True Adventures from My Life as a Private Eye
By Amy Gray
(Villard, Paperback, 9780812971521, 288pp.)
Publication Date: September 2, 2003
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While her friends are making mad cash and getting massages at their dot-com jobs, Amy Gray quits her low-status publishing position to realize her girlhood dream of being a private investigator. Joining a small Manhattan agency, she finds herself plunged into an intriguing world of “con men, lunatics, narcissists, polygamists, sociopaths, felons, petty thieves, and pathological liars”—a description almost as apt for the men in her social life as for her on-the-job subjects. Working with a gang of misfit colleagues (a former zookeeper, a one-time child star, an avant-garde philosopher, and other eccentrics), Amy discovers even more about herself as she detects uncanny parallels between her investigations and her tumultuous love life.
Amy Gray spent three years working as a private investigator in Manhattan. She has been profiled in W magazine, The New York Times, and Glamour, among other publications. She lives in New York.
“Amy Gray's Spygirl is a ‘girl meets city’ love story, a must-read for all the overeducated youth who believe if they can make it there, etc. Amy is a real modern-day heroine, willing to take risks in both her personal and professional life, to put up with the rats she finds both in her office as a private investigator and in the New York City bar scene. You'll find yourself rooting for her on every page.”
-Kathryn Larrabee, author of An Everyday Savior
“Flawlessly weaving reminiscences of childhood, college days at Brown and the low-paying job as a publishing ‘slave’ she left for her new but decidedly unglamorous career as an agent, Gray’s debut hilariously chronicles a roller-coaster love and social life amid the uncertainty of a new millennium.”
"Either Amy Gray has had an extraordinary life, or she has an extraordinary imagination. She reveals the slightly sordid life of a contemporary sleuth; she gets under the skin of the dating game; and she nails office politics. Spygirl is cool and it packs a punch."
-Rebecca Campbell, author of Slave to Fashion
"A funny, clever, deftly-written romp through the world of a real-life Charlie's angel."
-Molly Jong-Fast, author of Normal Girl