Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey
Genre: Humor, Suspense
Series: #3 in the Serge Storms series
Publisher: Harper Touch
Publication Date: 2001
The Short Version:
Tim Dorsey meets Florida politics and chaos ensues.
Why I Read It:
I have giggled my way through the first two of Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms books and it had been a while so this was a perfect book to pick up during January Long-Awaited Reads month.
From the publisher:
The Republicans’ “golden boy” — and a loyal, unquestioning tool of the powerful special interests — handsome, unthreatening, Florida governor-by-default Marlon Conrad seems a virtual shoo-in for re-election. That is, until he undergoes a radical personality shift during a bloody military action in the Balkans. Now it’s just three weeks before the election and Marlon is suddenly talking about “issues” and “reform” as he crosses the length and breadth of his home state with an amnesiac speechwriter and a chief of staff who turns catatonic in the presence of minorities. The governor’s new-found conscience might well cost him the election, though. And it appears that pretty much everybody from Tallahassee to Miami Beach is trying to kill him…
Tim Dorsey’s books aren’t for everyone and even for me I have to be in the right mood for the complete chaos and zaniness that is his signature. It’s so far over the top that it’s on and over the next top, but the ride is just fun.
I think reading this post election season was perfect because political gamesmanship that we’re all so sick of gets thoroughly skewered in this farce. From the “Florida Governer’s Race sponsored by Outback Steak House” to the ‘forget the debte lets have a WWF style wrestling match” it’s completely unbelievable but fun anyway.
When the raised to be Governor Marlon suddenly begins doing the unthinkable and telling the truth his advisors (including his father) just aren’t sure what to do. He shrugs off the security detail borrowed from the Rolling Stones and takes off across the state in rented Winnebago with an evolving entourage of loonies including Serge Storms as readers haven’t seen him before. It’s still the Serge who has the encyclopedic knowledge of Florida history but he’s just not quite the same.
It’s also the first book I ever read where the “note on the type” cracked me up
For people who have read other Serge Storms books, this one is fun because Serge is the normal one here. For folks who haven’t read any of Tim Dorsey’s books this is probably not a good place to start. I’d recommend picking up Florida Roadkill first.
I’m counting this one for the “Something you’d find in your kitchen” (an orange) category for the What’s in a Name Challenge.