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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606405826
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Playaway Adult Fiction Series
  • Format: Other
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer  Crusie
Jennifer Crusie
The Rita-award-winning author of romantic romps that drive her fans wild, Jennifer Crusie is known for her witty, offbeat writing style that puts a sassy spin on the romance genre.

Biography

Don't expect to see Fabio's flowing mane on the cover of any of Jennifer Crusie's romance novels. She completely eschews the tradition of overwrought melodrama and heaving bosoms to toss a comic gauntlet into the romantic arena. Her fun, funny, and frisky books are a refreshing breeze in a genre that could easily grow stale.

Former schoolteacher Jennifer Smith got her Master's degree in Professional Writing and Women's Literature at Wright State University. She wrote her thesis on women's roles in mystery fiction before trying her hand at penning romance novels using her grandmother's family name Crusie. Despite her impressive credentials, she dismisses her debut novel Sizzle as "lousy" even as her fans clamber to gets their hands on this long out-of-print pulp romance. "That damn book is following me around the way early porn films follow actresses," so says Crusie one her web site of Sizzle.

No matter what the author thinks of her first effort, the astounding string of critically lauded bestsellers that followed it have firmly established Crusie as one of the very best writers of contemporary romantic fiction. Much of this is due to her sharp wit and ear for comedic dialogue, humor being an element often sorely missing in romance novels. From the sly private dick tale What the Lady Wants to the frantic Faking It, Crusie's books contain the perfect balance of suspense, snickers, and steamy love scenes.

What's more, the author has raked up a slew of awards, as well as spots on "best romance novels of the year" for Anyone But You, Temptation, Fast Women, and Faking It. Getting Rid of Bradley scored Crusie a RWA Rita award for Best Short Contemporary Fiction, and in 1996, she received a career achievement award for her work in the romantic comedy genre from Romantic Times magazine.

Now, after 13 crowd pleasers and award winners, Crusie is offering up her first-ever collaboration. She teamed up with hard-boiled action writer Bob Mayer (Operation Dragon-Sim) to conjure up Don't Look Down, a wacky escapade that is equal parts comedy, adventure, and playful erotica.

In Don't Look Down, movie director Lucy Armstrong goes toe-to-toe and heart-to-heart with J.T. Wilder, a green beret who serves as an advisor on a movie that is taking an unexpected turn from romantic comedy to blow-‘em-up action flick. Publisher's Weekly has declared the joint-effort "good fun," and Crusie reveals on her website that more fun with Mayer is on the way. The team is currently working on their second novel together Agnes and the Hitman.

As for future solo ventures by Crusie, there's plenty more in store. She not only has another release slotted for 2006 -- a sexy yuletide novella titled Hot Toy, which will appear in St. Martin's Press' Santa Baby anthology -- but she currently has no less than five additional projects on the burner. Among these upcoming releases are a collection of short stories and a book that Crusie is particularly qualified to create: a guide to writing women's fiction.

Good To Know

Crusie and Bob Mayer are making things a little easier for guys who want to check out their new collaborative novel Don't Look Down. All you have to do is remove the cutesy dust jacket to reveal a tough-as-nails camouflage cover design and voila! No one will ever know you're enjoying a romantic comedy.

Crusie is the proud owner of three dogs, one of which is named Lucy. Oddly, the main character of Don't look Down is also named Lucy -- and happens to be a director of dog food commercials. Coincidence?

Crusie has a few nonfiction works to her credit, including introductions in Totally Charmed, a collection of essays about Alyssa Milano's cult TV series, and Anne Rice: A Critical Companion, which the author wrote under her given name of Jennifer Smith.

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    1. Hometown:
      Ohio
    1. Date of Birth:
      1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973; M.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1986

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    That book that's so good you forget your oven is on.....

    I never quite understood the concept of a "favorite book" that you read AT LEAST once a year or your life isn't worth living. Until, that is, I found this little slice of indulgence. Best five bucks I ever spent on a book!

    This is one of those books with a sense of humor and a vibrant personality. It is by turns hilarious, sassy, obnoxious, crude, sweet and sinfully vindictive with a side of butter. And forget trying to cook dinner and read this book at the same time, multi-tasking is near-impossible with this book in your hand. You'll devour the pages like a pint of Caramel Pecan Perfection high-fat ice cream and read it through the fire alarm and the scent of charred something; dinner be damned.

    You know you want take-out and wine anyway.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    A funny, can't put down read

    I loved this book so much! I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. There were times when I would laugh out loud and end up reading that part over again because I thought it was so funny. I love Jennifer's quick wit and humor, her one liners are the best!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Crusie Does It Again!!!!!

    I absolutely love all of Jennifer Crusie's books. However, I like some of the other reviewers, wasn't that impressed with Jennifer/Bob's last book 'Don't Look Down' 'it wasn't bad...it just lacked some of the feminism and great dialogue of her other books.' So I bought this book and then left it sitting for several weeks. I finally sat down and read it and it was fabulous!!!! I loved everything from the storyline, the characters, the dialogue, even the book cover with the flamingos, red checkerboard look of a Betty Crocker Cookbook and the gunshot holes. Great marketing....Hope the next go round is just as fun.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Much better second time around

    I almost didn't pick this up because I didn't enjoy Don't Look Down, but I am glad I did. This was really exciting, edge of my seat page turning with a insane heroine that you just HAVE to root for. The hitman's not bad either.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    I love this book!!

    Smart, sassy, fast paced. Agnes is the hard gooey center on a roller coaster ride to happiness. This is a go-to book for me whenever I need a pick me up. Gotta love a woman that can multipurpose a cast iron skillet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    Like most other reviewers, I wasn't completely enamored with &qu

    Like most other reviewers, I wasn't completely enamored with "Don't Look Down" but AATH was absolutely wonderful! I re-read this book at least once a year and laugh every time I do. Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Why?

    I have read almost all of Jennifer Crusie's books and really enjoyed her writing style. This is the second book I've read where she co-wrote with Bob Mayer. The first book I read from this collaboration took all I could do to finish the book. I will have to say I did like this one, but wish that J.C wrote it alone.

    I really liked the main characters in this story. The plot has many twists and turns that make it difficult for you to guess what's coming next. Ultimately, you know what will happen in the end, but the road to get there is full of surprises. Normally, I would really love a book like this, but J.C. has always had great dialogue in her books. In the collaborative books, the dialogue is replace with a little more action and what dialogue there is is FULL of f-bombs and other course language. I expect it from other writers, but not J.C. This left me with a little bit of a "bad taste" in my mouth when I finished.

    Overall, if you're looking for a good read on a rainy day or at the beach, this will keep your interest. If you've never read Jennifer Crusie, you might love this book. If you're picking it up because you've enjoyed J.C.'s other books, beware! I hope to see more of J.C's independent work in the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Wow...what a story line

    Looking for some easy summer reading, how could I pass over a book entitled 'agnes and the hitman' about food and sexy guys? This book grabs you from the moment you start reading and is one of those you can't put down...but have to put down because you don't want it to end. Very enjoyable reading. I highly recommend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    I'm not finished with the book just yet but hate that I have to put it down to do anything. I'm dying to leave work and get back to it. These authors have done a great job.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    Crusie's back big time!

    Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer made it work this time and work it did. After the disappointing Don't Look Down, I was reluctant to buy this book, but I'm glad I did. The story flowed seamlessly without apprearing to be done by two different authors. The characters were believeable, if slightly eccentric, and the humor was pure Crusie. This was a great read and will keep me looking forward to the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Agnes Crandall is comfortable ensconced in her new home which she and her fiancée bought from her friend Brenda when a male teen-ager with a gun comes barreling in wanting her dog Rhet. She hits him on the head with a frying pan. He is knocked through a door hidden by wall paper and falls to the basement and breaks his neck. Its clearly self-defense but Agnes has knocked out other men who hurt her with a skilled even though none pressed charges.------------------ Shane (like in the western hero ¿ one name only) is sent to Agnes¿s hometown to kill a hit man who was hired to kill somebody at the wedding Agnes is catering at her home for the daughter whose mother is her best friend. Shane¿s uncle and Agnes¿s friend knows something about the hidden room that hides a bunker that supposedly contains five million dollars from a robbery is locked behind the stainless steal locked door of the bunker. Shane and Agnes are instantly attracted to one another as they deal with a homicidal Brenda who wants her house back, an ex-fiancé who is trying to drive Agnes out of her home, a missing mobster, a monster that doesn¿t want the money, the bride and groom and an assassination attempt that has to be stopped.------------- Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer make an excellent writing team because only they could write a jocular tale about a killer for hire. Readers will enjoy Agnes¿ antics although they probably should not although Shane as a hit man falling in love steals the show. Together he and Agnes make a perfect team in this amusing graveyard action filled plot loaded with shocking surprises that the audience never sees coming.---------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    witty and worth the read

    I liked this one. It's witty and the characters are off-beat funny. The mystery storyline was often missing a bit of who and why and mostly predictable except for just one part that I hadn't expected.
    The author seems to have a thing for butter in this one and the drawn out very descriptive pages of breakfast meals got annoying and as with her other stories she has to put a dog in the mix for some reason I haven't figured out. This was still another quick and enjoyable read from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    One of the best adult reads ever and thats saying somthing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As i was saying this book is one of the best adult reads ever and i have not read many good ones.and i bet that other people thought it was good to cause this book brought in some $.;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Read and re-read again and again

    This is one of my favorite books. It had me laughing from begining to end! Love the strong female characters and crazy ones, plus the male charecters are funny too! This is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    LOVED

    If you are looking for a funny, romantic read....THIS IS IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Zolo to silence

    Go to res three

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Great read

    Definately one of my favorite books by Jennifer Crusie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Love it!

    I love to read and when I hit college age I needed to find more types of books to read. This is when I came by Jennifer Crusie. I instantly fell in love with the characters in her books and this is my absolute favorite. I did not think that I would ever find a book that made me love reading more than I do. This book surpassed all other books I had read. Her characters are so easy to all in love with and this story line will make you laugh until your sides hurt. Of all the books I have read, this is the one I can reread anytime. I also think this book would make a great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Bob & Jennifer make a great team!

    I love the balance between these two writers, i've read all they have co-written that I know of and would definitely keep an eye out for another co-authored release for them. LOVED it!

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