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Takes One to Know One (Paperback)

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I always enjoy Susan Isaacs’ books because her protagonists are always strong, whip-smart women. In this book Cori Geller left her job working on the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the CIA when she married a widower with a young daughter. Now she freelances reading modern Arabic fiction for some literary agencies. On Wednesdays she has lunch with a group of other freelancers sharing stories and tips. One of the regulars-Pete Delany- is about the most boring, Milquetoast-y person on the planet, but something about him alerts Cori’s Spidey sense. She can’t help checking out his bonifides, but is there really something nefarious, or as her husband suspects, is she just bored with her tame suburban life? Isaacs keeps the plot moving with sappy dialogue, witty characters, and lots of sass. A smart, fun book!

— From Deb's Picks


In this whip-smart suburban mystery from New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs, a retired FBI agent turned Long Island housewife taps into her investigative past when she begins to suspect that her neighbor is harboring criminal secrets.

Just a few years ago, Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI. But at thirty-five, she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood. Now Corie is married to the brilliant and remarkably handsome Judge Josh Geller and is the adoptive mother of his lovely 14-year-old daughter. Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur, Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and, on Wednesdays, has lunch with her fellow Shorehaven freelancers at a so-so French restaurant. Life is, as they say, fine.

But at her weekly lunches, Corie senses that something's off. Pete Delaney, a milquetoast package designer, always shows up early, sits in the same spot (often with a different phone in hand), and keeps one eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street. Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something--and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI past from her new neighbors, she should know. But does Pete really have a shady alternate life, or is Corie just imagining things, desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence? She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney's affairs.

Always sassy, smart, and wickedly witty, Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrilling.

About the Author

Susan Isaacs is the author of thirteen novels, including As Husbands Go, Long Time No See, Any Place I Hang My Hat and Compromising Positions. A recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award, Isaacs serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers, and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. Her fiction has been translated into 30 languages. She lives on Long Island with her husband.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802149411
ISBN-10: 0802149413
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Language: English