Foul Matter by Martha Grimes

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The bestselling author of the Richard Jury novels delivers a razor-sharp and raucously funny send-up of the cutthroat world of publishing. And the praise is pouring in:"A hilarious and wicked caper-adventure on the evils of the book business."
—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Does laughing uncontrollably on a subway train constitute legitimate literary criticism? If it does, then Foul Matter...gets a great review from me." —New York Times Book Review"She can kick literary butt—in more ways than one." —USA Today


About Martha Grimes

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Martha Grimes is the bestselling author of eighteen Richard Jury mysteries and also the acclaimed fiction Foul Matter, Cold Flat Junction, Hotel Paradise, The End of the Pier, and The Train Now Departing.
Published September 7, 2004 by NAL. 388 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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More specifically, he wants Mackenzie-Haack, the house Kidd works for, to break its contract with Ned Isaly, a gifted but deeply noncommercial author Kidd works with so that Kidd won’t be encumbered by a more talented writer than Paul.

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Isaly, meanwhile, is totally engrossed in finishing his current novel and barely notices the two men as they mingle with Isaly and his friends at popular New York City literary watering holes.

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We probably will never know if Grimes has fashioned her characters and her story out of her personal experiences, or if her fertile and extraordinary imagination simply turned itself to composing a parody of a genre and industry she knows best.

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Posh restaurants are the arbiters of worthiness, hit men decide literary merit, and it's all a mad, mad, mad, mad romp through the hallowed cubicles of literary and commercial ambition.

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