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Hammerhead Ranch Motel is a novel by Tim Dorsey published in It continues the story, started in Florida Omtelof blithe psychopath Serge A. Storms and his pursuit of five million dollars in cash hidden in the trunk of a car.

The book is non-linear, with some scenes occurring at the same time chronologically but told out of order with later scenes. One set of characters is a group of commissioners from Bern, Switzerlandlured to Tampa as part of the city’s real-life and historically unsuccessful bid to host the Summer Olympic Rsnch.

Like the previous novelHammerhead Ranch Motel begins in media reswith two murders and one apparent suicidethe events leading up to which are eventually explored in the remainder of the novel. Later, he checks into the Hammerhead Ranch Motel in Tampa Bay to lay low, but his car is stolen by a trio of car thieves.

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The Motel’s owner is a gangster named Zargoza who legally changed his name from Harvey Fiddlebottom. Over the next few days, the briefcase changes hands several times, from the car thieves to the petty criminals who overheard the thieves bragging about finding it, to a pair of hapless college students hired by the thieves to drive their car across the state, to Zargoza’s sometime-partners, the reckless Diaz Boys, and finally Zargoza himself.


Several of these ranhc are tracked down and killed, either by Serge or the Diaz Boys, but only Serge follows the trail hsmmerhead Zargoza.

After determining that the briefcase is no longer in the trunk of the car, Serge drives it to the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridgetorches it with a Molotov cocktailthen leaps from the bridge with a parachute and dressed in a Santa Claus outfit the act mistakenly seen as a suicide rancy the prologue. On the same night, one of the college students plunges to his death after being interrogated by the Diaz Boys, onto the glass roof of the Florida Aquarium.

The gruesome nature of the recent deaths drives Zargoza nearly insane from paranoiaand he changes the hiding place of the briefcase several times. Deciding that a more subtle approach is required with Zargoza, Serge partners with a Don Johnson -impersonator named Lenny Lipowicz, who owns a real moon rock from a s space mission.

The two befriend Zargoza and the trio spend several weeks touring Florida tourist attractions, with Serge waiting for Zargoza to let slip where the briefcase is.

Three subplots intersect with the main story and lead up to the novel’s climax:. When the hurricane unexpectedly changes direction and makes landfall at Tampa, all the characters are trapped inside the Hammerhead Ranch Motel. Zargoza’s “fall guy”, a washed-up rock musician named C.

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Flag, believing that he’s about to be arrested for his complicity in Zargoza’s crimes, takes a young boy hostage, but Art saves the boy and Flag is disabled when Jethro, whose participation in “The Flying Hemingway”‘s skydiving stunt left him stranded in a tree, crashes through the Motel’s roof and lands on him.

Both Flag and the local community’s xenophobic mayor, Malcolm Kefauver, are blown out to sea by the hurricane. Serge and Zargoza finally confront each other over the money, but Country protects Serge by shooting Zargoza, who dies before Serge can convince him to confess where the money is hidden. Art learns the truth from Paul and is befriended by the attractive single mother of the boy whose life he saved.


Watching the post-hurricane news, Serge sees the briefcase in the possession of Paul, leaving Tampa with Jethro, who happened to witness from his tree perch Zargoza hiding the briefcase for the last time. Serge frees Lenny from a local chain gang and, with City and Country in tow, takes off after the money once again. Several of Dorsey’s novels features one or more failed attempts by his recurring character, Johnny Vegasto finally lose his virginity.

In this novel, Johnny has traded in the Cigarette boat he was using in Florida Roadkilland instead trolls for available women in a Porsche convertible. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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