ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE by William Wetmore


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In quasi-journalese, All the Right People tells its story straightforwardly and that's the best that can be said for it. It concerns rival newspapers and political intrigue in a small Connecticut town, Gravenhurst. Narrator Larry Woodruff is the son of the town's biggest man, Clarence Woodruff III, who owns the Gravenhurst Daily Watch and who makes and breaks politicians. The Woodruff power is attacked when the son of a real estate king starts up a jazzy tabloid in competition with the staid Daily Watch. The Watch's city editor, Ned Polk, has his villainous eye on the vacancy left by the death of a State Senator and goes over to the rival paper to further his ambition. Larry assumes more and more control of his father's paper and the in-fighting with Dad gets as heavy as with the other paper. There are some ludicrously unfunny scenes at the town's Fun House, which features beautiful prostitutes and clients who wear animal masks, and where Larry discovers his father. The narrator's naivete is relentlessly wearying.

Pub Date: Jan. 24th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday