The madness lying beneath the surface of life in Florida today is revealed in this manic tale of murder and mayhem from the acclaimed author of Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel and Florida Roadkill -- comic crime at its finest. Triggerfish Lane, Tampa. An idyllic Florida neighbourhood...at least on the surface. When mild-mannered family man ...
The madness lying beneath the surface of life in Florida today is revealed in this manic tale of murder and mayhem from the acclaimed author of Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel and Florida Roadkill -- comic crime at its finest. Triggerfish Lane, Tampa. An idyllic Florida neighbourhood...at least on the surface. When mild-mannered family man Jim Davenport moves in, he thinks his new tropical villa home is a slice of heaven. Then he meets the neighbours, and things rapidly get out of hand. Accidentally killing a notorious bank robber and losing his job is bad enough. But then Serge Storms -- the lovable homicidal maniac with an encyclopedic knowledge of Florida folklore -- decides to appoint himself lucky Jim's friend and protector, and he begins to realise that he is truly in the Neighbourhood from Hell.
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-03-25 Conjuring up Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard on crack, the fourth off-the-wall novel from Dorsey (Orange Crush) finds antihero Serge Storms a quixotic, socially conscious crook-cum-executioner undertaking to salvage his upscale Tampa neighborhood from encroaching undesirables. Milquetoast Jim Davenport, an unlikely corporate hatchet man at the Indiana office of Apollo Consulting, a company specializing in downsizing the executive suites of top-heavy corporations, is promoted and moves with his wife, Martha, and their three kids to 888 Triggerfish Lane in Tampa. Always a step ahead of the law, Serge moves in across the street with his drug-fiend lackeys, Coleman and Sharon. Then, like popcorn in a microwave, all manner of zany subplots go spinning off as Jim accidentally kills the youngest of the notorious McGraw Brothers, newly released from prison. Florida special agent Mahoney, who has a vendetta against Serge, is dispatched to Tampa to stop a murderous crime spree that reeks of the McGraw clan. Meanwhile, the E-Team a quartet of elderly women whose first names begin with "E" stalks elderly Ambrose Tarrington III, who pretends to be wealthy by test-driving fancy cars and photographing himself in front of a luxurious mansion. John Milton, an ill-starred substitute teacher desperately trying to find a job, meets his nemesis, Rocco Silvertone, during a stint as a used-car salesman. As the surviving McGraws close in on Jim, a July 4 barbecue brings the cast together for a madcap denouement that will please the growing numbers of the Dorsey faithful. Agent, Nat Sobel. (May 7) FYI: A teaser chapter will be included in the Orange Crush paperback, out in April. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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