Cadillac Beach Book Summary and Study Guide

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Cadillac Beach, Dorsey's sixth novel, marks the return of Serge A. Storms, the maniacal, Florida-obsessed history-buff, and his pal Lenny,as they open their very own "offbeat" travel-service: Serge & Lenny's, a wild ride through the seamy underside of Miami and Miami Beach.
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But Serge is also a man on a mission: his multi-pronged plan to solve the mystery of his grandfather's death way back in '65 involves the FBI, the CIA, the Cuban exiles, the Mafia, and Castro, and it all leads back to the same place: Murph the Surf's legendary real-life heist of the New York Museum of Natural History, from which a dozen priceless gems were never recovered.

Was Serge's grandfather involved in the heist? Who killed him? Can Serge find out while simultaneously embarrassing Castro, restoring the CIA's public-image, smashing the Mob, marketing his own South Beach energy-drink, and returning the Today Show to Miami? And do it all without stopping the tour, the customers of which seem to drop like flies?

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   "All in the family" murder    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   comical investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   police gone bad

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Miami Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   poisoning    -   dropped from large heights    -   run over    -   crushed    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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