Tim Dorsey’s slapstick-noir novels about obsessive-compulsive serial killer Serge Storms are apt to offend those who believe that drug abuse and grisly murders are unfit subjects for humor. However, his fans find an abundance of chuckles and belly laughs in his best books including “The Big Bamboo” and “Hurricane Punch.”
The trouble with humor, however, that it has to be funny, and occasionally, Dorsey’s attempts fall flat. For the most part, “Mermaid Confidential” lacks the hilariously clever observations and satirical pokes at the weirdness of Florida that characterize his best his work.
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