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.