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Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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Jane Smith is charming, sexy, successful, and intelligent, a rare combination of domestic goddess and savvy businesswoman. Although she and her equally perfect husband seem to be the ideal couple, the spark has faded from their marriage. That is, until they win free sessions with a counselor. What they keep hidden from their therapist and each other, they confide in the journals they've been coaxed to keep.

John Smith is wealthy, daring, athletic, and smart, a guy who drinks his...

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Overview

Jane Smith is charming, sexy, successful, and intelligent, a rare combination of domestic goddess and savvy businesswoman. Although she and her equally perfect husband seem to be the ideal couple, the spark has faded from their marriage. That is, until they win free sessions with a counselor. What they keep hidden from their therapist and each other, they confide in the journals they've been coaxed to keep.

John Smith is wealthy, daring, athletic, and smart, a guy who drinks his scotch the way he's climbed to the top of the construction business: straight up. Although he and his equally perfect wife seem to be the ideal couple, the spark has faded from their marriage. That is, until they win free sessions with a counselor. What they keep hidden from their therapist and each other, they confide in the journals they've been coaxed to keep.

Jane and John Smith are actually hired assassins working for rival organizations -- and their next assignments are ... each other! And so begins the kind of cat-and-mouse game that attracted Jane to John in the first place -- a roulette dangereuse that will either lead to a rekindled passion most married couples can only dream about ... or to cold-blooded murder.

This is the incomparable love story that inspired the sexy action-adventure Mr. and Mrs. Smith from Twentieth Century Fox. It's a no-holds-barred confessional filled with the kind of steamy details rogue agents can only tell you … if they plan to kill you

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060758622
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy East Dubowski is a widely published author of media-related books. Her titles include Never Been Kissed, 7th Heaven, Four Years With the Camden Family and several in the Sabrina, the Teenage Witch series.

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith


By Cathy East Dubowski

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Cathy East Dubowski
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060785594

Jane

Dr. Wexler

Katrina -- is the tape on?

Okay, yes. Hand me the mike. This is Dr. Wexler, and these are the transcripts from my taped sessions with a Mr. and Mrs. John Smith from the first of last month. Compiled and typed up by my assistant, Katrina Östlicher. Also includes comments typed in from my notes about the patients' facial expressions, body language, etc., etc., as usual, and so on.


When Mr. and Mrs. Smith enter my office, I am somewhat surprised. First of all, they are a bit younger than the couples I usually see. Very nice looking, too. Like movie stars, actually, both of them. Well groomed, neatly dressed. Polite.

Both seem quite pleasant, very intelligent.

And they are smiling.

To look at them, you'd think they were the perfect couple.

So, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, I think, what are you doing in a marriage counselor's office?

Sometimes my clients storm into my office in a bloody rage. Sometimes they come in quiet -- volcanoes about to erupt. Sometimes you can tell they've even been arguing in the waiting room. Ach! The things my receptionist tells me! I could write a book!

But these two. No clue. They are, if not overly affectionate in public, extremely polite with each other. I note that he even holds out her chair for her. And she says, "Thank you."

Very unusual, in my office.

I am instantly intrigued.

I've been in practice almost twenty-three years, and I've seen just about everything you can imagine. But in general, most people fall into a few predictable categories. Husband cheated on wife with another woman. Wife cheated on husband with another man. Or another woman. Wife more successful in her career than husband, and so on.

But I sense something different going on with Mr. and Mrs. Smith. And so, I think, an interesting case.

As usual, I ask permission to record their session. What follows below is the taped session, transcribed verbatim to paper, interspersed with my notes and observations.

FIRST SESSION, MR. AND MRS. SMITH

I allow Mr. and Mrs. Smith to settle into their seats. I smile at them over my glasses, then spend a few moments offering them coffee or tea (both decline), opening their file, selecting a pen from my pen holder, polishing my glasses -- a technique that allows my clients a chance to settle in and relax before I ask the first question.

NOTE: Mr. Smith is already leaning forward, anxious to make something clear.

MR. SMITH: "Okay. First up, I want to say we don't really need to be here -- "

NOTE: Yes. A lot of people begin this way.

MRS. SMITH (smiling): "Actually it's a funny story."

auction slash barbecue -- "

MRS. SMITH: " -- our friends the Colemans. They live next door. Devout -- "

MR. SMITH: "Episcopalians."

MRS. SMITH: "Presbyterians."

NOTE: Slight discrepancy. Nothing to worry about. Unless ... ah, yes. A little frown passes between them.

MR. SMITH: "Anyway, the grand lot was -- "

MRS. SMITH: " -- a mystery lot."

MR. SMITH: "I'd sunk a few, wasn't driving -- "

MRS. SMITH: "A few?"

NOTE: Mrs. Smith rolls eyes. Mr. Smith responds with a hard look. A muscle twitches along his jaw. Obviously his drinking is an issue.

But he doesn't take the bait.

Classic case of withholding his feelings. At least in front of strangers.

My early guess is that this is a couple who never argue in public.

Mr. Smith continues as if he hasn't been interrupted.

MR. SMITH: "So Jane starts bidding. She gets a tiny bit competitive ..."

NOTE: Mrs. Smith's lips purse at this remark. Another issue between them?

MR. SMITH: "Upshot is: We end up blowing eight hundred bucks on the mystery lot."

MR. AND MRS. SMITH (at once): "Four sessions with Dr. Wexler."

NOTE: They both laugh. Politely. A little too loudly.

MR. SMITH: "The Colemans have a great sense of humor."

NOTE: Another burst of laughter, which fades quickly.

Now my senses are on alert. The couple hasn't come here on their own initiative.

And yet they came.

I scratch out a note, giving them time, to make sure they've said their piece.

Then I look up at them and smile.

ME: "But you didn't have to come."

NOTE: Complete silence.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith glance at each other, then quickly look away.

I say nothing, and wait patiently. Sometimes it's the best way to get someone to talk. A comfortable silence doesn't bother a person whose mind is at ease. But a pregnant pause seems to compel people who are nervous to completely spill their guts. It's a little technique I picked up from police dramas on TV. I wait.

MR. SMITH: "Right -- "

MRS. SMITH: "Absolutely."

NOTE: They sit back in their chairs. A bit nervous. I can see Mrs. Smith thinking, though.

MRS. SMITH: "But we have a theory ..."

MR. SMITH (startled): "We do?"

MRS. SMITH (smiling): "The 'Oil Check.' "

MR. SMITH: "Oh. Right."

Continues...


Excerpted from Mr. and Mrs. Smith by Cathy East Dubowski Copyright © 2005 by Cathy East Dubowski. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    The Charm of Mr. and Mrs. Smith Kills ....

    The pages of this book are filled with wit and charm and is brilliant and savy. I have been to a psychitrist and l know the games they play so I can relate to the unwillingness to answer the questions asked of you. And the whole journal thing...I have dozens of them that I have kept over the years.... This is a witty James Bondesuqe story for the 21st century.

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