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Pest Control Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2005
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Two of his novels, Pest Control and Cross Dressing have been in development at Warner Brothers and Universal Studios respectively for nearly a decade. Imagine how good they'll be when they're done. Cross Dressing was nominated for the Barry Award as well as the Salt Lake County Library System's Reader's Choice Award and it won the 2002 Best Fiction award from the Mississippi Library Association.
Pest Control was one of Amazon's Top 50 Mysteries in 1997.
The Organ Grinders, which the Washington Post Book Review called, 'A laugh out loud read [and] an awe-inspiring feat' is a tender exploration of the feasibility and genetic implications of human gonad transplants, among other things. As Booklist pointed out, 'It's not easy walking the tightrope between medical thrillers a la Crichton and absurdist black comedy in the Hiaasen mold, but Fitzhugh manages it smoothly.'
One of Bill's proudest moments was when the brilliant and hysterically funny Molly Ivins wrote in one of her columns, 'Bill Fitzhugh is a seriously funny guy...The Organ Grinders is hilarious, but it can also make you gasp with horror... and the humor is completely off-the-wall.'
Reviewing his award winning novel, Fender Benders, The New York Times said, 'Fitzhugh is a strange and deadly amalgam of screenwriter and comic novelist and his facility and wit, and his taste for the perverse, put him in a league with Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.' Fender Benders won The Lefty Award for best humorous novel of 2001. Kinky Friedman himself said Fender Benders is 'Wickedly, irredeemable funny [and] wise beyond words and music. Fitzhugh has nailed the truest depiction of Nashville since Hank went to Jesus."
Fitzhugh's fifth novel was the political satire, Heart Seizure. Former Texas governor Ann Richards said 'Fitzhugh can spin a story and skewer a politician better than just about anyone I know.' As if that wasn't enough, the good folks at the Sunday Oklahoman called it, 'A wickedly outrageous satire that takes on the federal government, the media, and today's health care system with precise and scathing wit.'
Radio Activity, the first of a comic mystery series featuring classic rock deejay Rick Shannon, was published in April 2004. Jill Conner Browne, the Boss Sweet Potato Queen herownself said, 'Bill Fitzhugh is the only mystery writer I ever really loved.'
The second novel in this series, Highway 61 Resurfaced, was published in April 2005. Unable to control himself after reading it, Carl Hiaasen said, 'Bill Fitzhugh is a deeply disturbed individual who uses his warped talents to write very funny novels, the latest being Highway 61 Resurfaced. You will seriously dig this book if you like classic rock, Southern blues, clever mysteries and cats with loathsome sinus infections.'
The Exterminators, the long-awaited sequel to Pest Control was published by Poisoned Pen Press in 2012, along with a reissue of Pest Control. Carl Hiaasen calls it "Wild and clever fun."
Fitzhugh, whose books have been translated into German, Japanese, and Italian, Spanish, and Romanian lives in Los Angeles with his wife, various animals, and his record collection.
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More succinctly, Fitzhugh's novel Pest Control takes the best thriller elements of Ludlum's memory-addled spies and Adam's irreverent humo(u)r and sensibilities and hybrids them (to verb a noun) like so many assassin bugs in the Bugarariums of protagonist Bob Dillon.
In a world where the top 5 assassins know their individual ranks, and where there are still "exterminations" that need doing, hapless Dillon answers a classified ad in a drunken stupor. An ad to kill a man.
When that man dies, Bob's to blame, and everyone from a transvestite dwarf to the CIA gunning for him.
It's a fast page-turner, with at least one chuckle, smile or groaner on every page. Fortunately, the groaners are outnumbered by the smiles and chuckles at least 3-to-1.
Characters are all unique, in some cases (ok, all cases) bizarrely so, as in the case of Bob's daughter's best friend's mother, who has a circus fetish involving dwarfs, bags of peanuts, and... well, really, isn't that enough?
You have to come into this book with a sense of humor. Perhaps even an advanced sense of humor. Curmudgeons will flee this book faster than an cockroach from a flashlight.
My only criticism of this book is that I thought it would be laugh-out-loud funny. It IS humorous in the makes-you-smile-on-occasion sort of way, but I don't think I once laughed out loud. There are plenty of things about this book that are unplausible, as well, but you'll be fine with that as long as you dive in knowing that.
An entertaining first novel. Would probably read the second one if I happened upon it, but would not go out of my way to look for it.
When someone tries to hire Bob as an assassin, having completely misunderstood his exterminator-for-hire flyers, Bob is never quite able to convince them that he only kills bugs. Then the man Bob was hired to kill goes and drives his car off a mountain road, making it look like Bob has completed the hit. In another scene, Bob is on the verge of proving that his assassin bugs really work, and someone blows up the building in an attempt to kill him, but only succeeds in destroying the evidence of Bob's success. Through a whole series of similar Three's Company-ish scenarios, Bob's name ends up at the top of a list of the best assassins in the world.
"Pest Control" is just one hilarious misunderstanding after another, and Bill Fitzhugh plays it out perfectly. He is funny and witty and has a real knack for metaphors and similes. In one scene, Bob's wife is reading some of the old love letters he wrote while they were dating. He is describing one of his favorite bugs when he says, "it's dark metallic blue and dangerous, like your eyes." I think Fitzhugh is a great writer and I'm a little surprised that I've never heard of him. I'll be on the lookout for his name from now on.
"Pest Control" is the second Colby Elliott narration that I've heard, and I like him more all the time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In this comic thriller New York City exterminator Bob Dillon loses his job when he refuses to use high concentrations of bug-killing chemicals, fearing they'll... Read more
This book started out slow, but WOW it was a smartly written and very descriptive. I think this novel would make a wonderful movie. Recommend this book - A Great Read!!!!!!!!Published 3 months ago by Marianne D. Neve
One of my all time favorite books. I bought this copy as a gift for my step-dad. Really fun ride of a book.Published 4 months ago by R. Yarbrough
Very humorous book. Light reading and keeps you turning the pages. Plan on getting the follow up book "The exterminator" to follow the adventures of the hero and his new... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Baja reader
Well written, interesting characters and story development.Published 10 months ago by Bryan Leigh Arnold