In 1997 Fitzhugh’s first Assassin Bug thriller, “Pest Control” was published and it was a joy to read. After all these years he has brought the Bob Dillon family back for more madcap bug-infested zaniness. The story picks up 6 years after the events in the first book. Do not worry about catching up as Fitzhugh recaps the previous action in very clever ways. This time out we are treated to high-tech killer bugs, rogue CIA agents, morally ambigous priests, and Bob’s sunny optimism verses his partner-assassin cohort Klaus’s wary pessimism. On top of this Bob’s daughter, Katy, now a teenager proves helpful in the most imaginative ways. Along the way is a hysterically funny sendup of Hollywood, Columbian drug lords, and an acidic take on the ways and means of our government in action.
For fans of Carl Hiaasen, Donald Westlake, or Elmore Leonard at his drollist best, this is a book not to be missed. The writing is crisp, the thrills pour out at an amazing clip, and the body count adds up as fast as the laughs.
Bill Fitzhugh will be at the Poisoned Pen on January 26th. Stop by and say hello. Nothing like a few laughs to cure those wintertime blues.
-Steve Shadow Schwartz