Tim Dorsey

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Tim Dorsey
Tim Dorsey at Haslam's Book Store, St. Petersburg, Florida.jpg
Dorsey at a book signing at Haslam's Book Store in 2011
Born (1961-01-25) January 25, 1961 (age 62)
Carmel, Indiana, U.S.
Alma mater Bishop Guertin High School
Auburn University

Tim Dorsey (born January 25, 1961) is an American novelist. He is known for a series starring Serge A. Storms, a mentally disturbed vigilante antihero who rampages across Florida enforcing his own moral code against a variety of low-life criminals.



Dorsey was born in Carmel, Indiana and was taken to Florida by his mother at the age of 1. He grew up in Riviera Beach, a small town in Palm Beach County just north of West Palm Beach. Dorsey graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua N.H, in 1979. [1]

He attended Auburn University, where he became the editor of The Auburn Plainsman , the student newspaper; he wrote about racism while at Auburn. [2] Dorsey graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor's degree in Transportation. After graduation, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama, and served as a police reporter for a local newspaper. In 1987, Dorsey relocated to Tampa, Florida, and became a reporter for The Tampa Tribune . Until he resigned from the paper in 1999 to write full-time, he worked variously as political reporter, correspondent in the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau, copy desk editor, and, finally, night metro editor and news coordinator.

Currently, Dorsey lives in Tampa with his wife and two daughters. He is a Boston Red Sox fan due to his mother and the nuns and brothers from Bishop Guertin High School he attended as a child being from New Hampshire. He is also a Tampa Bay Rays fan from living in the same city. [3]

Serge Storms

Most of Dorsey's novels feature Serge A. Storms as the primary character. The character has several coexisting mental illnesses that render him obsessive, psychopathic, schizophrenic, and frequently homicidal, but Storms serves as the anti-hero in Dorsey's works due to his strong sense of moral absolutism and justice. Serge is intelligent, and frequently devises wildly inventive ways of condemning villains (or at least who he perceives as such) to death. His co-pilot in the majority of his adventures is Coleman, whose personality is the exact opposite of Serge. Whereas Serge is a high-strung straight-edged coffee addict, Coleman is an alcoholic drug user who goes to extreme lengths to maintain his buzz.

Novels by Tim Dorsey

Order of
Order in
Chronology [4]
12 Florida Roadkill 1999 ISBN   978-0-06-113922-2
23 Hammerhead Ranch Motel 2000 ISBN   978-0-380-73234-0
35 Orange Crush 2001 ISBN   978-0-06-103154-0
41 Triggerfish Twist 2002 ISBN   978-0-06-103155-7
54 The Stingray Shuffle 2003 ISBN   978-0-06-055693-8
66 Cadillac Beach 2004 ISBN   978-0-06-055694-5
77 Torpedo Juice 2005 ISBN   978-0-06-058561-7
88 The Big Bamboo 2006 ISBN   978-0-06-058563-1
99 Hurricane Punch 2007 ISBN   978-0-06-082967-4
1010 Atomic Lobster 2008 ISBN   978-0-06-082969-8
1111 Nuclear Jellyfish 2009 ISBN   978-0-06-143266-8
1212Gator A-Go-Go2010 ISBN   978-0-06-143271-2
1313Electric Barracuda2011 ISBN   978-0-06-187689-9
1414When Elves Attack2011 ISBN   978-0-06-209284-7
1515Pineapple Grenade2012 ISBN   978-0-06-187690-5
1616The Riptide Ultra-Glide2013 ISBN   978-0-06-209278-6
1717Tiger Shrimp Tango2014 ISBN   978-0-06-209281-6
1818Shark Skin Suite2015 ISBN   978-0-06-224001-9
1919Coconut CowboyJanuary 26, 2016 ISBN   978-0-06-224004-0
2020Clownfish BluesJanuary 24, 2017 ISBN   978-0-06-242922-3
2121The Pope of Palm BeachJanuary 30, 2018 ISBN   978-0-06-242926-1
2222No Sunscreen for the DeadJanuary 15, 2019 ISBN   978-0062795885
2323Naked Came the Florida ManJanuary 7, 2020 ISBN   978-0062796004
2424Tropic of StupidJanuary 26, 2021 ISBN   978-0062967503
2525Mermaid ConfidentialJanuary 25, 2022 ISBN   978-0062967534
2626The Maltese IguanaFebruary 28, 2023 ISBN   978-0063240629

Short stories and Essay collections by Tim Dorsey

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Serge A. Storms is the main protagonist in most of Tim Dorsey's novels. His name is a pun on storm surge. Most often described as "intense" in personality, he is a vagrant with a voracious intellect and an encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history, but prone to periods of "focus" that lead him to commit brutal - and often elaborately planned and staged - acts of violence.

<i>Triggerfish Twist</i>

Triggerfish Twist is a 2002 crime novel by Tim Dorsey, the fourth in his series featuring Serge A. Storms.

<i>Florida Roadkill</i>

Florida Roadkill is a black comedy crime novel by Tim Dorsey, the first in his series centered around the character Serge A. Storms. It was published in 1999 by William Morrow and Company, an imprint of HarperCollins.

<i>Hammerhead Ranch Motel</i>

Hammerhead Ranch Motel is a novel by Tim Dorsey published in 2000. It continues the story, started in Florida Roadkill, of blithe psychopath Serge A. Storms and his pursuit of five million dollars in cash hidden in the trunk of a car. The book is non-linear, with some scenes occurring at the same time chronologically but told out of order with later scenes.

<i>Cadillac Beach</i>

Cadillac Beach is the sixth novel written by Tim Dorsey, published in 2004.

<i>Torpedo Juice</i> (novel)

Torpedo Juice is Tim Dorsey's seventh novel, published in 2005. As with Dorsey's previous works, the main character is amateur Florida historian and serial killer Serge A. Storms.

<i>The Big Bamboo</i>

The Big Bamboo is the eighth novel by Tim Dorsey featuring the sociopathic anti-hero Serge A. Storms. It was published in the US in March 2006 and May 2006 in the UK. The plotline follows Serge A. Storms as he follows his recent obsession of Hollywood and movies, in particular the movie The Punisher, which was shot on location in Florida. Serge travels to Hollywood to write a screenplay, something that Coleman, his constantly addled companion, is constantly interrupting with obnoxious and sometimes outrageous concerns.

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  1. Shaw, A. (Spring 2012). Gunfights and Florida History: An Interview with Tim Dorsey. Saw Palm, 6, 25-30. Retrieved from http://www.sawpalm.org/uploads/6/6/2/8/6628902/saw_palm_-_volume_6_-_2012.pdf on 2 February 2022.
  2. Washington, Jesse (2015-02-12). "Up From Leeds". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2021-06-23.
  3. interview "In the footsteps of subversives" by Anna Mundow, Boston Globe February 25, 2007.
  4. "Tim Dorsey". www.timdorsey.com.