Takes One to Know One

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Atlantic Monthly Press
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5.7 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Isaacs is the author of thirteen novels, including As Husbands Go, Long Time No See, Any Place I Hang My Hat and Compromising Positions. A recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award, Isaacs serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers, and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. Her fiction has been translated into 30 languages. She lives on Long Island with her husband.


Praise for Takes One to Know One

"[Isaacs] has us chasing Corie all over the map, charmed by this motormouth sleuth's snappy wit and awed by her courage."--New York Times Book Review

"Ms. Isaacs is a witty author, but comedy gives way to terror as Corie's inevitable confrontation with her dangerous quarry nears. All the foreshadowing and presaging pays off in spades, and the scenes that tie up loose ends are a pleasure to read."--Wall Street Journal

"What is it that makes Susan Isaacs' books so delicious to read? She's funny, for starters. And that humor combined with romance and old-fashioned murder mystery tickles every feel-good bone in our bodies. Her characters are whole and flawed and lovable, and you want only the best for them, even as you ardently wish to find them in danger -- repeatedly -- along the way."--Newsday

"There are so many layers -- and thrilling twists and turns -- that you won't want to put it down."--InTouch

"The inimitable Susan Isaacs, master of sardonically witty observation and genre-bending suspense, is back with Takes One to Know One, her first standalone novel since 2012. . . . With shades of Agatha Christie and "Law & Order," blended with the high drama of a conventional suspense thriller and a generous portion of Isaacs' signature wry and brainy observational humor, Takes One to Know One will be catnip to longtime Isaacs fans and new readers alike."--BookPage

"Isaacs has written numerous best-sellers, beginning with her debut, Compromising Positions, but this is her first full-length novel since 2012's Goldberg Variations, and it's a good one. ...Turns out, [ex-FBI agent turned suburbanite] Corie's still got it, but it leads her straight into a deadly trap. Corie's combat skills and investigative prowess are still up to snuff, but her snarky commentary and hilarious interactions with her father are the real page-turners here."--Booklist

"[A] stylish beach read...[with] vibrant characters, snappy dialogue, and an arresting first-person narrative."--Publishers Weekly

"When a new Susan Isaacs novel comes out, her fans take notice...As the suspense builds and builds, we can't put the book down. As in all of Isaacs' work, we truly like the protagonist and are happy to go along on this adventure with her step by step. Read this combination character study/action novel slowly. Get to know Corie, because Isaacs' website informs us that Takes One To Know One is the beginning of a series. Rest assured that all of us will want to read more of Corie Geller's excellent adventures."--Bookreporter.com

"Isaacs' writing is clever and funny, with laugh-out-loud moments and strong character development. ...Highly recommended for anyone who likes fast-paced storytelling, quirky and interesting characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing right along with the protagonist."--New York Journal of Books

"Isaacs's latest suburban novel starts out as a low-key story of a wife looking for a diversionary project for herself and her father, a retired cop, then escalates into action requiring all of her skills as a trained FBI agent. For fans of Kate White and the movie True Lies."--Library Journal

Praise for Susan Isaacs:

"Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs." --Washington Post

"I can think of no other novelist--popular or highbrow--who consistently celebrates female gutsiness, brains and sexuality. She's Jane Austen with a schmear." --NPR's Fresh Air

"[Susan Isaacs is] a witty, wry observer of contemporary life." --New York Times Book Review

"The women who inhabit Isaacs' books are smart, sexy, a little snarky, and filled with some serious chutzpah."--Rachel Martin NPR's "Weekend Edition"

"A master of the genre."--O, the Oprah Magazine

"Issacs is a master of witty fiction with an undercurrent of emotional truth."--USA Today

"Always sassy, smart and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs' novel is both hilariously funny and a moving tale of family, faith and reconciliation."--Book of the Month Club

[A]smart-alecky whodunit/surprisingly sweet love story...Isaacs brings it all together in this fast and furious ride through wanton greed, fragile relationships, and love worth fighting for." --Publishers Weekly (starred review), on As Husbands Go

"Isaacs does it again: skewering the pretensions of upscale suburbanites and in a tender, funny romance."--Kirkus (starred review), on Long Time No See

"Isaacs delivers witty, wicked satire from begining to end." --Entertainment Weekly

"I love [Susan Isaacs]...I don't think she's ever written a heroine I wouldn't want to be friends with. And I think she's really brilliant in a Jane Austen way about social strata and place. She nails all the details."--Jennifer Weiner, Miami Herald

"Biting and funny."--New York Daily News