Tim Dorsey is a Floridan author known for his series of 'comedic crime novels' mostly taking place in and around his home state. The novels follow the story of SociopathicHero (or AntiHero, depending on your view) Serge A. Storms, a history lover and incredibly inventive killer, along with his many companions.

List of Serge A. Storms novels:
* Florida Roadkill (1999)
* Hammerhead Ranch Motel (2000)
* Orange Crush (2001)
* Triggerfish Twist (2002)
* The Stingray Shuffle (2003)
* Cadillac Beach (2004)
* Torpedo Juice (2005)
* The Big Bamboo (2006)
* Hurricane Punch (2007)
* Atomic Lobster (2008)
* Nuclear Jellyfish (2009)
* Gator A-Go-Go (2010)
* Electric Barracuda (2011)
* When Elves Attack (2011)
* Pineapple Grenade (2012)
* The Riptide Ultra-Glide (2013)
* Tiger Shrimp Tango (2014)

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!!This book series contains examples of:

* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted with Johnny Vegas, the [[EmbarrassingNickname Accidental]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Virgin]].
* AntiVillain: Serge is a SerialKiller, and in some stories openly admits it. His good points are A) his victims tend to be [[JerkAss jerkasses]], B) his genuine love for his home state, and C) his determination to protect innocent lives.
* AnyoneCanDie: Warning: If ''you'' ever show up in one of Dorsey's novels, ''you will die''. Painfully, and in a highly imaginative manner.
* BerserkButton: Woe to any JerkAss who breaks or ruins a piece of Florida history while Serge is watching.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Nicole Davenport, but she still has her moments.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The Author's and Publication Notes at the end of each novel go into incredibly bizarre descriptions, and in one book Serge and Coleman try to sneak their way through the Author's Notes to avoid getting arrested in the novel proper.
* ButtMonkey: Johnny Vegas, every time.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: The characters do age between the stories. Serge is well into his late-40s after ''Hurricane Punch'', and recurring characters City and Country have gone from innocent college-age girls from their introduction to jaded 20something women in the more recent novels.
** The Davenport kids from ''Triggerfish Twist'' are in college by ''Gator A-Go-Go''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Most of the victims are assholes, but some don't seem to deserve death.
** Serge's victims tend to be greedy or rude, or worst of all in Serge's view [[BerserkButton vandalize some part of Florida's history or ecosystem]].
* DueToTheDead: The first sign of the Lt Governor's HeelFaceTurn in ''Orange Crush'' is that after returning from the Balkans (Where he was the only survivor of his squad), he makes a point of visiting the families of every single one of his squadmates before returning to Tallahassee.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Florida Roadkill'' only has two or three deaths caused by Serge; Serge, Coleman, and his associate Sharon are outwardly more villainous and less sympathetic than in later books; The focus of the story are two unrelated protagonists who get caught in the crossfire between Serge and the Mierda Cartel; and Serge seems a lot more interested in getting his money, offing people, and protecting himself than with the more public-centered goals of later books.
* FlockOfWolves:
** ''Hammerhead Ranch Motel'' has a scene with a drug ring staffed entirely by undercover agents of three different law enforcement agencies that try to bust each other at the same time.
** Another book featured a group of Cuban-Americans who try to come up with a plan to overthrow Castro. With the exception of a retired CIA agent, they all work for Cuban Intelligence, and everybody knows it.
* GeekyTurnOn: Serge and history. Especially Florida history. Whenever Serge is bedding a hot woman, he can't stop talking about whatever historic topic he's currently fixated on.
* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: Jim Davenport's job is to induce this. First he gets hired by companies to perform mass layoffs to make their stock go up. Then, when they realize that they can't meet their business commitments because they're critically understaffed due to unnecessary mass layoffs, they hire him as a headhunter, at which point he rehires all the people he had fired a few weeks earlier.
* HeelFaceTurn: The young [[StrawmanPolitical Republican Governor]] at the beginning of ''Orange Crush'' had been groomed since birth to become the next great (corrupt) conservative leader of the state. He's pretty much a spoiled rich brat even in his thirties. Events conspire to send him off to Central Europe during the Balkan civil wars where he bonds with poor-class troops and a [[SergeantRock badass sergeant]], who all die in a heavy engagement before the governor gets rescued. His [[HeroicBSOD shell-shock]] wakes him up and he tries to become a better governor, but events (and the political status quo) keep screwing him over...
* HiddenDepths: Coleman, considering his knowledge of fluid dynamics, advanced physics, college-level chemistry, and philosophy. Which he uses solely to get drunk and high.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Just about everyone ''except'' Serge, who uses no drugs whatsoever.
** Including his medications...
** Except in ''Gator-A-Go-Go'' where Serge accidentally ate a tray-full of Coleman's "herb-enhanced" brownies.
-->'''Serge''': Coleman! How... Do... I... Turn... This... Shit... OFF!...
* InspectorJavert: Detective Mahoney, a homicide cop assigned to the string of deaths that Serge leaves all across Florida. A parody of noir gumshoes, Mahoney can never get enough solid evidence to nail Serge for his murder spree [[spoiler:or in other circumstances because Serge helps stop an even worse criminal.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Serge. The police (and Mahoney) can barely keep up with him.
* KarmicDeath: Most of Serge's victims are killed in elaborate death traps that reflect the jerkass actions they committed to earn Serge's wrath.
** For example, a rude Hummer owner blasting out rap music from his car gets tied up within an empty skyscraper that Serge converts into the world's largest speaker... and then Serge [[BrownNote plugs in his guitar]]...
* KavorkaMan: Serge is described as reasonably attractive, but ''my god'' does he get the ladies.
** Supposedly his mental issues give him incredible charisma.
** And stamina.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Serge suffers it at the beginning of ''Orange Crush''. Even though he spends most of the novel thinking he's someone "sane", he still goes off on his occasional rampages whenever someone threatening his beloved state (and the reformed governor he's trying to get re-elected) shows up on his radar.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Mahoney and Serge are half brothers, something which was a surprise to both of them. Mahoney actually gives up the chase when he learns about this.]]
* MetaGuy: Serge's mental issues apparently make him able to perceive the fourth wall, and even break through it on occasion, such as the latter half of ''Pineapple Grenade''.
* NiceGuy: The guest protagonist(s) of any of the novels will usually be some innocent, hard-working, personally affable person or couple... getting dumped on by outside forces (usually greedy bosses or corrupt politicians). They'll be unflinchingly nice no matter what, to the point of being a MarySue.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Some of Serge's victims are loosely based on national and state-level celebrities, who tend to receive the appropriate KarmicDeath related to their terrible on-air personas.
** The political parody ''Orange Crush'' has cameos by RealLife political figures Lawton Chiles and Jimmy Carter, and {{Expy}} appearances of the Bush family, Katherine Harris, and other figures involved with the 2000 Election debacle.
* OnlyInFlorida: Dorsey, like [[DaveBarry certain]] [[Creator/CarlHiaasen other]] Floridian humorists, ''loves'' this trope.
* TheOtherDarrin: Coleman gets replaced by Lenny pretty early in the series when Dorsey [[spoiler:kills off Coleman by drug dealers after Serge's stolen insurance money.]] But Dorsey quickly regretted the move [[spoiler:and has Coleman return by explaining his death in the most contrived way possible.]] Lenny removes himself [[PutOnABus by getting arrested and placed under house arrest]], only showing up for later cameos.
* PunnyName
* RecurringCharacter: City and Country, two college girls fleeing [[WronglyAccused from a crime they didn't commit]]. Their massive drug consumption (the two women are [[UpToEleven worse than Coleman]]) is why - despite the great sex - Serge keeps dumping the pair on the side of the road first chance he gets.
** Also Johnny Vegas.
** And the E-Team.
** And the Davenports.
** Characters from an early book will cameo in the following story to provide some continuity.
* RubeGoldbergDevice: Most of Serge's murder devices.
* ShoutOut: Any movie or book based in Florida will get referenced by Serge.
* ShownTheirWork: Dorsey knows his Florida history, and a lot of what Serge talks about actually happened in the state.
** Some plots involve specific events that take place in Florida. In the first novel Serge and Coleman attend Game 7 of the 1997 WorldSeries. ''Orange Crush'' and ''Hurricane Punch'' followed real-life events like Election 2000 and the 2004 hurricane season that saw four major storms smash into Florida.
* ASimplePlan: Serge will have some harebrained scheme to either generate money, steal money, kill bad people, or promote the great state of Florida. Sometimes all four at once. They're really not planned out well. And yet, they work.
** Guest-starring villains of a particular novel have some scheme going on, only for Serge or the overall craziness of Florida itself ruining the scheme halfway through the novel.
** The innocent people who get wrapped up in Serge's plots or the bad guys' plans have a simple plan themselves: ''try to survive to the last page of the book.''
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: If there's a single woman major character, odds are she'll be frustrated by the jerks in her life... and meet up with either Serge who'll unleash her inner BadGirl, or with the NiceGuy character trying to survive Serge's latest scheme who will politely ask her out on a romantic date.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Serge and Coleman usually have no idea the size and scope of the schemes around them, but every book wind they wind up dismantling them as people try to figure out who they are.
* TheStoner: Coleman or Lenny, depending on the book.
** They meet in ''Gator a Go-Go'', and soon build the world's largest bong out of an aquarium. Then between books some Australians top that with a bong made out of a phone booth, so they reclaim their record by breaking into a university physics lab and making a bong out of a particle accelerator. This gets Coleman and Lenny the title of 'The Bong Brothers', and Coleman is regarded the ultimate dope guru, who other stoners go to for advice on all their drug-related problems (That is, problems with drugs, not problems caused by using drugs).
** A lot of other characters are heavy users, as well.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: How most of the visiting bad guys in a story overreact when their plans go awry. Subverted with Serge, who only kills those he feels deserve it. While his deathtraps are elaborate, they only target the intended victim. And even then, he gives the victim a way out, usually.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Serge and Coleman in the first book, where surprisingly they aren't really protagonists.
* TimeSkip: The series isn't written in chronological order. For example, the amnesia Serge suffered in ''Orange Crush'' wasn't explained until ''Stingray Shuffle'' which was published two novels later.
** And some novels will rely heavily on flashbacks.
* VillainProtagonist
* WriterOnBoard: Dorsey attended Auburn University. One of his villains is a former football player from the University of Alabama, Auburn's rival. Cue one ''very'' unsympathetic (and idiotic) villain.