ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Before completing Something Is Rotten in Fettig, Jere Krakoff was a civil rights attorney. He practiced with the ACLU National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Mississippi, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project headquartered in Philadelphia, and Neighborhood Legal Services Association, a legal aid program in Pittsburgh. The novel was inspired by people, places and events he observed while litigating and a lifetime of witnessing some of the best and worst of the human condition.
In his law practice, he encountered squalid prison conditions like those depicted in the novel’s Purgatory House of Detention, biased judges like Wolfgang Stifel, narcissistic lawyers like Umberto Malatesta, feckless public defenders like Felix I. Bleifus, and pompous expert witnesses like Hippolyte Thwaite.
During his childhood wanderings, he saw failed or failing butchers like the novel’s protagonist, Leopold Plotkin, witnessed intrafamily hostilities similar to those of the extended Plotkin family, and knew a man with the imagination of A. I. Gopnik, the former curator of the Museum of Bleak Paintings, resident of the Warehouse for the Purportedly Insane, and one of the novel’s central characters.
Believing he has other things to write about that have redeeming social value, the author is working on another satirical novel. It concerns a fictitious Republic's Supreme Court. When not writing, he enjoys reading. Among his favorite authors are Gunter Grass, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, and Howard Jacobson.