From Publishers Weekly
"As Spygirl, I could protect my friends, rebuke my enemies, and make the boys love me," proclaims Gray, recalling her recent three-year stint as a Manhattan private investigator. Flawlessly weaving reminiscences of childhood, college days at Brown and the low-paying job as a publishing "slave" she left for her new but decidedly unglamorous career as an agent, Gray's debut hilariously chronicles a roller-coaster love and social life amid the uncertainty of a new millennium. Overshadowing her recollections of the sometimes tedious e-commerce investigations she primarily worked on, while at a small PI firm called The Agency, are the quirky characters she encountered, including a Muslim taxi driver who was enamored of her; a teenaged Korean computer network manager with Tourette's syndrome and an obsession with the cartoon cat Garfield; a sexy drinking buddy who thought she was being stalked by magician David Blaine; and a co-worker with a cyst and the unfortunate appellation Assman. Loaded with Gen-X cultural references, familiar New York landmarks and experiences, and written in a self-deprecating, sometimes sarcastic tone, Gray proves she is "as self-hating as anyone worth knowing" among the artsy 20-something crowd, to which this memoir will probably appeal.
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Anxious to trade the "corporate hell" of a low-paying publishing job for greater adventure, Gray, a twentysomething New Yorker, takes a job as a private investigator. In this Sex in the City
sleuthing memoir, Gray shifts between days researching crooks with her raunchy, oddball colleagues and evenings in hipster bars searching for some semblance of love. Readers expecting suspenseful, tightly woven detective stories will be disappointed; much of Gray's account of her job focuses on the competitive, paper-shuffling tedium and bizarre office personalities. She also tries for a deeper exploration of the human desire for truth that results in some self-conscious insertions of social theory and overblown prose. But her voice is brash, smart, stylish, yearning, and very funny, and in anecdotes filled with revealing dialogue and sharp observation, she captures what it's like to be young, talented, overly educated, underpaid, and single in New York. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved