Mark Kennedy (AP Entertainment Writer)
NEW YORK (AP) — Former police and court reporter, avid Florida history buff and genius serial killer Serge A. Storms has made a lasting mark as the author of a series of comedy novels starring him as a serial killer. Professor Tim Dorsey has passed away. . He was 62 years old.
Dorsey, who published 26 novels, died Sunday, said Daniel Bartlett, public relations director for William Morrow, a HarperCollins company. Details have not been disclosed.
Dorsey’s fans appreciated his wise observations and satire on Florida’s weirdness. He was part of a trio of former newspaper reporters from Florida, including Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen, who found a rich vein of absurdist humor in the state.
“It was a pleasure to work with Tim Dorsey. His quick wit and deep knowledge of Florida lore made his satirical crime plots as funny as they were timely. But his greatest gift was the endless joy and escape that Serge A. Storms brought to his readers on each page,” Emily Crump, Dorsey’s editor at William Morrow, said in a statement.
Dorsey’s Storms is a compulsive serial killer who, along with his drug-addled sidekick Coleman, devises brutal and inventive ways to murder Florida’s crooks and thugs, and of course… was.
Dorsey’s titles include “The Big Bamboo,” “Hurricane Punch,” “Nuclear Jellyfish,” “When Elves Attack,” “Pineapple Grenade,” “No Sunscreen for the Dead,” “Naked Came the Florida Man,” and ” The Tropic of Cancer, Mermaid Confidential, and The Maltese Iguana.
Storm drove around the state in his 1978 Firebird Trans Am and 1976 orange Gran Torino, filling Coleman with local history at each stop along the way. Coleman was unconscious most of the time. The author used the pair to investigate everything from the sordid world of Internet scams and scammers to the pill mills that distribute OxyContin.
The storm brought about death in clever ways, including using ostriches and exploding Mentos and Cuban cigars. He never used guns, preferring instead car airbags, Tabasco sauce, and even sandcastles.
There was usually a wise strain to ferment all this violence. After throwing an OxyContin dealer into a pond dive-bombed by a pelican in “Riptide His Ultra Glide,” Storms says: I just like arranging things. ”
“Dorsey’s novels tend to offend those who believe that drug abuse and gruesome murders are unsuitable subjects for humor, but his fans love his works such as “The Big Bamboo” and “Hurricane Punch.” “I find that the best books are full of laughs and belly laughs,” author Bruce DeSilva wrote in an op-ed for the Associated Press last year.
With Kurt Vonnegut as his literary hero, Dorsey explores the state’s untold history, bars and restaurants with unique characters, film and television locations, music history, funky motels, the space program, and sports. He enlivened his books with stories about his connections to heroes, flora and fauna, and unusual places. . He gave Storms all the wisdom he had learned.
“He has a childlike enthusiasm. He hasn’t lost what others have lost,” Dorsey told The Associated Press in 2007. It reminded me to rekindle that feeling.”
Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of one, and graduated from Auburn University in 1983. From 1983 until 1987, he served as a police and court reporter for the Alabama Journal.
He joined the Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter and copy desk editor for the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau. From 1994 to his 1999, he served as the Tribune’s Night Metro editor.
He is survived by his daughter, mother, sister and brother.
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