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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