Foul Matter

Foul Matter

Book - 2003
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"Book contracts and Mafia hit contracts collide in this caper-satire in which the publishing houses have Dickensian names such as Grunge and DrekSneed. A popular writer suffers from terminal envy--it's not enough to bank millions per book and command the best-seller lists; he wants a big-time literary reputation. The plot hinges on the envious writer's unlikely scheme to get New York's most famous literary editor all to himself by eliminating his main competition, a genuinely talented up-and-comer. Grimes is best here at delivering insider insights about the frantic profit-mongering that dominates publishing."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2003.
ISBN: 9780670032594
Call Number: GRIMES
Characteristics: 372 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Satire -- Fiction.
Novelists -- Fiction.
Organized crime -- Fiction.
Literary agents -- Fiction.
Publishers and publishing -- Fiction.


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Mar 25, 2017

I know next to nothing about the literary world and didn't need to to completely enjoy this read. Wonderful writing, interesting characters (underline characters), individual voices, a relaxed pace, thought-inducing moments, and a farcical/funny plot that held together. Enjoy.

Aug 18, 2016

I love to read about the inner workings of the publishing industry. Martha Grimes pulls together a fast-paced plot with tightly-drawn characters as memorable as those in her Richard Jury series. This is informative as well as entertaining. Worth the reading time.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 31, 2014

This is not a Richard Jury mystery but it contains many of the familiar vagaries of characterization and style taken here to an even further degree of satire and farce. Set in New York with a brief detour to Pittsburgh, the plot involves a plan to eliminate one of publishing house Mackenzie-Haack’s award-winning authors in favour of a hot new suspense novelist. Grimes is clearly having fun ridiculing her chosen victims – unscrupulous publishers, greedy agents and untalented egotistical writers. If you are at all familiar with the literary scene, enjoy quirky plots and have a dry sense of humour, you will thoroughly enjoy this book!

31foster Oct 11, 2014

One of the funniest books I have read in a long time; I laughed out loud. Anyone connected with the book trade is sure to enjoy Grimes portrayal of writers, publishers and hit men.


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