The Pope of Palm Beach

The Pope of Palm Beach

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"From Florida's king of mayhem--"compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny" (Boston Globe) New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey--comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms. No one worships the Sunshine State as much as Serge A. Storms. Perpetually hunting Floridian arcana and lore, he and his permanently baked sidekick, Coleman, are on the road again. This time they're on a frenzied literary pilgrimage that leads them back to Riviera Beach, the cozy seaside town where the boys spent their formative years. Growing up, Serge was enthralled by the Legend of Riviera Beach, aka Darby, a welder at the port who surfed the local waves long before the hot spots were hot. A god on the water, the big-hearted surfer was a friend to everyone--the younger surfers, cops, politicians, wealthy businessmen and ordinary Joes--a generosity of spirit that earned him the admiration of all. Meanwhile, there was a much murkier legend that made the rounds of the schoolyards from Serge's youth--that of the crazy hermit living in a makeshift jungle compound farther up the mysterious Loxahatchee River than anyone dared to venture. Then Serge moved away. But never forgot. Now he's back, with those legends looming larger than ever in the rearview mirror of his memory. As his literary odyssey moves north from Key West, closer and closer to his old stomping grounds, Serge digs into the past as only Serge can. Along the way, he unintentionally disturbs some long-forgotten ground, attracting the attention of a cast of villains that only Florida can produce. As the body count grows, so does the list of questions: Why are the guys in the hard hats worried about the monkeys? When do you hack a motel air-conditioner? How does Coleman get high with cat toys? Who is expecting the dildo? And will book tours ever be the same after Serge decides to check one out? Told in alternating flashbacks between Serge and Coleman's childhoods and the present day, The Pope of Palm Beach is a witty and deliciously violent delight from the twisted imagination of Tim Dorsey"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062429254
Characteristics: 336 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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bbsalzman
Dec 05, 2018

The general mayhem and hilarity we've come to expect from Coleman and Serge. Dorsey delivers as usual.

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Courier2003
Jun 11, 2018

Did not read. not my kind of book

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teamfreak16
Apr 21, 2019

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teamfreak16
Apr 21, 2019

He is Florida's most enthusiastic resident. Obsessed with the Sunshine State, crazy, unmedicated, highly caffeinated Serge Storms, as a self-proclaimed Florida historian, spends his days researching the state, visiting locations, taking pictures, collecting souvenirs, and spouting Florida history to anyone who will listen. An avenger of the people, Serge also keeps himself busy creatively killing Florida's scumbag population.

In The Pope of Palm Beach, Serge, along with his drunken, drug-addled buddy, Coleman, is on a literary tour, visiting locations pertinent to his favorite Florida-based authors. Working his way north, Serge returns to his boyhood home of Riviera Beach, hometown of the late Darby Pope, a local surfing legend. Darby was one of those guys that everyone knew and loved, and his legend only grew after Kenneth Reese, one of Serge's favorite authors, used The Pope as a real-life character in the three novels he published before disappearing.

Meantime, Salenca, an ambitious accountant, is working his way up the ladder by showing his crime bosses that there are easier, safer ways to make money than in drug smuggling. The legend of a mysterious, up-river hermit has kept Riviera Beach kids enthralled for decades, and not only will you learn the proper way to hack a motel air conditioner, but the enormous, non-sexual potential of a blinking rubber dildo is fully explored. And if you've ever been to a book signing, I guarantee that you've never seen anything like a Serge book signing.

And it all comes together as only Tim Dorsey can do. Throw in a few examples of Serge's particular brand of justice, and we have yet another great addition to the series!

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