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Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz, published 2012 by Simon and Schuster
The fifth installment in the bestselling series featuring the private investigator Izzy Spellman and her quirky family of sleuths. (publisher)
Brought up this book from the basement to read after finishing Lutz's other books, The Passenger, and How To Start a Fire.
Book beginning, first chapter:
I do my job. I watch. I snap pictures and record video. I document subjects' activities through a filter of twenty years of disassociation. I don't judge. I don't manipulate the evidence. I simply report my findings to the client. The client can use the information however they see fit. That's the line I feed them. But the truth is always a murkier business.The opening paragraph of this book intrigued me. It's a mantra for a PI and for other gatherers of info like journalists, the media. How much objectivity can/do they have, in reality? Eager to get into this crime novel, to see how the PI's objectivity holds out.
"How long are you going to play this game?" he asked.