REVIEW Arrow Paperback Original £5.99
Bill Fitzhugh Pest Control
I recently recorded a TV
programme called "Bugs in the System", mistakenly assuming it was about
computer bugs rather than the creepy-crawly variety. It just shows how a title can lead to
misconceptions as Bob Dillon, an enthusiastic entomologist dedicating his life to finding
a strain of "Assassin bug" was to find out!
Bobs dream is to have a van with a huge three dimensional bug on the top, and
written down the sides the words "The Exterminator". To encourage trade
and help realise his dream, he sends out a flyer. Bob and his familys way of life is
to change forever.
A client Marcel arrives on the doorstep and demands Bobs expertise. Of course Bob
thinks that Marcel wants him to exterminate bugs, but Marcel wants him to exterminate
something of a more serious nature. Bobs life enters new and dangerous realms. We
meet the CIA, different types of assassins, including the wonderful assassin bugs, the
true heroes of the tale, and plenty of interesting characters to boot.
I found this book extremely enjoyable, original and very funny. With the correct casting
for the characters of the assassin bugs this would be an inspiring comic/horror film. Bill
Fitzhughs extensive knowledge of entomology is allowed to come to the forefront.
Its amazing what a specimen with 6 legs can do! Just read it, I couldnt put it
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