Tim Dorsey (born 1961) is an American novelist. His writing style is frequently compared to those of Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who both had cameo appearances in his first book, Florida Roadkill). Dorsey's books are crime capers in the Florida style pioneered by John D. MacDonald.
Dorsey was born in Indiana but moved to Florida at an early age. He grew up in Riviera Beach, a small town in Palm Beach County just north of West Palm Beach. Dorsey graduated from Bishop Guertin High School, located in Nashua N.H, in 1979.
He attended Auburn University, where he became the editor of The Auburn Plainsman, the student newspaper. Dorsey graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor's degree in Transportation. After graduation, he moved to Montgomery, Alabama, and served as a police reporter for a local newspaper. In 1987, Dorsey relocated to Tampa, Florida, and became a reporter for The Tampa Tribune. Until he resigned from the paper in 1999 to write full-time, he worked variously as political reporter, correspondent in the Tribune's Tallahassee bureau, copy desk editor, and, finally, night metro editor and news coordinator.
Currently, Dorsey lives in Tampa with his wife and two daughters. He is a Boston Red Sox fan due to his mother and the nuns and brothers from Bishop Guertin High School he attended as a child being from New Hampshire. He is also a Tampa Bay Rays fan from living in the same city.
All of Dorsey's novels feature Serge Storms as the primary character. The character has several coexisting mental illnesses that render him obsessive, psychopathic, schizophrenic, and frequently homicidal, but Storms serves as the anti-hero in Dorsey's works due to his strong sense of moral absolutism and justice. Serge is quite intelligent, and frequently devises wildly inventive ways of condemning villains (or at least who he perceives as such) to death. His co-pilot in his adventures is an individual known as Coleman who is the exact opposite of Serge. Whereas Serge is high-strung and straight-edge, Coleman is a drug user who goes to extreme lengths to maintain his buzz.
Novels by Tim Dorsey
- Florida Roadkill (1999), ISBN 978-0-06-113922-2
- Hammerhead Ranch Motel (2000), ISBN 978-0-380-73234-0
- Orange Crush (2001), ISBN 978-0-06-103154-0
- Triggerfish Twist (2002), ISBN 978-0-06-103155-7
- The Stingray Shuffle (2003), ISBN 978-0-06-055693-8
- Cadillac Beach (2004), ISBN 978-0-06-055694-5
- Torpedo Juice (2005), ISBN 978-0-06-058561-7
- The Big Bamboo (2006), ISBN 978-0-06-058563-1
- Hurricane Punch (2007), ISBN 978-0-06-082967-4
- Atomic Lobster (2008), ISBN 978-0-06-082969-8
- Nuclear Jellyfish (2009), ISBN 978-0-06-143266-8
- Gator A-Go-Go (2010), ISBN 978-0-06-143271-2
- Florida Roadkill: A Survival Guide (2010)
- Electric Barracuda (2011), ISBN 978-0-06-187689-9
- When Elves Attack (2011). ISBN 978-0-06-209284-7
- Pineapple Grenade (2012), ISBN 978-0-06-187690-5
- Squall Lines: Selected articles & essays (2012), ISBN 978-1-47-925806-2
- The Riptide Ultra-Glide (2013), ISBN 978-0-06-209278-6
- Tiger Shrimp Tango (January 28, 2014), ISBN 978-0-06-209281-6
- interview "In the footsteps of subversives" by Anna Mundow, Boston Globe February 25, 2007.