The Spellman Files: Document #1

Lisa Lutz (Author)
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Description

From the award-winning author of The Passenger comes the first novel in the hilarious Spellman Files mystery series featuring Isabel "Izzy" Spellman (part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry) and her highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private investigators.

Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors--but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman.

Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go--a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life.

Product Details

Price
$17.00  $15.64
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
February 01, 2008
Pages
358
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.9 X 8.4 inches | 0.73 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781416532408

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About the Author

Nee en 1970, Lisa Lutz revait de devenir scenariste. Elle entame en 1991 l'ecriture d'un script tout en travaillant pour gagner sa vie dans... une agence de detectives. Son scenario aboutira a un film (Plan B, sorti en 2001), mais Lisa Lutz, decue par l'experience, se jure de ne plus jamais travailler pour Hollywood. C'est en 2004 qu'elle entame la redaction de Spellman et associes, premier volet de la serie des Spellman, une famille de detectives prives.

Reviews

"Fast-paced, irreverent, and very funny, The Spellman Files is like Harriet the Spy for grown-ups."

-- Curtis Sittenfeld, author of The Man of My Dreams and Prep
"Hilarious. My enjoyment of The Spellman Files was only slightly undercut by my irritation that I hadn't written it myself. The funniest book I've read in years!"

-- Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone Worth Knowing
"The Spellman Files is hilarious, outrageous, and hip. Izzy Spellman, P.I., is a total original, with a voice so fresh and real, you want more, more, more. At long last, we know what Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of lovable crackpots. Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it."

-- Adriana Trigiani, author of Lucia, Lucia and Big Stone Gap
"A spirited, funny debut...a rush of humor and chaos...casual, swift, and hip...A fresh story that works real issues through an offbeat premise."

-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)