Alanna Nash
April 02, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Radio Activity

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Bill Fitzhugh
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Fitzhugh’s darkly comic novels aren’t really mysteries so much as social lampoons, and his newest hits hard at a soft target: FM rock radio. His tale of Rick Shannon, a graying DJ who takes a job in small-town Mississippi, is both implausible and drolly funny — you’ve got to love a guy who solves a double homicide, redefines the classic-rock format, and finds semi-true love before his first paycheck. So what if Fitzhugh works too many song titles into the text? He wins major points for gall, describing a tornado ripping off a carport as ”a tremulous, keening screech reminiscent of a Yoko [Ono] record.”

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