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Hammerhead Ranch Motel

There's a different schemer or slimeball behind every door: cocaine duckpins who have survived only by the dumbest fortune, hard-luck gigolos desperate to score, undercover cops busting undercover cops who are running sting operations on undercover cops. And just down the row, local historian and spree killer Serge A. Storms -- who has stopped keeping up with his meds -- is still looking for a briefcase stuffed with five million dollars...and is now capable of wreaking more havoc than hurricane Rolando-berto, the big wind gathering force offshore, just waiting for the opportunity to blow everything straight to hell.Pack up your bags and head south to sunny Florida. Leave your rational mind at home and come well armed. There's a room with your number on it at the Hammerhead Ranch Motel.
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Surge A. Stormes, a psychotic spree killer first introduced in Florida Roadkill (LJ 6/15/99), is back again, still tracking the $5 million in laundered drug money that took him on his first adventure. With his new sidekick, Lenny Lippowicz, a writer known for yellow journalism, Surge traces the money to the owner of the Hammerhead Ranch Motel in Tampa, where he settles in, waiting for the perfect opportunity to claim what he thinks is rightfully his. Off his medication and on a roll, Surge parties freely with local eccentrics, each with a personal agenda ranging from drug addiction to murder, as a hurricane builds force in the Gulf and takes deadly aim at the Tampa area. Twenty ruthless players together in a motel bar as a hurricane rages outside can only lead to an explosive climax. Fans of Florida Roadkill will certainly want this book. Meanwhile, readers take note: Surge is still out there, without the cool five million. Does this presage a second sequel?DThomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

HWith this followup to Florida Roadkill, Dorsey places himself in the ranks of Laurence Shames and Carl Hiassen as a writer of hilarious, violent farces set in Florida. A loopy energy fills this A-ticket trip among the bridges, sailboats, seedy dives, dysfunctional families and drug deals of Tampa Bay. In the prologue alone, a college student falls through the glass dome of the Florida Aquarium; aged but feisty Mrs. Edna Ploomfield fights a gun battle with a shotgun-toting drug dealer; coitally challenged playboy Johnny Vegas has his Porsche flattened by a truck; and a man in a Santa Claus suit torches a car on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge before jumping into the sea. Later, we meet Lenny, inveterate pothead and sometime 'gator wrestler, whose exploits turn up in the Weekly Mail of the News World; Alabama-bred blonde Ingrid Praline, whose "giant Lolita package gave men hemorrhagic fever"; panicky pilot Bananas Foster; and many more zany characters. After Dorsey introduces a white Chrysler and a metal briefcase with $5 million in it, fans will not be surprised when demented killer Serge A. Storm of Florida Roadkill shows up, kicking off a long parade of crazies, most of whom end up in the motel of the title during a hurricane (and a VCR viewing of Key Largo) in the novel's wild finale. Until then, joke follows joke like a 50-car pileup, in a plot that can feel like a game of 52-pickup; it's as if Dorsey chopped up his narrative into one- and two-page segments, threw them on the floor and published them in the resulting nonorder. The story loops backwards and forward in time: halfway through the book, for example, come the scenes that set up the wild prologue. But Dorsey's temporal convolutions do not impede momentum: instead, they encourage readers to hang on for the ride. And a delightfully giddy ride it is, ending with the promise of more craziness to come. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Scathingly funny...An updated verson of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World, " told by an author who apparently learned his literary skills from Hunter S. Thompson."-- "Rocky Mountain News""Some of the most wacky villians and situations since Hiaasen stuck a plastic alligator down a stranger's throat and called it "Tourist Season.""-- "Chicago Tribune""Close on the hyperactive heels of last year's "Florida Roadkill," Tampa writer Tim Dorsey has unleashed an equally blistering sequel."-- "Florida Today""With this follow-up to "Florida Roadkill," Dorsey places himself in the ranks of Laurence Shames and Carl Hiassen as a writer of hilarious, violent farces set in Florida...And a delightfully giddy ride it is, ending with the promise of more craziness to come." -- "Publishers Weekly""It would be easy to lump the 39-year old Dorsey with other authors of Florida sub-genre fiction. Where Dorsey differs from writers such as Carl Hiassen, James Hall and Elmore Leonard is the extent to which Dorsey twists the knife, ever aiming for maximum bloodletting. Those guys fire bullets. Dorsey makes sure his gun is filled with hollow-point."-- "Sarasota Herald-Tribune""Another raucous roadshow in the spirit of "Florida Roadkill.""-- "New York Times Book Review""In "Hammerhead Ranch Motel," Dorsey frequently...exhibits both a prodigious talent for dialogue and a delightful sense of the absurd."-- "St. Petersburg Times"""Hammerhead Ranch Motel" is Dorsey's follow-up to his hilarious debut, "Florida Roadkill." It's sweet relief to discover that Dorsey can keep up with himself. God knows nobody else can."-- "Miami Herald""Dorsey imbues "Hammerhead Ranch Motel" with the same wry humor, outlandish charactersand raw-edged situations that were the driving force of his 1999 debut novel, "Florida Roadkill.""-- "Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel""Dorsey...is back with a sequel that continues and amplifies the manic energy, wild characters, and outrageous situations of the original."-- "Booklist""Dorsey hit the ball out of the park with his debut novel, "Florida Roadkill." Now he has encored with the equally wild, wicked and wonderful "Hammerhead Ranch Motel.""-- "Boca Raton News"""Hammerhead Ranch Motel" is violent, vulgar, hysterically funny, and filled with wonderful, unique characters..."-- BookPage.com

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