It's a Crime
By Jacqueline Carey
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345459930, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Pat Foy leads a charmed life. She has a close-knit family, an expensive home, a passion for mystery novels, and a satisfying career as a landscape designer. But then her husband, Frank, is arrested for accounting fraud at the telecommunications firm that employs him. “How could anything that boring be illegal?” she wonders. The scandal threatens to drain the Foys’ bank account, send Frank to prison, and tear the family apart. Attempting to understand the suffering caused by the company’s bankruptcy, Pat decides to search out the victims—and finds more twists and turns than in any of the whodunits she has read.
Jacqueline Carey’s previous books include Good Gossip, part of which appeared in The New Yorker, and The Crossley Baby, which garnered Carey a Guggenheim Fellowship. She used to write a mystery column for Salon.com. Carey lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her husband, the writer Ian Frazier, and their two children.
“It’s a Crime is so lilting and witty that the sorrow at its heart creeps in on stocking feet. Jacqueline Carey is an original, and this is her unforgettable take on our ethically challenged times.”–Deirdre McNamer, author of Red Rover
“If Jay Gatsby and Nancy Drew had had a baby, its take on twenty-first-century American corruption and denial might be as trenchant as Jacqueline Carey’s, but I doubt it.”–Roy Blount, Jr., author of Long Time Leaving
“Rarely does a novel come along with so much ebullient wit, such ethical clarity, and so many beautiful flowers. Jacqueline Carey takes on white-collar crime, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the nagging question of forsythias with equal fascination and agility. It’s a Crime is satirical, lyrical, full of heart, and a joy to read.”–Cathleen Schine, author of The New Yorkers
“A witty, original look at the way we live now.”—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Ten-Year Nap
“This journey down the rabbit hole is not your mother’s crime fiction, but in the shadow of Wall Street’s current upheavals, it’s oddly not that far-fetched.”—Boston Globe
“Carey’s reflections on executive-suite malfeasance are clever, not to mention timely.”—New York Times Book Review
“In this ripped-from-the-headlines satire, Carey skewers corporate culture and its insidious effects.”—Marie Claire
“It’s a Crime is a sharp and funny commentary on the times we live in, and on the high cost of self-absorption.“—Chicago Tribune