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Fast Copy

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In 1935 Betsy Throckmorton’s father lures her from a New York job with Time magazine back to Claybelle, Texas, with the promise that she can be the editor of his Claybelle Standard-Times. Betsy brings along her husband, Ted Winton, an easterner and Yale graduate to whom she is constantly explaining Texas. Ted will run Ben Throckmorton’s radio station, KVAT, where Booty and ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Texas Christian University Press
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Jun 04, 2009 John rated it really liked it
The afterword by Jenkins' daughter Sally Jenkins, a noted sports columnist now at the Washington Post, sums up this book well... it is Jenkins' homage to his Texas childhood, growing up in the 1930s and 40s in the Ft. Worth area. Unlike most of Jenkins' books, which are social commentaries disguised as rather bawdy, sports-oriented comic novels, this book is more of a tragi-comedy and uses a "Texas murder machine" plot as a backdrop for his reflections on Lone Star life before WWII.

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May 13, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it liked it
This story is set in Depression-era Texas. Betsy Thorkmorton, the strong-willed, smart, and beautiful daughter of the owner of a Texas newspaper returns from New York with her Yalie husband. Her husband is murdered, and she uses her editorial position and skills to battle a murder organization headed by a Texas Ranger. Things can get exiting and dangerous.

The writing is full of interesting characters, and as in Jenkins’ other novels, pays time and tribute to other Texas institutions—sex, drinki
Jun 13, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
What a fun book! I loved the larger-than-life characters and the way the author brought the time period in the 1930s to live. Football and oil were alive and well in Texas!
Nov 15, 2010 Paige rated it really liked it
This was different than my usual reading and I enjoyed it.
Caralyn Rubli
Blurbs said it was funny. I don't know maybe the jokes were over my head. It was an alright story but took me forever to finish it.
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Jun 09, 2012 Tom Tallmadge rated it really liked it
Fast Copy will keep you glued to your seat.Great history of this part of Texas, by an author who was fully immersed in the story.
By far the best Dan Jenkins novel ever.
I want to be Betsy Throckmorton when I grow up.

You know, whenever that might be.
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Dan Jenkins is an American author and sportswriter, most notably for Sports Illustrated.

Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended R .L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated. In 1985 he
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