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Pest Control by Bill Fitzhugh
Review by Sherry Lilley
William Morrow Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0060815302
Date: 29 March 2005 List Price $13.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

All Bob Dillon wants in life is a truck with a giant fiberglass bug on top. Bob is an exterminator –- he kills bugs for a living. But one day, after a few too many brews, he answers an ad in the classifieds for an exterminator. The ad, however, was placed by a man seeking a contract killer, not a bug killer. Oops.

Bob just can't make himself continue to poison the planet to kill bugs anymore, so he quits his day job to work on his plan of using assassin bugs for natural pest control. The problem is, he can't support his family without a day job, and his wife, Mary, who has stood by him through thick and thin, has had enough. She wants to stop living on a less than paycheck-to-paycheck basis, and start having a positive cash flow. When Bob loses one contract too many, Mary packs up their daughter, Katy, and leaves. Bob is crushed, but continues his efforts to perfect natural bug control, knowing he can get Mary and Katy back if he can just get one successful, paying job with his assassin bugs.

Bob should have known the ad was too good to be true –- $50,000 for one job. But Bob's logic was a bit impaired at the time, so he sent off his resume and promptly forgot about it. The resume was received by a go-between seeking a contract killer. The conversation between Bob and the go-between is a masterpiece. It makes perfect sense if one is trying to hire a contract killer and if one is trying to hire a bug killer! The misunderstandings continue throughout the book, with dead bodies being credited to Bob, and Bob innocently working on his assassin bugs, unaware that he has a growing reputation as one of the top contract killers in the world.

This book is better that I thought it would be, and I had high expectations. Mr. Fitzhugh has quite a way with words. He has a talent for sarcasm, which he uses freely. You won’t not regret reading this book, not even a little tiny bit. In fact, you’ll want more from him. Fortunately, there is more.

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