After more than two decades, Judith Singer, the heroine of Compromising Positions, returns in a rollicking new novel sure to delight established Susan Isaacs fans and new readers alike. Judith Singer's life has changed. Her husband Bob died at age 55 -- half a day after triumphantly finishing the New York City Marathon in four hours and twelve ...Read MoreAfter more than two decades, Judith Singer, the heroine of Compromising Positions, returns in a rollicking new novel sure to delight established Susan Isaacs fans and new readers alike. Judith Singer's life has changed. Her husband Bob died at age 55 -- half a day after triumphantly finishing the New York City Marathon in four hours and twelve minutes. And although twenty years have passed without seeing him, she still can't get her former lover, Nelson Sharpe of the Nassau County Police Department, out of her system. Judith finds herself surrounded by murder and mayhem when Courtney Logan, wife, mother, collector of vintage needlepoint and ex-president of Citizens for a More Beuatiful Shorehaven vanishes from Long Island into thin air. Naturally, all eyes turn to Courtney's husband, Greg, son of notorious Long Island mobster Philip 'Fancy Phil' Lowenstein. Fortunately Nelson -- who was never far from Judith's mind -- returns to help with what quickly becomes a murder enquiry.Read Less
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-23 The 20 years between Isaac's bestselling Compromising Positions and this second book to feature amateur sleuth Judith Singer have not affected the author's talent for snappy dialogue and astringent assessments of cant and pretension. In those two decades, Judith has raised two children, lost her husband, achieved a doctorate in history and is teaching (without much satisfaction) at a local college. When her Long Island neighbor, ex-investment banker and perfect mom Courtney Logan, goes missing, Judith become curious; and when Courtney turns up dead, and the husband is accused, she becomes downright obsessed. Greg Logan, it turns out, is the son of notorious gangster Fancy Phil Lowenstein, who arrives on Judith's doorstep with an offer to hire her to help his son. Naturally, her former lover, Lt. Nelson Sharp of the Nassau County Police Department, admonishes Judith to mind her own business, but she pursues her hunch that brilliant and beautiful Courtney seemed to be missing a certain "something" that no one could put a finger on. Judith suspects the key to the crime lies in the victim's character. How right she is! However, the real trouble with Courtney is that she's not very interesting, even at her worst, and Judith's investigation, despite several clever twists, goes on too long, as does the murderer's bizarre confession. But an upbeat ending will satisfy readers, and it suggests that it won't be 20 years before we encounter Judith Singer again. Agent, Owen Laster. (Sept.) Forecast: The major book clubs see big sales for this title: it's a main selection for BOMC and Mystery Guild, and an alternate for Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. A 10-city author tour and Isaac's witty ripostes on talk shows should whip up interest. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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