The Way of All Fish: A Novel Audiobook, by Martha Grimes Play Audiobook Sample

The Way of All Fish: A Novel Audiobook

The Way of All Fish: A Novel Audiobook, by Martha Grimes Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781442366442

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Longest Chapter Length:

20:19 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

07:57 minutes

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Publisher Description

A wickedly funny sequel to Grimes’s bestselling novel, Foul Matter, “a satire of the venal, not to say murderous practices of the New York publishing industry” (New York Times Book Review)

Writer Cindy Sella is having trouble with her next 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, but almost decline the assignment after their initial surveillance of him. When they hear about his preposterous lawsuit against Cindy Sella, though, they decide to help. Candy and Karl devise a series of zany capers to drive Hess out of New York City—permanently.

Grimes’s loyal fans will delight in the return of several colorful characters from Foul Matter, including the successful writer Paul Giverney and his seven-year-old daughter Hannah (who is still writing her book); editor Clive Esterhaus (who has a penchant for long, boozy lunches); unprincipled publisher Bobby Mackenzie and one of his assistants, Bunny Fogg; and ex-hitman and bestselling author Danny Zito (currently living in the Chelsea section of New York City under the witness protection program). New listeners will find these characters and their escapades shed an amusing light on the New York publishing scene.

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“Martha Grimes is a very funny writer and The Way of All Fish is a hilarious and worthy sequel to her bestselling Foul Matter. Like all great satirists, Ms. Grimes sees the world from the other side of the looking glass andinvites us to come along for a wild and wacky ride. A very entertaining and fun read.”

— Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Quest 


  • “Few people have ever succeeded in making book publishing of all things seem funny and suspenseful, but Martha Grimes does so brilliantly in The Way of All Fish.”

    — Michael Korda, New York Times bestselling author of Hero
  • “Martha Grimes is back with a deliciously hilarious send-up of the book business. The Way of All Fish nails all the foul matter of publishing dead on, and is a smashingly great read as well.”

    — Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Death Angel
  • “Addictive, whimsical…The coup de grace alone is worth the price of admission.”

    — Publishers Weekly

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About Martha Grimes

Martha Grimes is the author of more than thirty books, twenty-four of them featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Richard Jury. In 1983, she received the Nero Wolfe Award for best mystery of the year for The Anodyne Necklace. She is the winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award.

About George Newbern

Jim Meskimen is a stage, film, and television actor who has appeared in many well-known movies and television shows. He acted in Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon for director Ron Howard, both of which were nominated for Best Picture Oscars. His television appearances include The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Friends, Lie to Me, Criminal Minds, and Parks and Recreation. He is also a painter, award-winning audiobook narrator, and audiobook director for Galaxy Audio.