Izzy Spellman is 28, single, lives in the attic of her parents' San Francisco home, and works for Spellman Investigations - a family-run business specialising in surveillance, tactical vehicular pursuit, artful coercion and what might be unkindly termed a general invasion of privacy. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman, tail a Spellman, ...
Izzy Spellman is 28, single, lives in the attic of her parents' San Francisco home, and works for Spellman Investigations - a family-run business specialising in surveillance, tactical vehicular pursuit, artful coercion and what might be unkindly termed a general invasion of privacy. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman, tail a Spellman, dig up dirt on, blackmail and wiretap a Spellman. Nobody's safe - not Izzy's beautiful mother, not her ex-cop father, not her perfect older brother, not her wildly determined younger sister, not her dissolute uncle. And certainly not Izzy. Still, it takes a special transgression to make Izzy want to quit the business, and an equally special arrangement before her parents will release her from her contract. Suspenseful, sharply funny and achingly bitter-sweet, THE SPELLMAN FILES explores the agonising and hilarious dilemmas of a 28-year-old daughter trying to break free of a family with more than the usual means of sabotage at their disposal.
This book was chosen as a light summer read for my book group. I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but I did thoroughly. It's just a fun read about a quirky family of private investigators. I'm going to read the 2 other "Spellman" books by Lutz.
Jul 9, 2009
Here's another gem from Ms. Lutz - her unique style is something to anticipate and savor. The characters are quirky, fun, and just plain terrific - great read!
Sep 22, 2007
The first part of the story is one long series of character set-up of the protagonist, Izzy Spellman, and her highly eccentric family of professional investigators. There's honestly not a lot of "plot" as such, but the novel becomes much more focused during the second half. I'm looking forward to the sequel due out next year.
Aug 17, 2007
A fix for Stephanie Plum addicts
If you can"t wait for the next Evanovich you can catch some of the same type of looniness in this tale of a dysfunctional family of private investigators who spend as much time spying on each other as solving cases. A fun diversion.
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