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While guest teaching a semester at Schuyler Law School Kate Fansler gets to know an extraordinary secretary named Harriet who patterns her life after John le Carré's character George Smiley Harriet reveals that Schuyler has some serious skeletons swinging in its per. First off this is NOT a mystery Nothing remotely resembling a mystery occurs in this book Kate Fansler is a literature professor Her husband Reed is teaching a law clinic at Schuyler law school and Kate decides to co teach a law and literature class there for the semester The book is essentially one long boring case for feminism and how horribly women at least in the 1990 s are treated at universities The only vague hints of a mystery are that the only female teacher at the school was run over by a bus but this is uickly shown to be an accident There are lots of random references to John Le Carre s books for no particular reason The whole law and literature class was ridiculous Kate and her co teacher Blair don t decide on the date and time for the class until the week ahead of time let alone what the class will be covering A student randomly beats up Blair during class and Kate is not sure what they should do about it how about report the student the police for assault and have him expelled from school Nope all she does is think Blair is sexy for beating the student up in return gag Kate also annoyed me because she thinks it s fine to cheat on her husband but gets extremely jealous when another woman flirts with him I only finished this book because it is short and I thought something eventually must happen I was wrong NOTHING happens I ll definitely be avoiding this author in the future

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An Imperfect Spy

Fectly appointed closets including the fate of Schuyler's only tenured female professor and a faculty wife who has killed her husband As if An Imperfect Kindle Kate doesn't have enough to tackle she is also up against the men who comprise the faculty of Schuyler it. In back filling my GR with books read decades ago I suspect I am ranking many of them lower than I would have if ranked at the time Ah well so it goes if I don t remember them well I suspect they should get no than it was OK

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Self a thoroughly unapologetic bastion of white male power mediocrity and misogyny Although she has only a few months on campus Kate refuses to let Schuyler's rigid ideals and insistence on secrecy suppress her indefatigable curiosity or her obsession with the truth.. Kate Fansler is a professor of English Literature and her husband Reed is a Law School professor They are invited to teach one semester of Literature and Law for Kate and set up a clinic to help women in prison for Reed The law school where they will be teaching is a mediocre one with a very conservative faculty The one woman faculty member the law school had was run over by a truck Was she pushed Kate meets a woman who works at the school who thinks she may have been murdered Very intelligently written Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “An Imperfect Spy

  1. says:

    This is my 11th reading of one of the 14 Kate Fansler mysteries This book is not a mystery but a literary nod to John le Carré's Smiley couched within a treatise on women's euality very much of this book's publication date of 1995 Innocent

  2. says:

    I may be grumpy lately but this is my second bad review of a favorite author today In the other books in this series I have really liked the character of Kate and her husband Reed Funny literate liberal and honest This Kate is NOT honest I'm disappointed to find that she has had affairs during her marriage And her excuse that she

  3. says:

    First off this is NOT a mystery Nothing remotely resembling a mystery occurs in this book Kate Fansler is a literature professor Her husband Reed is teaching a law clinic at Schuyler law school and Kate decides to

  4. says:

    Didn't remember I had read this so I read it again Pretty dire actually filled with political correctness and male chauvinist pigs and anger against educated women If the 1990s in America were really like that I'm glad I

  5. says:

    In back filling my GR with books read decades ago I suspect I am ranking many of them lower than I would have if ranked at the time Ah

  6. says:

    The time I spent reading this is time I will never get back This was supposed to be a mystery or at least involve some sp

  7. says:

    Kate Fansler is a professor of English Literature and her husband Reed is a Law School professor They are invited to teach one semester of Literature and Law for Kate and set up a clinic to help women in prison for Reed The law school where they will be teaching is a mediocre one with a very conservative faculty The one woman faculty member

  8. says:

    Now that I am almost done with the whole series I can appreciate the evolution of the modern feminist movement which is reflected in Cross's plots This story in particular which focuses on the struggle of women in an academic setting although published in 1995 sounds not that dissimilar to some of what we read about harassment in the workplace

  9. says:

    Harriet the Spy in a mystery whose title transparently is modelled after a le Carré title Most of the uotes are by le Carré as well

  10. says:

    Very engaging and well written mystery