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Pest Control Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2005
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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 ›
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.
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I have enjoyed each of Bill Fitzhugh's books. Each has been not only entertaining but at times informative. Great and funny readsPublished 26 days ago by Don E. McCluskey
I have enjoyed this book again in Kindle form, as much as I enjoyed the paperback many years ago - fun reading and a great rompPublished 5 months ago by MarathonWalker
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 10 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 11 months ago by R. Yarbrough