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Isaacs's 11th novel has fewer sparks flying than nets dragging, but most fans won't mind a bit, given the amount of outside-the-bedroom adventure. Despite reinventing herself as the author of the novel Spy Guys and the creator of the resultant TV show, Katie Schottland remains wounded by her still-unexplained firing from the CIA, where she wrote intelligence briefs as the Cold War ended, 13 years earlier. When she gets a distress call from an old co-worker, Lisa Golding, who subsequently disappears, Katie plunges back into the notes she smuggled out of the office. She seeks help from an old flame and another ex-agent (now a log-cabin recluse) who helps her trace three of Lisa's former charges at the CIA, East German asylum seekers transported to America and given new names. When two of them turn up dead within weeks of each other, Katie decides to give chase to locate the third before the woman becomes the next casualty. And she still hopes she'll coerce her ex-employer to give up the truth about her termination. The operations stuff is well-done throughout. Katie's relationship with her sweet vet husband adds little, but TV show–based scenes are diverting, and her fixation on her last job is sharply funny and true-to-life. (Feb.)
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By turns sassy and serious, Isaacs's best-selling novels (including Any Place I Hang My Hat, 2004) offer variations on a theme: "What's a nice Jewish girl doing in a predicament like this?" In the opening pages of her latest offering, former CIA analyst Katie Schottland receives a call from Lisa Golding, an old colleague who desperately needs her help. Katie, who was inexplicably fired from the agency some 15 years before, has since turned her experiences to profit, penning a successful cable-TV show based on her novel, Spy Games. But she remains clueless about the circumstances surrounding her termination. Lisa, it seems, knows all the devastating details and offers to offer them up in exchange for Katie's assistance. But can Katie, now ensconced in upper Manhattan, with a nice (if somewhat milquetoasty) husband and a 10-year-old son, leave behind her safe, comfortable life long enough to learn the truth? Past Perfect has cliched prose and a plot that pushes the limits of believability (skeptical readers may wonder how the scattered Katie ever got a CIA post in the first place). But Isaacs, veteran novelist and screenwriter with a sterling track record, can be counted on to ring cash registers, and if this isn't her best effort, it does offer a cast of reasonably engaging characters headed by Katie, a woman determined--once and for all--to make peace with her past. Allison Block
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I really like Susan Isaac's writing. But while this book had a really good plot, and she's really good ar characterization, this one was too wordy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex
I tried to stick with this book for as long as I could - but, 30 chapters into a 35 chapter book, I just quit reading. One half of the two-pronged plot (1) Why did I get fired? Read morePublished 10 months ago by fab 50-something
The main character is a woman fired from FBI years ago. She never knew why, she never accepted it. So many years later, she might know the reason why. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ElenaDelfina
Susan Isaacs is an intelligent writer who can create suspense and retain a sense of the ridiculous. She resonates with my childhood fantasies.Published 22 months ago by Diane K. Taylor
I've been a big fan of Susan Isaacs for years, but this novel simply doesn't measure up to her earlier work. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Beth Quinn Barnard
An exciting idea overloaded with numerous characters makes it a plot lost and turns it into a very ordinary tale...Published on June 25, 2013 by sreelata menon
A book I had long wanted to read. Susan Isaacs is a fine writer who entertains and infrequently disappoints. The book has interesting points to make about relationships.Published on February 3, 2013 by Gail L. Gans
Excellent as are all of Isaac's books!! Her stories are amusing and entertaining. The family dynamics never fail to make you laugh.Published on September 22, 2012 by Betsy
CD/abridged/Mystery?: Big disappointment. I got this for two bucks at the library sale because I had listened to another Issac's book. Read morePublished on June 1, 2012 by Bravewarrior