Yesterday I finished up a very, very old book that I had bought for a dime at a used book sale years ago. The book is TUTT AND MR. TUTT by Arthur Train, former assistant district attorney of New York county. It was published in the 1920's and reminds me a lot of the RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY stories except set in America and, of course, in a different time period than the Rumpole stories.
Tutt and Mr. Tutt are law partners who have some highly interesting cases put before them. But unlike serious shows such as Perry Mason that are all about solving a crime, the Tutt stories are more about the people side of the cases with lots of dry humor, and even a bit of slapstick humor, thrown in. The stories are a bit of a cerebral workout and to be honest, I didn't understand some of the legal jargon or the dialogue concerning the stock market and finances (yes, my dh handles all of THAT aspect in our marriage), but the stories were enjoyable enough to pull me through to the end. I especially enjoyed the story SAMSON AND DELILAH and what happened to one law partner when mid-life crisis hit!
I should warn you that there is a good bit of political INcorrectness where immigrants and others are concerned, but considering the era it was written in, its fairly accurate, I'm afraid, of people's thinking and way of speaking.
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