yea; There was murder and mayhem. The ended was a twist I did not expect.
P.C. Zick
I enjoyed reading this book for its setting and wacky plot line and characters. The hurricane chasing, Serge's psychotic/moralistic rantings, and the surprise ending all make for a good laugh once you get past the main character's penchant for murder.

But Serge's acting out are all within his moral code--he only murders those who are selfish, hurtful, and corrupt.

It took me a bit to understand the abrupt switches in point of view, but slowly I got into the rhythm of Tim Dorsey's often depraved s
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Enikő
Horrifically hilarious.

I found it to be well written. The narrative and Serge's voice were both very distinct, and the plot, which at first seemed straight-forward (as straight-forward as a novel about a serial killer can be!), held a surprise ending that I totally didn't see coming.

An enjoyable Friday night read.
Maya Ivers
Hurricane Punch was my first introduction to Tim Dorsey. I don't think a book has ever made me laugh so hard and so much. I had to go out and find as many of his previous novels as I could, and I have not been disappointed yet. Tim Dorsey's novels are unique in that they are all set in the state of Florida, and contain detailed descriptions of both historical facts about the state, as well as insider information about local dives and places of interest that a tourist might never experience. Rath ...more
Joyce
good reads summary: That lovable, under-undermedicated dispenser of truth, justice, and trivia is back with a vengeance just as his cherished home state is about to take a beating from a conga line of hurricanes bearing down on the peninsula. But as Serge and his burnout buddy Coleman go storm-chasing, bodies begin turning up at a disturbing rate, even by Florida standards. It looks like a serial killer is on the loose--another serial killer--which highly offends Serge's moral sensibilities. And ...more
Greg Rothenberger
What can I say? Tim Dorsey is great, and this is one of his best yet. Even more of a surprise ending then usual. And Molly's back.

Recommended for Tim Dorsey fans, Carl Hiassen Fans, and fans of surreal fiction.
Anthony
Serge is on a crazy journey with his side kick Coleman once again. This time he is traveling in the eye of the storm as numerous hurricanes pound the Florida coast. Damage, devastation, and dead bodies lie in the wake. It is Serge or is it a vicious copycat killer that is trying to frame Serge? Better check the local news channels for more information!
Denise
This book was more disjointed than others in the series. Includes author interview and the author reading excerpts from other books in the series. It's a good thing they hire someone else to do the full books.
Lana.
It's hurricane season, and while the smarter of the Floridians have evacuated, the (self-proclaimed) smartest is on a crazy ride (with Coleman) in the eye of the hurricane.

Unfortunately, what seems like a fabulously fun time is marred by a Serge-sized mid-life crisis. When the mounting body count signals another serial killer (not Serge) threatens the life of "Tampa Bay's most sensitive journalist", Serge steps in to make things right.

Another exciting and absurdly silly romp in this strange pl
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Eileen Dilbeck
Is it sad that I found myself thinking "ooh, how will Serge kill this guy?" and rubbing my hands maliciously?
I enjoy Serge antics. So reasonable, so funny.

Another win for Dorsey!
Ellen Marcolongo
I had a difficult time following the plot of this book. It did not flow very well. There were a lot of "weird Florida" references which did make me laugh.
Sharon Heath
Not my cup of tea. Or maybe I should say not my cup of punch.
It was amusing but I just felt like it was trying too hard to be funny.
Quirky.
Skoot Larson
Apr 30, 2007 Skoot Larson is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a good laugh, or who questions where our society is headed.
Once Again, Dorsey's crazy/genius seriel killer, Serge Storms, has popped up on all the Law Enforcement radar's! This time, he has a crazy scheme to steal large SUV's and drive over all sorts of landscapes trying to follow the eyes of a number of hurricanes crossing the Florida peninsula. Of course our Serge has no qualms about killing anyone that may question or offend him, or folks that don't have a basic respect for Florida's amazing history. Tim Dorsey's book are always so much fun, they sho ...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
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