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Who Killed the Fonz?

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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The legendary 1950s-era TV show Happy Days gets reinvented as a gritty 1980s noir. 

Late October, 1984. Prince and Bruce are dominating FM radio. Ron and Nancy are headed back to the White House. Crockett and Tubbs are leading men everywhere to embrace pastels. And Richard Cunningham? Well, Richard Cunningham is having a really bad Sunday.

First, there’s the meeting with his agent. A decade ago, the 40-something Cunningham was one of Hollywood’s hottest screenwriters. But Tinseltown is no longer interested in his artsy, introspective scripts. They want Terminator cyborgs and exploding Stay Puft Marshmallow men. If he isn’t interested in that sort of thing, his agent tells him, he’s going to have to find new representation.

Then later that same day, he gets a phone call with even worse news. His best friend from childhood back in Milwaukee, back when everyone called him Richie, is dead. Arthur Fonzarelli. The Fonz. Lost control of his motorcycle while crossing a bridge and plummeted into the water below. Two days of searching and still no body, no trace of his trademark leather jacket.

Richard flies back for the memorial service, only to discover Fonzie’s death was no accident - it was murder. With the help of his old pals Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber, he sets out to catch the killer. Who it turns out to be is shocking. So is the story’s final twist.

Who Killed the Fonz? imagines what happened to the characters of the legendary TV series Happy Days 20 years after the show left off. And while much has changed in the interim - good-bye drive-in movie theaters, hello VCRs - the story centers around the same timeless themes as the show: the meaning of family. The significance of friendship. The importance of community.

Fast-paced and full of nostalgia, Who Killed the Fonz? is an ingenious twist on a beloved classic that proves sometimes you can go home again. 

©2019 James Boice (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Narrator sells "Happy Days" mash-up!

"Who Killed the Fonz?" is an often clever mash-up of the classic TV show and a noir murder mystery. It's fun to see the show's beloved characters in slightly different incarnations. The mystery takes quite a while to get going and is resolved a little too quickly.

Still, despite its flaws, WKTF? is a lot of fun, and Michael Crouch delivers yet another perfect performance. He's a talented narrator who is sometimes better than his material.

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