Something Is Rotten in Fettig: A Satire

Something Is Rotten in Fettig: A Satire


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Told in a wry, understated voice, Something Is Rotten in Fettig satirizes the travails of Leopold Plotkin, a failing kosher butcher with a pathological aversion to conflict. After Plotkin commits an act that ignites a crisis in his Republic, he is propelled into conflicts with every branch of government. When he refuses the government's demands to undo what he did, he is indicted by a Secret Blind Jury, arrested by the National Constabulary, and consigned to the notorious Purgatory House of Detention, where he languishes next to a defrocked insane lawyer whose nocturnal machinations threaten to drive him crazy. After months of languishing in prison, Plotkin is prosecuted by the Republic's ethically-challenged Prosecutor General, tried before a congenitally pro-prosecution judge, and defended by a reclusive lawyer who has never been in a courtroom. The butcher's only witness in the highly anticipated trial is an unhinged resident of the Warehouse for the Purportedly Insane. Everybody, including Plotkin and his small circle of supporters, expects a conviction and imposition of the longest sentence allowed by law, if not longer. Among other things, the novel lampoons prosecutors, public defenders, judges, juries, expert witnesses, high courts, low courts, trials, and potential perjurers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681141978
Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Prior to writing Something Is Rotten in Fettig, Jere Krakoff was a civil rights attorney. Much of this satirical novel about a fictitious Republic's criminal justice system (one that mirrors our own)is rooted in his experiences and observations as staff counsel with the ACLU National Prison Project, the Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, and the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project. The book was a finalist in the 2015 Gival Press novel competition and has received favorable reviews in Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Review, and other publications. He is currently working on another satirical novel that illuminates fundamental defects in the same Republic's Supreme Court (known as the High Court of Final Supplications).

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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Something Is Rotten In Fettig by Jere Krakoff is a humorous satirical novel on the criminal justice system. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience of adults who enjoy fiction about the justice system. Leopold Plotkin is a kosher butcher with a pathological aversion to conflict, who finds himself thrown into conflict with every part of the government when he is arrested by the National Constabulary and handed over to the Purgatory House of Detention. Leopold Plotkin’s fate is far from over as, months after he was imprisoned, he is prosecuted by the Prosecutor General with a pro-prosecution judge, and his defense lawyer is a recluse who has never been in a courtroom. What will Leopold Plotkin’s fate be with a justice system like this? The first thing that drew me to Something Is Rotten In Fettig by Jere Krakoff was the cover; I found the cover intriguing and it made me want to open the book and discover the story inside. The humorous nature of the book kept it lighthearted and there were many spots where I found myself chuckling. The book begins by dropping the reader straight into the court room without any knowledge of what Leopold Plotkin's crime was, when/how he committed it, or why he committed it. This lack of knowledge about the crime that Leopold Plotkin was charged with added a pleasant air of mystery to the book, and had me captivated as I had to keep reading to discover his crime. I really enjoyed the caricatures at the top of each chapter heading. I personally found the first one of Leopold Plotkin to be my favorite because it gave me an idea of what the main character was supposed to look like.