Izzy Spellman is back and her life is more complicated than ever!
Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case (and back on the couch) in court-ordered therapy after getting a little too close to her previous subject.
On hiatus from Spellman Inc. (and having had her bartending hours cut at Milo's bar), Izzy reluctantly finds herself a new client, a suspicious husband who wants his wife tailed. She's sure the job will be short and sweet and involve nothing more than the most boring of PI rituals: surveillance.
Meanwhile, Spellmania continues. Izzy's brother, David, the family's most upright member, has adopted an uncharacteristically unkempt appearance and attitude toward work, life and Izzy. And their wayward younger sister, Rae, an academic underachiever, aces the Preliminary SATs and subsequently offers her study partner and Izzy's object of obsession, Detecive Henry Stone, to the point of excommunication. The only unsurprising behaviour comes from her parents, whose visits to Milo's bar amount to thinly veiled surveillance and artful attempts (read: blackmail) at getting Izzy to return to the Spellman Inc. fold.
As the case of the wayward wife becomes more complicated than anticipated, Izzy's personal life (and mental health) seems to be disintegrating. Facing a housing crisis, she can't sleep, she can't remember where she parked her car and, despite her shrinks' persistence, she can't seem to break through in her appointments. She certainty can't explain why she forgets dates with her lawyer's grandson, or fails to interpret the com-ons issued in an Irish brogue by Milo's new bartender. Nor can she explain exactly how she feels about Detective Henry Stone and his plans to move in with his new assistant DA girlfriend.
Filled with the signature side-splitting Spellman antics, Revenge of the Spellmans is the latest hilarious and disarmingly tender installment in the Spellman series.
Lisa Lutz is the author of the bestselling Spellman trilogy: The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans and Revenge of the Spellmans. Curse of the Spellmans was nominated for Best Novel at the 2008 Edgar Awards and the series has now been sold in 22 countries.
Although she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, the Univeristy of Leeds and San Francisco State University, she still does not have a bachelor's degree. Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping through a string of low-paying old jobs, while writing and rewriting the screenplay Plan B, a mob comedy. After the film was made in 2000, she vowed she would never writer another screenplay.
The film adaptations to The Spellman Files is currently in development and will start filming in 2009 with Paramount Pictures.
Revenge of the Spellmans
Simon and Schuster Australia
Author: Lisa Lutz