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Fender Benders: A Novel Hardcover – Oct 25 2001


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Oct. 25 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380977575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380977574
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,807,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
As always, Fitzhugh writes with entertaining characters, a humorous plotline, and you certainly leave the book understanding a lot more about the subject - marketing country music. Definitely worth reading, but if you're looking for Fitzhugh's best, try Pest Control or the Organ Grinders.
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By RainDog on May 1 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hey, it ain't Dickens; but it's a ... good read. If you're at all interested in the music business you'll really enjoy it. And anyone trying to get into the business should read it for the insights it offers into how not to get [run over] in Nashville.
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By Aaron Lindsey on April 18 2003
Format: Hardcover
Finally, a book about Nashville and the music business that is right on target. I have lived in and around Nashville all my life, and Mr. Fitzhugh nailed it! One of my favorite authors, he is a master of putting his readers into a scene, and he dosen't let us down with this one.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm going to assign this one four stars, even though I feel it could have been funnier, and even though the mystery content is not stellar. What this book does provide is a memorable look at Nashville's Music Row, the country-scene stealers, wheelers, and dealers.
Eddie Long is a young, talented songwriter and musician who turns the suicide, or murder, of his wife, Tammy, into a hit song (Tammy's death is rather difficult for the police to classify, since not one, but two separate buttinskys find her body and adjust the evidence to suit there personal needs; this means she was either: shot by her husband, poisoned by her husband, shot and poisoned by her husband, shot by her lover, poisoned by her lover, or shot and poisoned by her lover, or shot by a burglar, or poisoned by a burglar, or shot and poisoned by a burglar, or poisoned by a serial killer and then shot by either her husband or her lover, or else she poisoned herself, or shot herself, or poisoned herself and then was shot by her husband or her lover, or shot herself and then was poisoned by her husband or her lover, or was poisoned by either the serial killer, her husband, or her lover, and then shot herself or was shot by either her husband or her lover, or was shot by her husband, or her lover, and then poisoned herself, or was poisoned by the serial killer, or her husband, or her lover. Whew. Did I mention her father's involvement...?).
Another key character is Big Bill Herron, who becomes Eddie Long's producer. Herron, sneaky and greedy, becomes the center of all things as the book progresses; most of the characters seem to revolve around him, in a sort of swirling mass of animosity, bitterness, and general dislike--all reactions we come to expect people to have towards Herron, the more we come to know him.
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Format: Hardcover
Fitzhugh does it again with a great story line and totally awesome quirky characters. It makes you think of Shakespeare's quote, " First, we should shot all the lawyers." A great read, and can't wait for his next book. Thanks, Wm. Fitzhugh, you keep me up way too late at night reading and I love every minute of it.
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Format: Hardcover
Fitzhugh has expanded his talent, this may be his best. I love them all, this one has much more mystery, it goes fast. Every Fitzhugh book is well researched, this one gets into the Nashville music scene in a fun way.
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Format: Hardcover
"Fender Benders" is a murder mystery surrounding the rise of country western guitarist singer/songwriter Eddie Long. The story is rich with colorful characters including the main man, Long, his smart and cunning girlfriend Megan Taylor, his managers Big Bill Herron and Franklin Peavy, his friend and biographer, Jimmy Rogers and a host of others. There is enough intrigue, backstabbing, twists, humor and schemes to fill two books. Fitzhugh brings several issues in the book to a definite conclusion while leaving some to the reader's imagination. Overall, it's a fun read and one that will definitely hold your attention.
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By James Jeremias on Aug. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
I threw the book away after I finished. Until this afternood I was a fan of mr. Fitzhugh's and have read all of his books. I can only guess that he found himself on page 300 and needed to finish the book as quickly as possible. He wasted so much of my time setting up things that never payed off and then says it's just one of lifes mysterys. It was just a weird coincidence. In my book that is bad writing.
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