Who Killed the Fonz?

WHO KILLED THE FONZ                           JAMES BOICE

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.

Who Killed The Fonz? imagines what happened to the characters of the legendary TV series Happy Days twenty years after the show left off. And while much has changed in the interim—goodbye drive-in movie theaters, hello VCRs—the story centers around the same timeless themes as the show: the meaning of family. The significance of friendship. The importance of community.

Fast-paced and full of nostalgia, Who Killed the Fonz? is an ingenious twist on a beloved classic that proves sometimes you can go home again.


Having watched “Happy Days” when I was growing up when this book came across Netgalley the title intrigued me. Now Richie who wants to be called Richard is living L.A. with Lori Beth but his career is not going as planned. He wants to write something of substance but his agent is still pushing the same old movies at him. Frustrated he arrives home to find out that Arthur Fonzarelli, “Fonzi” is dead. Going out to Milwaukee he is back with Ralph and Postie. At first, they are not happy to see him, but later they warm up. Al, though is happy, and he is glad to hear that Al’s is still open even with a competitor across the street. It is after the funeral that Richie begins to wonder what really happened to Fonzi crashing on a bridge that he has driven over forever. It is then that he begins his own investigation running into the same cop from the past who is now a Lieutenant. He also shots a commercial spot for a man running for governor all the while working at finding the truth. Are there some inconsistencies yes. I for one did not think this as a Noir, and some of the references did not match up with all of the shows, but it is a story and I was entertained while reading it and it kept me going as to who did it. It would have been nice though to have Pinky Tuscardaro either show up or even have been the governor’s wife, just saying. But overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us atwww.1rad-readerreviews.com

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