Bookshelf Flashback

January 21, 2008

Yet more literary posting for the sake of civilization as we knew it. For those of you unlucky enough to have missed Tim Dorsey’s amazing series of Florida-centric novels, featuring the infamous Serge Storm, you can still run down to your favorite library and find his books featured prominently in the Insane Serial Killer/Hysteria Ensues section.

Not sure if this is his latest in the series, but it was the most recent one I’ve found. In Hurricane Punch Dorsey reunites Serge and his heavily self-medicated pal Coleman for more adventures on the roads of Florida. This time during a fictional hurricane season. The book starts out with a reflection on the seasons of 2004 and 2005, when it seemed there was a storm coming through every other day. The previous seven years saw very little hurricane activity in the state, so everyone was in a state of denial and excessive overdevelopment and overpopulation. Then Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Followed the next year by Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Katrina of course went on to make world news after it left the state. Wilma came through a week or so later and finished what big sister started in Lauderdale and Palm Beach County.

This particular book brought back major memories for this storm survivor; the winds, the rains, the chaos, the greed, the community spirit, as well as the humidity. You feel like you’re there behind the plywood nailed over the windows.

Dorsey’s main character is unhinged, often violent and possessed with more Florida history and cultural trivia than any library. You find yourself cheering for the murderer, yet able to sleep at night. The books are among the funniest I’ve read in years. Check them out as soon as you can.


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