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By Hook or by Crook (John Putnam Thatcher #16)

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The Parajian family inherits a profitable rug business - and a rivalry sealed in blood! Sloan Guaranty Trust is faced with a bitter fight among the Parajian heirs. The children own 40 percent of the stock, but Paul, their father, frustrates their efforts for complete control of the company. Then a distant relative returns to claim her profits, and is found poisoned. John P ...more
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster (first published 1975)
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Vicki Cline
Mar 21, 2012 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sloan (and Thatcher) gets involved with an Oriental rug business. The elderly sister of the owner comes to the US after having lived in the USSR and recuperating in Tehran from an illness. This book was written in 1975, 4 years before the overthrow of the Shah and the hostage-taking there. It's a bit jarring reading about previously normal relations with a current enemy. Another interesting thing about this book is that it's the only one so far where I've had some sympathy for the murderer.
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Very tricky mystery.
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