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February 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

The Tropic of Stupid: Lunch with Tim Dorsey and Colette Bancroft


February 12, 2021
12:00 pm

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

Lunch with Tim Dorsey

In conversation with Colette Bancroft

The Tropic of Stupid 

(William Morrow, $27.99)

Friday, February 12, 12 pm EST

LIVE via Crowdcast


Serge A. Storms embarks on a tour to meet his long-lost relatives in this latest madcap entry in the bestselling series from Florida’s “compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny” (Boston Globe) Tim Dorsey.

Devoted Floridaphile Serge Storms is a lover of history, so he’s decided to investigate his own using one of those DNA services from late-night TV. Excited to construct a family tree, he and Coleman hit the road to meet his kin. Along the way, he plans to introduce Coleman to the Sunshine State’s beautiful parks where he can brush up on his flora, fauna, and wildlife, and more importantly, collect the missing stamps for his park passport book.

But as the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far . . .  Serge is thrilled to discover he may be related to a notorious serial killer who’s terrorized the state for twenty years and never been caught. Which one of his newfound relatives will be the one to help him hunt down this deranged maniac? Serge doesn’t know that a dogged investigator from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is also hot on the trail.

Then Serge meets a park ranger who’s also longing to make a family re-connection. 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.

Finding his own relatives has made Serge understand the importance of family. Of course he’ll do anything to help . . .



About the Author:

Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of twenty-three other novels: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango, Shark Skin Suite, Coconut Cowboy, Clownfish Blues, The Pope of Palm Beach, No Sunscreen for the Dead, and Naked Came the Florida Man. He lives in Florida.


About the Moderator:

Colette Bancroft has been the book editor at the Tampa BayTimes since 2007. In addition to writing reviews and interviewingauthors, she directs the annual Tampa Bay Times Festival ofReading. She served two terms on the board of the NationalBook Critics Circle. Bancroft earned degrees in English from theUniversity of South Florida and the University of Florida, and she wishes shehad finished her dissertation on the novels of Raymond Chandler.