GATOR A-GO-GO by Tim Dorsey (2010 William Morrow / 336 pp. / hc)
Dorsey's 12th novel (and the first I've read from him) is basically a Carl Hiassen-ish yarn set within an 80s "Spring Break" type of film, and regardless if the reader loves or hates it, one thing can't be argued: GATOR A-GO-GO is wickedly funny (and surprisingly violent).
Serge and his side-kick Coleman are enjoying spring break festivities in Panama City Beach when Serge follows a sign for free pancakes. As he swtuff his face, a group of church youths attempt to convert him, but they end up following succumbing to his wisdom and follow him on an adventure none of them would ever had expected. Before long Serge and Coleman also find themselves protecting college student Andy from a ruthless gang who (for some reason) are out to kill him. Double and triple crosses abound as both the Feds and a drug gang close in; our beer-guzzling, bong-toking duo (along with their new posse) manage to (unknowlingly) escape the clutches of both until a final showdown at Fort Lauderdale.
GATOR is packed with several hysterical antics (a couple of scenes involving a bungee-bubble ride are a riot) and some extreme partying even Jeff Spicoli would be impressed with (all the more funny as Coleman and Serge--out of place age-wise among the much younger college kids--are the ring leaders).
From it's rib-tickling opening line until it's satisfying conclusion, GATOR A-GO-GO is a real blast that brought me back to the teenage T&A comedies I grew up on during the 80s. I'm looking forward to reading more from Dorsey.