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It's a Crime


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Jacqueline Carey's previous books include Good Gossip, part of which appeared in The New Yorker, and The Crossley Baby, which garnered Carey a Guggenheim Fellowship. She used to write a mystery column for Carey lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, the writer Ian Frazier, and their two children.


When Frank Foy, a high-living corporate accountant, goes to jail after his company's Enronesque fall, Pat, his landscape-designer wife, is pathologically unwilling to grasp the fraud's implications in this muddled novel from Carey (The Crossley Baby). Pat inexplicably decides to repay a random group of the fraud's victims, first through personal checks and then, even more bizarrely, through a planned investment in wind energy. Along the way, she reunites with her former lover, Lemuel Samuel, and her onetime best friend, Ginny Howley, both mystery writers who suffered in the company's collapse. The penniless Ginny joins Pat's odyssey, while Lemuel's son keeps the Foys' teenage daughter company. Though Lemuel and Ginny's sane presence and a mid-book switch to Ginny's wonderfully quirky, self-reflective viewpoint offer welcome relief, the narrative never gels as social satire, moral commentary, character study or intellectual puzzle. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"It's a Crime is so lilting and witty that the sorrow at its heart creeps in on stocking feet. Jacqueline Carey is an original, and this is her unforgettable take on our ethically challenged times."-Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover

"If Jay Gatsby and Nancy Drew had had a baby, its take on twenty-first-century American corruption and denial might be as trenchant as Jacqueline Carey's, but I doubt it."-Roy Blount, Jr., author of Long Time Leaving

"Rarely does a novel come along with so much ebullient wit, such ethical clarity, and so many beautiful flowers. Jacqueline Carey takes on white-collar crime, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the nagging question of forsythias with equal fascination and agility. It's a Crime is satirical, lyrical, full of heart, and a joy to read."-Cathleen Schine, author of The New Yorkers

"A witty, original look at the way we live now."-Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap

"This journey down the rabbit hole is not your mother's crime fiction, but in the shadow of Wall Street's current upheavals, it's oddly not that far-fetched."-Boston Globe

"Carey's reflections on executive-suite malfeasance are clever, not to mention timely."-New York Times Book Review

"In this ripped-from-the-headlines satire, Carey skewers corporate culture and its insidious effects."-Marie Claire

"It's a Crime is a sharp and funny commentary on the times we live in, and on the high cost of self-absorption."-Chicago Tribune

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