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Past Perfect (2007) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Fifteen years ago, Katie Schottland snagged her dream job as an analyst for the CIA. She worked for the Agency for a glorious two years, just as the Soviet bloc was collapsing, and the Cold War coming to an end. Then she was shown to the door, without an explanation as to why she was fired.

Katie spent the next few years agonizing over her loss and her own shortcomings until she gave birth to her son and, soon after, a novel called Spy Guys. Now she writes for a cable TV series spawned from her novel, but still misses the espionage work she once loved.

A phone call from a former colleague changes everything. The woman, once involved in preparing high level refugees for their new American lives, begs for Katie's help in return for answers about her past. She, it seems, can explain why Katie so suddenly became persona non grata. But can Katie go from writing the fluffy, fictional Spy Guys to surviving in the world of espionage where the bullets are real, and hardly anyone lives happily ever after?

Original title: Past Perfect
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaTwentieth Century
FictionGeneral FictionWorld Affairs

Edition #1: Past Perfect

Past Perfect (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Filled with well-rounded characters and good humor, this novel, like Isaacs's previous works...could be a best seller." Library Journal
  • "Isaacs's thriller is complicated enough to keep you guessing until the end." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Isaacs...can be counted on to ring cash registers, and if this isn't her best effort, it does offer a cast of reasonably engaging characters headed by Katie, a woman determined, once and for all, to make peace with her past." Booklist
  • "Susan Isaacs has an incredibly good ear for dialogue and a very sharp eye for the silly and stupid things people do. Picture yourself laughing out loud while sitting on the edge of your seat and furiously flipping pages. The clever plot, the quick pace, and the pitch-perfect writing are good clues that Past Perfect was written by a master storyteller." Nelson DeMille, author of Wild Fire
  • "I love Susan Isaacs! Her books come straight from her heart, and her characters are smart, funny, and feisty enough to be your best girlfriend, not only for three hundred pages, but for life. Past Perfect introduces Katie Schottland, a terrific galpal who packs her kid off to summer camp and sleuths as a CIA analyst with equal style. Put simply, Past Perfect is perfect." Lisa Scottoline, author of Dirty Blonde
  • "There has to be a name for the literary form Susan Isaacs has invented: the funny scary book. The woman who made us laugh as well as shiver in fear over a murder investigation in Compromising Positions has done the same thing for the CIA and international espionage. Past Perfect made me laugh, but it also kept me jumping out of bed every time a floorboard creaked in my old house." Sara Paretsky, author of Fire Sale
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Past Perfect (February 2007)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9780743242165
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x D in
Pages: 340

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