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An Imperfect Spy Paperback – March 1, 1995
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Reed is to start a clinic at Schuyler Law School. The woman from the secretarial room at Schyler appears in the apartment building of Kate and Reed. She claims her presence proves her point that middle-aged women are invisible. The woman claims that reading John LeCarre has convinced her to become a spy.
The woman has disappeared, shedding her identity. Prior to that she was a professor. The woman calls herself Harriet. Harriet has pursued the couple for reason of Kate's crime-solving reputation. She wants them to investigate the death of a woman professor at Schuyler Law School.
Kate meets the faculty member who is to co-teach her literature and law seminar. Kate is seeking a pleasant change from MIDDLEMARCH. Trying to understand the men she meets at Schuyler, Harriet tells Kate that she has never met a group of bonded males swollen with mediocrity and power. Talking to her male colleague she comes to understand that he has crossed the line, he knows why a women's movement exists. Contemplating the death of the female faculty member causes Kate to go into her investigative mode. Kate goes to see the brother of the dead woman, Nellie Rosenbach.
In the end the mystery surrounding the Harriet character is disclosed. This book includes the battered woman syndrome and a host of feminist issues. This may be Carolyn Heilbrun's best Amanda Cross offering.
Which really brings up the issue of what is fair criticism. Sometimes I read books but realize that the insights and underpinnings of the story are very far from my understanding of reality. But I would never publish a review of a book I can't like for those reasons. I don't think it's fair, and I wouldn't want to discourage people from reading who could enjoy that kind of world view.
If you are widely read, if you love Hardy and the story of Demeter, I think you'll love this book.
lies in the "set-in-concrete" thinking and practices of the college, which cause great harm to a fellow professor and to the
student body. How the students come to think for themselves and take some control of their education is a positive
outcome. The rest of the outcomes I won't reveal, but the reader will celebrate them. Love the character of Harriet!
The quotations of John Le Carre's character, George Smiley, add brilliantly to the story.
Don't waste your time. Move on. Nothing to see here.
I can forgive Ms. Fansler for the more obscure literary references, which tend to bore the non- literature scholars, but 212 pages of whining about the plight of women! Only the choir would listen to that sermon.
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What a strange yet boring book. Mostly it blathers on about feminism. Has as it's main character a woman that 'doesn't believe in vacations', who has a rather strange relationship... Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Gail Rodgers
This book is overflowing with feminism rants. It's hard to focus on the story when the author is spewing her feminism views all over the place. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by AMG
Kate and Reed are invited to teach for a semester at a mediocre law school in the city. There are no women tenured on the faculty, the only one was hit by a truck. Read morePublished on April 5, 2002 by Moe811