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Coconut Cowboy: A Novel (Serge Storms Series Book 19) - Tim Dorsey

"Florida.....the nation's pace car of dysfunction."

 

And driving that car is the inimitable Serge Storms with fellow space cadet Coleman as co-pilot. In their 19th outing (Jeeze Louise, how old am I?), the disturbed duo crisscross the state's backroads in an homage to "Easy Rider". Well, sort of.

 

Peter Fonda & Dennis Hopper didn't have to deal with crooked politicians, FOX-ish news reporters, lovesick hippos & sinkholes. Lucky for us, all of these & many more are included on this road trip with hilarious & sometimes grisly results. 

 

As we ride shotgun on their trail of carnage, we're treated to Serge's musings on the state of humanity in general. The reader is at risk for mental whiplash as topics careen from the bizarre to possibly true. Example: did you now the Acme Co. of Roadrunner fame was the prototype for Amazon's delivery model? Wonder if they sell anvils. And Serge's address to the crowd at an outdoor concert alone makes this worth your time.

 

The writing is fast paced & fluid with several story lines unfolding. Each has its' share of quirky characters to keep you entertained as you wait for the inevitable collision of loons in the small town of Wobbly. But at the heart of all the mayhem is Serge. Yes, he's a serial killer but you have to admire his creativity. I mean, why limit yourself to boring old bullets or knives when you can opt for armadillos or Dorito dust? 

 

There's a laugh out loud moment on almost every page so expect to be interrupted by those around you asking "What are you reading?"

 

The author is a master of injecting his stories with a combination of real events & biting cultural references. We can only hope Mr. Dorsey leaves his brain to science to confirm he has twice as many synapses as the rest of us mere mortals. My only complaint is it doesn't come with a soundtrack of the tunes Serge curated for his trip. That would be killer.