The Last Word (Spellman Files Series #6)

The Last Word (Spellman Files Series #6)

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by Lisa Lutz
     
 

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"The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty, and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure fun—and Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet for a Bourbon.'"—Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

The sixth installment of the

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"The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty, and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure fun—and Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet for a Bourbon.'"—Gillian Flynn, New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl

The sixth installment of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Edgar- and Macavity-nominated and Alex Award-winning series by Lisa Lutz, finds our intrepid heroine of the series, Isabel Spellman, PI, at a crossroads. Izzy is used to being followed, extorted, and questioned—all occupational hazards of working at her family’s firm, Spellman Investigations. Her little sister, Rae, once tailed Izzy for weeks on end to discover the identity of Izzy’s boyfriend. Her mother, Olivia, once blackmailed Izzy with photo­graphic evidence of Prom Night 1994. It seemed that Spellman vigilance would dis­sipate after Izzy was fired for breaching client confidentiality, but then Izzy avenged her dismissal by staging a hostile takeover of the company. She should have known better than to think she could put such she­nanigans behind her.

In The Last Word, Izzy’s troubles are just beginning. After her takeover of Spellman Investigations, her employees are the fur­thest thing from collegial...and Izzy finds herself struggling to pay the bills. But when she is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, the stakes become immense. If Izzy gets indicted, she could lose her PI license and the Spellman family’s livelihood, not to mention her own freedom. Is this the end of Izzy Spellman, PI?

The Last Word is, hands down, the most powerful book in the bestselling, award-nominated Spellman series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lutz delivers another rollicking good time in her sixth novel featuring the wacky San Francisco family of PIs (after 2012’s Trail of the Spellmans). Everyone in the Spellman clan is in an uproar because of Isabel’s hostile takeover of the firm. Izzy’s parents, Albert and Olivia, have taken up a passive-aggressive retaliation involving boxer shorts and plastic curlers, while her sister, Rae, has devised a new revenge-based income stream. Meanwhile, Izzy is helping client Edward Slayter hide his Alzheimer’s, but it’s clear someone is determined to get him kicked out as CEO of a very profitable venture capital firm, and that someone is willing to sic the FBI on Izzy for embezzlement as part of the scheme. Former boyfriend Henry Stone keeps showing up at peculiar times, and Izzy’s battles with her tyrannical three-year-old niece, Sydney (aka Princess Banana), are escalating. The hilarious office memos and footnotes add to the fun. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (July)
From the Publisher
“The sly trick of Lisa Lutz’s Spellman novels is that they’re so funny and so smart that you’re taken by surprise by all the insights they offer—-about loneliness, about the tumult of love and most of all about the tender chaos of families. Like Raymond Chandler-meets-Salinger’s Glass family, with The Last Word, Lutz offers her richest, funniest and most bittersweet Spellman tale to date.”

"The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure fun-and Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet for a Bourbon.'"

Megan Abbott
“The sly trick of Lisa Lutz’s Spellman novels is that they’re so funny and so smart that you’re taken by surprise by all the insights they offer---about loneliness, about the tumult of love and most of all about the tender chaos of families. Like Raymond Chandler-meets-Salinger’s Glass family, with The Last Word, Lutz offers her richest, funniest and most bittersweet Spellman tale to date.”
Gillian Flynn
"The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure fun-and Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictional Characters I'd Like to Meet for a Bourbon.'"
Library Journal
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A little more than three months ago, Isabel Spellman bought out her siblings to become the controlling shareholder of Spellman Investigations, and things have been going downhill for her ever since. Fewer cases, strong parental resistance, and too many missed clues are taking their toll on Izzy’s enthusiasm for her new role as a power-mad CEO. Reluctantly, Izzy finds herself reevaluating key decisions, resulting in perhaps unwanted but helpful, self-reflective moments. Can Izzy find her way forward, or is she about to stubbornly backslide into trouble? The Spellmans could be the poster family for strong but lovingly dysfunctional relationships; their eccentricities are also an essential element of what makes them so endearing as individuals. Lutz’s secondary characters are as charmingly quirky and provide opportunities for greater emotional depth in her protoganists’ relationships. Readers are also treated to a slew of fabulously inventive cases, investigated in grand Spellman tradition.

Verdict A mix of happy, sad, and funny elements, this sixth book in the series (after Trail of the Spellmans) delivers all these emotions, plus a mysterious ending fans will find extremely curious and strangely satisfying!—Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH
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Kirkus Reviews
Now that she's assumed control of her family's detective agency (Trail of the Spellmans, 2012, etc.), Isabel Spellman finds that riding herd on the crazies she's related to is no bed of roses. Nobody, it seems, wants to play nice with Izzy. That's not entirely surprising, given the whimsically dictatorial memos she's flooded the office with since she assumed a controlling interest in Spellman Investigations. It isn't bad enough that Edward Slayter, the venture capitalist who supplied the money to finance her hostile takeover, is beginning to lose his mind to Alzheimer's and control of Slayter Industries to an unknown insider who's clearly trying to implicate both him and Izzy in a money-laundering scheme; Edward insists on conducting his briefing sessions with Izzy while they're jogging three times a week. Izzy's brief stint undercover at Divine Strategies, a religious-software firm Edward's looking to buy, discloses secrets unbecoming its avowed mission. When part-time Spellman employee Vivien Blake's determination to sue the Lightning Fast Moving Company for overcharging her and damaging her stuff gets thwarted by the movers' highly predictable stonewalling, Izzy's kid sister Rae proposes a new strategy: conflict resolution, formerly known to the uninitiated as vigilante justice. Maggie Mason, the pro bono lawyer married to Izzy's brother, David, is working for the release of Louis Myron Washburn, who may be guilty of every felony in the Bay Area except for the robbery and murder he was convicted of 12 years ago. And serious illness lurks right around the corner for one of the Spellmans, although serious crime once again pretty much leaves them alone. Another fizzy round of Mystery Lite with the cast of You Can't Take It with You off their meds. Izzy seems even more dissociated than in her previous five outings, though fans will either cheer or not notice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451686661
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Series:
Spellman Files Series, #6
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Lutz is the author of the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award– and Macavity Award–nominated, and Alex Award–winning Spellman Files series and the novels How to Start a Fire and The Passenger. She lives and works in upstate New York.

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The Last Word (Spellman Files Series #6) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Watts12 More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Spellman novels, this one was my least favorite. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy reading it, I just felt like it was missing something. Her footnotes weren't as funny as in previous books. Not much banter between Izzy and Rae, the case was not very interesting....but if you read the previous novels you have to read this one...we'll see what Lisa Lutz has in store for us in the future.
MTDIVA More than 1 year ago
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Quite "Get" It, February 6, 2014 By MOONBEAM - See all my reviews This review is from: The Last Word: A Spellman Novel (Spellman: Document) (Hardcover) I had heard so many great things about this author and her prior novels, that I was totally psyched to read this latest installment of "Isabel a.k.a Izzy Spellman, P.I. It started off for me with a bang, easy to get into, but after about 50 pages I found I was trudging through, and failing to catch the infamous humor with the writing style. Character development was slow and mediocre plot. I had invested time so decided to complete the read, and was happy to have finished it, but did not find it really an appealing novel nor one that I would consider as a read for my book club. In all fairness to the stellar reviews, I think perhaps had I read any/all of the prior novels leading up to this one, I may have enjoyed it more. For this reason, I've decided on an average rating, as it was, at least for me, an average read.
scottnl73 More than 1 year ago
Once again another solid story about the Spellman clan, as told through the whiskey/scotch/bourbon/wine/beer-colored glasses of Izzy, middle child and former-ish deliquent who staged a hostile takeover of the family business back in Document #5. While there were the hijinks that always occur during each document, The Last Word dealt with not one but two more serious subjects (cancer and Alzheimer's).  Not going to rehash the story, because then you wouldn't want to read it. Let's just say that this book reads like the end of the series (I hope it's not!), which leaves me a bit sad, but just like life there's not always going be to a HEA.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, word spread that Lisa Lutz was retiring her Spellman clan after the fourth book and I was one of many who were horrified to hear that news. Then, lo and behold, a fifth book showed up and, now, number 6 in the series. I don’t know what changed the author’s mind but I couldn’t be happier. Izzy Spellman is a character I’ve come to love and I wish I could spend real-life time with her. Alas, that is not to be, so I have to get my fill of her company through her books and this latest is no disappointment. Her squirrelly family is just as much fun as they’ve always been—who else would carry on inter-family warfare with boxer shorts and fluffy slippers?—and, although the cases being investigated are not exactly earthshaking, going along for the ride is an adventure in itself. I especially appreciated baby sister Rae’s development of a new way to bring in much-needed income and and Izzy certainly needs to find out who’s taking advantage of a tycoon’s weakness but there really are two primary mysteries…will the family survive Izzy’s hostile takeover of the investigation business and what will it take to get a three-year-old despot named Princess Banana to approve of Izzy? Anyone who enjoys a good deal of humor in their mystery reading will love The Last Word and all the other Spellman books and I’m already eagerly awaiting #7.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I'm glad Lutz has continued with these character through an additional couple of works. The beleaguered Izzy Spellman is the boss of Spellman Investigations, after the events of document 5. Chaos reigns as those clever, passive aggressive family members choose to do as little as possible, whenever they want. Izzy finds some satisfaction by helping her wealthy employer Edward Slayter with both hiding a disease and figuring out who is out to get him. Small cameos by previous characters round out the story, as do a few new characters, including a playmate for Sydney, who is exhibiting a new generation of Spellman tendencies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She doesn't know what to do with Isabel so she is moving on to Raye. Still funny, but now it's getting sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one was my favorite of all the spellman documents. Loved it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is just plain fun! Great characters, funny storylines...the footnotes are a little hard to navigate on my Nook while blowdrying my hair, but I managed to read all of them. Start with "The Spellman Files" and read the entire series! Can't wait for the next document.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud funny! Characters are well developed! Love this series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and stop with. Book 4.
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This has been one of my favorite series. I'm disappointed in this book; it left me feeling sad rather than amused. I wish she had ended the series sfter the fourth book.
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Another good read in the Spellman series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always a pleasure to read this series!! This was the best one by far!!!!
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I have read all the books in the Spellman series and loved them all. This book was no exception. Funny and enteraining. I hope it's not the end.
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utdelilah More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of the series I love the Spellman chronicles and Lisa Lutz definitely hit a home run with this, her 6th book. This book was clever, engaging, funny and quite touching. I would highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Stop reading now if you don't want a spoiler........................................................................................................................................................My heart broke over the Henry thing, but at the same time it was SO real. I'd give it 5 stars if the story had ended with Izzy's point of view.
tillypop More than 1 year ago
The fun continues in this book. All the characters you know and love. Sad to think this might be "The Last Word" from Spellman Investigations.