The Last Word
A Spellman NovelLarge Print - 2013
The sixth installment of the critically acclaimed, "New York Times" bestselling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated and Alex Award-winning series by Lisa Lutz, finds our intrepid heroine of the series, Isabel Spellman, PI, at a crossroads. Izzy is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned all occupational hazards of working at her family s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of Izzy s boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photo-graphic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that Spellman vigilance would dis-sipate after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such she-nanigans behind her.
In "The Last Word," Izzy s troubles are just beginning. After her takeover of Spellman Investigations, her employees are the fur-thest thing from collegial...and Izzy finds herself struggling to pay the bills. But when she is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, the stakes become immense. If Izzy gets indicted, she could lose her PI license and the Spellman family s livelihood, not to mention her own freedom. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI?
"The Last Word" is, hands down, the most powerful book in the bestselling, award-nominated Spellman series.
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Isabel Spellman has worked at her family's firm, Spellman Investigations, for as long as she can remember. Having recently been fired, a wealthy client and benefactor aids her in gaining purchase of her siblings shares of the business, thus putting her in the position of power. This takeover does not sit well with her parents, who stage a rebellion of sorts; showing up for work in PJ's, boxers, etc, or not showing up at all. She should have expected a backlash. As she struggles to keep the business afloat, but her parents are acting so strange she fears they are headed for divorce and her father's eventual illness causes her to confront his mortality. Realizing she is not cut out to totally run the business,sister Rae steps back into the picture to help manage the business. Izzy is suspicious of everything involving family at this point, but has no choice.
In the process of doing a job for her benefactor, Mr. Slayter, an endearing relationship develops between the two. Feeling beholden to him, Izzy helps keep the fact that he has Alzheimer's from becoming public knowledge in order to protect his business and reputation. But someone else is out to destroy it by embezzling funds and shifting the blame to Izzy. Izzy must find the culprit before the FBI closes in and she loses the family business.
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