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An Imperfect Spy (1995)

av Amanda Cross

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"FASCINATING . . . The dialogue is, as always, elegant and polished." --Los Angeles Times While guest-teaching a semester at Schuyler Law School, Kate Fansler gets to know an extraordinary secretary named Harriet, who patterns her life after John le Carré's character George Smiley. Harriet reveals that Schuyler has some serious skeletons swinging in its perfectly appointed closets, including the fate of Schuyler's only tenured female professor and a faculty wife who has killed her husband. As if Kate doesn't have enough to tackle, she is also up against the men who comprise the faculty of Schuyler itself--a thoroughly unapologetic bastion of white male power, mediocrity, and misogyny. Although she has only a few months on campus, Kate refuses to let Schuyler's rigid ideals and insistence on secrecy suppress her indefatigable curiosity--or her obsession with the truth. . . . "Cross manages to keep this book as lighthearted and witty as any of the Kate Fansler mysteries, while depicting an institution as lethal as any cold war." --Marilyn French "A funny, snappish polemic on political correctitude that takes great relish in Kate's sardonic views." --The New York Times Book Review From the Paperback edition.… (mer)
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In her latest jab at academia's underside, New York City literature professor Kate Fansler team teaches a course in "Women in Law and Literature" at Schuyler Law School while her husband, law professor Reed Amhearst, establishes a student-staffed legal clinic. Along with a like-minded professor and a former teacher who enjoys emulating John le Carre's most famous character, George Smiley, they energize the student body to challenge their conservative teachers. Kate's teaching partner Blair Whitson voices concern that the recent death of a feminist professor at Schuyler might not have been an accident. There are now no women tenured on the faculty. Another faculty member's wife Betty Osborne is in prison for shooting her abusive husband . However, the popular consensus at Schuyler is that she murdered her husband for "no reason" One professor says: "Of course he didn't beat her; he was a member of this faculty." The faculty made sure she got the maximum sentence. Just as Kate begins to look into these deaths, she and Blair face a conservative backlash from a surprising quarter, touching off skirmishes sure to shake Schuyler's complacent foundations. While Kate and Reed are as appealing as ever, the real draw of this thinking-reader's mystery is the anger-at the limitations of women's roles in society (imposed and assumed)-that fuels it and its thoroughly disclosed academic setting. ( )
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"FASCINATING . . . The dialogue is, as always, elegant and polished." --Los Angeles Times While guest-teaching a semester at Schuyler Law School, Kate Fansler gets to know an extraordinary secretary named Harriet, who patterns her life after John le Carré's character George Smiley. Harriet reveals that Schuyler has some serious skeletons swinging in its perfectly appointed closets, including the fate of Schuyler's only tenured female professor and a faculty wife who has killed her husband. As if Kate doesn't have enough to tackle, she is also up against the men who comprise the faculty of Schuyler itself--a thoroughly unapologetic bastion of white male power, mediocrity, and misogyny. Although she has only a few months on campus, Kate refuses to let Schuyler's rigid ideals and insistence on secrecy suppress her indefatigable curiosity--or her obsession with the truth. . . . "Cross manages to keep this book as lighthearted and witty as any of the Kate Fansler mysteries, while depicting an institution as lethal as any cold war." --Marilyn French "A funny, snappish polemic on political correctitude that takes great relish in Kate's sardonic views." --The New York Times Book Review From the Paperback edition.

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