The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

A Novel

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
Rate this:
This lively, intricately plotted, laugh-out-loud funny, and surprisingly touching family drama combines the wit of Carl Hiaasen with the southern charm of Jill McCorkle.

Seventy-seven-year-old Marylou Ahearn is going to kill Dr. Wilson Spriggs come hell or high water. In 1953, he gave her a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences.

Marylou has been plotting her revenge for fifty years. When she accidentally discovers his whereabouts in Florida, her plans finally snap into action. She high tails it to hot and humid Tallahassee, moves in down the block from where a now senile Spriggs lives with his daughter's family, and begins the tricky work of insinuating herself into their lives. But she has no idea what a nest of yellow jackets she is stum­bling into.

Before the novel is through, someone will be kidnapped, an unlikely couple will get engaged, someone will nearly die from eating a pineapple upside-down cake laced with anti-freeze, and that's not all . . .

Told from the varied perspectives of an incredible cast of endearing oddball characters and written with the flair of a native Floridian, this dark comedy does not disappoint.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385510646
Characteristics: 333 p. ; 25 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
PimaLib_StephanieM May 18, 2015

This was a lot of fun to read. The premise is what hooked me and it delivered. I was pleasantly surprised at how much character development there was. There were two minor problems with the plot that bothered me: 1. a loose end in the story that is never tied up seemingly by editorial mistake and 2. a rushed ending out of character with the rest of the book. Other than that, I enjoyed it.

Aug 28, 2012

As a novel, this is a light read with an interesting twist to the story. Unfortunately, it is poorly researched and makes numerous mistakes even in using the wrong units for measurement of radiation dose. Caution for readers to read the book for entertainment value only!

Oct 26, 2011

I really quite enjoyed it, although I felt that it took awhile for the story to actually get going. The characters were fairly like-able and once the story got going, it was a great read. One thing I liked about the book is that finishes in a way that I didn't exactly expect and the twists and turns that were employed by the author definitely the reason that I continued reading. Its definitely something that one can easily take to the beach and finish most of it in a day and it is a very addictive read. Recommended

Jun 03, 2011

Great book! The premise was very interesting and unique.

Algonquin_Lisa Feb 14, 2011

What an excellent premise! 77-year old "Nancy," in a bid for revenge for the death of her daughter due to cancer caused by a test involving radiation her mother knew nothing about, vows to kill the doctor who was the head of that program. Now in his 80s and suffering from dementia, the doctor could barely remember what happened five minutes ago, much less fifty years past. Can Nancy stick to her plan, even though the man she's hated most of her life can't remember what he's done?


Add Age Suitability
Algonquin_Lisa Mar 02, 2011


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CAPL

To Top