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Gator A-Go-Go (Serge A. Storms #12)

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Serge A. Storms, the Sunshine State's numero uno favourite son, knower of All Things Florida, and sometimes medicated psychopath, has made it his life's mission to eliminate the slimeballs, jerks, and pests of every flavour polluting his beloved state. From the panhandle to the Keyes, the statehouse to the Everglades, he's laid down his own brand of law - helped by his dru ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by William Morrow (first published 2010)
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Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The detective stared across the marsh. "What kind of monster is out there?"

Aw, it's not a monster at all. It's just Serge Storms, and unless you're a tourist-robber, the sleazy producer of Girls Gone Haywire videos, or a fat-cat oil executive, you've got nothing to worry about. He probably won't kill you.

It's Spring Break in Florida, and the place is swarming with drunken college students. Coleman, who's been on spring break since 1977, is in his milieu, and is being treated as a God by the into
Will Byrnes
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Dorsey and his literary doppelganger, Serge, love Florida. Serge takes delight in the tackiness of his home, its natural beauty, its unnatural awfulness and woe to those who deface the Sunshine State. They might be faced with a charming psycho-killer who has a flair for devising unique ways of dispatching those out of favor. This is the 12th volume in Dorsey’s Serge series. It remains a guilty pleasure, sometimes laugh out loud funny, actually more than sometimes. The story this time centers aro ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes it is difficult to classify a book as in the case of Tim Dorsey's books. They are classified as mysteries, but I feel that they could just as easily be classified as comedy.

Serge A. Storms and his sidekick Coleman are on the loose again. Serge is once again touring the State of Florida and informing readers of its history, most of it of the obsure variety. In "Gator-a-go-go" Serge is informing the reader of the little known facts and locations of the annual ritual of "Spring Break". Se
Giovanni Gelati
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serge Storm is as good an offbeat character as they get. How can I categorize Tim Dorsey’s work? It’s action packed, filled with history, incredible narrative, totally humorous, well-constructed, and imaginative in manner of executions (I mean people), and great covers. I could go on for it seems hours, days or weeks. I have read all his work and must say I for one have enjoyed the crazy gonzo ride with Serge and Coleman.
My wife doesn’t even have to ask which author I reading when I have one of
Apr 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Well I made it as far as page 88 and I just couldn't go on. Can anyone give me a reason to finish it? I really wanted to like this book because I won it from the first reads program here at Goodreads but this is just not my sense of humor. I like some of Carl Hiassen's writing and so after seeing Tim Dorsey compared to Hiassen, I decided to give him a try.
I guess this book is the 12th in a series so someone must like the main character, Serge Storms, who is a serial killer and his sidekick, Cole
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Watch out Florida . . . Serge and Coleman do Spring Break! Love the return of several favorite characters to join the fun! And if you are lucky enough to get the hard cover edition to read, enjoy the cartoon on the page bottoms that advances as you flip through the pages. 6 out of 10 for me - lots of laughs as always!
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's a wee bit embarrassing, but when I'm feeling a little sad and blue, I turn to my stalwart comfort-food purveyor, Tim Dorsey, the literary equivalent of meatloaf and mashed 'taters (or, more geographically-specific, conch fritters, grouper sammiches and yuca fries). Mr. Dorsey, criminally under-appreciated, clearly has taken the "Consummate Florida Crime Novelist" title away from better known scribe Carl Hiaasen, and has consistently "delivered the goods", novel after hilarious novel.

Nick Cato
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dorsey's 12th novel (and the first I've read from him) is basically a Carl Hiassen-ish yarn set within an 80s "Spring Break" type of film, and regardless if the reader loves or hates it, one thing can't be argued: GATOR A-GO-GO is wickedly funny (and surprisingly violent).

Serge and his side-kick Coleman are enjoying spring break festivities in Panama City Beach when Serge follows a sign for free pancakes. As he swtuff his face, a group of church youths attempt to convert him, but they end up fol
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Gator a-go-go again follows the exploits of hyperactive serial killer Serge Storms and his stoner friend Coleman. Serge plans to make a documentary, and decides to do a road trip about the history of Spring Break in Florida. Traveling to Panama City Beach, Daytona Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, they fall in with some college students whose Spring Break doesn't go according to plan. Also appearing are their old acquaintances City and Country and the G-Unit.

Their experience includes drunk students, t
Feb 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous-novels
Twelfth in the Serge/Coleman series and the hi-jinks continue and are just as wacky as the first eleven, this time taking place during spring break. Serge the likeable serial killer is like a psychotic and crazed MacGyver, using common items from Home Depot to bring an end to the lives of people who rub Serge the wrong way. Some characters from past books also make an appearance, like City and Country, the G-Unit and of course Johnny Vegas. If you like crime fiction with a lot of comedy thrown i ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a funny documentary type story about spring break in the sun shine state of Florida. After years of quiet , a legendary Miami kingpin from the anything goes eighties is suddenly back in the news along with the most psychotic homicidal monsters, every bit as insane as Serge. Serge and Coleman attract a following of the nations top college students and a mysterious gang that leaves dead bodies in its wake. Why are the feds involved. A must read for anyone who likes spring break type movies ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Another humorous adventure with Serge and Coleman that contains some good laughs. Although the chase plot and the digs at girls gone wild leaves a bit to be desired, the humor helps make up for it. 6 of 10 stars
Bibi Larson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mystery, suspense and humor what a great combination! Dorsey mixed Florida's history into his mystery. Great way of introducing Florida into his adventure. There were times when I was rolling with laughter even though this is a mystery. Great writing and story!! Loved it!!!
John Hood
Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A storm of havoc - The Miami Herald

Special To The Miami Herald

Florida's crime writers are never shy about chronicling our state's inherent craziness. You might say it's much of the reason some of them are driven to write in the first place.

But ripping insanity from the headlines and turning it into a whole 'nother story is one thing. What's really compelling is when a writer goes above, below and beyond all the looniness and concocts a whole ne
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Another fun Serge Storms book!
Barbara Nutting
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started reading this and discovered I'd already read it in 2013 !
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Really hard for me to get into this book, just when I thought it may be getting interesting, it was a letdown. Had to skim last few chapters...
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Another fun romp with Serge. I feel like we also learn a lot more about Coleman in this one. Who knew he's basically a high chemist?
Dec 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
PROTAGONIST: Serge A. Storms and Coleman
SETTING: Florida
SERIES: #12 of 12
RATING: 2.75

Spring Break is the ultimate excuse for letting go of one's inhibitions. No one needs any excuses for engaging in the most outrageous behavior possible. But only Serge Storms would see it as an opportunity to create a historical documentary, one that traces it from its beginnings in Ft. Lauderdale to the various cities that hosted it until its present location, Panama City Beach, Florida. Of course, to document
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: florida-fiction
Serge A. Storms and Dexter Morgan have a lot in common. Both are Florida-based serial killers who only target those who deserve their fate, and each has a wicked sense of humor. But Dexter – in print, if not onscreen – has been hampered by his increasingly barren creator, Jeff Lindsay, while Serge’s inventor, Tim Dorsey, continues his character’s breakneck momentum into his 12th novel, juggling a complicated and intense story with antics that can only be attributed to the Sunshine State’s greate ...more
Kara Jorges
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Serge and Coleman are back again, dodging the law and holing up in mom and pop hotels around Florida while Coleman gets wasted and Serge goes on another quest. This time, Serge is making a video about one of Florida’s most well-known traditions: spring break. Of course, he manages to get embroiled in a serious affair when he bumps into an old acquaintance, Andy McKenna. Andy and his father were in the witness protection program, until his father got himself on the news. Now the bad guys are afte ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
"The twelveth title in the Serge A. Storms Series by titled ""Gator A-Go-Go"" follows the same awesome formula Tim Dorsey is known for in his novels and though the formula is now becoming a little more mundance since there has been a novel pumped out annually, the book itself is still pretty good and a worthwhile read. The story centers on the dynamic duo of Serge A. Storms and his beer-chugging, drug-fuggling sidekick, Coleman as they continue on their endless vacation across the grand state of ...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
I came across this when I was searching for a good audiobook to pass the time. I'm not even sure where I heard about it. I'm almost positive that it's an award winner.

So even though this is book number 12 in the Serge Storm Mystery Saga, it was the first time I'd heard of this series. I didn't see the “Serge Storm Mysteries” part when I checked it out, so after a few paragraphs with Storm I was hoping nothing bad would happen to him!

Serge is really a likable guy. He sometimes talks too much, and
Gail Cooke
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
For those who like their crime novels wild. wacky, peopled with outre characters, and laugh-out-loud funny, stand in line for GATOR A-GO-GO. Tim Dorsey's at it again with his inimitable take on farce and zingy one-liners as he relates the latest adventures of Serge Storm. Now, if you thought Spring Break in Florida could be riotous just wait until Serge joins in.
This is Serge's 12th starring role in Dorsey's books - an unlikely hero if there ever was one. Highly intelligent? Yes. Quirky? To the
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Did not realize that this was the 12th book in a series when I won this through GoodReads. Wish I had read the first 11. This was very interesting to read. One of the most creative things I have ever read! Just wish it were a little easier to follow.

I would greatly recommend this book to anyone that does not have a problem reading about a lot of creative murders (some for absolutely no reason) and enjoys the rants of a crazy and drugged main character. I did have a hard time following what was g
Ron Arden
Another great adventure with Serge and Coleman. This one was a bit different because there was a complex subplot that involved a lot more than Florida. My alma mater, UNH, was prominently featured in the book, which was exciting.

Serge and Coleman go on Spring Break in Panama City Beach, the current hot spot in Florida. I felt old, since it was Daytona when I was in college. The usual insanity ensues, but the boys get mixed up with some Miami thugs and a college student in the witness protection
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The 12th installment in Tim Dorsey’s Serge A. Storms series is a romp worthy of Dorsey’s best work. In “Gator-a-go-go” our neighborhood serial killer makes a documentary about the history of Spring Break, while traveling the spring break circuit in his beloved Florida. Like the best of Dorsey, humor and mayhem flows like water through the text.
“Gator-a-go-go” features the return of many characters from previous books. Be prepared to see old favorites like Agent Mahoney, the infamous G-Unit, City
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun book to read. Dorsey is not going to win any literary awards, but this was an incredibly entertaining book, with some great characters, and I definitely look forward to reading more of his books.

Serge is a great character. He has no qualms about mudering people that misbehave or dispurt the image of Florida, yet this doesn't make him a bad guy. If he does deem you are in need of some southern justice, watch out, because he puts together extremely elaborate mechanisms to kil
Jordan McPeek
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light read packed with entertainment. Serge Storms, the lovable psycho killer you can't help but cheer for. The bizarre methods he comes up with for dispatching those who displease him, such as the obnoxious driver who ignores an emergency vehicle trying to pass - you gotta laugh. It's not a whodunit, there's no dark shadows here. It's all fun in the Florida sun. The plot goes in about five different directions - you kinda know where it's going to end up but with Serge it's all in the journey, t ...more
Feb 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: violence
Serge Storms (psycho killer) and his partner, Coleman (alcoholic, drug addict) are heading to Florida so that Serge can document the history of "spring break". At the same time, Andy McKenna, a college student in Massachusetts is heading to Florida for spring break with some friends. Unbeknownst to him, he is being sought by a gang of killers who are trying to get even with Andy's father for testifying against them years ago. Andy and his father are in the witness protection program. Andy is als ...more
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