News Release

For immediate release - February 13, 2013

Tim Dorsey, Welcome to Paradise! The Riptide Ultra-Glide

Lake County Library System is honored to present nationally best-selling author Tim Dorsey, on his national tour for the latest installment in the adventures of Serge Storms. Tim will appear Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Leesburg Public Library and again on Thursday, March 7th, at 2 p.m. in the W.T. Bland Public Library

Freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall are going to sunny Florida for a modest romantic vacation. But the motel they picked isn't quite a pastel paradise, and they have to be midwesterners and make the best of a bad situation. Except bad goes to worse, and a string of misfortunes renders them unable to leave the state.

Meanwhile, the next Mexican-American War is being fought, this time in Fort Lauderdale, between the Kentucky mafia and the Oxy cartel over control of the lucrative pain clinic market. Latinos are turning up dead, hillbillies are wandering the beach trampling sand castles, and cops continue arresting doctors wriggling out of office windows.

But it's never really a party until Serge and Coleman arrive. Cruising down U.S. 1, Captain Florida and his perpetually altered sidekick are on a mission to film the best reality show ever!

Back at their motel, the McDougalls are peeking out the curtains. They've become very popular, especially with Serge, who believes he's found the perfect stars for the pilot of his new TV series.
Are the McDougalls safer with Serge or should they take their chances on the mean streets? Will Coleman get tired of signing autographs? Can pelicans be used as murder weapons? Is time running out for our heroes? And, finally, the question still on everyone's lips: What's up with Florida? Stay tuned for all the answers in . . . The Riptide Ultra-Glide!

Tim Dorsey was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune as a general assignment reporter and also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.

Tim has since published fifteen novels in several languages: 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 and Pineapple Grenade. Don't miss these chances, Serge with be looking for you!

The events are free sponsored in part by the Friends of the Leesburg Library and Mount Dora Library Association. For additional information call 352-253-6167.  The 10th annual BookFest begins Monday, March 11th.  Please check the schedule of events on the Lake County Library System website at



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Judy Buckland
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