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Tiger Shrimp Tango (Serge A. Storms #17)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,007 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
All just another day in Serge Storms's sun-splashed paradise!

Thanks to the growth of the Internet, America finds itself plagued by a noxious epidemic of ruthless scam artists. Where do they all come from? If you guessed 110 percent of them are spawned in Florida, you win the cigar. . . .

When a new digital scheme goes horribly awry— causing innocents to die and a young woma
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2014)
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Fred Forbes
Feb 28, 2014 Fred Forbes rated it it was amazing
I admit it. I'm trapped. Tim Dorsey must be one of the hardest working guys in the book business and he lives just up the street in Tampa. I met him many years ago at a book signing when his first work appeared and with a signed first edition of a book I enjoyed, naturally I had to get the second in the same fashion all the way through this one. But I would not have remained in the cycle if I did not enjoy his work. Since I often cover a lot of Florida while working and have an appreciation for ...more
Chris Durkin
Feb 06, 2014 Chris Durkin rated it liked it
The Serge Storms series is not one where you want to just jump in with the latest release. The series must be read in order and from the beginning. This one seemed a little forced. Serge is up to his normal antics and righting what wrongs he perceives. This one is advertised as Serge getting political, but this is in no way a major plot line. Personally I hate the Mahoney character once he stopped hunting Serge and they became friends. Coleman remains a laughable idiot and Serge's sidekick.

Mar 09, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
Once again, Serge Storms and his intoxicated pal Coleman ride around Florida in a not-quite-vintage muscle car creatively extermination evildoers. In this case it is scam artists. There are no surprises in this book. Tim Dorsey writes these books on cruise control and what plot there is never changes from book to book.

But there is a lot to like in this series. Dorsey is a good writer and the book never bogs down. His commentary on current events and society, usually delivered by Serge, is witty
Elly Wendy
Apr 23, 2015 Elly Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5* omg, this is hilarious!!! Crazy and silly.
Still reading ... I actually have to stop listening so I can recover my breath and go on with my chores or whatever. I have not laughed this hard at a novel since a friend and I started reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Also, the performance of this particular audiobook is absolutely one of the best. I'd probably enjoy reading it too, but these reader-performers are great.
It's full of scathing commentary on things in Florida, and Canada
Sam Reader
Mar 23, 2014 Sam Reader rated it liked it
Okay, so the rundown is as follows: This is a good book. Good, but not great. It's hilarious, twisted, and a lot of fun to read. It moves quick, the dialogue is fast, and the descriptions are lavish. If you have a weekend free and want to try some Dorsey, this is a pretty good one to start with.

But those returning to the world of Serge Storms will find little here they didn't find elsewhere. Serge is still Serge, Mahoney is portrayed as little more than a joke at this point, and if you've r
Jennifer Lauren Collins
Feb 02, 2014 Jennifer Lauren Collins rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Honestly, I'd meant to try out Tim Dorsey for ages, so I was thrilled when the Goodreads First Readers program awarded me a copy of his latest book, and thought it would be the perfect chance to try him out. Unfortunately, I'm now just thrilled that I didn't spend money on this one...

In the beginning, I felt like I was getting whiplash every time I picked up this book...later on in the reading, I'm afraid I just felt a bit bored. The book was packed with interesting scenes and interesting charac
Mar 21, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it
Serge is a little less whacky, a lot of confused and dealing in a part of Florida history that is very esoteric in the latest entry in Tim Dorsey's ongoing saga. This novel has Serge working with Mahoney trying to track down some of Florida's finest con artists. Lunacy ensues, people die in bizarre manner - though most are not the "over the top" murders that Dorsey fans may be expecting - and new friendships are made.
Serge seems a little older, wiser, and not quite as off the rails as usual; Co
Feb 17, 2015 M rated it did not like it
I won this copy in a Goodreads give away. It was a regular hardback edition, not an ARC.

First of all, I had never read this author before. I entered the giveaway for a couple of reasons, but the main one was the comparisons to Carl Hiaasen. I have read some Hiaasen books and enjoyed them. Also, Dorsey has a big following and I really expected to like this book.

I did not enjoy this book at all. I was put off at the get-go by a crude scene with cops standing around laughing at a crime scene, by a
Forrest Link
Feb 13, 2014 Forrest Link rated it liked it
I like the madcap Serge Storm books, but this one feels phoned in.
Apr 16, 2016 Vera rated it really liked it
This is the first Tim Dorsey novel I have read. I picked it up after seeing a cover image on a bookstore website. It took me at least 50 pages to get into it, but then I was hooked. I read reviews that refer to the protagonist Serge Storms as a “psychotic serial killer.” I believe “serial vigilante” is a more accurate description and “psychotic” is not correct since Serge is very much in touch with reality. His sidekick Coleman is another matter. He seems to be hallucinating much of the time. I ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Fair warning: hero Serge is one of my favorite characters, warped as he is. Timid people who find violence and bloody but funny ends repugnant shouldn't even attempt the series.

If you've read Tim Dorsey's other books, you know what to expect. A hero with an inscrutable, capricious mind (who's a tad ADD and OCD and crazy to boot); a loyal, goodnatured sidekick (who's either passed out or high on something all the time); and lots of violence directed toward villains who deserve the worst fates. An
Gloria Feit
Aug 06, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
Serge Storm is forever on some sort of crusade, this time, as employed by private detective Mahoney and assisted by his drugged-up alcoholic sidekick Coleman, he roams Florida removing perpetrators of various types of fraud against the Sunshine State’s inhabitants. Apparently, in this once again far-out but amusing novel, Serge (and Mahoney) discover a gang with several participants specializing in diverse types of frauds.

The scams range from the “Dating Bandit,” who occupies the mark while conf
Ron Arden
Mar 29, 2014 Ron Arden rated it really liked it
Even though Tim Dorsey's books are formulaic, to a point, this one was a bit different. It's amazing how I can sympathize with a serial killer, although he's nice and only harms people who really deserve it.

It's another adventure with Serge and Coleman as they drive their way through Florida. This story has them helping to end the scourge of scan artists throughout the state. They pray on both tourists and locals, which means they don't discriminate. They are equal opportunity scumbags.

The twist
Mar 18, 2014 Dugger rated it really liked it
Another fun read with Serge A Storms.
Gary E
Dec 25, 2014 Gary E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love all of the Serge A. Storms novels and this was no exception. Serge and Coleman are up to their usual hijinks and mayhem. I can not imagine at book 17 that most need a serious in depth review to be encouraged to choose to read this or not.

However if by some chance you are stumbling across this book first here is a brief synopsis of the series. Serge is a vigilante who goes after people he considers "jerks". Once he tracks them down he concocts vicious brutal ways to rid the world of t
Gary Marshall
Feb 12, 2014 Gary Marshall rated it it was amazing
If you're not already aboard the Tim Dorsey train I suspect you'll find this incomprehensible, but if you've read the others in the series you'll be delighted that the return of Serge and Coleman, the daftest double act in hyperactive crime fiction, also includes occasional supports Johnny Vegas and Detective Mahoney. I laughed like a drain.
Feb 06, 2014 Doug rated it liked it
At least a couple of times a year I really need a shot of Tim Dorsey. Between he and Carl Hiaasen, South Florida is made the laugh capital of the country. If anything, Tiger Shrimp Tango exceeds his usual high standard for zaniness. The scary part is, I found myself agreeing with Serge several times in this one. A good way to spend an evening.
Feb 16, 2014 Dennis rated it really liked it
Still great but this one is written based on left overs from previous ideas. Still great and imaginative ways of disposing of scumbags but no real story behind it this time.
It looks like Serge is going to get a female side kick for the next book so I am impatiently waiting for the next episode!

Come on Tim, I love the series!
Jan 24, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
Reading a Tim Dorsey book is like having an out-of-body experience. It may not be the typical mystery or crime novel that I prefer but once into the book it is a barrel of laughs and a high speed adventure.
In " Tiger Shrimp Tango" we again find ourselves in the wilds of Florida......actually all over the state. It seems that Florida leads the nation in the wildest scams imaginable ! And our spaced out 'detectives' are out to make it right with every individual victimized by one of these 'sting
Oct 20, 2015 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to-it
Really zany story about.. not sure really. An insane vigilante? An oxymoron incarnate? The story was all over the place but in a good way. Probably would have helped if I'd read the first 20 books in the series :p If it wasn't for the 'stoner' character I would try to read those 20 other books. Great on audio
Mar 02, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Serge Storms is at it again, taking a bite out of crime with his usual sense of style! This time he is after a ring of scam artists who have been setting up innocent people and robbing them blind. With sidekick Coleman along for the ride, and assistance from a private eye buddy, Serge effectively rids his beloved Sunshine State of more of its criminal element, and rescues an innocent woman along the way.

Dorsey's novels always provide a good escape from the mundane, and this one does not disappoi
Mary Rose Pizzuto
Dorsey's dynamic duo, Serge and Coleman, are up to their ususal shenanigans in pursuit of saving Florida history for future generations and "righting" the wrongs in their classic, serial-killer fashion. A fun read!
Sep 07, 2015 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who scams the scammers? And murders some because there really are some people worth murdering.


Pretend I didn't write that. Serge made me do it. He's crazy charming that way.
May 23, 2015 Merfey51 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book, the last one out so far in the seventeen book string. Similar to the past Serge Storms adventures, this is another whimsical bullet train ride with our protagonistic antagonist. Always entertaining, and deliberately far-fetched, the read value is high. The author at once displays a scientific knowledge base and rousing sense of humor. Interesting factoids along the way as well (bat tower, musicians home grown in Florida, Indian tribes, etc.) and of course what can you sa ...more
Jenn Swanson
May 12, 2015 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
This book was completely ridiculous and I enjoyed every minute of it. I found myself shaking my head as I was reading it with a smile on my face. I would definitely recommend it.
Tony Snyder
Jun 08, 2015 Tony Snyder rated it it was amazing
Madcap brilliance! At one point, laughter bubbled up for minutes! Zany wonderful! So glad there are 17 left to read!
David Yaun
Aug 04, 2014 David Yaun rated it really liked it
Any Serge Storms story is a good one, and makes for perfect beach reading. The series has flagged a little in the past couple of years, but this one suggests an upturn. Some great insights on why neither the Republicans nor the Democrats would consider Jesus electable, the hypocrisy of Fox News (easy pickings, admittedly) and the usual Florida madness (in which a serial killer is the sanest one around). And any book that figures out a plausible way to place a character in a chicken costume at a ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Ernie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Great fun..wickedly cynical..recreational reading at its best!
Apr 24, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
You know what you are going to get from Dorsey, and he never fails to deliver. This time Serge tackles (and by tackles, I mean murders with Rube Goldberg machines) con artists and scammers in south Florida. When South Philly Sal (from Miami) assembles a large team of otherwise small time criminals, their shenanigans draw the attention, and ire, of Serge. When someone can use the inner ear of a Lobster as a triggering mechanism, you don't want to mess with that someone.

One added bonus to Tiger Sh
Feb 05, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it
Tim Dorsey is almost back! Gone for the most part is his foray I to negative Republican politics. This story is like most of the others not the most complicated plot, but what is back in full force are creative ways to kill off scum bags and this book has loads of them. It was all great fun. The only problem is the Serge Colman pairings is getting tired. I hope Tim Dorsey will try his hand at another book without Serge and Colman or make them a small part of the story. I would hate for this seri ...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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