Mermaid Confidential

Morrow. (Serge Storms, Bk. 25). Jan. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780062967534. $28.99. M
Serge Storms, Florida’s serial killer with a heart of gold, moves to Key West to try condo living with Coleman, his friend whose brain is permanently damaged from drug use. The Keys are the appropriate habitat for the wacky duo who enjoy their neighbors except for a vacationer who takes up permanent residence. Serge’s methods work to temporarily evict the man, until he takes revenge by calling the SWAT team on the neighborhood’s spaghetti and game nights. Serge also meets Julie Cootehill, a children’s hospice volunteer who lives in a mansion owned by a crime family and takes care of her own aged father and the crime family’s ailing kingpin. A gang war is about to break out in Key West, and a carload of bad actors is heading straight down Highway 1, with a map pointing to Julie’s father’s house. Serge’s new mission was to slow down and relax, but since his new friend Julie and her hospice charges have been targeted by an international gang, Serge can’t yet kick back into the Key West lifestyle.
VERDICT Fans of the lovable Serge will enjoy his latest zany Florida adventures in Dorsey’s 25th series installment, following Tropic of Stupid.
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