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Fast Women Hardcover – May, 2001
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Emotionally numb from her divorce 18 months earlier, Nell Dysart is about to waken with a vengeance. When she takes a job as office manager for McKenna Investigations, she's determined to reorganize, redecorate, and revamp the stuck-in-the-'50s surroundings, but she runs smack-dab into senior partner Gabe McKenna, the immovable object to her irresistible force. Gabe likes the dated ambiance just fine and doesn't want a thing changed, but he soon learns that nothing in his life is going to stay the same now that Nell has arrived.
Rough and gruff, but with a heart of gold, Gabe is just what Nell needs to jump-start her hormones. Nell's formerly dull life is suddenly wildly active, for not only is she lusting after Gabe (and vice versa), but there's also a case of embezzlement to uncover, a dog to steal, and bribery to investigate. And, oh yes, there are those very cold, very dead bodies in the freezer.
Fast Women has well-rounded characters, an interesting mystery to resolve, and author Jennifer Crusie's trademark humor. In addition, Crusie gives readers a little something extra in her exploration of the emotional stages of divorce, the viability of marriage, and the value of self-honesty--all of which add up to an excellent fictional tale layered with a thought-provoking look at contemporary culture. --Lois Faye Dyer
From Publishers Weekly
A detective agency may be a sure setting for mystery and adventure, but in Crusie's latest (after Welcome to Temptation; Crazy for You; Tell Me Lies), a likable cast of characters also find sex, love and empowerment. At 42, recently divorced Nell Dysart starts a new life by becoming a secretary for Gabe McKenna, a gruff private investigator la Sam Spade; McKenna runs an old-fashioned family business in German Village, Ohio, with his cousin and partner, Riley. The new job provides distraction for Nell, and with the support of her china-collecting former sisters-in-law, Suze and Margie; her son, Jase; and a stolen dachshund named Marlene, she gets back on her feet. Gabe is less than thrilled with Nell's sassiness, and they clash over her attempts to clean and redecorate his office. But where there is friction, there are also sparks, and as bull-headed as Gabe and Nell are, they finally acknowledge their mutual attraction. To make things more complicated, Gabe's biggest client is the Dysart clan, Nell's former in-laws, and the history between them becomes confused with present investigations of embezzlement and bribery when Nell discovers the title to a Porsche and a bag of diamonds in her boss's office. After more than one character is found stuffed in a freezer, Gabe, Riley, Nell and Suze set out to solve a 20-year-old murder case. Crusie's snappy dialogue and skillful plotting more than make up for some uneven pacing and one-dimensional villains. The novel's provocative title says too little about this entertaining romantic caper, which will satisfy fans and new readers alike. Agent, Meg Ruley. Author tour.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Nell Dysart has been emotionally frozen since her marriage abruptly ended a year and a half ago. Now, with her money running low and her self esteem non-existent, Nell is in desperate need of a job. She doesn't know what to expect when she walks through the door at McKenna Investigations, but she's pretty sure Gabriel McKenna was not one of the terrors she imagined, Dark, surly and subtly sexy, Gabe is a man who could be big trouble for Nell. That's why she is resolved to organize his office and nothing more.
Gabe McKenna is in a rut. Somehow, Gabe has let loyalty and tradition turn into petrification. Despite being divorced for over a decade, he's still sleeping with his ex-wife - not because he's in love with her, but because she's convenient. One short interview with Nell Dysart and he's convinced she's going to drive him crazy. Still, her ex-brother-in-law is one of his biggest clients, so Gabe's going to have to hire Nell. He finds out pretty quickly that she's efficient, hard-working, stubborn and too damn sexy for his peace of mind.
Nell and Gabe are both used to calling the shots and pretty soon they're banging heads over everything from business cards to dog-napping. When a current case of embezzling leads back to an old disappearance, the pair will have to get along to figure things out - and to avoid winding up dead.
One of the best things about Jennifer Crusie novels is that you usually learn something interesting while you're enjoying a really good story about characters worth knowing. In this case, you learn about collectible pottery and china. Of course, it's Ms. Crusie's superb writing that makes Fast Women so worth reading. There's great chemistry between Nell and Gabe, well-developed secondary characters with their own issues and interests, an absorbing mystery and a hot romance. This is a satisfying read, perfect for any time you want something fun.
The ending is so twisted that I am still out of breath. I just kept on saying OMG! OMG! It's a
Nell Dysart was floundering from a bitter divorce and struggling with a loss of appetite as well when she stumbles into a job interview at a shabby detective agency in German Village. She never knew that this job was just perfect for her ~~ as well as the owner of the agency was going to be her soulmate ~~ Gabe McKenna isn't your typical suave guy ~~ nope, he's rough around the edges hiding a sensitive heart. And this is their story as they both work on a murder case that had happened years ago, involving Nell's ex-inlaws and Gabe's father. It is full of twists and turns, snappy comments and fun characters ~~ all that makes a good afternoon reading worthwhile!
If you're looking for a perfect read to take to the pool or the beach ~~ this book would be just the pick for you! It's light, funny and steamy! Jennifer Crusie has yet to disappoint me!!
The extras in FAST WOMEN: the most complex, interesting love relationship Crusie has ever put on paper ... hilarious one-liners that fit so neatly into the story you almost miss them, then do a double-take, go back for them, and enjoy them twice as much (or just simply burst out laughing because you can't believe he/she SAID that)... a crazy, funny murder mystery with more cold bodies--ice-hard cold bodies!--than you'd find in the Clondike ... laughter somehow eeked out of the toughest stuff of life, starting with the pain for divorce. Oh, and I should mention she writes some darn fine love scenes--a surprising combination of sexy and funny, both.
Crusie knows life. She milks it for its joy and doesn't pass on the sorrow--she knows how to make you laugh at all of it. Buy this one, her best yet! Read it first before all the other books sitting on your nightstand! This one will entertain you into the wee hours.
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With Bogie and Bacall. Thanks for an unusual and very enjoyable read.