Title: Orange Crush
Author: Tim Dorsey
First published July 3, 2001
354 pages, Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780061031540 (ISBN10: 0061031542)
Meet Marlon Conrad, the Republican darling of Florida. He’s a puppet of the special interests who’s always done their bidding without question.
But everything changes when he experiences a transformation during a military mission in the Balkans. With just three weeks to go before the election, Marlon has turned into a new man.
He’s suddenly concerned about “issues” and “reform,” and he’s touring the state with a speechwriter who has amnesia and a chief of staff who freezes in the presence of minorities. Marlon’s dramatic change of heart may cost him the election, and he’s not making any friends along the way.
From Tallahassee to Miami Beach, everyone seems to want him dead.
About the Author
Tim Dorsey, an Indiana native, has spent most of his life in Florida, growing up in the small town of Riviera Beach, located an hour north of Miami. In 1983, he graduated from Auburn University, where he served as the editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.
After graduation, he worked as a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal in Montgomery from 1983 to 1987. In 1987, he joined The Tampa Tribune as a general assignment reporter and later worked in their Tallahassee bureau as a political reporter and copy desk editor.
He also served as the night metro editor from 1994 to 1999 before leaving the paper in 1999 to pursue full-time writing.
Tim Dorsey’s Orange Crush is a fascinating thriller that combines dark humor with a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The book, first published on July 3, 2001, is a work of fiction that explores the life of Serge A.
Storms, a mentally unstable character, addicted to the taste of sweet oranges. Dorsey’s writing style is both engaging and descriptive.
He paints a picture of Florida and its vibrant environment in a way that transports you to the place. The book is set in Florida’s Gold Coast, where Serge, joined by his sidekick Coleman, embarks on a killing spree that takes them through Florida’s beaches and nightlife.
The plot is intriguing, centering on Serge’s obsession with the perfect orange and his belief in protecting Florida’s historic landmarks. The book features a cast of colorful characters who are beautifully developed, with their personalities and motives well-explained.
We see Serge in a different light, a deeply flawed person, but one who is convinced that he is doing good for himself and his community. Dorsey brilliantly imbues the book with cultural significance by highlighting the challenges of gentrification and big business as they threaten to destroy the history and traditions of a community.
Through the book’s themes, we see the conflict between the old and the new, a struggle that is relevant today. This element adds depth and meaning to the story, making it more than just a thrilling read.
Orange Crush is a fast-paced book with a well-thought-out plot that keeps you guessing until the end. The action-packed scenes and witty one-liners make it a humorous, entertaining read.
Dorsey’s storytelling is impressive, and he manages to create a world that is both intriguing and terrifying. One of the book’s flaws is that the story can be too dark and violent at times.
Some of the scenes may be too graphic for some readers, making it unsuitable for those who are not fans of thrillers. Also, the book’s pacing may be too slow at some points, which can be frustrating for readers who prefer a faster pace.
Overall, Orange Crush is a well-written novel that will appeal to fans of mystery and crime genre. The book’s cultural significance and deep themes make it a thought-provoking read that will leave you thinking long after you’ve closed its pages.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading thrillers and appreciates good writing. My overall rating for the book is 4 out of 5 stars.