Saturday, June 4, 2011

Table of Contents: As Husbands Go

As Husbands Go: A NovelAuthor: Susan Isaacs
Publisher/Year: Scribner, 2010
Synopsis: Call her superficial, but Susie B Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great—and why not? Jonah Gersten, MD, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. But when Jonah is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of second-rate "escort" Dorinda Dillon, Susie is overwhelmed with questions left unanswered. It's bad enough to know your husband's been murdered, but even worse when you're universally pitied (and quietly mocked) because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie—not a sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, not the "better not to discuss it" response from Jonah's partners. With help from her tough-talking, high-style grandma Ethel, who flies in from Miami, she takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband's partners, the NYPD, and the DA as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie.

What Others Have To Say

The New York Times
"But the characters are fun to meet, and the accretion of detail makes the book nice and chewy. What’s harder to forgive is that when the culprit is finally tracked down, his (or her!) plea agreement requires her (or him!) to tell Susie all about the murder. When will crime writers invent a way to summarize a murder that doesn’t involve an endless, bogus-­sounding confession?"

AARP Magazine
"...a lightweight adventure that makes a perfect summer read—so long as you find her narrator amusing rather than annoying."

Kirkus Reviews
"The mystery is barely there, but Isaacs’ fans will enjoy another sharp-tongued romp through the New York privileged classes and their foibles."

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