Wednesday, February 08, 2012

What is Bill Fitzhugh reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Bill Fitzhugh, author of The Exterminators.

His entry begins:
Lately I've been re-reading the Harvard Classics: Essays by Huxley, Freeman, Channing and the like. Really? No, wait, that's what I should be reading but am not and probably never will. And I don't read much crime fiction either except for books I've been asked to blurb. Along those lines, I recently read Steve Brewer's Calabama and The Big Wink. I love how Steve combines humor and ...[read on]
About The Exterminators, from the publisher:
All Bob Dillon ever wanted was a truck with a big fiberglass bug on the roof. All he had to do was survive a half dozen assassination attempts, pull a ten million dollar con on a Bolivian drug lord, and then fall off the face of the earth with his family and his new best friend, Klaus. Six years later, in The Exterminators, they surface in Oregon where they continue Bob’s work creating an all natural means of pest control. But now, instead of cross breeding different strains of assassin bugs, they’re using advanced gene sequencers to consolidate the perfect insect killing traits into one deadly bug. Only one problem: all this serious DNA tampering is expensive and they’re running low on funds. The venture capital outfit that wants to invest turns out to be a front for DARPA (the Department of Defense agency charged with R&D for exotic weapons). It seems the U.S. Government wants to enlist Bob, Klaus, and the bugs in the War on Terror. Oh, and did we mention unlimited funding? An offer too good to refuse, they move to Los Angeles and get to work. Things go swimmingly until that Bolivian drug lord discovers he was conned out of his ten million. Vowing revenge, he offers twenty million to whoever kills Bob and Klaus. Some of the world’s best assassins descend on Hollywood and, before you can say “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” the weirdness level reaches apocalyptic levels. It’s a battle pitting the far right against the far left with Bob stuck in the middle and subjected to some serious post 9/11 thinking.
Learn more about the book and author at Bill Fitzhugh's website.

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