Bill Fitzhugh is the award-winning author of eight satiric crime novels. The New York Times called him “a strange and deadly amalgam of screenwriter and comic novelist. His facility and wit, and his taste for the perverse, put him in a league with Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.” Warner Brothers and Universal Studios bought the film rights to his novels Pest Control and Cross Dressing respectively. Cross Dressing was nominated for the Barry Award and won the 2002 Best Fiction Award from the Mississippi Library Association.
The Organ Grinders was a Border’s Books “Original Voices” selection in 1998.
Pest Control was one of Amazon’s Top 50 mysteries in 1997. It was produced as a radio series in Germany by Deutschland Radio and as a stage musical by Open at The Top Theatre Company in association with Canum Entertainment. The initial Los Angeles run of the play was a huge success, staged at the NoHo Arts Center in Los Angeles, featuring Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks along with Broadway veterans Darren Ritchie, Beth Malone, Joanna Glushak and a cast of dozens. It won the Los Angeles Stage Alliance’s Ovation Award for Best Costume. The show is still in development and the producer hopes to take it to New York.
Reviewing, Highway 61 Resurfaced, Time Magazine said, “Fitzhugh’s dialogue is as cool as a pitcher of iced tea, and his characters are just over the top, like a Carl Hiaasen cast plucked from the Everglades and planted, as Dylan would put it, out on Highway 61.”
Fitzhugh’s young adult short story, “Fiddy Dolla Smile” was published in 2007’s “Full House” anthology (Putnam). His short story “The Neighbor’s” was published in 2008’s “Thuglit Presents Hardcore Hardboiled – The Best of Neo Noir Fiction” (Kensington Books). His short story, “Blind, Crippled, and Crazy” was published in the anthology “Delta Blues” (Tyrus Books) in 2010.
Fitzhugh’s most recent project was The Adventures of Slim and Howdy a fiction project based on the alter egos of country superstars, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “comic caper filled with plot twists and nutty one-liners . . . a zany cast of bad guys . . .and a boffo final shootout. Corny as hell but heaps of fun!”
Since 2005, Fitzhugh has been writing, producing, and hosting a show on XM (now Sirius-XM) Satellite Radio’s Deep Tracks channel called “Fitzhugh’s All Hand Mixed Vinyl.” He is one of only three outside hosts on Deep Tracks. The other two: Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.
Fitzhugh next project is The Exterminators, the sequel to Pest Control. It will be published in the spring of 2011. Fitzhugh’s novels have been translated into German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two dogs, and a cat named Crusty Boogers.
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