The Last Word: Book summary and reviews of The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

The Last Word

A Spellman Novel

By Lisa Lutz

The Last Word

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Isabel Spellman PI, 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 photo­graphic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that Spellman vigilance would dis­sipate 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 she­nanigans behind her.

In The Last Word, Izzy's troubles are just beginning. After her takeover of Spellman Investigations, her employees are the fur­thest 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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"Another fizzy round of Mystery Lite ... Izzy seems even more dissociated than in her previous five outings, though fans will either cheer or not notice." - Kirkus

"Lutz delivers another rollicking good time in her sixth novel featuring the wacky San Francisco family of PIs." - Publishers Weekly

"The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure fun - and Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet for a Bourbon.'" - Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

"The sly trick of Lisa Lutz's Spellman novels is that they're so funny and so smart that you're taken by surprise by all the insights they offer - about loneliness, about the tumult of love and most of all about the tender chaos of families. Like Raymond Chandler-meets-Salinger's Glass family, with The Last Word, Lutz offers her richest, funniest and most bittersweet Spellman tale to date." - Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare Me

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Lisa Lutz Author Biography

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Lisa Lutz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, The Spellmans Strike Again, Trail of the Spellmans, The Last Word, Heads you Lose (with David Hayward), and the children's book, How to Negotiate Everything (illustrated by Jaime Temairik). Lutz has won the Alex award and has been nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Lutz grew up in Southern California. After graduating high school, she attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, although she does not have a bachelor's degree.

Lisa spent most of the 1990s hopping from a string of low-paying odd jobs while writing and rewriting a mob comedy called Plan B. After it was made in 2000, Lisa ...

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