Tim Dorsey

Cindy Seip

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is a New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including Naked Came the Florida Man: A Novel, No Sunscreen for the Dead: A Novel, Pope of Palm Beach: A Novel, Clownfish Blues: A Novel, Coconut Cowboy: A Novel, and Florida Roadkill: A Novel. In Tropic of Stupid: A Novel (William Morrow), devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms, the book’s murderous, history-loving protagonist, decides to investigate his own using a DNA service advertised on late-night TV. Excited to construct his family tree, he’s ecstatic to discover he may be related to a notorious serial killer who’s terrorized the state for 20 years and never been caught. Which one of his newfound relatives will be the one to help him hunt down this deranged maniac? (And when will Serge realize that a dogged investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also hot on the trail?) Then our antihero meets a park ranger who’s also longing to make a family reconnection. But all is not as it appears on the surface, and Serge’s newfound friendship in the mysterious swamps of Florida may lead to deadly results. Publishers Weekly celebrated Dorsey’s touch “mixing the slapstick humor of the Three Stooges with Sunshine State details that would make a Florida history professor envious.”