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“Mermaid Confidential” by Tim Dorsey (William Morrow)

“Mermaid Confidential” is the 25th slapstick-noir novel in which Tim Dorsey chronicles the antics of obsessive-compulsive serial killer Serge Storms and his drugged sidekick, Coleman, as they devise fiendishly inventive ways to murder a gallery of florida crook thieves. and thugs who had all planned it.

So far, the pair have been on a manic and seemingly endless road trip through the Sunshine State while Serge pursues a series of short-lived obsessions from cruising in the peaceful eyes of hurricanes to persuading the film industry to move from Hollywood to Florida. This time, however, the couple are going off the road to relocate to the Florida Keys to try condo living.

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There they meet a doctor who is bankrupting a couple with indefensible medical bills and investors who are buying condos and renting them out to vacationers who harass longtime tenants with pranks and loud music.

As Serge plots their disappearance, a drug lord living in a nearby mansion is targeted by a rival gang. Meanwhile, a team of thieves who don’t know who lives in the mansion drive to southern Maine to steal it. Dorsey ties together the three seemingly unrelated storylines at the end in a goofy and violent conclusion.

Dorsey’s novels are likely to offend those who believe that drug addiction and grisly murder are subjects unfit for humor, but her fans find an abundance of giggles and chuckles in her best books, including ‘The Big Bamboo’. and “Hurricane Punch”.

The problem with humor, however, is that it has to be funny, and sometimes Dorsey’s attempts fail. For the most part, “Mermaid Confidential” lacks the hilarious, clever observations and satirical jabs at Florida’s weirdness that best characterize her work.


Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award winner Bruce DeSilva is the author of Mulligan’s mystery novels, including “The Dread Line.”

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