Compliments of a Friend [NOOK Book]

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Compromising Positions’s Judith Singer is back in a story that delivers plenty of Susan Isaacs’s renowned wit and sharp-eyed observations of the contemporary scene—along with a riveting mystery!
Chic Vanessa Giddings, founder and CEO of Panache, the largest employment agency on Long Island, falls into a coma in the designer shoe department of Bloomingdale’s . . . and dies. It’s not long before Judith Singer, former housewife, current widow, and local history professor, decides ...
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Overview

Compromising Positions’s Judith Singer is back in a story that delivers plenty of Susan Isaacs’s renowned wit and sharp-eyed observations of the contemporary scene—along with a riveting mystery!
Chic Vanessa Giddings, founder and CEO of Panache, the largest employment agency on Long Island, falls into a coma in the designer shoe department of Bloomingdale’s . . . and dies. It’s not long before Judith Singer, former housewife, current widow, and local history professor, decides to investigate. She cannot believe the official ruling: that her wildly successful, confident, and iron-willed neighbor committed suicide with a drug overdose. Vanessa was buying shoes, and Judith knows accessorizing is a life-affirming act. So was it foul play?
Tracking the gossip about the late Vanessa and trusting her own acute instincts about human nature, Judith encounters more than a few surprises (including a big romantic one) as she investigates the death—and the life—of the misjudged mogul who turned out to have been more vulnerable than anyone guessed.

This ebook features an afterword by Susan Isaacs, as well as an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from her personal collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480454972
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Series: The Judith Singer Series, #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 69
  • Sales rank: 81,188
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Isaacs
Susan Isaacs (b. 1943) is a New York Times bestselling author of mysteries and literary fiction. Born in Brooklyn, she worked in New York politics before writing her first mystery, Compromising Positions, in 1978. A runaway success, the story of a housewife-turned-detective was adapted into a film starring Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia. Chairman of the literary organization Poets & Writers and a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, Isaacs is a winner of the John Steinbeck Award, the Marymount Manhattan Writing Center Award, and the Writers for Writers Award. She lives and works on Long Island. 
Susan Isaacs (b. 1943) is a New York Times bestselling author of mysteries and literary fiction. Born in Brooklyn, she worked in New York politics before writing her first mystery, Compromising Positions, in 1978. A runaway success, the story of a housewife-turned-detective was adapted into a film starring Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia. Chairman of the literary organization Poets & Writers and a former president of the Mystery Writers of America, Isaacs is a winner of the John Steinbeck Award, the Marymount Manhattan Writing Center Award, and the Writers for Writers Award. She lives and works on Long Island.

Biography

Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. After leaving school, she worked as an editorial assistant at Seventeen magazine. In 1968, Susan married Elkan Abramowitz, a then a federal prosecutor. She became a senior editor at Seventeen but left in 1970 to stay home with her newborn son, Andrew. Three years later, she gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth. During this time she freelanced, writing political speeches as well as magazine articles. Elkan became a criminal defense lawyer.

In the mid-seventies, Susan got the urge to write a novel. A year later she began working on what was to become Compromising Positions, a whodunit set on suburban Long Island. It was published in 1978 by Times Books and was chosen a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Her second novel, Close Relations, a love story set against a background of ethnic, sexual and New York Democratic politics (thus a comedy), was published in 1980 by Lippincott and Crowell and was a selection of the Literary Guild. Her third, Almost Paradise, was published by Harper & Row in 1984, and was a Literary Guild main selection; in this work Susan used the saga form to show how the people are molded not only by their histories, but also by family fictions that supplant truth. All of Susan's novels have been New York Times bestsellers. Her fiction has been translated into thirty languages.

In 1985, she wrote the screenplay for Paramount's Compromising Positions, which starred Susan Sarandon and Raul Julia. She also wrote and co-produced Touchstone Pictures' Hello Again. The 1987 comedy starred Shelley Long and Judith Ivey.

Her fourth novel, Shining Through, set during World War II, was published by Harper & Row in 1988. Twentieth-Century Fox's film adaptation starred Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. Her fifth book, Magic Hour, a coming-of-middle-age novel as well as a mystery, was published in January 1991. After All These Years was published in 1993; critics lauded it for its strong and witty protagonist. Lily White came out in 1996 and Red, White and Blue in 1998. All the novels were published by HarperCollins and were main selections of the Literary Guild. In 1999, Susan's first work of nonfiction, Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen, was published by Ballantine's Library of Contemporary Thought. During 2000, she wrote a series of columns on the presidential campaign for Newsday. Long Time No See, a Book of the Month Club main selection, was published in September 2001; it was a sequel to Compromising Positions. Susan's tenth novel is Any Place I Hang My Hat (2004).

Susan Isaacs is a recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award. She serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The Creative Coalition, PEN, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the Adams Round Table. She sits on the boards of the Queens College Foundation, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, the North Shore Child and Family Guidance Association, the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and is an active member of her synagogue. She has worked to gather support for the National Endowment of the Arts' Literature Program and has been involved in several anti-censorship campaigns. In addition to writing books, essays and films, Susan has reviewed books for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Newsday and written about politics, film and First Amendment issues. She lives on Long Island with her husband.

Biography courtesy of the author's official web site.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Isaacs:

"My first job was wrapping shoes in a shoe store in the low-rent district of Fifth Avenue and saying ‘Thank you!' with a cheery smile. I got canned within three days for not wrapping fast enough, although I suspect that often my vague, future-novelist stare into space while thinking about sex or lunch did not give me a smile that would ring the bell on the shoe store's cheer-o-meter."

"I constantly have to fight against the New York Effect, an overwhelming urge to wear black clothes so everyone will think, Egad, isn't she chic and understated! I'm not, by nature, a black-wearing person. (I'm not, by nature, a chic person either.) I like primary colors as well as bright purple, loud chartreuse, and shocking pink. And that's just my shoes."

"I'm not a great fan of writing classes. Yes, they do help people sometimes, especially with making them write regularly. But the aspiring writer can be a delicate creature, sensitive or even oversensitive to criticism. I was that way: I still am. The problem begins with most people's natural desire to please. In a classroom situation, especially one in which the work will be read aloud or critiqued in class, the urge to write something likable or merely critic-proof can dam up your natural talent. Also, it keeps you from developing the only thing you have is a writer -- your own voice. Finally, you don't know the people in a class well enough to figure out where their criticism is coming from. A great knowledge of literature? Veiled hostility? The talent is too precious a commodity to risk handing it over to strangers."

"Writing is sometimes an art, and it certainly is a craft. But it's also a job. I go to work five or six days a week (depending how far along I am with my work-in-progress). Like most other people, there are days I would rather be lying in a hammock reading or going to a movie with a friend. But whether you're an artist or an accountant, you still have to show up at work. Otherwise, it is unlikely to get done."

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    1. Hometown:
      Sands Point, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Honorary Doctorate, Queens College
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    This is a short story not a novel

    I sure wish b&n would more clearly inform buyers when they are buying a short story instead of a novel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    A Little Shot-But Long on Wit!

    Did the beautiful, vain and wealthy divorcee commit suicide or was she murdered? The police seem to think a suicide note is sufficient to call this a clear case of suicide, but friend, neighbor and amateur sleuth, Judith Singer thinks otherwise. Compliments of a Friend by Susan Isaacs is a quick and witty read that showcases Judith and her delightfully sarcastic and down to earth suspicions that all is not as it seems.

    Susan Isaacs has created an entertaining world, light on drama, heavy on wit and quip! Short, fast-paced and not too deep, I have to say, I did enjoy this quick read and thought the ending was actually rather brilliant. Okay, brilliant if it is leading up to more about Judith and her adventures!

    I received an ARC edition from Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted July 10, 2014

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.* How lovely

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.*
    How lovely to return to Judith Singer! I read Compromising Positions long ago, and have read several of Susan Isaacs' books since, always enjoying her writing style and her sense of humor. This short story was no exception. Warm, witty, a nice way of reminding the reader of what had happened in Compromising Positions. And now I can't wait to read the further adventures of Judith & friends in "Long Time No See".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Great story - made me wish it was a full-length novel. I was VE

    Great story - made me wish it was a full-length novel. I was VERY surprised to find it was a short story or novella...B&N did not make this clear or I didn't read the fine print.

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