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Fender Benders

(2001)
A novel by

 
 
Depending on your point of view, Fender Benders is either a skewed look at the country music industry or a clear-eyed view of a damn screwy business. It's a Grand Old Opera complete with murder, treachery, greed, drugs, twangy music, a love triangle, and the best fried swimps you'll ever put in your mouth.

First off, some folks down South have taken to dropping like flies. One minute they have a headache, the next they have a date at the funeral home. Seems some lunatic is tampering with boxes of headache powder, lacing them with sodium fluoroacetate. It's a nasty death, but at least it's quick, and it makes you forget you had a headache.

Second off, Eddie Long wants to move to Nashville and become a country music star, but right now he's stuck in Hinchcliff, Mississippi. Eddie's big break comes with a contract to tour the Mississippi casino circuit. While he's on the road, his wife dies, the victim of an apparent serial killer. The emotional turmoil of his wife's death causes Eddie to write the best song of his life. He takes it to Nashville, hooks up with a hoary management company, and launches his career.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Rogers is a freelance writer covering the Mississippi music scene. He loves writing and a girl named Megan. Jimmy decides early on that he is going to write Eddie's biography. But as he's researching Eddie's wife's murder, Jimmy comes to a surprising conclusion. He can't prove it, but publishing it might make his own career.

Megan is a smart, talented, and popular radio personality in a tiny market. But she wants a faster way to Easy Street. So she turns to Eddie In Nashville.

Before it's all over, everybody's planning to make a killing one way or another - including the kind that has nothing to do with money. But, as frequently happens on Music Row, things don't always turn out as planned.

    

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Used availability for Bill Fitzhugh's Fender Benders

Hardback Editions

October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Fender Benders: A Novel
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
ISBN: 0-380-97757-5 / 978-0-380-97757-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
ISBN: 1-5464-5120-X / 978-1-5464-5120-4
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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June 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
ISBN: 0-06-081523-X / 978-0-06-081523-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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March 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
ISBN: 0-380-80635-5 / 978-0-380-80635-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTorch
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

December 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
Publisher: Last Word Audio
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December 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
Publisher: Last Word Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
Publisher: Last Word Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Fender Benders
Author(s): Bill Fitzhugh
Publisher: Reduviidae, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA