Pope of Palm Beach
by Dorsey, Tim

Venturing into the cozy Riviera Beach of their youths on a frenzied literary pilgrimage, Serge Storms and his sidekick, Coleman, investigate the stories of a popular local surfer and an eccentric hermit before drawing the attention of a murderous band ofvillains.

Dorsey (Clownfish Blues, 2017) returns with his twenty-first entry in Serge Storms' lifelong road trip celebrating the glories of his native Florida. This time it's Serge's manic homage to the state's literary tradition. First stop is the Keys and Hemingway. Serge, who always finds time during his travels for a little vigilante murder, with bad guys always the victims, takes time from honoring Papa to imaginatively dispatch a character who sounds very much like "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli. Reviewers and legions of fans give Dorsey a pass on plotting. This time he actually has a plot, but it doesn't reveal itself until Serge and his running buddy, Coleman, reach Riviera Beach, which happens to be the beloved hometown of Serge, Coleman, and Dorsey. The author's paean to his modest hometown, which sits just a handful of miles from Mar-a-Lago, is voiced in narrative as well as Serge's reminiscences, and it's filled with laughs, bizarre and delightful facts, and a dweeby accountant who teaches drug smugglers how to diversify into new and lucrative crimes. Along the way, Florida's writers largely get forgotten, but Dorsey's audience will still enjoy the ride. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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