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Florida Roadkill [Paperback]

Tim Dorsey
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16 Aug 1999

An extraordinarily original novel from a new young American author – at once a stylish, violent thriller and a shockingly funny black comedy.

The Roadtrip From Hell… As Sean Breen and David Klein head out from Tampa Bay on their long-planned trip to the Florida Keys there’s nothing on their minds except fishing, beer and baseball. But when five million dollars is dropped into the boot of the wrong car, a whole convoy of homicidal wackos sets off in pursuit of the two unsuspecting men, leaving behind a bewildering trail of bodies.

From murder by shrink-fit jeans in Tampa, via mayhem at the World Series in Miami, to a convention of Hemingway lookalikes in Key West, Florida Roadkill is an unforgettable ride through the wildest corners of the Sunshine State – a kaleidoscopic crime spree taking in sex, drugs and Satanist rock ’n’ roll, lap dancing, extortion and a dozen of the most unusual forms of murder ever seen in fiction.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (16 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006513050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006513056
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This one rocks. Like Carl Hiaasen on acid, Elmore Leonard on speedballs, this doesn’t let go from the first to the last page. I loved it.’ Independent on Sunday

‘Over-the-top, absurd and hilarious… all the right ingredients are present in this manic kaleidoscope of bizarre mayhem. Supremely entertaining.’ Time Out

‘Jittery, bizarre and utterly charming, it reads as if Quentin Tarantino wrote it on a rum runner-and-speedball binge after baking too long in the sun.’ Miami Herald

‘Fiercely energetic, outrageously funny… imagine Hunter S. Thompson sharing a byline with Groucho Marx.’ Tampa Tribune

‘Some of the most wacky villains and situations since Hiaasen stuck a plastic alligator down a stranger’s throat and called it Tourist Season.’ Chicago Tribune

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As Sean Breen and David Klein head out fromTampa Bay on their long-planned trip to the Florida Keys there’s nothing on their minds except fishing, beer and baseball. But when five million dollars is dropped into the boot of the wrong car, a whole convoy of homicidal wackos sets off in pursuit of the two unsuspecting men, leaving behind a bewildering trail of bodies.

From murder by shrink-fit jeans in Tampa, via mayhem at the World Series in Miami, to a convention of Hemingway lookalikes in Key West, 'Florida Roadkill' is an unforgettable ride through the wildest corners of the Sunshine State – a kaleidoscopic crime spree taking in sex, drugs and Satanist rock ‘n’ roll, lap dancing, extortion and a dozen of the most unusual forms of murder ever seen in fiction.

Tim Dorsey’s sparkingly original debut novel is a hyper, jump-cut, manic black comedy.

He takes Florida Noir to new extremes in a high voltage crime tale suffused with blacker-than-black humour and an infectious fascination with Florida’s strange beauty.

It’s like Hunter Thompson leaving Las Vegas and taking 'Fear and Loathing' through the Everglades. Think Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino whispering in Carl Hiaasen’s ear, “ You don’t go far enough 'out'!”


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Florida strikes again 11 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Dorsey provides a very welcome addition to what Dave Barry calls 'Stupid and Nutty people committing crime in Florida' genre. Hiaasen, Barry himself, Shames etc have created a luminously crazy and appealing genre that encompasses comedy corruption and violence to great effect.
Dorsey uses a single character: psycho-sociopatic, amoral but morally outraged Serge A Storms invents some great ways to murder people, exacts revenge on the rapers of Florida history and causes general mayhem throughout the state. He's a kind of anti Jack Reacher - a character that fits into all of Dorsey's plot ideas and insane twisted scenarios. Dorsey sets up a fugitive style scenario full of recurring characters and events, obsessed with Key Largo (the film) and memories of a more genteel Florida past.
Florida Roadkill and his other novels make me laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like Carl Hiaasen 8 Feb 2011
By J.
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because everything about it suggests that it's for fans of Carl Hiaasen - which I am one of. It is not. If that's why you are thinking of buying it, don't.
But completely apart from it not being anything like a book by Carl Hiaasen, it was a dissapointing read. Yes, it tries to be funny. Yes, it's very quick paced. There are lots of wacky characters in this book that seem to be solely introduced to be killed off again. The authorities can't get the good OR the bad guys. Characterisations are just off (I am not against liking a serial killer in a novel generally, but wasn't sure about Serge at all). Finally, there is no warmth in the book - as a reader, I just didn't care what happened to anybody. I was annoyed I had to remember so many people's names only for them to killed off without a paragraph's thought for them afterwards. Ah, and it didn't finish - there was the very much feared 'if you want to find out what happens to the only two characters alive at the end of the book, you'll just have to buy the next one'. To be honest, I don't care.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and actually somewhat true!!! 26 Jun 2001
Format:Paperback
One of the most entertaining book I have read in years. The funny thing is I lived in Florida for 20 years and some of the plots came to close to the truth. It was humourous and well written and one of the most inventive story lines/plots I've come accross. You almost feel your in Florida, the Keys and Tampa. Have bought 2 copies as it has been borrowed by all my neighbours. A great book if on holiday if you want a laugh and read some light-hearted fun.... this is a great choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillient!!! 23 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love this book!!! I laughed so much i cried! The characters are funny, and the situations, no matter how bizarre, are just hilarious.
Anyone who enjoys Elmore Leonard but wishes his stuff was more comic than cool will love this book.
I can't finish this review with out mentioning Serg - one of the greatest fictional charcters ever created! Forget the fact the man is insane and just enjoy his history of Florida....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One million ways to die...........choose one 14 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In a few words, excellant book, fast paced, humourous and sharp. Very good effort for a first timer!
If you want an idea for a gruesome murder or just a short look through the eyes of a Tampa crime reporter then spend a few hours with this book.
Go enjoy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
In 1997, the Marlins compete in the World Series with game seven to decide who is the champion. While that event has brought the attention of the baseball world to Southern Florida, ex-con George Veale steals a suitcase filled with millions in drug money from Charles Saffron. Not caring how he regains the loot, Charles hires detective Mo Grenadine to obtain the cash. <P<However, everyone on the street and even the gaiters in the Everglades know about the missing money even before Mo learns about it. At about the same time, a couple of two-bit cons Serge and Coleman meet and form a crime partnership with murderer Sharon Rhodes. The trio goes on the road committing one crime after another. When the two males learn about the lost loot, they decide to obtain it for themselves. However, the sexy, but deadly Sharon muscles in on their plan even though Serge and Coleman object. While felonies occur, the Marlins step closer to victory. Meanwhile, all the players involved with the suitcase game will soon reach the final inning too.
FLORIDA ROADKILL is a weird novel that laughs at the Sunshine state while actually paying homage to its eccentric mix of residents and visitors. The entertaining story line slices and dices the state. At times the plot is a gut wrenching satire, laughing at the excesses and foibles of Southern Florida. However, in other chapters Tim Dorsey allows graphic murders to overwhelm the irony of the tale. Anyone who takes pleasure from reading about the humorous, bloody, but pathetic antics of a bunch of sleazy nons will love the zany FLORIDA ROADKILL. In his debut novel, Tim Dorsey shows he has a talent for ironic overkill.

Harriet Klausner
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