Serge Storms Mystery, No 7
call Tim Dorsey simply a mystery writer is a disservice. He's also
a comedian, satirist, sage observer and a great story teller.
is Dorsey's most recent offering and it once again features Serge
Storms, the anti-hero of crime fiction if there ever was one. Serge
finds himself in the midst of the usual multi-layered plot with
one new twist - he's decided it's time to get himself married. If
there was ever a candidate for lifelong bachelorhood, it's Serge,
and his search to find a wife adds a new level of complexity and
hilarity to his character. Combine Serge's "mission" with
a few criminal acts and Torpedo Juice is one of Dorsey's
doesn't tell a story so much as he throws it at you. Multiple viewpoints,
mysterious characters, a narrator that isn't even a character and
crimes and indiscretions all over the place are tossed into a literary
blender, and Dorsey does a great job of making sense of it all.
Perhaps the biggest compliment to his writing is that he gets away
with things in his books that other writers wouldn't even begin
to try. Just take a look at the last page in the book, where there
is the traditional "A Note on the Type" followed by a
not so traditional, but hilarious news item that makes fun of "A
Note on the Type."
Dorsey sets all of this in South
Florida and this time Key West is the main target. As always, he
evokes the culture and environment with dead on details and description
that can only be told by someone who knows it well. He places the
reader in the middle of all the zany action.
Maybe a little bit of it is
far-fetched and maybe there are some loose ends that don't tie together
real snugly at the end, but Dorsey's characters and humor make up
for those very minor flaws. Torpedo Juice is a great read
and a fine entry into Dorsey's one of a kind series.
Reviews of other
titles in this series
Shuffle, No 5
Beach, No 6
Juice, No 7
Big Bamboo, No. 8
Punch, No 9
Lobster, No 10
A-Go-Go, No 12
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