Re: RARA-AVIS: CW Grafton?

From: Joy Matkowski (
Date: 07 Jun 2009

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    The book's in great shape, but it's a paperback reprint from the 1980s, apparently marketed to capitalize on Sue's success. The two nonseries books I bought of his are originals.
        I'm delighted to find a "new" author I like and sorry he didn't continue the series through to Z. Joy

    Frederick Zackel wrote:
    > Wow. Great find! Very valuable, too, in the ebay sense.
    > That's Sue's dad!
    > Joy Matkowski writes:
    > "My great find is C. W. Grafton. /The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope/ was
    > in one of those dollar a bag library sales I picked up a while back. The
    > protagonist is a general business lawyer in Kentucky circa 1940 who is
    > handed a client worried that a corporation owner wants to pay her more
    > than the face value of a little stock she inherited. It devolves into a
    > real mess with the self-described short, fat lawyer getting clobbered
    > hard and often. It's got a great plot that rushes around, it's funny in
    > spots but not silly, and it's contemporaneous and thus realistic for the
    > times and the place.
    > "The disappointment is that he wrote only four books---I guess he was
    > busy actually practicing law in Kentucky---but now I've got the other
    > three still in parcels next to my desk.
    > "Joy, back to work"

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