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Cadillac Beach: A Novel (Serge A. Storms #6)

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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 William Morrow (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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Chris Gager
Picked this one up somewhere recently and selected it last night to be my next novel. A little break from the "serious" stuff, and I must say that so far it's doing the job nicely. THIS BOOK IS NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY - FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY! I have been chuckling regularly. The body count so far is not atrocious(2?), which is good as I'm NOT a believer in the combo of red violence and light humor/farce. Reminds one of Carl Hiaasen of course.

Made it almost to the end last night, but
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Sandie Herron
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Eric_W
Mar 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Croom
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Jeanne
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serge Storms is hilarious! Many laugh out loud moments reading this book. A bit slow at times, but the ending has a couple of shock factors which raise the rating from "It Was OK" to "Liked It"! 6 out of 10 (and looking forward to Serge's next adventure!!)
Pop
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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