Bill Fitzhugh is the author of the comic thrillers, “Pest Control” and “Cross Dressing,” the film rights to which were sold to Warner Brothers and Universal Studios respectively. He also wrote the “The Organ Grinders,” an ode to human organ trafficking. Reviewing “Fender Benders,” The New York Times said, “Fitzhugh is a strange and deadly amalgam of screenwriter and comic novelist and his facility and wit, and his taste for the perverse, put him in a league with Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.” Writing about “Heart Seizure,” Publisher’s Weekly said it was “…convoluted, crazy, captivating [and] genuinely funny.”
“Cross Dressing” was nominated for a Barry Award and for Best Fiction by the Salt Lake City Library Association. It won the 2002 Best Fiction Award from the Mississippi Library Association.
“Fender Benders” won the 2001 Lefty Award for best humorous novel as awarded by the Left Coast Crime Convention.
His sixth novel, “Radio Activity” was published in March of 2004. This is the first in a series featuring burned out FM rock deejay, Rick Shannon. Rick goes into the private eye business to supplement his meager radio income, naming his company ‘Rockin’ Vestigation’.
“Highway 61 Resurfaced” (published April 2005) continued Rick’s adventures in sleuthing, this time in the sweltering heat of the Mississippi Delta. The New York Times said: “Fitzhugh, born and reared in Mississippi, has a belly full of feeling for the songs and legends of his Southern musical heritage. But where he really shows his artistry is in his richly comic, warmly affectionate character studies of battered old men with long experience in living — not just playing — the blues.” If that’s not enough of a recommendation, here’s what Carl Hiaasen wrote: “Bill Fitzhugh is a deeply disturbed individual who uses his warped talents to write very funny novels, the latest being Highway 61 Resurfaced. You will seriously dig this book if you like classic rock, southern blues, clever mysteries, and cats with loathsome sinus infections.”
Since 2005, Bill has been the writer, producer, and host of Fitzhugh’s All Hand Mixed Vinyl on the Deep Tracks channel of Sirius-XM radio.
His next book, “The Exterminators” (the sequel to “Pest Control”) will be published in January 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press.
He is currently at work on his next novel.
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