Florida Roadkill Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sean and David are just a couple of guys going on a road-trip/vacation through South Florida. But they're about to be sucked into a wild manhunt for a suitcase containing millions, the profits of a brutal form of insurance fraud, a suitcase which, unbeknownst to them, has been hidden in their Chrysler.
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The wide array of criminals and degenerates pursuing them is staggering, including:

-Serge A. Storms, a manic-depressive, sociopathic spree-killer and Florida history buff, the planner of the fraud.

-Sharon Rhodes, a murderous stripper, and "Coleman" Bunsen, a drug-addled petty criminal, Serge's doped-up partners-in-crime.

-Charles Saffron, drug-money-launderer and owner of the insurance company from which the cash was scammed by drunken dentist George Veale, Serge's unwilling accomplice.

-Mo Grenadine, bigoted private eye, talk-show host, state senator, and private investigator.

-Dar-Dar, Saffron's ruthless, death-metal singing hitman.

-A trio of Uzbekistanian drug-smuggler pretending to be Latins, the money's true owners.

All these misfits come together in Key West for a battle royale that leaves few survivors for the sequel.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

Florida Roadkill is a first novel by Tim Dorsey that is part of the South Florida wacky humorous mystery/adventure genre that Carl Hiassen pioneered. Centering around five million dollars of drug cartel money, and an extended multiperson chase across Florida to get it, there are numerous, diverse plot points that somehow converge together in the end. There is very large cast of delineated characters, some of which are more cartoon than human.   
The review of this Book prepared by allan sulkin

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   Get treasure/money from another criminal Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   drug dealers If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill    -   Cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat    -   lost at sea    -   scuba under    -   feeding sharks    -   drowning Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   passenger plane Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   on vacation City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   use of artificial tools    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   poisoning    -   run over    -   drowned    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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