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Every once in a great while I stumble across a writer who just gets it, one who possesses The Humor that elusive knack for expressing razor sharp wit by fusing language and wordplay with insight into human nature and the ironies surfacing in relational complexity Lisa Lutz looms large in this category This opening entry in her series about the Spellman family introduces a spirited line up of family members whose San Francisco private investigation business facilitates honing inquiry skills on each other through surveillance, background checks, and tough negotiations over everything down to the most mundane of household conflicts.Rebellious Isabel suffers from second child syndrome I know something about that , which is manifested through years of drug use, underwhelming academic performance, and a relatively directionless approach to life and career, especially when contrasted with the successes of her perfect older brother David who is a Berkeley and Stanford educated attorney Their accidental baby sister Rae is named after her Uncle Ray who often lives in the family home, but who also frequents bars when not out carousing with ladies of the night or disappearing for days until finally tracked down debauching in casinos and seedy motels Rae is a precocious and difficult pre teen, but also demonstrates a quirky sense of loyalty She quickly acquires tools for surviving in this family comprised of individuals adept at gathering intelligence and using it to their own advantage The Spellman Files focuses principally on the characters, but a secondary story unfolds about an unresolved disappearance case Other readers may be seeking aplot driven narrative, but farinteresting to me are the people and their interactions, their back stories, and the humor generated through the author s astute and clever observations This book is at least as much about the Spellmans as it is a whodunit, and that strikes just the right balance for a mystery novel in a genre I find to be otherwise humdrum.The chapters often bear a structure resembling private investigation files wherein Isabel catalogs detailed lists of information and documents transcripts of conversations as though she is filling out investigative reports My favorite storyline is Isabel s relationship with Future Ex Boyfriend 9, Guatemala born dentist Daniel Castillo DDS, with whom she shares a common interest in the 1960s crime series Get Smart I love that Isabel s parents share a strong distaste for and suspicion of dentists and prefer that their daughter date lawyers Their differences, however, reflect in Daniel s childhood dream of working for CONTROL, the American counter espionage agency, whereas Isabel s lifelong fantasy is working for its nemesis, KAOS This coupling s future is precarious at best.From start to finish, Lutz demonstrates a quick witted humor and intelligence that immediately drew me in and captivated my attention all throughout This fantastic initial entry into the Spellman series has me convinced to continue on, and with anticipation I look forward to readingThe International Organization of Evil. Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga do koje ne bih do la da nema Goodreads a, to bi bio veliki propust.Zabavna, uzbudljiva, opu taju a, duhovita knjiga koja mami osmeh na lice od prve strane.Pratimo svakodnevnicu porodice Spelman, oni vode porodi ni biznis oni su privatni detektivi, nju kala, zovite ih kako ho ete A Spelmanovi su mama, tata, ujka Rej, Dejvid, Izi i mala Rej.I have a confession to make ja sam ista, preslikana Rej Spelman, da klin e od 13 14 godina, to sam JA Kako sam po ela da itam Spelmanove setila sam se jedne u nizu avantura iz detinjstva Imala sam negde oko 13 godina, ba kao Rej Bio je letnji raspust, jedan od najlep ih ikada I tokom tog letnjeg raspusta, moja 2 godine mla a sestra, najbolja drugarica i ja smo bile zalu ene jednom knjigom Re je knjizi koja je kod nas prevedena kao Harijeta uhoda , mo da je jo neko od vas itao Evo linka do nje U svakom slu aju, pod utiskom te knjige u kojoj glavna junakinja pi e tajni dnevnik, uhodi kolske drugove i sl nas tri smo tog leta osnovale Tajno dru tvo BRO ne pitajte za to to ime, suvi e je duga pri a Vodile smo tajni dnevnik, izmislile na e ifrovano pismo, imale posebne bro eve kao znak pripadanja Tajnom dru tvu, i najbolje od svegapratile nepoznate ljude svako ve e ceo raspust Zato sam ja Rej Spelman, a vi knjigu u ruke i u ivajte Meet Isabel Izzy Spellman, Private Investigator This Twenty Eight Year Old May Have A Checkered Past Littered With Romantic Mistakes, Excessive Drinking, And Creative Vandalism She May Be Addicted To Get Smart Reruns And Prefer Entering Homes Through Windows Rather Than Doors But The Upshot Is She S Good At Her Job As A Licensed Private Investigator With Her Family S Firm, Spellman Investigations Invading People S Privacy Comes Naturally To Izzy In Fact, It Comes Naturally To All The Spellmans If Only They Could Leave Their Work At The Office To Be A Spellman Is To Snoop On A Spellman Tail A Spellman Dig Up Dirt On, Blackmail, And Wiretap A Spellman Part Nancy Drew, Part Dirty Harry, Izzy Walks An Indistinguishable Line Between Spellman Family Member And Spellman Employee Duties Include Completing Assignments From The Bosses, Aka Mom And Dad Preferably Without Scrutiny Appeasing Her Chronically Perfect Lawyer Brother Often Under Duress Setting An Example For Her Fourteen Year Old Sister, Rae Who S Become Addicted To Recreational Surveillance And Tracking Down Her Uncle Who Randomly Disappears On Benders Dubbed Lost Weekends But When Izzy S Parents Hire Rae To Follow Her For The Purpose Of Ascertaining The Identity Of Izzy S New Boyfriend , Izzy Snaps And Decides That The Only Way She Will Ever Be Normal Is If She Gets Out Of The Family Business But There S A Hitch She Must Take One Last Job Before They Ll Let Her Go A Fifteen Year Old, Ice Cold Missing Person Case She Accepts, Only To Experience A Disappearance Far Closer To Home, Which Becomes The Most Important Case Of Her Life Zauvek u pamtiti kako me je ova knjiga kupila kao urednika Dobila sam od njenog agenta rukopis knjige mesecima pre nego to je objavljena od tampala sam je i ponela papire sa sobom na Sajam knjiga u London, da itam usput Te godine sajam je bio izme ten na Doklends i gotovo sat vremena putovali smo metroom od hotela do sajma i obrnuto I ja sam vukla papire sa sobom, itala, cerebe ila se i svaki cas cimala za rukav vlasnika Lagune i prepri avala mu urnebesne scene iz teksta posle dva dana drndanja metroom i mog stalnog cimanja, kapitulirao je i rekao, ok, kupujemo prava Zamislite situaciju da ste ro eni u porodici gde majka i otac vode svoju detektivsku agenciju, a vi radite za njih imate mla u sestru napast i starijeg u togljenog brata i imate dosta budu ih biv ih frajera br taj i taj a roditelji vam svakog momka detaljno provere Na alost Laguna je objavila samo prvi naslov, a Dosije Spelmanovih do iveo je vec nekoliko nastavaka a sprema se i ekranizacija THE SPELLMAN FILES Private Investigator, Izzy Spellman, San Francisco, Cont PoorLutz, Lisa 1st bookSimon and Schuster, 2007, US Hardcover ISBN 9781415432392First Sentence I duck into the parking garage hoping to escape Izzy Spellman is a private investigator from a family of private investigators Her parents sent Izzy and her brother David out on their first official surveillance when they were 12 and 14 years old respectively Izzy eventually decides to quit the family business but is told she must take on one last case a fifteen year old cold case of a young man who d gone missing I know I often complain about lack of character development, but not this time The entire book was character development with, oh yes, a plot, as a minor secondary aspect over half way through the book The book starts out with some funny scenes but quickly degrades to mildly amusing and finally to downright boring as the story plays its single theme over and over It is redundant in the extreme I found myself not particularly liking the characters as they quickly become the poster family for the dysfunctional and the protagonist seems proud of her periods of indiscriminate sex and drugs and inability to form a relationship The cold missing persons case was interesting but by the time it s introduced into the story, I found myself skipping everything else around it to find out what happened with the case The book wasn t awful, but I m sorry I wasted my money on it and know I shan t read anyin the series. Beach read Funny read I want to be this character read Lisa Lutz, if you ever read this, please don t take it the wrong way By beach read I mean that I was completely entertained, laughed out loud a couple of times, and didn t want to move while I read it Your book sucked me in and kept me there When I had to put it down, the story and characters stayed with me enough so it was easy to pick back up Izzy Spellman reminded me of Thursday Next The Eyre Affair and Jane Charlotte Bad Monkeys I have the galley of the follow up Curse of the Spellmans and am starting it today Thank you, Lisa, for Izzy, Rae, and the whole Spellman family A deeply hilarious book about Isabel Spellman, a PI in San Francisco, who works for her parents firm The entire Spellman family is deeply weird but strangely functional I loved it, the whole thing the quirky anecdotes about the family, the list of ex boyfriends, the younger sister addicted to surveillance.One small warning before you read this book, take the concept of plot, put it in a drawer in a closet, and don t come back to it until you are done It is a non linear book, and it doesn t have an ordinary crime investigation resolution progression You just have to roll with it. I still haven t forgiven this book for looking so appealing on my own, personal also, in my bedroom bookshelf that my daughter, who was about 12 at the time and a precocious reader, snitched it from my shelf and read it I didn t find out until after she was finished It s not the worst thing in the world that she could have read at that age, but it has some adult content that, let s just say, I wasn t quite ready for her to be exposed to yet And yes, it was totally the book s fault and not mine Although now I do tend to hide my adult content books in harder to find places Anyway, this was a fairly enjoyable, humorous read about a quirky family of private investigators, the latest mystery they re trying to solve, and their relationships with each other and with other people The MC, Isabel Izzy Spellman, age 28, is the middle child and a former juvenile delinquent My teenage years were defined by meetings at the principal s office, rides in squad cars, ditching, vandalism, smoking in the bathroom, drinking at the beach, breaking and entering, academic probation, groundings, lectures, broken curfews, hangovers, blackouts, illegal drugs, combat boots, and unwashed hair.Izzy has now straightened out, mostly, and has a job with her parents PI firm, but is thinking of striking out on her own But first she needs to solve an old missing person mystery that may have something to do with a problem in her own family It was fun read, but not really my thing I ve since dumped the book on PBS, and I didn t feel any compelling urge to go read anybooks in this series.And not just because I would have had to find a better hiding place for them Content Advisory Scattered F bombs, a non explicit seduction, and descriptions of drug use and teenage misbehavior aka Things I Didn t Want My 12 y o Reading Yet. This book won t work for some, but head into it in the right frame of mind and it s a fun ride, a modern screwball comedy crossed with spy caper, Harriet the Spy meets Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead.Isabel is a private investigator in the family business, Spellman Investigations It s been a hard road getting there after a decade of childish rebellion Since David her brother had cornered the market on perfection, I had to settle for mining the depths of my own imperfection Spellman co workers include younger sister, Rae Rae would eventually throw everything off balance, but I ll get to that later Then there s her parents her mother, Olivia who met her father when she was spying on a potential brother in law, and her father and former police detective, Albert Albert has a special sense of humor His sense of humor is purely cheap vaudeville, yet everyone falls for it Some of his routines like sneezing Eastern European names he never grows tired of Only his children have suggested he work up some new material A recent addition to the team is former officer and born again gambler, Uncle Ray, perhaps the only straight shooter in the family I asked him what he d been up to for the past two weeks and he replied, Let s see I went on a five day bender, sobered up during a forty eight hour poker game Had a few dates in Reno Another poker game Three days, for the life of me, I can t remember Her brother David, refused to join the family business he s rebelled by becoming a lawyer The truth was, the job didn t interest David He thought people had a right to privacy The rest of us did not One of the most interesting aspects of the story is its deconstructed structure A number of journal entries, flashbacks, interrogations and scene shots build both current story and background but require reader synthesis Isabel is a little obsessed with keeping track or proving her case and a number of her exploits are list oriented, reminding me of Cursed. For instance, there s profiles summarizing relationships through Ex Boyfriend 8 6 and 9 simply cannot reduce to the data that will fit on a three by five index card and Uncle s series of benders, known as Lost Weekend There s also the three main incidents that changed her path from her life of irresponsible hedonism to one of maturity While it is the type of structure that can smack of authorial gimmick, here it worked Perhaps the disjointed set up allows for certain parallels to be made between the narrator and the reader, so that they are at similar perspective when the main event appears However, Lutz is smart enough to not stay with the device too long once past the introduction and historical context, narrative smooths out and becomeslinear.Writing is clever with lines that make me laugh out loud Much like the screwball comedy, the humor isn t based on one liners, but a clever set up that suddenly resolves into an absurd scenario There s a scene on a stake out with young Rae that particularly amused me The romance plot is a series of harebrained schemes that escalate from one little lie.Plotting is interesting truly, the story isabout a dysfunctional family who specializes in investigative work than any specific mystery There s a sub plot of Ex Boyfriend 9, which really does start to resemble screwball comedy, and a war between the Ra y e s that is remarkably calculating Those who want a crime solving story are apt to be disappointed I hesitate to compare it to Janet Evanovich s Stephanie Plum series this is in many ways darker, less functional, less I Love Lucy There s proliferate mention of drug use in the past, and some questionable family dynamics The reader gets the feel there is a mystery in the beginning, but it s only hinted at in an early interview with a police detective Half way through, Isabel is given her own cold case to work, but the conclusion and resolution were no real surprise to me as a reader It servesas a foil for the narrator s own family I didn t mind the lack of suspense involved with it, as by then I understood the real story is the family and Isabel.I enjoyed it like frozen yogurt with sprinkles, it went down smooth and clean with no ice cream headache or aftertaste Note that it likely has high re read potential, especially given it isabout character and relationships than mystery Next one already ordered from the library.5 24 Re read Still holds up added it to my e library when it was available for a deal Also probably worth noting it passed the mom test. I m one of those people who will forgive anything of a movie or a novel as long as I enjoy the characters If I like the characters, if I find them amusing or admirable or realistic, I ll gladly read hundreds of pages in which nothing really happens just for the pleasure of their company This is one of those novels and, as such, while I enjoyed the hell out of it, I probably won t actively recommend it because I don t want anyone wondering, I don t get it What did she think was so special in this thing Nothing really happens Sweet bibliophilia, she book raped me And then there are the awkward months of refusing to make eye contact with me in the hallways, the whispering behind my back She s the one who book raped Edna , and the nervous tics that will inevitably manifest themselves when I m spotted with a book in my hand and approaching someone And so I will not insist that anyone read this novel, although I think a person might enjoy it if he willingly chooses to read it of his own free will with no pressure from me whatsoever The Spellman Files is about an eccentric family of private investigators, although it is narrated through the viewpoint of 28 year old Isabel Izzy Spellman, the middle child of the family When Izzy was younger, she knew there was no way that she could live up to her impossibly perfect older brother so she instead dedicated her life to rebellion and anarchy Izzy was a success in making her parents lives a living hell always in trouble with alcohol, drugs, vandalism however, she cleans up her act to a point when her sister Rae is born and emulates everything Izzy does Fortunately, the directionless Izzy s past makes her a perfect employee in the family s private investigation business She has no scruples about following the law or the rules, has only a loose interpretation of morality, and actually enjoys detective work While Izzy has matured, she hasn t lost her razor sharp tongue or the quirks that make her an enjoyable character The novel s plot seems secondary to the character development and, while this would drive a lot of readers insane, I didn t mind it In the beginning you learn that Rae has disappeared and the police believe Izzy is somehow connected Through interviews and case reports, Izzy goes back and constructs the family dynamic that exists among the Spellmans After working for so long in the PI business, they are all paranoid and hyper sensitive to plots, treachery, and falsehoods, which lead to intrafamily battle royales over real and presumed betrayals This is a family that loves each other, but they have strange ways of showing that love it s nothing in the Spellman family for a relative to bug your room, put a wire tap on your phone, run a background check on your current boyfriend, pick the lock to your apartment, put you under surveillance, etc The methods used by the Spellman parents to make sure their children are on the straight and narrow often lead to hilarious results and the banter between the Spellman children seems authentic and real There s no real suspense here and what little there is can be easily pieced together, but that s not the real point of the novel anyway this is a quick, light read about the bonds that hold even the most unconventional of families together Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder