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Infernal Affairs Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2002

3.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Move over, Faust: Heller (The Club) adds a witty, feminist slant to a strictly 20th-century story of the tug-of-war between good and evil. The devil in disguise makes his appearance to frumpy real estate agent Barbara Chessner in Banyan Beach, Fla., on the night on which Mitchell, her husband of 10 years, announces he is leaving to tie the knot with his partner in adultery. Having been derided for her flat chest, excess avoirdupois, disinterest in sex and failure to sell a house in over a year, Barbara ties one on, then staggers out into a tropical storm to tell whoever's listening that she's ready to make a deal. Done! She's a bodacious babe with a mouth. Soon, an attractive client, David Bettinger, comes on to her. But once she learns there's a price to pay (aside from brussels-sprouts breath), Barbara wants out of her bargain. Banyan Beach takes on a whole new light, or in this case, darkness. Waiting in the wings is pudgy Jeremy Cook, fisherman, singer, hater of pollution and secret admirer of the old Barbara. Cook cooks up a plan to best the bestial; Barbara buys into it. A bunch of wacky characters, including a persistently on-the-scene dog, share this frothy scenario, which lacks subtlety in plot and prose but succeeds on the strength of Heller's fast-paced dialogue and humor. Film rights optioned to Disney/Touchstone.
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Florida real estate agent Barbara Chessner is prematurely gray, overweight, and drinking too much. She hasn't sold a house in ages when her husband announces that he is leaving her for a 24-year-old weathergirl. After a tipsy Barbara beseeches the heavens for help, she is thrilled to wake up the next morning, blonde and successful. Joy turns to horror, however, when Barbara discovers that the Devil is responsible for her transformation, and he expects quite a lot in return. Will Barbara be able to get her soul back from the Devil and thus thwart Satan's plans for the moral destruction of south Florida? Readers of this very funny novel will have a great time finding out the answer. Barbara is a terrific character?clever, witty, and truly likable. This enjoyable tale is highly recommended for popular fiction collections.?Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758203063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758203069
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,715,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm really excited that my new novel, THREE BLONDE MICE, now has an August 2016 pub date! It's a spinoff of PRINCESS CHARMING, my comedy about three best friends, all divorced, who take vacations together every year. They spend a week on a cruise with plenty of romance, suspense and lots of laughs. THREE BLONDE MICE finds them as "agritourists" at a farm resort in CT taking cooking classes with a famous chef who's marked for murder. It's the first book in my planned "Three Blonde Mice" series of comedies in which the three friends will take trips together - trips that will inevitably involve passion, both romantic and sinister!

On the nonfiction side, I continue to travel the country talking about caregiving and my book YOU'D BETTER NOT DIE OR I'LL KILL YOU: A Caregiver's Survival Guide to Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits. It's what I affectionately called "Nora Ephron's I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK meets Heidi Murkoff's WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING" in that it's a combo of my personal, often humorous essays about caring for my husband, interviews with other caregivers (of children, spouses and aging parents), and advice from a wide range of experts. With over 65 million caregivers in this country, I thought it was time for a book that will entertain caregivers even as it provides lots of ideas for self-care. Check it out for yourself or someone you care about. My 98-year-old mom has dementia and I recently moved from CA to CT to be near her, so I've been living my book double time!

I love hearing from readers, so please get in touch at www.janeheller.com.

xo Jane

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me begin by saying that I like to read books whose storylines are unusual. Infernal Affairs is one of them.
Jane Heller has written a very funny and captivating story about how Barbara's life was changed (for the better?) overnight when she accidentally made a pact with the devil.
I enjoyed the story every step of the way. It kept me thinking and guessing who the characters in Barbara's life really were and I fell in love with the dog who appeared on her doorstep - Pete. It made me wish I had a dog like him.
A lovely read that made me laugh out loud many times. Very original, very addictive. Go get it!
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This is my first Jane Heller book and being a fan of Olivia Goldsmith, I was tempted to try something from JH. Well, I was certainly not disappointed! This is a very 'light' read but it is laugh-out-loud hilarious and exactly what I was looking for after a few heavy crime novels, that I had been reading.
This is a great story about a very depressed woman who basically makes a deal with the devil to get everything she wants out of life. But of course this is a dangerous pact and she learns to deal with it as best as she can throughout the rest of the book.
If you are looking for something to keep you laughing and very entertained for a few hrs, then pick this up, you will not be disappointed!!
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I was looking for a light read, and voila! INFERNAL AFFAIRS was the answer. This is great fantasy. In the hands of another author, it could have become really "cutesy," but Ms. Heller's sense of humor, along with her light-hearted approach, made this a delightful romp. I guess this book is geared toward a female readership, but I, a guy, had a lot of fun with it and appreciate the author's keeping the romantic aspects from becoming maudlin. I recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for an escape from more serious reading and just wants one "helluva" good laugh!
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I read this book a few years ago and it was my first for this author. After reading this I went out and grabbed all of her backlist. This was one of the first books that I had read in the first person, I tend to steer clear from them but I'm glad I didn't with this one.
This was one of those books that I couldn't stop laughing about, in the rest room at work, in the Cafeteria at lunch, anywhere I was you could hear me just cracking up over the dialogue and the things Barbara did! I don't recommend this book for anyone looking for a piece of literary genious. I do recommend it if you are in a reading slump and you have had enough of historical sap, graphic murder mysteries or time-travel overload. It was a light read and a unexpected Pleasure.
I am currently reading "Name Dropping" and one of the reasons I like it so far is it reminds me of "Infernal Affairs" I'm thoroughly enjoying it. As with all authors I do recommend that you read their backlist first and then work your way up to their current writing style it is important to see the Author's progression some time they get better and then there are times when they get stuck in a rut.
If you like Janet Evanovich, Rachel Gibson or Jennifer Cruise I would give Jane a try.
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Heroine: Frump-turned-babe
Frizzy, frazzled, and frayed by a boring marriage, a year-long slump in the Florida real-estate biz, and nightly rounds with a wine bottle, Barbara Chessner has truly hit the skids. Upon being told that her hubby is dumping her for a younger-albeit-toothier gal, introverted Barbara washes down her rage with still more elixir of the vine. Unable to speak her mind until her husband is well out of earshot, she turns to the stormy night and wishes she was free of her old rundown life. And in the wink of an eye, her wish is granted.
Barbara wakes the next morning as a blonde bombshell who can suddenly sing on-key, wrap handsome men around her little finger, and sell a house just by looking at a prospective buyer. So what if this instant makeover has some drawbacks, such as explaining her new appearance to folks who have known her forever, or the fact that her breath inexplicably reeks of Brussels sprouts? Who in their right mind would want their old life back?
Barbara would! It soon becomes apparent that her prayers weren't answered by the celestial being she had thought, and new bouncier breasts or no, she doesn't want to be signing on for eternity with Satan. All Barbara has to do now is figure out where in Banyan Beach the devil is hiding and send him back where he belongs before he turns her beloved hometown into a recruiting ground for the Army of Hades. Can Barbara save her soul and her city before it's too late?
What worked for me:
    I genuinely liked Barbara and enjoyed her transformation from doormat to independent woman. This book had some very funny lines and scenes to savor, and I had a great time watching Barbara try to figure out what had happened to her.
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Jane Heller rights about women not quite a certain age. Luckily these women are successful, witty, intelligent, and capable. I find this very refreshing, as I am hard pressed to find novels where the heroines have these characteristics.
The story here however is a little thin. I did not enjoy this as much as I enjoyed some of her other novels. The male characters are a little one dimensional, and I feel I've seen them a thousand times before. And for a fresh approach to the "husband leaving wife for a younger woman" scenario, I found the ending too predictable.
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