MYSTERY

Takes One To Know One

Atlantic Monthly. Oct. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780802147554. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802147561. M
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Corie Geller is bored with her life. She was an active member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force until she met a judge, a widower with a young daughter. She’s now a freelance rep for publishing companies while taking occasional side jobs for the FBI. Suburban life just doesn’t suit her, and the picture isn’t bright when her husband plans to be away for two months. But soon her interest is stirred by a fellow member of a group of self-employed people who meet weekly. Pete Delaney appears to be a quiet package designer, but why does he sit with his back to the wall and watch his Jeep? His out-of-town trips also seem a little too long. Corie suspects Pete may have skills similar to her own, with something to hide.
VERDICT Isaacs’s (Compromising Positions) latest suburban novel starts out as a low-key story of a wife looking for a diversionary project for herself and her father, a retired cop, then escalates into action requiring all of her skills as a trained FBI agent. For fans of Kate White and the movie True Lies. [See Prepub Alert, 4/8/19.]

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