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In Tim Dorsey's second book, the sequel to Florida Roadkill, we are reunited with Serge A. Storms, spree killer and Floridaphile, as he continues his search for the suitcase containing $5 million in laundered drug-money.
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Early in the novel, Serge finally gets his hands on the elusive, silver case but loses it to car thieves, who, in turn, are robbed by a con man, and so on, until the case falls into the hands of drug-lord Zargozsa, alias Harry Fiddlebottom, the owner of the Hammerhead Ranch Motel, a sleazy eyesore used as ground-zero by countless small-time criminals.

As Serge kills his way along the route taken by the case, he joins forces with Lenny Lippowicz, a former tabloid story-fabricator and Don Johnson impersonator now selling counterfeit moon-rocks out of Room 1 of Hammerhead Ranch.

Along for the ride is the usual assortment of oddball characters, including Paul the Passive-Agressive PI, a Hemingway look-alike named Jethro, Johnny Vegas the Accidental Virgin, a bigoted DJ known as Boris the Hateful Piece of Sh**, and many more.

The plot reaches its cataclysmic climax as the protaganists gather in the bunker-like bar of the Hammerhead Ranch to wait out a hurricane and wage war for the loot.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 40% Tone of story    -   very humorous 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 Ethnicity/Race    -   Hispanic Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   actual description of sex Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   diced    -   run over    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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