ELECTRIC BARRACUDA (Serge Storms Mystery #13) By Tim Dorsey [REVIEW]
In Tim Dorsey’s ELECTRIC BARRACUDA, his 13th novel about Serge Storms, he explores even more of Florida’s history, and does so while being fantastically funny.
I was a little apprehensive when I first started Electric Barracuda, and wondered what I had gotten myself into. Serge Storms isn’t your typical story hero. He needs his medication, his “sidekick” best friend is continuously loaded, and… well, he’s a serial killer.
In Electric Barracuda, Serge and Coleman (his sidekick) decide to encourage tourists to take a “Fugitive Vacation”. Basically, while people go to Florida for Disney and sunshine, the pair realize that there are plenty of people that would also be interested in the darker side of the Sunshine State.
Enter Dorsey’s signature writing of the history of Florida (Did you know Al Capone had a house in Florida’s Everglades? I didn’t.), and what you get is a fun, bloody, fast paced, interesting read. I found myself unable to put Electric Barrcuada down!
Serge is such a hilarious character (At one point he watched Old Country for Old Men and also kills a guy by shoving those capsules that dissolve in water and produce a sponge animal down his throat. Ever wonder what would happen if you swallowed one of those things? The results are intersting.
In addition to the “Fugitive Tour” Serge also discovers that he may be a father… which is a section of the novel that made me laugh out loud. Serge actually decides to feed the kid sugar since “They put it in almost everything kids eat, so they must know what they’re doing.” He also ends up using a chain to keep track of the kid.
Overall, Electric Barracuda was a fun read, and one that will keep your interest if you can follow the fast paced flow of the story.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars | Publisher: William Morrow | Pages: 368 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon
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