Foul Matter

Foul Matter

Book - 2003
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Sophisticated intrigue, dry humor, and eccentric characters flow effortlessly from Martha Grimes's rich imagination. Not to mention the atmospheric and storytelling genius that has made her a consistently bestselling author. Her newest novel, Foul Matter , is set in a world she knows all too well and unfolds with a consummate deadly irony. Author Paul Giverney is between publishers. Despite stratospheric sales of his books and frenzied competition to sign him up, he lives modestly in New York's East Village and nurses a secret ambition of a very different sort. In fact, he has a byzantine plan for accomplishing it: the #1 condition of his proposed contract with the literary giant Mackenzie-Haack. They must drop Ned Isaly, a brilliant but far less successful author, and assign his equally gifted editor to Paul. In the hornets' nest of preening egos and cutthroat career moves this stirs up, ambitious editor Clive Esterhaus covets the glossy megastar Paul for himself. But Isaly's book contract is unbreakable and Clive never dreams how a very different kind of contract will force him-and his ambition-into a very foul matter, indeed.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
ISBN: 9780670032594
067003259X
Branch Call Number: GRIM
Characteristics: 372 p.

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Cafix
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.

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pattypi
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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