Lily White

By Susan Isaacs
Read by Grace Conlin

19.77 Hours 01/01/2010 unabridged
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In Susan Isaacs' most ambitious and dazzling novel to date, we are introduced to Lee White, a criminal defense lawyer practicing on Long Island. Into her life drifts Norman Torkelson, a career con man charged with strangling to death his latest mark. At first the case seems routine, the evidence overwhelming. Norman—manly, magnetic, and morally reprehensible—is a man who crisscrosses America working his cruel marriage scam: love ’em, liquidate their assets, leave ’em. Clearly, he murdered Bobette Frisch, his latest patsy. But just as Lee is resigning herself to the inevitable “Guilty!” verdict, she begins to have doubts. What, after all, was Norman’s motive? Why not do what he had done for the last twenty years: run, and leave behind a broke and broken-hearted victim? Lee starts to wonder if her client is not merely not guilty, but covering for the real killer—and, in doing so, performing the first selfless act of his life.

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Summary

Summary

In Susan Isaacs' most ambitious and dazzling novel to date, we are introduced to Lee White, a criminal defense lawyer practicing on Long Island. Into her life drifts Norman Torkelson, a career con man charged with strangling to death his latest mark. At first the case seems routine, the evidence overwhelming. Norman—manly, magnetic, and morally reprehensible—is a man who crisscrosses America working his cruel marriage scam: love ’em, liquidate their assets, leave ’em. Clearly, he murdered Bobette Frisch, his latest patsy. But just as Lee is resigning herself to the inevitable “Guilty!” verdict, she begins to have doubts. What, after all, was Norman’s motive? Why not do what he had done for the last twenty years: run, and leave behind a broke and broken-hearted victim? Lee starts to wonder if her client is not merely not guilty, but covering for the real killer—and, in doing so, performing the first selfless act of his life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A big, fat, happy feast of a book…[Isaacs’s] most confident and appealing…[She] is both funny and piercing, a highly satisfying combination.” New York Times Book Review
“Riveting…Best of all is the character of Lee, smart and sassy…[and] self-deluded at the same time. Her good-humored, self-knowing, self-mocking voice is a treat for the ear.” Boston Globe
“Isaacs delivers witty, wicked satire from beginning to end.” Entertainment Weekly
“Marjorie Morningstar meets Nancy Drew in Isaacs’s latest, which succeeds as both a coming-of-age story and a legal thriller…rendered with snappy authenticity.” Publishers Weekly
“A sometimes funny, sometimes poignant exploration of love, betrayal, and, ultimately, the meaning of family. This intriguing and well-written book should be in demand.” Library Journal
“Aside from the many great one-liners and a gutsy, likeable heroine, Isaacs offers a host of zinging observations on the notion of family, the politics of our criminal-justice system, and the importance of good eye shadow, all wrapped up in an interesting plot. Now that's entertainment.” Booklist
“Isaacs achieves a personal best with this warmly spirited tale of a Long Island lawyer conned over and over by life and love…As always, Isaacs’ strengths lie in her feisty characters, lively pacing, and perfectly tuned comic sense.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. Her novels, all New York Times bestsellers, include Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, Shining Through, and Past Perfect. 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. Her fiction has been translated into thirty languages. She lives on Long Island with her husband.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 19.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English