Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Florida serial killer Serge A. Storms is still going strong, as shown by bestseller Dorsey's 18th entry in this brilliantly funny series (after 2014's Tiger Shrimp Tango). Accompanied by stoner friend Coleman, Stoner rockets around the state reveling in little known tidbits of Florida history, uncovering scams both blatantly obvious and stunningly subtle, and meting out inventive and inspired punishments to evil-doers. All of this is done with a razor sharp wit that skewers human foibles and follies illustrated by instantly recognizable character types. Big banks are engaging in mortgage fraud ("Florida has the highest foreclosure rate in the nation"), but the main human interest is with Brook Campanella, a newly minted lawyer and a former girlfriend of Serge's. Brook wages a losing war in the courtroom against powerful Consolidated Financial, until Serge appoints himself attorney for the plaintiff and makes a memorable courtroom appearance. Consolidated fights dirty, but that's Serge's specialty, and though the end result is obvious, the path Serge takes is not. Author tour. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Review by Kirkus Book Review
Florida's premier vigilante may have met his match. When Serge A. Storms (The Riptide Ultra-Glide, 2013, etc.) kidnaps lovely paralegal Brook Campanella, he ensnares himself in an attachment that makes Stockholm syndrome look like puppy love. But their ill-fated union is short-circuited just north of Key West by a massive manhunt triggered by two measly murders. The lovers part, united, although separated, in the common goal of becoming attorneys. Brook beats Serge to the punch by the simple expedient of actually attending law school, while her lover hones his legal skills by watching Legally Blonde and Cool Hand Luke. After she helps Hilda and Vernon Rockford save their home, which they bought with cash, from foreclosure by First American Bank, Brook is wooed by Shapiro, Heathcote-Mendacious and Blatt, one of the biggest firms in the Southeast. SHB assigns her second chair on Sheffield et al v. Consolidated Financial, a class action suit against a bank that "robosigned" thousands of mortgages, waited until the buyers were underwater, seized their properties and sold them for more than the original loan amounts. It's a tough case. The plaintiffs' two lead witnesses, Ruth Wozniak and Cooder Ratch, are just a bit cray cray. Brook's first chair, Shelby Lang, has little more trial experience than she does. And trial judge Kennesaw Montgomery Boone thinks Citizens United didn't go far enough in protecting corporations. Fortunately, Serge, who's just completed his tour of South Florida courthouses, is tan, rested and ready to give Brook all the help she needs, and then some. Once again, Serge proves that homicidal mania has its points as Dorsey takes aim at more massive villains than usual. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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