St. Martin's, May 2001, 24.95, 352 pp.
After twenty years of marriage, Nell Dysart's husband tells her that he no longer loves her and plans to file for a divorce. Nell barely ate or slept for the next eighteen months and rarely left her home. Finally, she is persuaded to apply for a temporary job as an office manager in a
detective agency. During the interview, she breaks the shades, tears a hole in the carpet, and spills coffee all over Gabe McKenna's desk.
Even though she flopped miserably, Gabe hires her anyway. She soon finds evidence that her predecessor embezzled money from the firm. Soon her temporary job becomes permanent even as Gabe and Nell fall in love with one another. However, Gabe and Nell are control freaks who must find a way to forge a relationship that makes both of them happy or slowly watch it wither away.
Jennifer Cruise has always put humor in her novel, but in FAST WOMEN, it is subtler as if the author is targeting a more mainstream audience than her usually amusing romances. Readers will delight in the hilarious battle of
the sexes that star two hysterically funny combatants. This novel is destined to hit the best-selling charts.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner