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Spellmans arkiv (2007)

av Lisa Lutz

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Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman. Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is the first novel in a winning and hilarious new series featuring the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.… (mer)
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The Spellman Files is a hard to put down book telling about Izzy a PI from a family of PIs and how her life has changed by it. Full of comedy and a main character that is hard not to like from the way she describes her exes, how she dates, and her relationship with her family. Izzy feels similar to that of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovichs One For the Money series which makes this book highly entertaining. ( )
  Preston.Kringle | Jul 4, 2020 |
A romp! At least as good if not better (imho) than Evanavich's stories. Less sex. Even my husband enjoys this series! ( )
  ker95tx | May 27, 2020 |
When I started "The Spellman Files", I expected it to be a light-hearted, anarchic, PI story, with attitude. What I got was different and probably better.

"The Spellman Files" is full of witty lines and comic situations that spin out of control but at heart, it's really quite serious and more than a little sad. The laughter it produces is a defence mechanism for dealing with watching a family,that has no concept of normal, inflict damage on each other without any malice being involved.

The story is told from the point of Elisabeth Spellman, twenty-eight years old, still living at home, still single (possibly because she sees all of her lovers as future ex-boyfriends and refers to them by number for example ex-boyfriend #3 ) and still working for her parents in the family Private Investigation agency that she's been active in since her childhood.

She is the middle of three children. Her older brother is perfect and has escaped the family business and become a lawyer. Her (fourteen years) younger sister dreams of inheriting the business, does surveillance as a hobby, wants everyone to be happy and believes everything can be negotiated.

Much of the humour and all of the sadness in this book comes from the fact that the Spellmans' version of normal life is one in which family members spy on each other, engage in high-speed car chases and routinely interrogate, threaten and punish one another. There are no boundaries between work and family life. Privacy is something that you get only by taking active counter-surveillance measures. Trust is non-existant, yet love, quite deeply felt love, is all pervasive. Iz reminded me of the opening to a Philip Larkin poem: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad"

The story is told in an elaborately non-linear way that means that you discover the Spellman family an anecdote at a time, as you might be visiting them. The anecdotes have the grandiloquent titles that we give to stories that are part of family lore: "The War Of The Shirt" or "Fake Dental Appointment #2" or the one that opens the novel, "Car Chase #3". It takes skill to pull this off and Lisa Lutz does it flawlessly.

Ari Graynor does a wonderful job in narrating all this structured chaos and bringing the characters to life with distinct and easily recognisable voices. I suspect this is a book that is better in the audio version than as text because Ari makes sure no nuances are missed.

Even though I found the book more funny than sad, I couldn't put it down. It was weirdly compelling, perhaps because, beneath all the chaos and the mutual abuse, the Spellmans love each other as much as they are able, so their paranoia is always leavened with affection.

In the interview below, Lisa Lutz talks about "The Spellman Files" and shares some of here own experiences from working for a family PI business.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9R9X8e9gPs&w=560&h=315]

Click on the SoundCloud link below for a sample of Ari Graynor reading "The Spellman Files".

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  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
A fun, humorous, don't take too seriously book about a young woman PI and her family's investigation business. Guess you grow up thinking a little differently about things when everyone in your family is trained to spy... Izzy is a great character who incorporates some bit of all of us. Look forward to the next one when I need a light, entertaining read. ( )
  amillion | Feb 18, 2020 |
Fun, quirky and cheeky - sometimes excessively and exhaustively so. Although amusing, the schtick got tiresome towards the end. Set in San Francisco, this is a sarcastic take on the ultra-serious private eye noir genre with the family Fang of investigators focusing on Isabel, the family black sheep and ne'er do well.

The beginning of a series of Spellman family misadventures, the purpose of this seems to be to introduce the characters and tell their backstory. It's light on actual detecting and the big case ends with a pffftttt.

Despite that, it mainly works and is a fast and light read when you want something less than serious. Recommended for that, though I doubt I'll return to the series for a long time, if at all. Swallowed in one gulp, had my fill. ( )
  angiestahl | Nov 18, 2019 |
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Meet Isabel "Izzy" Spellman, private investigator. This twenty-eight-year-old may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism; she may be addicted to Get Smart reruns and prefer entering homes through windows rather than doors -- but the upshot is she's good at her job as a licensed private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy. In fact, it comes naturally to all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. To be a Spellman is to snoop on a Spellman; tail a Spellman; dig up dirt on, blackmail, and wiretap a Spellman. Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. Duties include: completing assignments from the bosses, aka Mom and Dad (preferably without scrutiny); appeasing her chronically perfect lawyer brother (often under duress); setting an example for her fourteen-year-old sister, Rae (who's become addicted to "recreational surveillance"); and tracking down her uncle (who randomly disappears on benders dubbed "Lost Weekends"). But when Izzy's parents hire Rae to follow her (for the purpose of ascertaining the identity of Izzy's new boyfriend), Izzy snaps and decides that the only way she will ever be normal is if she gets out of the family business. But there's a hitch: she must take one last job before they'll let her go -- a fifteen-year-old, ice-cold missing person case. She accepts, only to experience a disappearance far closer to home, which becomes the most important case of her life. The Spellman Files is the first novel in a winning and hilarious new series featuring the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.

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