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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Review: Nuclear Jellyfish, Tim Dorsey

William Morrow, 2009. ISBN 978-0-06-143266-8. 307 pages.

I have been slack lately and find myself with six book to write up if I am to log all the crime fiction I read this year.

If you have read any of the previous ten book in the Serge Storms series then this one won't have any surprises. It is the same formula: Serge and Coleman race around Florida to satisfy Serge's need to visit every site in Florida where anything historical (as defined by Serge) happened - Lynyrd Skynyrd figures in this time; Serge has some new scheme - this time it's Internet travel advice; Serge continues his serial killer ways by dispatching unpleasant people in different and inventive ways; there is some parallel criminal activity going on that somehow involves Serge; Coleman consumes alcohol and drugs in prodigious amounts.

In Nuclear Jellyfish, Serge Storms has turned his attention to the Internet with a renegade travel blog. He wants visitors to experience the real Florida and has useful advice such as how to identify Barracuda hookers (they suddenly appear in hotel parking lots) and the best place to spot John Travolta. There is also a professional robbery crew that will inevitably collide with Serge. As is usual, the story careens along at high speed with reader mostly interested in what outlandish thing Serge will say or do and how will he off the next person who offends his sense of ethics and courtesy.

There are still some laugh-out-loud and "I wonder if that would work" moments but overall I would say that this book is only for die-hard Serge Storms fans.