Bob Dillon is a down-on-his-luck exterminator from Queens who just wants to make a killing with his radical new environmentally friendly pest elimination technique, involving his hybrid assassin bugs (a very real group of insects). But when Bob decides to advertise, his flyer falls into the hands of a European murder-for-hire broker who mistakes Bob for a professional assassin. Before he knows it, Bob's "competition" targets him for extermination, sending him running for his life from a motley collection of the world's deadliest and most outrageously eccentric contract killers.
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"[An] hilarious comic thriller... offbeat, engaging, and very funny reading." (Washington Post)
"Pest Control is an eccentrically comic take on the high-tech thriller...[it is a] strange and funny...curiously appealing little novel of intrigue." (NPR's All Things Considered)
"Fitzhugh does for New York what Carl Hiaasen did for Miami." (The Times London)
I was pleasantly suprised by this book and found it difficult to put down. It's funny, well written (and very well narrated) with an excellent plot that leaves you wishing the book was longer. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a book that will make them laugh at every turn. Extremely entertaining!!!
Pest Control is well balanced adventure story. A regular guy having a bad day manages to keep trudging through the messes and kaos that forever envelopes his situation. With humor and luck and utter charm our hero ends up on top despite himself. This is a fun, engaging book. The premis is clever. The tongue-in-cheek exterminations are the backbone of the story, add humor and contribute to the sheer enjoyment of the book. Bill Fitzhugh is the best, and Pest Control is pure primo entertainment.
Entirely believable characters caught in crazy mix of situation and misunderstanding. A lot of fun!
Characters are so believable.
It would have to be bug related and that is why they pay those writers the big bucks.
One of the best audio books we've read so far.
Bob Dillon because of the obvious comparisons with the sinnger/song writer Bob Dylan.
He brings the personalities to life.
This book is loads of fun. Bugs plus spys equal fun!!!
The tongue-in-cheek use of Bob Dylan song titles and lyrics, along with a zany improbable, but then again, quite possible case of mistaken identity taken to the extreme.
The Bernie Rhodenbarr collection of detective tales. Because the authors of such books most likely construe the dialogue between characters, by recording intoxicated conversations in their local bar.
No. I, however, will listen to the follow-on episode and sample another of his works.
I'm surprised that the film has not sen the light of day yet. I can imagine Harrison Ford in the role of Bob Dillon and Dylan's music fading in and out, especially during the action scenes. Offer Bob Dylan a role in the barroom scene where Bob Dillon hatches his assassination campaign.
Colby Elliott's performance adds a depth of enjoyment to this book with his terrific interpretation of the many characters.
It struck me as a cross between Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" and Abbott and Costello's classic comedy routine "Who's on First?" I loved the cross talk and misunderstandings that led to Bob unwittingly becoming enmeshed in the shadowy world of contract killing! I really enjoyed the author's playful use of language and exploration of other languages and their interesting idioms.
I naturally identified with the protagonist, Bob, whose thoughts and actions make up the bulk of the book, but for reasons outlined below, I may have to go with Claus as my favorite character.
His diction (in terms of accent, inflection, intonation, speech-sound quality, enunciation) is impeccable. The emotional timbre he brought to the reading rang true and enhanced my appreciation of the story. May he receive many more opportunities to audibly bring to life books for audio-bookophiles like me.
They were all very colorful and therefore memorable, but I think Claus, the contract killer with a strict moral code, who retired as a simple exterminator of pesky bugs, who is looking for love but hates singles mixers, will always be emblematic of this book to me.
Enjoyed the story.
I'm a Christopher Buckley fan, Boomsday, Supreme Courtship and That's No Way to Treat a First Lady are my favorites. Bill Fitzhugh was suggested so I took a chance...and fell in love. Witty, and snarky, with characters that you care about. Pest Control just ended and I'm starting the Exterminators. Binge listening weekend!
The premise of the book is funny, and it is a clever, humorous, story. But the author goes in to Wayyy too much detail about different kinds of bugs. Yes, the conceit is the main character is an exterminator. But after a while it felt like the author was just trying to add to his page count.
"Insects, Bob Dylan and comic crime"
I read this years ago and was wary of listening in case it didn't live up to its memory but I loved it then and I love it now. It probably does help if you have an interest in insects and know your Bob Dylan songs but even if you don't, it is well plotted, funny and good hearted. It would certainly appeal to anyone who likes Carl Hiaasen's books and it is a great shame there are no other books by Bill Ftizhugh on Audible.
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