William Morrow, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
he newest novel by Tim Dorsey,
, is as readable as his previous works. He's a past master at tongue-in-cheek writing, who loves fun, frivolity and off-the-wall scenarios. Talk about stepping out of the box. His scene with a dead armadillo has to be one of the funniest things I've read for some time. When I visualize it, I have to laugh out loud.
hat scene is so outrageous that the reader is aware it's not even possible – but gets caught up in it anyway. Dead bodies pop up on so many pages; they just become part of the landscape. The reader knows it's just a story, a fantasy to enjoy for the few hours it takes to read. There's also a hidden message in the novel – not too well hidden, I hope – about the rape of the world's environment in general and of Florida's in particular. I think Dorsey is right to be alarmed and I think he is right to be bringing it to our attention. I hope it does some good.
erge heads for Key West after deciding he is going to reinvent his life and be the next Jimmy Buffet, only better. He has a few problems with that. He can't sing and he can't play the guitar! When he hooks up with Coleman, the story takes off at a breakneck pace that never stops. Their outlook on life is strange to say the very least. They leave a swath of death and destruction behind them that any third world dictator would love to emulate. But it is a great joy to read about. I highly recommend
if you're in need of a good laugh.
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