Robert (Bob) Dylan dreams of a clean way of killing, leaving no harmful traces after the event. A whole raft of underworld hoods reckon that Bob's their man when they want to get rid of their enemies, and they simply won't believe Bob when he tells them that the only thing he wants to kill is cockroaches. Before long, Bob -out of work and penniless - is being offered huge sums of money to carry out assassinations. When his targets all die, Bob finds himself being chased by the Mob, the FBI, the CIA AND the world's top five assassins (who reckon he's doing them out of business). The only weapons Bob has at his disposal are the strain of assasin bugs he's developing, and the mean, deadly streets of New York itself. PEST CONTROL is a great comedy of errors, a gripping thriller and the most assured debut novel in years.
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Bill Fitzhugh is the author of seven novels. He still has all of his original organs and plans to keep it that way until the very end, at which point he is willing to let the doctors divvy them up among anyone (with the exception of politicians) who might need them. However, he makes no promises about the quality of his liver. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and all of her organs.From Kirkus Reviews:
A sweetly comic thriller that finally answers the age-old question: What if a sad-sack New York exterminator got his antennae crossed with the professionals who wipe out Homo sapiens? At his wit's (and checkbook's) end after walking off his job killing bugs with lethal cocktails, Bob Dillon schemes at his own unique approach to extermination: breeding predatory strains of insects who'll feast on termites and roaches without developing chemical-resistant new strains of pests or loading the planet with hazardous toxins. It's a plan with all the makings of an American success story, but it spins out of control when Bob's ad falls into the hands of a middleman who brokers assassinations and thinks Bob's sobriquet of ``the Exterminator'' is a veiled reference to his status as a hit man. Getting a faint whiff of the trouble in his future, Bob begs off the lucrative job he's offered. But when the victim is accidentally killed anyway, the middleman, assuming Bob's managed the job with unusual finesse, duly sends him his fee. So far, everything's as innocuous as the endless stream of double-entendres about extermination--except that (1) the UPS package with all that lovely money gets held up en route to Bob; (2) his wife and daughter, impatient with his uncompromisingly idealistic approach to pest control, walk out on him; and (3) the brother and murderer of a Bolivian druglord who wants to cover up his own crime screams that it was the work of the Exterminator and offers a $10 million bounty to whoever kills Bob--attracting all the top exterminators in the field. There's the subtle Chinese knife expert, the glamorous Frenchwoman, the parvenu Cowboy, the transvestite dwarf, and the melancholy, suicidal top man, whose unlikely friendship with his prospective target is the high point of this generally predictable tale. A first novel that's not sharply enough written to offer serious competition to Florida farceurs Hiaasen and Shames, but consistently sunny and good-humored. (Film rights to Warner Brothers) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099785315
Book Description Arrow Books Ltd, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99785315