Heart Seizure
Bill Fitzhugh
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Heart Seizure
Bill Fitzhugh
Harper Paperbacks
448 pages
November 2006
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Sit down and buckle up with this intensely zany and thoroughly enjoyable romp penned by author Bill Fitzhugh. His wit and talent for taking a serious subject and transforming it into comedy is a rare but greatly appreciated talent.

Heart Seizure delves into the world of organ donors and organ transplants. When a healthy young stunt driver is killed in a tragic accident, leaving his very healthy heart up for grabs, thatís where the fun begins. Fitzhugh introduces a myriad of delightfully colorful characters, all of whom are vying for that heart.

Itís a Mad, Mad, Mad World meets The Great Race. Spence Tailor desperately wants the heart for his mother, Rose. But the President of the United States, who formerly endured open-heart surgery, suffers another heart attack, putting him in the running for the heart as well. Oh, thereís more, and a great bunch of characters they are. Fitzhughís witty dialog and vivid narrative compel an almost permanent grin as readers romp through this refreshing take on human frailty and the desire to live just a little bit longer. Added to the mix are two mean government agents, Hart and Rogers, and Dudley Chalmers, of the Life Continuance Program, whose job it is to get bereaved relatives to sign the donor consent forms, and who also promises to save Spenceís mother. That's before the goons from the government make their case. And then thereís the presidentís Chief of Staff, Martin Brooks, who will make sure the heart goes nowhere but into his presidentís chest.

Fitzhugh does wonders for dark comedy with the creation of his characters. Heart Seizure is a unique offering, and a welcome one, for the reader looking for something a little different. Fitzhugh has penned other madcap adventures, including Cross Dressing, Organ Grinder, Pest Control and Fender Benders. This political satire is a winner, from the very first page to the last.

© 2003 by Denise M. Clark for Curled Up With a Good Book

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