Radio Activity 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… Radio Activity 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… 2004-03-30 Fiction
Book Review

Radio Activity (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 30, 2004; Writer: Bill Fitzhugh; Genre: Fiction

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.''

Originally posted Apr 02, 2004 Published in issue #758 Apr 02, 2004 Order article reprints