The Way of All Fish

The Way of All Fish

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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An "absurdly amusing" (The New York Times Book Review) sequel to Martha Grimes's bestselling novel, Foul Matter, this wicked satire of the publishing industry is "comic, caustic, and relentlessly readable" (Booklist).Writer Cindy Sella is having trouble with her new novel. Aside from her paralyzing writer's block, she's faced with a lawsuit from her ex-agent, L. Bass Hess. Hess will stop at nothing to collect a commission from Cindy on her previous novel, which he did not represent since she had fired him long before it was published. Hitmen Candy and Karl—first introduced in Foul Matter—are asked to "get rid" of L. Bass Hess. They join forces with a publishing mogul, a bestselling author, an out-of-work Vegas magician, an alligator wrangler, a glamorous Malaysian con lady, and Hess's aunt in the Everglades who has undergone a wildly successful sex change, and concoct a plan to save Cindy Sella from the odious machinations of Hess by driving him (slowly, hilariously) crazy. Grimes's fans will delight in the return of several colorful characters from Foul Matter, including Senior Editor Clive Esterhaus, unprincipled publisher Bobby Mackenzie, and ex-mobster and author Danny Zito, currently under the witness protection program. New readers will find that these characters and their escapades shed an amusing light on the New York publishing scene. Informed and influenced by the author's own publishing adventures, "The Way of All Fish is a goofily offbeat delight" (The Washington Post).
Publisher: 2014
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9781476724003

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IndyPL_SteveB Apr 18, 2019

A humorous crime caper novel, a sequel to *Foul Matter*. It’s not deep, but it’s very clever and fun. I would put this in the category of an Elmore Leonard novel, where the criminals have a greater sense of honor than the attorneys, police, accountants, and businessmen. The criminals are at least honest in knowing and admitting that they are criminals.

The main criminal characters in *The Way of All Fish* are Karl and Candy, professional hitmen with scruples – they won’t kill anyone who doesn’t deserve it. So they do a lot of research on their potential targets and get very upset when their clients get impatient for results. Lots of colorful characters, con games, and plot twists. Grimes has a particular skill of clever description, so you can visualize a setting or a character quickly. Several of the plot twists have to do with clownfish, aquariums, and exotic fish smuggling.

Oct 03, 2015

I only read one chapter of this. I did not like the language. She didn't used to write like this. I would rate it R

May 03, 2014

This book is a hilarious parody of the book publishing industry. It appears to be a sequel to Foul Matter, which should probably be read first, but this book is enjoyable on its own as well.

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