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Florida Roadkill (Serge A. Storms #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,551 Ratings  ·  565 Reviews
Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money.

On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals -- and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 mil
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1999)
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Lo Fourmet I have read quite a few of this series, and the disjointed plot always comes back around eventually, satirical wit, and all over the place style keeps…moreI have read quite a few of this series, and the disjointed plot always comes back around eventually, satirical wit, and all over the place style keeps my attention though.(less)
R Ekola I really don't think so. I just finished up Coconut Cowboys (the first of my Serge Storm reads) and am hooked to read the rest! You might miss some…moreI really don't think so. I just finished up Coconut Cowboys (the first of my Serge Storm reads) and am hooked to read the rest! You might miss some character details but it picks-up pretty quickly on who these guys are. (less)
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Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
After years of reading John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, and Carl Hiaasen, I was kind of burned out on Florida as a setting for crime novels. I’d never tried a Tim Dorsey book because of this, but I’m glad I finally got around to it because Serge Storms is one of the funnier characters I’ve read in a while.

This is definitely the Florida that Hiaasen and Dave Berry have warned us about with a cast of colorful and eccentric characters most of which are criminals and/or assholes engaging in random
Will Byrnes
May 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you like your heroes to be psycho-killers, your action fast, your drugs considerable, constant and diverse, appreciate learning creative ways to extinguish human life, enjoy a large body count, appreciate a twisted, but informative guided tour of Florida, and don’t mind laughing out loud as you read, Florida Roadkill is the book for you. Dorsey opens with a bit of carnage, circles around to show us how it came to be, then zooms ahead with even more. There are drug dealers, drug users, radio b ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fast paced killer/thriller road trip through Florida, complete with the state trivia narration.
I liked it. Your actual mileage may vary.
There, that's the review.

Florida Roadkill's first paragraph.
"From Loggerhead Key to Amelia Island to the FloraBama Lounge, the Land of Flowers has natives caught in seductive headlights."

I've seen the FloraBama mentioned in several books, also a few songs.
It has to be because the place and it's patrons, along with the staff make such an impression on al
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

I am the native and this is my home. Faded pastels and Spanish tiles constantly slipping off roofs, shattering on the sidewalk. Dogs with mange and skateboard punks with mange roaming through yards, knocking over garbage cans. Lunatics wondering the streets at night, talking about spaceships. Bail bondsmen wake me up at three A.M. looking for the last tenant. Next door, a mail order bride is clubbed by a smelly man in a mechanic's shirt. Cats violently mate under my windows and rats breakdance
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read everything Tim Dorsey has written to date. He is my all time FAVORITE Florida Author. He writes about the real Florida, the seedy motels on Nebraska Ave., the Everglades, takes you on a WILD ride on an Amtrak Train through Florida, gives a hilarious (it could be funnier if it weren't so damned true) account of Florida Politiks, and has the most irresistible anti-hero in the form of Serge Storms.

He even takes on Gasparilla, my oh my, this author is my hero for sure.

He has a bit of Quent
Thomas Todd
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, humor
Really enjoyed Dorsey's debut in his Serge series. Lots of dark humor and killings in ways one would never imagine, therefore probably not a book for everyone. Serge is an insane, but yet in his own unique way a genius, serial killer making his way across Florida in search of a suitcase filled with $5 million in cash. Accompanying Serge is Seymour "Bunsen" Burner, AKA Coleman who drinks heavily and uses about every drug imaginable throughout the entirety of their search. I enjoyed the way Dorsey ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
Good lord. My dad sent me this book to read and boy did it suck. I only finished it because we went to Florida to visit him and my stepmom and I was worried they'd ask me about it. If you enjoy books about whores, copious drug use, Florida history, gross violence and stupid people, then you can borrow my copy.
3.0 to 3.5 stars. This was my first book by Tim Dorsey and I thought it was fresh, original and a lot of fun. Basically, the book is a out a large number of "not so good" guys and "very bad" guys chasing around Florida for $5M in laundered drug money. However, that doesn't begin to describe the actual book because it is all about tone, dialogue and an up close look at the seedy under-belly of the Sun Shine State. Think "Pulp Fiction" meets "The Hangover" and you will be in the right ballpark of ...more
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you've ever had a person pull up next to you at the light with their stereo blaring so loud you can barely hear yourself think, or wondered how crooked CEOs who gut their company's pension plans only to build tax protected mansions in exotic locations live with themselves, then you need to read Tim Dorsey's series of novels starring Serge A Storms. Dorsey isn't the first to mine Florida for wacky ripped from the headlines stories and set them loosely within the confines of a crime novel, but ...more
Rex Fuller
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
You have to have a strong taste for satire to enjoy this. Dorsey treats Florida as the "ultimate trash state." Examples: retirees revolting against their developer's rip-offs retaliated, resulting in one of the developer's employees walking back to the office "with his thumb super-glued up his butt." A convenience store chain named "Addiction World." Levi's 501 jeans and a can of Fix-a-Flat used as murder weapons (separately). World Series ticket scalper murdered for two tickets. You quickly rea ...more
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Carl Hiaasen fans
This author, Tim Dorsey, was recommended to me by a friend of mine, with who I share a common interest in Carl Hiaasen's work. "Florida Roadkill" is Tim Dorsey's first novel, I believe, and it's clear that Hiaasen is a big inspiration to this guy's writing. Both Hiaasen and Dorsey write about eccentric characters in Florida, in a genre probably best described as "bizarre crime fiction". The crimes (murders, primarily) that take place are hilariously strange, even more strange than those that Hia ...more
Jamie Collins
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, noir-crime, kindle
I really enjoyed this wacky comedy about crazy and/or murderous characters and their violent criminal hijinks in south Florida.

There are a couple of nice guys, old high school buddies on vacation together, but they're the misfits in a story largely filled with thugs, frauds, bullies, sociopaths, drug addicts, thieves and murderers. Most of the characters fit into more than one of those categories. The violence is all played for laughs, but the book is enough to make you keep a wary eye out the n
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At first I was puzzled by the scene switching, but later, as the characters began to converge I was delighted to see how the author wove the story together. Serge is a brilliant psychopath and Coleman is about as bright a sidekick as any stoner. The devil is in the details and this book is devilishly good. If I ever to a road trip in Florida, I'm making notes. The Dry Tortugas are the last of the keys, populated by park rangers and the occasional biology students. Serge and Coleman take mayhem o ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it liked it
More of a shock attack type of novel than one with a plot, Dorsey's wildly inventive ways of consuming drugs, scamming folks, making millions, then losing even more might just make one weary of living in Florida. But here I am, taking walks on the fabulous beaches and enjoying the eye candy everywhere. And avoiding anyone who appears to have their brains fried from the heat, which is...umm....most of the population. As one character says, "I used to love Buffet." Nuff said.
Derek Dowell
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
We can now trace the exact date that Carl Hiaasen become the reigning “old” master of Florida adventure writing, the safe, mainstream alternative to a new breed of even edgier, more over-the-top writer. It was August 1999 and that was when Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey hit the bookshelves. This hyperactive tale of sociopaths, alcoholics, retirement communities, and cocaine strippers stumbling around the south Florida coastline, killing off bad guys in particularly gruesome and creative fashion, ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"The debut album by Tim Dorsey is probably the most entertaining opening album I have read in a long time and I can second that with so many others who have read this book too. This novel - and all the novels after - are very reminiscent of Carl Hiaason's novels but instead of being a dark satire, it is more of a very upbeat, somewhat skirting the fine line of slapstick, comedy writing and thus makes it worth the read even though it is supposed to be satire as well.

This novel also introduced one
Lance Charnes
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of South Florida crime fiction; readers looking for a belly-laugh
Tim Dorsey is Carl Hiaasen on hallucinogens. While Hiaasen still makes some effort to tie his characters to whatever passes for reality in Florida, Dorsey has cut his mooring lines entirely and sailed off into an antimatter version of the Sunshine State that's still entirely recognizable, just twisted like a Moebius strip.

Yes, there is a plot (sort of). It serves mostly as a framework for non-stop riffs on development, corruption, psychosis, ecological despoliation, tourists, local news and bad
Tim Dorsey's "Florida Roadkill" is a multi-character novel with a convoluted plot in which a bunch of people are running around looking for the same thing, a la “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. And boy, is it funny. The basic plot finds two criminals (a manic serial killer who's obsessed with all things Florida, and his substance-abusing, dopey sidekick) tracking down a five million dollar insurance settlement they forced a dentist to claim from a crooked insurance company. The money ends up i ...more
Yep, that was almost exactly what I wanted from a late-spring-vacation read: a fast-moving plot, a nonchalantly inane and irreverent approach. The author betrayed his journalistic roots with some of the best fake headlines and forcefully buoyant televised-news banter ever, and I loved every second of those moments. That, the tone of the novel and the Floridian locale were its biggest appeals and strongest assets for me. It did read like a first novel; that being exactly what this book is, I can' ...more
Venkat Satya
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Tim Dorsey has created a great character in Serge A. Storms.Serge A. Storms is a character that readers will remember for some time. Mentally unbalanced and a font of trivial pursuit-esque knowledge.
If Love Movies "Snatch","lock stock and two smoking barrels movie" and "Pulp Fiction",Then you should try it.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I was told I should read these books. I had been putting them off and I saw my library had almost all of them in, so why not. It started off okay, got a little crazy and then I just lost interest. No offense. Just not really for me.
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
I really enjoy the books that I call the Florida funnies. These are books that seem to take a particular interest in poking fun at the bizzare world of Florida. Books written by authors such as Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry. That being said this book was not as enjoyable as the previous mentioned authors works. Around page 63 I was almost ready to throw in the towel. The book was so disjointed and finding a thread that ran through the numerous shots put out by Dorsey was very difficult. He moved h ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I tried not to like this book. I mean its one of those really absurd books. You know, its just a string of unlikely events, each more outlandish than the last, all drenched in violence and cynicism but still funny at the same time. In fact, very funny, but the kind of humour that makes you kinda feel guilty, cause you shouldn't be laughing at causal violence, no matter how bungling the perpetrators, but you can't help it. So, you keep reminding yourself it's only a book, and you keep laughing, p ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Tim Dorsey manages to out-Carl-Hiaasens Carl Hiaasen and out-Dave-Barrys Dave Barry. I'm listening to it as an audiobook while I exercise, and it's laugh-out-loud, achingly funny. People at the gym or those I pass on the sidewalk during my runs must think they are next to a crazy person. Narrator George Wilson's performance is superb and adds an extra dimension to the story. The ranting, maniacal voice which he uses for Serge is so over-the-top, you won't be able to help but to guf ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
What a strange murder mystery! Who know that Space Shuttle Columbia, Barbie, 501 Levi jeans, hot dogs (ok, attached to skewers), besides guns could be murder weapons?

Dorsey has a wicked dry sense of humor, and it shows. I loved that he incorporated many Florida landmarks and history in this wacky tale. I really do miss Lauderdale, and given the chance I'd go back in a heartbeat.

But I don't know if South Florida is safe with history buff Sergio Storms riding around in the stolen limo. He's a se
Christina Greear
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first novel I read from Tim Dorsey but it will certainly not be my last.
K.T. Katzmann
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Us Current Natives of Florida or Those Who've Escaped
Shelves: crime, florida, humor
Imagine if the Cryptkeeper and Dave Barry read the Florida Man twitter out loud and turned it into a crime novel.

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A schmuck steals a duffle bag of money of money from the world's saddest cocaine cartel. A bevy of bizarre and colorful bastards begin hunting for it, knocking each other off, and relentless converging on both Sean and David, our two innocents unknowingly carrying the drug money, and the 1997 World Series, which inexorably draws all to it with terrible gravity.

This book is hilarious,
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: facebook-reviews
Gosh, this book is SOMETHING. Florida Roadkill is an outrageously dysfunctional book about dysfunctional people with dysfunctional relationships. It's one of the funniest books I have read in years. It's hilarious. The plot has multiple layers and engages you with a pace that moves in the most complexly built parallel planes from the word go. Tim Dorsey paints a picture of a delightfully dysfunctional Floridian world and assembles the most whacked out dysfunctional characters in the plot. I have ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Like Pulp Fiction the movie?
Have you ever thought, "I wonder what Pulp Fiction would be like in Florida?" Well that is the basis of Florida Roadkill.

It's a mash up of multiple story lines all coming together and telling an over all tale.
Entertaining but not the greatest execution.
Overall I did like the story and most of the characters.
Everyone has "something" about them and all but two are not really nice people.
There's sex and plenty of violence but nothing to over the top in my opinion. Defi
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A large cast of crazies, bikers, con men, killers, and corrupt politicos interact amongst dozens of plots and subplots, converging on an ill-gotten five million dollar insurance payout (a crazed killer has cut off a corrupt orthodontist’s insured hand) that accidentally gets hidden in the car of two uninvolved high school friends on vacation. Among the dozens of characters, the most memorable are Serge and Coleman, the former a maniac with an obsession for Florida history and violence, the latte ...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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“There was no Disney World then, just rows of orange trees. Millions of them. Stretching for miles And somewhere near the middle was the Citrus Tower, which the tourists climbed to see even more orange trees. Every month an eighty-year-old couple became lost in the groves, driving up and down identical rows for days until they were spotted by helicopter or another tourist on top of the Citrus Tower. They had lived on nothing but oranges and come out of the trees drilled on vitamin C and checked into the honeymoon suite at the nearest bed-and-breakfast.
"The Miami Seaquarium put in a monorail and rockets started going off at Cape Canaveral, making us feel like we were on the frontier of the future. Disney bought up everything north of Lake Okeechobee, preparing to shove the future down our throats sideways.
"Things evolved rapidly! Missile silos in Cuba. Bales on the beach. Alligators are almost extinct and then they aren't. Juntas hanging shingles in Boca Raton. Richard Nixon and Bebe Rebozo skinny-dipping off Key Biscayne. We atone for atrocities against the INdians by playing Bingo. Shark fetuses in formaldehyde jars, roadside gecko farms, tourists waddling around waffle houses like flocks of flightless birds. And before we know it, we have The New Florida, underplanned, overbuilt and ripe for a killer hurricane that'll knock that giant geodesic dome at Epcot down the trunpike like a golf ball, a solid one-wood by Buckminster Fuller.
"I am the native and this is my home. Faded pastels, and Spanish tiles constantly slipping off roofs, shattering on the sidewalk. Dogs with mange and skateboard punks with mange roaming through yards, knocking over garbage cans. Lunatics wandering the streets at night, talking about spaceships. Bail bondsmen wake me up at three A.M. looking for the last tenant. Next door, a mail-order bride is clubbed by a smelly ma in a mechanic's shirt. Cats violently mate under my windows and rats break-dance in the drop ceiling. And I'm lying in bed with a broken air conditioner, sweating and sipping lemonade through a straw. And I'm thinking, geez, this used to be a great state.
"You wanna come to Florida? You get a discount on theme-park tickets and find out you just bough a time share. Or maybe you end up at Cape Canaveral, sitting in a field for a week as a space shuttle launch is canceled six times. And suddenly vacation is over, you have to catch a plane, and you see the shuttle take off on TV at the airport. But you keep coming back, year after year, and one day you find you're eighty years old driving through an orange grove.”
“That, and the untended mental health problems. We have all these insane armed hobos coming from the Midwest, usually Ohio. Fuck Ohio.” 9 likes
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