Pest Control

"Stingingly funny."—People"Pest Controlis an eccentrically comic take on the high-tech thriller. . . . [It is a] strange and funny . . . curiously appealing little novel of intrigue."—NPR'sAll Things Considered"Fitzhugh's novel is funny from the outset. [Pest Controlhas] fast-moving prose and a quick wit. . . . A very funny and interesting book. . . . Give it to someone who needs a good laugh."—San Antonio Express-News"There aren't many thrillers with protagonists as likable as Bob, who lurches along gleefully unaware of the mix-up that has embroiled him in international intrigue. . . . A colorful supporting cast and a steady supply of absurd situations. . . . This is one roach motel you'll gladly check into."—Time Out New York"[Pest Controlis] hilarious [and] wonderful. . . . Fitzhugh seems maddeningly unaware of the difficulty of writing a laugh-out-loud book. . . . [He] is a funny man andPest Controlis a funny book."—ElleBack in print, Bill Fitzhugh's "hilarious comic thriller" (The Washington Post Book World) includes a new afterword by the author.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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By Robert (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 14, 2014
If you’re here for your latest life lesson, it’s this: Don’t ever answer an exterminator ad. You might find your life terminated, after the CIA takes a hit out on your ass. Sure, the money sounds good and all, but fifty grand ain’t what it used to be. And if I have a choice between life and death... ...more
By Eric · ★★☆☆☆ · July 16, 2014
Reading this book was a struggle. It is definitive proof that humor is subjective. After seeing so many reviews comparing this favorably to Christopher Moore, I figured I'd love it, but man was I wrong.

The endless insect asides, complete with Latin names and detailed descriptions, distracted fro... ...more
By Carmen (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 25, 2009
OK...obviously I just didn't get "it". So many reviews raved about the humor and witty writing. Even my Librarian told me I'd love it, calling it "one hella funny read". Yeah, umm, I didn't laugh or even chuckle once while reading. It kind of made my head hurt more than anything...all that bug ta... ...more
By Stanley (Portland, OR) · ★★★★★ · March 26, 2011
What is a five-star book? Pest Control ain't fine literature. Pest Control is exactly what I needed after finishing the immensely DARK The Road. My first thought, in trying to remove the pall left on me by The Road, turned to Christopher Moore as my possible salvation, but I've read all of his (w... ...more
By Kim (Worcester, MA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 26, 2014
While my ingrained fear of insects almost prevented me from reading this book, I'm glad I got over my fears. A comedy of errors story about a pest control specialist who is mistaken for an actual hit man. ...more
By Corinne (Sparks, NV) · ★★★★★ · January 18, 2009
This is the first Fitzhugh novel I read, and immediately searched out the rest!

Bob Dillon is an insect exterminator at odds with the chemical extermination techniques. He is breeding a series of "assassin bugs" for a greener, friendlier extermination process. Sticking the wand of a chemical spray... ...more
By Clark (Tucson, AZ) · ★★★★★ · June 04, 2013
Pest Control isn't a newly released novel but it's a deservedly famous novel. It's been done as a radio show in Germany and as a musical in Los Angeles.

In the spring, 2013 edition of Mystery Readers International,an edition featuring environmental mysteries, author Bill Fitzhugh wrote a piece ab... ...more
By Dale (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 23, 2013
Entertaining, but not his best work.

Fitzhugh specializes in filling his books with absurd characters in absurd situations. This is my third Fitzhugh book and I have to rank it in second. It is funny, but at times his characterization of New Yorkers as oblivious and callous to the violence that ca... ...more
By William (Falmouth, ME) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 22, 2013
I'm astonished at the enthusiasm other readers have for "Pest Control," since it is probably the least satisfying book I have read this year. I'm even a little embarrassed to have read it, but it was not totally inappropriate for airplane reading, I guess.

I did not find anything I liked about thi... ...more