The Way of All Fish: A Novel by Martha Grimes

By Martha Grimes

In Grimes's new sendup of a global she is familiar with rather well, sweet and Karl, hitmen with a difference— they've got scruples—once back enterprise into the murky ny publishing scene. This time they arrive to assistance from a author who's being sued by way of her unscrupulous literary agent, L. Bass Hess, a guy decided to get a fifteen percentage fee for a e-book he didn't sell.

The agreement killers subscribe to forces with publishing tycoon Bobby Mackenzie and megabestselling author Paul Giverney to rid the suggest streets of Hess, no longer via capturing him, yet by way of riding him loopy. they're helped via different characters from Foul subject and a staff of latest colourful personalities, together with an out-of-work Vegas magician, an alligator wrangler, a glamorous Malaysian con girl, and Hess's aunt in Everglades urban, who has gone through a wildly profitable intercourse change.

This wickedly humorous sequel to Grimes's bestselling novel Foul subject is one other character-driven "satire of the venal, to not say murderous, practices of the recent York publishing industry" (The ny instances booklet Review).

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When lecturing at officially anglophone Harvard or at the officially francophone Sorbonne, I sometimes draw upon a certain facility in intralinguistic synonymy. 55 If, while lecturing in France, I feel a stutter coming on for argent, I can switch—unnoticed—to monnaie. (Stuttering for money is, of course, another matter. A certain Balbus Blaesius stuttered so severely that the Romans exhibited him in a locked cage, and people would pass coins to him in return for his stuttering. )60 But no vocabulary will ever be large enough for the stutterer: phobic stutterers are always terrified that they will not know the “right” synonym at the right time.

Then he hams things up. ” But we still don’t know for sure what Porky, the ham, originally meant to say. We know only what he actually said: first gun and then bitch. Purposeful stutterers sometimes have much the same effect in public discourse. For example, the classicist Seth Benardete (according to Ronna Burger) reports a gag in the philosopher Leo Strauss’s hemming and stuttering introduction of the Jewish scholar Martin Buber. Here’s how Benardete says that Strauss used aural anticipation and verbal expectation to put Buber down: Seth [Benardete]: One spring, Martin Buber came to Chicago.

Photo courtesy of the Harvard University Library. 41 42 P R E A M B U L AT I O N S likewise how bulbar polio (as in the case of writer Richard Chaput) sparked the invention of the tongue stick. 143 If not paralysis of the vocal chords, then paralysis of the breathing muscles in neck and chest made for the breathing stops that the stutterer too knows. For some people, writing might even present itself as a cure for stuttering rather than as the avoidance of speaking that is symptomatic of stuttering.

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