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Green Grow the Dollars (John Putnam Thatcher #19)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  71 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
John Putnam Thatcher's out in the field - to harvest a crop of patent thievery, corporate scandal, and multimillion-dollar death! All because a newly deveolped tomato promises a six-month yield - guaranteed to revolutionize agribusiness with juicy new profits. Until the patent rights, claimed by Sloan Guaranty Trust's respected client, are challenged in court by an upstart ...more
Published January 1st 1982 by Simon & Schuster
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Sue Law
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
Another top-notch John Putnam Thatcher (though not the best). After a bit of a slow start (which stopped a Lathen binge read the first time I started reading it) the pace hots up. An ex-employee is contesting the patent application of a new tomato strain from a major lab and the distributor on the basis of IP theft. Millions in profits and professional reputations are at stake...
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Thatcher is alerted by his secretary that the account of Vandam Nursery & Seed Company is being frozen. Since his important customer, Standard Foods had just bought Vandam, Thatcher was involved. It appears that Vandam was about announce it's new wonder tomato, Numero Uno. Wisconsin Seed company had brought a lawsuit preventing the catalog going out and claiming that Vandam had stolen the tomato VR-117 which they had developed. Thatcher then finds out that the tomato was actually developed b ...more
Vicki Cline
What's the world coming to? People are being killed over tomato plants! Specifically, the secretary at a small agricultural research facility is killed before she can testify at a patent suit where the proper inventor of a biennial tomato is being decided. The other claimant to the tomato is a large firm financed by the Sloan, Thatcher's bank. This mystery seemed particularly convoluted, but it was quite interesting.
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Thatcher has some involvement, but overall you get to watch the world of agriculture (which was an area one of the authors worked). The mighty tomato has an interesting history in the world of capitalism and that and the $$ made by processed and created plant strains is interesting- and can lead to murder!
Nov 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I have read all of Emma Lathen's books and recently re-read this one. They are so well written and fun to read that this is a series that I come back to read again. Her mysteries feature a banker as the detective and are informative, humorous books to read. Always good characters that you learn to care about.
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good story, bad botany
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Emma Lathen is the pen name of two American businesswomen: an attorney Mary Jane Latsis (July 12, 1927 -October 29, 1997) and an economic analyst Martha Henissart (b. 1929),who received her B.A. in physics from Mount Holyoke College in 1950.
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