"Dark facetious mystery"
Mississippi's Eddie Long feels one day he will take
Nashville by storm. Eddie is currently doing the Southern
bars and college route, but feels he is just paying his
dues before the big break occurs. However, while on the
road, Eddie learns that his wife has died. Grieving, he
pours his soul into a eulogy-song that stuns the music
world and makes him a hot prospect.
Writer Jimmy Rogers sees honky tonk performer turn
superstar Eddie as the perfect vehicle for a biography.
His research soon leads him to believe that Eddie may have
arranged his spouse's demise via food poisoning and the
deaths of several other people while the musician toured
the south. Jimmy, already jealous of Eddie stealing his
girl, plans to prove that Eddie is more talented as a
serial killer than a country western musician.
FENDER BENDERS is an amusing satirical look at the
music industry and indirectly at serial killer novels. The
story line skews any icon that falls in its path, but does
so through not so subtle references to movies and books and
a strong cast whose eccentricities and personal agendas add
humor to a very funny mix. If novels like CROSS DRESSING
and PEST CONTROL have not already introduced the reader to
the sharp barbs of Bill Fitzhugh; FENDER BENDER is the
right tale for those who relish laughing at idols crumbling
from the pedestals inside a dark facetious mystery.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001