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In this whip-smart suburban mystery from NYT bestselling author Susan Isaacs, a retired FBI agent turned Long Island housewife taps into her investigative past when she begins to suspect that her neighbor is harboring criminal secrets.

Takes One to Know One

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Just a few years ago, Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI. But at thirty-five, she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood. Now Corie is married to the brilliant and remarkably handsome Judge Josh Geller and is the adoptive mother of his lovely 14-year-old daughter. Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur, Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and, on Wednesdays, has lunch with her fellow Shorehaven freelancers at a so-so French restaurant. Life is, as they say, fine.

But at her weekly lunches, Corie senses that something’s off. Pete Delaney, a milquetoast package designer, always shows up early, sits in the same spot (often with a different phone in hand), and keeps one eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street. Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something—and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past from her new neighbors, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie just imagining things, desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence? She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney’s affairs.

Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrilling.

“Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs.” ―The 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.” ―The 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 on NPR’s Weekend Edition

"A master of the genre.”―O, The Oprah Magazine

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: July 25th, 2019


© Linda Nutter

Susan Isaacs

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.

Book Details

Publisher Grove Atlantic
Genre Mysteries & Thrillers
Publication Date Oct 01 2019
ISBN 9780802147554


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