Book Review - Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey
What can you say to describe a Tim Dorsey novel? As with all the other Serge novels, Nuclear Jellyfish is a bizarre, crazy, frenetic dash through Florida history, crime, and culture.
Serge has a new career running his own online travel site. Of course, what Serge looks for in terms of quality travel destinations wouldn't necessarily fit with anyone else's ideas (unless you're obsessed with Elvis). His search for new material has him running down the coast of Florida, meeting coin dealers, diamond couriers, diamond thieves, and other assorted characters that you'll only encounter in Dorsey's version of Florida. Mahoney, the detective trying to bring Serge in for just about every crime you can imagine, is hot on his trail. But compared to everyone else who wants a piece of him, that's the least of Serge's problems. "Eel" (aka Jellyfish) wants him dead in a rather gruesome fashion, but getting Serge pinned down in one location is far from easy...
If you've read a Dorsey/Serge novel before, you know exactly what you're in for. If you haven't, words are hard to find to describe the craziness that takes place. As warped as it sounds, I think I most enjoy seeing the "unique" ways that Serge dishes out justice to those who deserve it. Death by garden soaker hose was different, as well as timed releases of expanding insulation foam. Add in all the unique Florida trivia you pick up along the way (Lynyrd Skynyrd, anyone?), and you have a niche that only Dorsey can occupy. Nuclear Jellyfish is yet another fun ride in the sun-soaked state of Florida, and now I can only wait until the next installment comes out.