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If there's anybody currently working hard at resuscitating the art of political incorrectness, it's Fitzhugh, first in Pest Control (LJ 3/1/97) and now in The Organ Grinders. Jerry Landis, the driving force behind the pharmaceutical concern Landaq, plots to use baboon organs to fill the demand for human hearts, lungs, and tissue. Aiding him is Arty, whose discovery of his own rapid-healing ability has led him (for a price) to the head of the organ donor line, leaving him at this point little more than a human stump in a motorized wheelchair. Pitted somewhat unevenly against them are Paul Symon and his wife, Georgette, the kind of people you always see at tables in supermarkets dutifully and ineffectively gathering signatures on petitions for good causes. These cartoonish players acting out their parts lead to some laugh-out-loud incidents that at times alarmingly mirror today's TV news. It all goes to prove that it's not easy for a satirist to stay on top of his game nowadays, when it's nearly impossible to separate fact from fiction. Suitable for most public libraries and apt to be fairly popular among audiences for uninhibited humor.?Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If Michael Crichton and Carl Hiaasen collaborated on a book about the organ transplant and genetic engineering industries, the result might look a lot like this very bizarre novel, so long as those two wildly successful authors didn't confuse their roles. Crichton's job would be to invent a plausible extrapolation of emerging discoveries and technologies and meld it into a thrilling tale of science run amok; Hiaasen would need to create a menagerie of bizarros, cretins, medical monsters, and heartless tycoons, as well as laugh-out-loud send-ups of the madness of modern life. Fortunately, it's not necessary to wait for Crichton and Hiaasen to embark on such a collaboration. Fitzhugh has already done it, and he's thrown in a likable protagonist to fend off the craziness and keep the science on track. It's not easy walking the tightrope between medical thrillers ala Crichton and absurdist black comedy in the Hiaasen mold, but Fitzhugh manages it smoothly. Expect fans of both styles to applaud his dexterity. Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Bill Fitzhugh is a great comedic satirical writer! Very tongue in cheek...Published 14 months ago by Kim
I admit, it has taken me longer to get into this book than I thought it would have. Having read Pest Control when it initially came out, I was really looking forward to some more... Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Listen to your Junkman,
This book arrived right on time, and in perfect condition. What more could I ask for?Published on March 16, 2010 by Jill Jacobs
Great book. The plot is textbook in terms of pacing, suspense and the intricate interweaving of numerous subplots. Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by 01001101 01100001 01110010 01101011
This was my first book by this author and WOW, what a great choice! It's fast paced, a great, funky story that definitely entertains. Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Lady Z
I enjoyed this book, and passed it on to my sister who then passed it on to her best friend. Way to go, Bill!Published on August 8, 2007 by Very
If you can stand warped, sick, and gross humor that is hysterically funny fiction, try some of his books. Incredible imagination and very easy reading. Read morePublished on January 13, 2007 by joanna
Bill Fitzhugh writes another surreal and funny adventure that one you start you won't be able to put down until the final page. Read morePublished on September 25, 2006 by Mr James N Simpson