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Hurricane Punch (Serge A. Storms #9)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,058 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews

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

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by William Morrow (first published 2007)
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Amanda
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Turi
May 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Kevin
Jun 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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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Swankivy
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
That70sheidi
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor, series, 2011
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
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humour
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
Mr.B
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Cyndi
Jul 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Since this is the first book I read in the series, it took me a while to catch on to the humor.
Tim
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Brian
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
"No Stems, no seeds, I'm a pig in slop" say the character Coleman in "Hurricane Punch" and the same can be said for the reader of this twisted tale. The best books in Tim Dorsey's Serge A. Storms series are those where the humor is in high gear and the plot contrivances simple and straightforward. This text is a prime example of that formula!
"Hurricane Punch" opens with a great letter to the editor that Serge writes. Within a few pages you know this text is better than some previous efforts in t
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Matt
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I can see how this might really appeal to some people, but it didn't quite work for me. The set-up has it that Serge is one of those serial killers, like Dexter, who kills only bad people, and he does it in creative, poetic justice kind of ways-- so a guy who plays his car radio too loud is killed by loud music, etc. And there's some other gonzo elements to this, both in terms of characters and situations and in the writing itself, which can get pretty hyperbolic at times. I'll attribute that to ...more
Sean
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, florida
Another great audiobook listen, perfect for long-ish drives. Love Serge--he's a great guide to everything whacko Florida. As with any Tim Dorsey book, you wonder "how the heck is he going to tie all the strings together by the end of the book?" He pulls it off once again here. The comedy is brilliant (and savage), the scene setting fast but detailed enough, and you never lose track of where the story has been--a problem that I've encountered in other audiobooks (who's talking? when did that happ ...more
Glenn
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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".

Jeanne
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Serge is at it again! So many laugh out loud moments--just as Serge's women have a hard time counting multiples, I have a hard time counting how many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. Quite a surprising ending, with lots of twists and turns in the closing chapters only added to my rating! 8 out of 10.
Fara
Jul 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
Taryn
Mar 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Barbara Nutting
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another absurd adventure - I liked this one because Sarasota was a part of it! I thought I saw Serge and Coleman at the Bahi Hut or was it at Marina Jack?? Was that the big black Hummer pulled into the Cadillac Motel? Since we are in hurricane season I enjoyed reading it at the beach, as the skies darkened and the clouds rolled in! Five more months to go before it over.
Marty
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not finish reading this book. Making a humorous book about Serge, a serial killer and his sidekick, just did not strike me as cute. It could have been completed by a better writer, but this story just was not that interesting to me.
Jarod
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Not my cup of tea. Couldn't really relate or be interested in the characters.
Greg
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
always laugh through these books... just have to enjoy
Julie Decker
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jenny
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Serge Storms is up to his usual crazy shenanigans. I love this series.
Clayton Yuen
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good stuff .....
Chris Hicks
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Another fun, manic Serge Storms adventure!
Susan
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
HUH? A psychopath killer is the hero? An alcoholic druggie is his sidekick . . . questionable, angry, lost in space.
Alpha
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
"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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Rob Kitchin
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Marfita
Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Gerald Kinro
Dec 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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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