Tutt and Mr Tutt

Arthur C Train

Before there was Perry Mason there was Ephraim Tutt.

Ephraim Tutt, Esq., is soft hearted and a sucker for the hard luck story even to the point of foregoing his retainer, if it means defending the downtrodden against the powerful and the corrupt. In Manhattan and his hometown of Pottsville, New York, he fights cases involving murder, forgery, and theft, always finding some arcane legal point to come up trumps and stymie the prosecution. In this must-read collection, Tutt brings his sharp mind and gentle wit to bear on the cases of the "Mock Hen and Mock Turtle," the "Hepplewhite Tramp," the "Lallapaloosa Limited," and many others.

Based on author Arthur Train's experiences working in the offices of the New York District Attorney, Tutt and Mr. Tutt is a must-read for fans of legal mysteries.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 220
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311106
  • Price : INR 399

Arthur C Train

Arthur Cheney Train (6 September 1875 22 December 1945), also called Arthur Chesney Train, was an American lawyer and writer of legal thrillers, particularly known for his novels of courtroom intrigue and the creation of the fictional lawyer Mr Ephraim Tutt.

Train was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 6 September 1875. His father was lawyer Charles Russell Train, who served for many years as attorney general of Massachusetts. After attending St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, Train graduated with a BA from Harvard University in 1896 and LLB from Harvard Law School in 1899. In January 1901, Train became assistant in the office of the New York County District Attorney. In 1904 he started his literary career with the publication of the short story 'The Maximilian Diamond' in Leslie's Monthly. He ran the two careers in parallel until 1908 when he left the District Attorney's office to open a general law practice in the Mutual Life Building at 34 Nassau Street in New York City. In 1919, he created the popular character of Mr Ephraim Tutt, a wily old lawyer who supported the common man and always had a trick up his sleeve to right the law's injustices.

Train wrote dozens of stories about Tutt in the Saturday Evening Post. The fictional Ephraim Tutt became "the best-known lawyer in America," particularly after the appearance of Yankee Lawyer, an immensely popular book that purported to be Tutt's autobiography but was a literary hoax.

Train died on 22 December 1945, in New York City.

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