Tim Dorsey Books

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Tim Dorsey is American bestselling novelist. He was born in Indiana, relocated to Florida at the age of one year and spent his childhood in Riviera Beach, a small town in Palm Beach County. Dorsey went to Bishop Guertin High School after graduating in 1979; he joined Auburn University where started editing student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman. He graduated with a degree in Transportation in 1983. After his graduation, he relocated to Montgomery, Alabama where he worked for as a police reporter for the local newspaper and later relocated to Tampa, Florida and wrote for The Tampa Tribune. He resigned from The Tampa Tribune in 1999 and began writing full time.

Order of Serge A. Storms Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Florida Roadkill 1999 Description / Buy
2 Hammerhead Ranch Motel 2000 Description / Buy
3 Orange Crush 2001 Description / Buy
4 Triggerfish Twist 2002 Description / Buy
5 The Stingray Shuffle 2003 Description / Buy
6 Cadillac Beach 2004 Description / Buy
7 Torpedo Juice 2005 Description / Buy
8 The Big Bamboo 2006 Description / Buy
9 Hurricane Punch 2007 Description / Buy
10 Atomic Lobster 2008 Description / Buy
11 Nuclear Jellyfish 2009 Description / Buy
12 Gator A-Go-Go 2010 Description / Buy
13 Electric Barracuda 2011 Description / Buy
14 When Elves Attack 2011 Description / Buy
15 Pineapple Grenade 2012 Description / Buy
16 The Riptide Ultra-Glide 2013 Description / Buy
17 Tropical Warning (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
18 Tiger Shrimp Tango 2014 Description / Buy
19 Shark Skin Suite 2015 Description / Buy
20 Coconut Cowboy 2016 Description / Buy
21 Clownfish Blues 2017 Description / Buy
22 The Pope of Palm Beach 2018 Description / Buy
23 No Sunscreen for the Dead 2019 Description / Buy
24 Naked Came the Florida Man 2020 Description / Buy
25 Tropic of Stupid 2021 Description / Buy
26 Mermaid Confidential 2022 Description / Buy
27 The Maltese Iguana 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Tim Dorsey Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Squall Lines (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy

Tim Dorsey Anthologies

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1 Tampa Bay Noir 2020 Description / Buy
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The author’s first book is Florida Roadkill which was published in 1999. Other novels include Hammerhead Ranch Motel (2000), Orange Crush (2001), Triggerfish Twist (2002) among many others.


Clownfish Blues and Coconut Cowboy were featured in 2017 Booklist, and 2015 Publishers Weekly starred reviews respectively. Nuclear Jellyfish, won the 2009 Florida Book Award for Popular Fiction category. Shark Skin Suite was featured in 2015 Audio File & 2015 Publishers Weekly starred reviews respectively.


A television series based on Tim Dorsey books is in development with Sonar Entertainment. The series name title will be Florida Roadkill.


These are two best books by Tim Dorsey, Florida Roadkill, and Hammerhead Ranch Motel.

Florida Road Kill: Meet Serge A. Storms who enjoys eliminating jerks and pests and his partner Coleman who loves watching cartoons. Then there is the Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes who loves cocaine and more so when purchased using dead men money.

On the other hand, there is David and Sean who love fishing and are also kind to animals- and who are about to come across a suitcase with million dollars of stolen insurance money. Serge desperately wants the briefcase, and so is Sharon, while Coleman wants more drugs and the suitcase as well. Meanwhile, there is murder by gun, Barbie doll, Space Shuttle and Levi’s 501s. Otherwise, welcome to Tim Dorsey Florida where no one comes out untanned and unscathed.

The first novel in Serge Storms series is an interesting read; this is precisely the Florida that Hiaasen and Dave Berry warned us about, with a cast of colorful and exciting characters most of which are criminals and engaging in the reckless and violent behavior. Corrupt retirement community manager, black widow, trio of killers, bikers, an alcoholic orthodontist are some of the people who collide when the five million dollars and some random even get everyone moving in the same direction.

The main protagonists are some couple of friends who are out on vacation and who just want to have some little fishing and watch the Florida Marlins win. Serge Storms is an interesting character; he is unique, you can say that he is a hybrid of Hannibal Lector, Hunter S. Thompson, and MacGyver. Even though he regularly suffers from a series of mental disorders such as OCD and ADD, he demonstrates the deep love of Florida culture and history. Sometimes his moral balance is a bit off center, he sometimes comes up with some illegal money making schemes, and he has no problem with killing people whom behavior seems unacceptable. His techniques of dealing with the people are often elaborate and bizarre. In summary, he is dark and twisted and utterly fantastic.

Hammerhead Ranch Motel: Hammerhead Ranch Motel is the second book in Serge Storms series. The novel picks off from where the first book in the series Florida Roadkill left off.

There is a distinct slimeball or schemer behind every locked door; there cocaine addicts who have survived, a hard luck escort who is desperate to score, an undercover agent who is busting other secret agents who are working against the undercover cops. Moreover, just down the line, there is the local historian and a natural killer Serge A. Storms- who has stopped taking his medications and is still in search of the briefcase with 5 million dollars. Now he is capable of causing more havoc even than the tornado Rolando berto, the big and strong wing gathering its force offshore and just waiting for the perfect moment to gust everything directly to hell.

Pack up you summer gear and head down to hot Florida, leave your logical mind and come heavily armed. There is one more empty room space with your details on it at Hammerhead Ranch Motel.

When Does The Next Tim Dorsey book come out?

Tim Dorsey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Maltese Iguana and was released on February, 28th 2023. It is the newest book in the Serge A. Storms Series.


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