Bahamarama by Bob Morris
Having served two years in prison for a crime he did not commit, ex-Miami Dolphin Zack Chasteen hopes to reunite with his girlfriend in the Bahamas. When murder and kidnapping interrupt his trip, he turns to a police superintendent and a Taino mystic. Colorful locals and the narrator’s comic cynicism will appeal to Dorsey fans, and juicy plotlines make this a real page-turner.
Buck Fever by Ben Rehder
With deer season just around the corner, game warden John Marlin is busy answering poaching complaints, but the situation takes a deadly turn when a man in a deer suit is found shot at the Circle S Ranch. A corrupt sheriff, Colombian gangsters, and a pair of poachers propel the action with increasingly ridiculous schemes in this fast-paced comic thriller.
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Hiding a secret life as a serial killer while working as a murder analyst for the Miami police, Dexter Morgan is intrigued by the work of a new serial killer. His foster sister is a Miami Vice Squad cop working on the killings, so Dexter decides to help her solve the case. This is a gripping and offbeat novel, and Dexter is an appealingly articulate and ghoulish narrator.
Dead Silence by Randy Wayne White
In the most recent novel featuring Doc Ford—retired marine biologist and black-ops agent—Doc’s U.S. senator girlfriend is kidnapped during an assassination attempt outside the Explorers Club in New York City, and he sets out on a rescue mission in the Florida Keys. His frantic chase takes him to some very dark and desperate places.
Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife by Diane Roberts
The title says it all—a humorous history about life in the Sunshine State, told in memoir form. (Find it in the nonfiction section, 975.9 Rob.)
Money Wanders by Eric Dezenhall
An Atlantic City mobster is having trouble getting a casino license, so he hires a prominent Washington pollster (who turns out to be the enemy’s grandson) to beef up his public image. Sharply drawn characters, delightful dialogue, a compelling plot, and a nostalgic look at the Jersey shore make for a unique novel of crime and comedy.
The Naked Detective by Laurence Shames
Pete Amsterdam pretends to be a P.I. to get a tax deduction, and somehow he ends up with a cross-dressing client on the run from the mob. His reluctant adventures take Pete out of a midlife funk and into the arms of a blonde yoga teacher. The constant laughs and laid-back Key West tone are sure to impress.
Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen
Narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, former Florida state investigator Mick Stranahan wonders who wants him dead and finds suspects in a shaky plastic surgeon, a shady lawyer, and a sensational television host. Hiaasen’s cynical satire, wacky characters, and Florida settings make Skin Tight—and his other novels—must-reads for Serge Storms fanatics.
Stuff To Die For by Don Bruns
On their first job as self-employed movers, twenty-something James Lessor and Skip Moore discover a bloody finger wearing a class ring. Throw in the CIA, murderous thugs, Cubans with agendas, and Miami will never be the same. This engaging mystery with its goofy, loveable characters is a buddy novel reminiscent of the movie Dumb and Dumber.
Walking Money by James O. Born
State police officer Bill Tasker faces the toughest case of his career when he is framed for a crime involving more than a million dollars of stolen money, a corrupt FBI agent, and a murdered key witness. Born’s own law enforcement background lends authority not only to the plot but also to the dialogue, the edgy cop humor, and the glitzy-grotesque South Florida setting.
Also by Tim Dorsey:
In the fourth book of the series (but the first chronologically), Serge Storms moves to the suburbs—and likes it. His favorite neighbor is recent Tampa resident Jim Davenport, whose dreams of tropical paradise are shattered when he kills one of two recently released convicts and must contend with the other. Countless zany subplots and colorful characters populate this fun addition to the Serge Storms series.
Dorsey tackles Florida politics in this tale filled with black humor and absurdity. Incumbent Republican governor Marlon Conrad campaigns in an Orange Crush bus, ending his tour of Florida tourist attractions with a WWF tag-team match against his opponent. Serge Storms plays a more minor role here.
As professional thieves begin targeting trade show exhibitors who may not be what they seem, Serge Storms launches an Internet travel site to lure unsuspecting tourists to Florida, only to catch the attention of his nemesis, Agent Mahoney. Serge's instruments of vengeance include garden hoses, pigs, aerosol sprays, and lots of duct tape in this most recent adventure.