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Title:
Shark skin suite
Author:
Dorsey, Tim, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, 2015.
Physical Description:
322 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Serge Storms takes work as a freelance fixer in the style of his favorite legal movies before coming to the aid of a former flame who is being targeted by greedy bankers.

When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer - wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malice were filmed practically in his own backyard. One of Serge's old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they'll go to extreme lengths to do it.Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island's raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and no one, including Serge, will ever be the same. --
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780062240019
Format :
Book

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Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State's favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he's going to make a killing as a crusading attorney--and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen--in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey.

When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer--wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malice were filmed practically in his own backyard.

One of Serge's old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they'll go to extreme lengths to do it.

Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island's raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and no one, including Serge, will ever be the same.


Author Notes

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana in 1961. He received a B.S. in transportation from Auburn University in 1983. From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune's night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to become a full time writer. He is the author of the Serge Storms series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Spree-killer and Florida native son Serge Storms watches a cable TV marathon of films about lawyers in Florida and decides to become a legal crusader. His new fixation has him careening around the state, mostly to see courthouses used as locations in the films; but it also draws him into the toxic and sometimes felonious Florida foreclosure epidemic that continues to ravage innocents and enrich banks, lawyers, and loan-modification scammers. In 17 previous books, Serge has meted out his own hilarious brand of justice to the rich and self-important while Dorsey illuminates and satirizes Florida's many, many oddities. But Florida's foreclosure disaster may be a bridge too far. Dorsey gets fairly deep into the swamp of legal predation. Long courtroom scenes even seem to dull the author's gift for imaginative mayhem. Serge using a tire iron on an extortionist held in the trunk of his car? Here's hoping Serge's next outing will focus on something more bizarrely and uniquely Floridian.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2015 Booklist


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.


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