Who killed the Fonz? : a novel / James Boice.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Late October, 1984. Prince and Bruce are dominating FM radio. Ron and Nancy are headed back to the White House. Crockett and Tubbs are leading men everywhere to embrace pastels. And Richard Cunningham? Well, Richard Cunningham is having a really bad Sunday. First, there's the meeting with his agent. A decade ago, the forty-something Cunningham was one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters. But Tinseltown is no longer interested in his artsy, introspective scripts. They want Terminator cyborgs and exploding Stay Puft Marshmallow men. If he isn't interested in that sort of thing, his agent tells him, he's gonna have to find new representation. Then later that same day he gets a phone call with even worse news. His best friend from childhood back in Milwaukee, back when everyone called him Richie, is dead. Arthur Fonzarelli. The Fonz. Lost control of his motorcycle while crossing a bridge and plummeted into the water below. Two days of searching and still no body, no trace of his trademark leather jacket. Richard flies back for the memorial service, only to discover that Fonzie's death was no accident--it was murder. With the help of his old pals Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber, he sets out to catch the killer. Who it turns out to be is shocking. So is the story's final twist"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: October, 1984. A decade ago, forty-something Richard Cunningham was one of Hollywood's hottest screenwriters, but Tinseltown is no longer interested in his artsy, introspective scripts; his agent is ready to drop him. That same day he gets a phone call: his best friend from childhood back in Milwaukee is dead. Arthur Fonzarelli. The Fonz. Lost control of his motorcycle while crossing a bridge and plummeted into the water below. Two days of searching and still no body. Richard flies back for the memorial service, only to discover that Fonzie's death was no accident-- it was murder. With the help of his old pals Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber, he sets out to catch the killer. -- adapted from jacket
    • Notes:
      "Based on the Happy Days television series created by Garry Marshall"--Title page.
    • Other Titles:
      Happy days (Television program)
    • ISBN:
      9781501196881
      150119688X
    • Accession Number:
      on1084740938
      1084740938
    • Accession Number:
      fay.646631
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BOICE, J. Who killed the Fonz? : a novel. [s.l.] : Simon & Schuster, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Boice J. Who Killed the Fonz? : A Novel. Simon & Schuster; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631. Accessed November 16, 2019.
    • APA:
      Boice, J. (2019). Who killed the Fonz? : a novel. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Boice, James. 2019. Who Killed the Fonz? : A Novel. Simon & Schuster. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631.
    • Harvard:
      Boice, J. (2019) Who killed the Fonz? : a novel. Simon & Schuster. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631 (Accessed: 16 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Boice, J 2019, Who killed the Fonz? : a novel, Simon & Schuster, viewed 16 November 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Boice, James. Who Killed the Fonz? : A Novel. Simon & Schuster, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Boice, James. Who Killed the Fonz? : A Novel. Simon & Schuster, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Boice J. Who killed the Fonz? : a novel [Internet]. Simon & Schuster; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 16]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.646631

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2

The year is 1984. Richard Cunningham, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who's in a severe career slump, learns that a man who was once his closest friend has died. He immediately flies back home to Milwaukee to attend the funeral of Arthur Fonzarelli—the Fonz. In this wildly inventive and entertaining novel, Richie Cunningham, Ralph Malph, Potsie Weber, and the Fonz are not characters in a television show called Happy Days; instead, they are real people, 20 years on from the time when they were kids hanging out at Arnold's Drive-In. Author Boice could have played the story for laughs, but instead he goes a different way, adding a mystery. The Fonz, it turns out, has been murdered, and it's up to Richie and pals to investigate. The mystery element is handled with skill, but this is really a kind of delayed-coming-of-age story in which Richie, forced to rediscover his past, learns that sometimes a childhood hero is just another man. A decent mystery wrapped in nostalgia but carrying a surprisingly poignant message. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 February #1

After a cult hit and an Oscar nomination, Hollywood screenwriter Richard Cunningham is struggling. Downcast, he returns to his Wisconsin hometown, where he hears the tragic news that his best friend from Milwaukee, Arthur Fonzarelli was killed in a motorcycle accident. Attending the funeral, now as a 45-year-old, he feels out of place. Old friends Ralph and Potsie sneer because he's gone Hollywood. But Fonzie always understood him. Then a figure who looks like the Fonz appears and drops hints that Richie should check into his friend's death. It might not have been an accident. The TV comedy Happy Days, which celebrated the 1950s and family life, takes a darker turn in a mystery set in the 1980s. Richie's father is dead, and now with Fonzie gone, a grown-up Richie must face his own mortality and fears about failure, success, and family. VERDICT The mystery is slight in this book by the author of MVP. However, fans of the long-running Happy Days will appreciate the familiarity and nostalgia of a story that captures the spirit and atmosphere of the show.—Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 December #3

Set in 1984, this nostalgic reboot from Boice (The Good and the Ghastly) imagines the gang of TV's Happy Days in middle age. Richard "Richie" Cunningham, one-time Hollywood screenwriting sensation, finds himself at a creative crossroads after a decade's worth of professional setbacks. Struggling to finance his dream project, Richie must decide whether directing a Star Wars rip-off is worth keeping his career alive. Adding to his struggles, Richie learns that his friend Arthur Fonzarelli (aka the Fonz) is missing and presumed dead. The Fonz apparently lost control of his motorcycle while crossing a bridge and plunged into the river below back home in Milwaukee. Richie returns for the memorial service. With the body still missing and lingering questions surrounding the accident, Richie and old friends Ralph Malph and Potsie Weber suspect something more sinister happened and investigate. Notwithstanding some plot contrivances, readers yearning for simpler times will enjoy this trip down memory lane, which is as predictable and comforting as an episode of Happy Days. Agent: David Granger, Aevitas. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.