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Old Contemptibles

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Old Contemptibles by Martha Grimes
Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Jan 22, 1992

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Author Essay

As the contracts director for Ballantine, most of my work is finished before a manuscript ever arrives on an editor’s desk.  Because of that, I have to rely on my colleagues to tell me about authors they feel I would like to read.  Recently while in a meeting, I  let it slip that I had never read Martha Grimes.  Immediately I was told that I had to, that I would love her — and I was asked if I had lived under a rock.  Since I had a long train trip ahead of me, I said I would try her — and someone volunteered a copy THE OLD CONTEMPTIBLES from their office.  I am hooked!!!.  Richard Jury and his friends are such a smart, eccentric, and funny bunch that I ordered Martha Grimes’ other books the morning after my train ride.

–Amelia Zalcman, Director of Contracts

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