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Big Bamboo
by Tim Dorsey
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William Morrow, 2006 (2006)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In another sidesplitting novel, Tim Dorsey has brought back the irrepressible Serge A. Storms and his perpetually stoned sidekick Coleman.

In The Big Bamboo, Serge is offended that Hollywood no longer makes movies in Florida any more, feeling it's a slight to the state. He sets about correcting what he considers a wrong. His thinking, a little off the norm, makes so many of his actions seem outrageous. Maybe that's because they are.

His far out scheme just has to work. But not before bodies start falling by the wayside. (Did I mention Serge is a serial killer? But only the bad guys bite the dust. In spectacular ways. So I guess that makes it all right.) The characters that glide through the scenes are as audacious as the dialogue given them to speak in this take-off on the heads responsible for what we view on the wide screen.

Serge's machinations are devious and brilliant. With a line of chatter that won't stop, he bewilders those he hopes will help him on his quest - occasionally bewildering the reader as well. But all his wild scenarios ultimately make sense and this bodacious story makes delightful reading.

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