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The Spellman Files : The Spellmans Book 1 - Lisa Lutz

The Spellman Files

The Spellmans Book 1

By: Lisa Lutz

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Published: 4th September 2008
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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.

About the Author

Having sold her first screenplay at the age of 21, Liza Lutz quit college to make it big in Hollywood, only to spend the next ten years rewriting the script! During that time she supported herself via menial jobs, including a two-year stint at a San Francisco private investigation firm, which inspired her to write her first novel, The Spellman Files.



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Quirky Brilliant Funny Loved It


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This book is really different from anything else I have read but I loved the style and thought it was a brilliant concept and very funny. Couldn't wait to get the next in the series. As this is a series the books are best read in order.


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    ""The Spellman Files" is hilarious, outrageous, and hip. Izzy Spellman, P.I., is a total original, with a voice so fresh and real, you want more, more, more. At long last, we know what Nancy Drew would have been like had she come from a family of lovable crackpots. Lisa Lutz has created a delicious comedy with skill and truth. I loved it."-- Adriana Trigiani, author of "Lucia, Lucia" and "Big Stone Gap"


    Chapter 1
    Seventy-two Hours Later

    A single lightbulb hangs from the ceiling, its dull glow illuminating the spare decor of this windowless room. I could itemize its contents with my eyes closed: one wooden table, splintered and paint-chipped, surrounded by four rickety chairs; a rotary phone; an old television; and a VCR. I know this room well. Hours of my childhood I lost in here, answering for crimes I probably did commit. But I sit here now answering to a man I have never seen before, for a crime that is still unknown, a crime that I am too afraid to even consider.

    Inspector Henry Stone sits across from me. He places a tape recorder in the center of the table and switches it on. I can't get a good read on him: early forties, short-cropped salt-and-pepper hair, crisp white shirt, and a perfectly tasteful tie. He might be handsome, but his cold professionalism feels like a mask. His suit seems too pricey for a civil servant and makes me suspicious. But everyone makes me suspicious.

    "Please state your name and address for the record," says the inspector.

    "Isabel Spellman. Seventeen ninety-nine Clay Street, San Francisco, California."

    "Please state your age and date of birth."

    "I'm twenty-eight. Born April 1, 1978."

    "Your parents are Albert and Olivia Spellman, is that correct?"


    "You have two siblings: David Spellman, thirty, and Rae Spellman, fourteen. Is that correct?"


    "Please state your occupation and current employer for the record."

    "I am a licensed private investigator with Spellman Investigations, my parents' PI firm."

    "When did you first begin working for Spellman Investigations?" Stone asks.

    "About sixteen years ago."

    Stone consults his notes and looks up at the ceiling, perplexed. "You would have been twelve?"

    "That is correct," I respond.

    "Ms. Spellman," Stone says, "let's start at the beginning."

    I cannot pinpoint the precise moment when it all began, but I can say for sure that the beginning didn't happen three days ago, one week, one month, or even one year ago. To truly understand what happened to my family, I have to start at the very beginning, and that happened a long time ago.
    Copyright 2007 Lisa Luntz

    ISBN: 9781416526407
    ISBN-10: 1416526404
    Series: Izzy Spellman Mystery Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 370
    Published: 4th August 2008
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 0.259
    Edition Number: 1