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February 11, 2014

Book review: 'Tiger Shrimp Tango'

It sounded too good to be true.

Earn money at home, no investment required. Free for a limited time. No purchase necessary. And what’s your bank account number?

You’re a trusting soul, but you’re also getting good at spotting scams. Read the new novel “Tiger Shrimp Tango” by Tim Dorsey, though, and you’d still better keep your eyes open.

For recent college grad Courtney Styles, Miami was a great place to be.

Yes, she was jobless. But she was living in a fabulous beach house on loan from a rich uncle, and Miami was the perfect place to man-hunt. In fact, while she was pretending to window-shop for a yacht she’d never afford, a French-accented, obviously mega-wealthy hottie struck up a conversation and invited her to lunch at one of those ridiculously trendy spot-of-the-moment restaurants.

Courtney thought her luck had improved, until the man split without paying the check – which was considerably bigger than the meal she’d eaten. Worse, by the time she got back to the beach house, everything in it was gone.

Stolen.

Serge Storms was convinced that there was a way to unite America. He had a plan - but first, he’d made the decision to return to private investigating. Partnering with his old friend, Mahoney, who’d made somewhat of a name for himself by recovering stolen money on behalf of scam victims, was a good way to start. Ever since a ring of criminals began swindling wealthy South Floridians and getting away with big bucks, Mahoney’s phone had been jangling nonstop.

Hoping that he could help Mahoney by (not-so)-gently pressuring the thieves to give up their life of crime, Serge headed for Miami in a 1978 Trans Am. Riding shotgun was his sidekick, Coleman. And somewhere along State Road 60, on their way south, Serge sketched out his not-quite-detailed plan.

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