The Washington Post said, “Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy women better than Susan Isaacs.”
Add to that praise the adjective “strong,” and you’ve got Susan’s latest protagonist, Marianne Kent. Her life may not seem thrilling – living with her widowed mother, majoring in economics, working in an elegant dress store after classes to put away money for graduate school – but she’s determined to make a better life for herself and her mom.
One night, she comes home. Hmm, no light over the front door. That old fuse box? Again? Except when Marianne gets inside, she stumbles and immediately
“I comprehended I had not tripped over a book…. I prayed. I forgot for what, but it came down to Please let everything be okay. Maybe that my mother (because I had no doubt it was she) had just fainted from a high fever or low blood pressure and she felt cold because she was so close to the front door.”
Her mother has been murdered. The NYPD is stumped. Marianne’s father, an army captain, was killed in battle when she was a year old, and whatever other family she has are so distant she’s never met them. Whom can she turn to?
Marianne does what strong women always do: She turns to herself. With help from her Laurie Fishbein, her BFF since second grade, she becomes her own private detective to solve the case of her lifetime.
My first downloads on my new Sony Reader (back in the dawn of e-civilization) were the freebies: Hamlet, the US Constitution, Pride and Prejudice, Huckleberry Finn, Leaves of Grass. The Sony library at the time wasn’t exactly bursting with choices…
Great week! I interviewed Nelson DeMille in front of a packed audience in Port Washington, New York’s cultural center, Landmark on Main Street. Then down to Miami for the Book Fair where I appeared with my writing pal Carol Higgins Clark: We wound up interviewing each other. One great question for us both: What book would you like to write that you haven’t written? We both had the same answer…not a book, a play. Follow the link below to my Facebook page.
Susan (in hideous straw hat) was honored to hold the NOW banner in New York’s Gay pride Parade.
Susan Isaacs is the author of thirteen novels, including Compromising Positions, Shining Through, After All These Years, and As Husbands Go. Her newest novel, Goldberg Variations, will be published by Scribner in October 2012. She is a former editor of Seventeen and a freelance political speechwriter. She is chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and a past president of Mystery Writers of America. All her novels have been New York Times bestsellers.