Bestselling author, Susan Isaacs is back with another story about a sassy broad who is guaranteed to make you stay up reading through the night. TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE (AtlanticMontlyPress) is the first in the new Corie Geller series.
Corie Geller has plunged into the happy suburban married existence she’d hoped for: whip-smart husband, adorable stepdaughter, loveable rescue dog, free-lance work for a literary agency. It’s all exceedingly pleasant but not exhilarating–especially for an ex-FBI agent who must keep her past job in counterterrorism secret.
Then one Wednesday, at her weekly restaurant lunch with other locals who work from home, Corie’s focus is drawn to one of the regulars. That’s when it hits her: Something’s off with this guy. Okay, just a hunch, but no way can he be what everyone thinks. As with Corie herself, he has a hidden life. Or at least that’s what her training and experience are whispering to her—as well as her gut feeling—maybe because it takes one to know one.
SUSAN’S WORDS …
I was born in a thatched cottage in the Cotswolds. Oh, you want the truth. Fine. I was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. After leaving school, I saw one of those ads: BE A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER! Take our aptitude test. Since I had nothing else in mind, I took the test-and flunked. The guy at the employment agency looked at my resume and mumbled, “You wrote for your college paper? Uh, we have an opening at Seventeen magazine.” That’s how I became a writer.
I liked my job, but I found doing advice to the lovelorn and articles like “How to Write a Letter to a Boy” somewhat short of fulfilling. So, first as a volunteer, then for actual money, I wrote political speeches in my spare time. I did less of that when I met a wonderful guy, Elkan Abramowitz, then a federal prosecutor.
We were married and a little more than a year later, we had Andrew (now a corporate lawyer). Three years later, Elizabeth (now a philosopher) was born. I’d left Seventeen to be home with my kids but continued to write speeches and the occasional magazine piece. During what free time I had, I read more mysteries than was healthy. Possibly I became deranged, but I thought, I can do this.
And that’s how Compromising Positions, a whodunit with a housewife-detectives set on Long Island came about. Talk about good luck: it was chosen the Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, auctioned for paperback, sold to the movies, translated into thirty languages, and became a bestseller. I was a little overwhelmed by the success, but since it’s hard to be cool and go to fabulous downtown parties when you’re living in the suburbs with a husband, two kids, two dogs, and a station wagon, I simply wrote another book… and then another and another. About half my works are mysteries, two fall into the category of espionage, and the rest are…well, regular novels. In the horn-tooting department, all my novels have been New York Times bestsellers.
My children are grown, married to wonderful people, and they’ve made me a grandmother. (Being a grandparent is one of those rare times in life that lives up to its rave reviews – I suppose as partial compensation for adolescence.) And I still live on Long Island with my husband, the criminal defense lawyer, breakfast chef, and fellow political junkie. After forty years of marriage, we’re still exchanging significant looks as we watch Meet the Press.
FYI: If you’re in Miami November for the Book Fair, look Susan up. She’ll be doing what she does best, talking about her new novel and making us laugh.
We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us which of Susan’s fourteen novels is your favorite. I like too many to make one choice! Maybe you can narrow it down for me. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
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