The Last Housewife: A Suburban Detective Mystery

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Rising to celebrity status after solving two high-profile cases, detective Kit Deleeuw is hired by Shelly Bloomfield, a determined housewife who has been charged with murdering an outspoken feminist. Reprint.

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"Jon Katz has moved the detective novel to the suburbs...The mysteries he deals with are the mysteries of family life--why kids turn against their parents, why parents stop loving each other." --Terry Gross, Fresh Air (NPR).

Both in his media column for New York magazine and in his Suburban Detective Mysteries Jon Katz demonstrates that he is a man with his finger on the pulse of American manners. And more than ever, both readers and reviewers love what he has to say about our taste, our values, and the way we live. In her New York Times review of The Family Stalker, Marilyn Stasio praised "his keen anthropological observations on divorce, adultery, emotional abandonment, financial reversal, career burnout, peer pressure, child worship, and other facets of privileged life in a New Jersey bedroom community" Now, in The Last Housewife, he has not only written a deftly plotted, briskly paced novel of suspense, but has also addressed, with keen wit and sharp insight, what may be one of the primal issues for American women today--how those who work and those who don't really feel about one another. When Shelly Bloomfield, stay-at-home mother of three, is accused of murdering the feminist principal of the Rochambeau Middle School, Kit Deleeuw is called in to help exonerate the self-styled "last housewife." It's a case that immediately polarizes the community, and one that everyone--from his wife and children to the chief of police--would rather he didn't take. The Last Housewife is sure to cement Jon Katz's reputation as a "male Susan Isaacs with heart," and to make him as widely read and admired as a writer of fiction as he is as a prize-winning journalist.

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A onetime Wall Streeter, Kit Deleeuw is now a station-wagon driver, Labrador walker and principal caregiver to his children. He's also the PI star of Katz's Suburban Detective series (The Family Stalker) and a living lexicon of political correctness. This entry, the third and best, begins when Shelly Bloomfield, one of New Jersey's last professional moms, is accused of shooting the new-and feminist-junior high school principal. Shelly, whose husband's gun was the murder weapon and whose son was on the verge of suspension from the school for sexual harassment incidents involving bra-snapping and groping, hires Kit to exonerate her. Katz writes as though his readers were visiting from Mars as his hero-narrator endlessly details suburban, child-centered life, pats himself on the back for being a caring dad and only occasionally pauses to let the plot inch forward. Yet, while most of the characters whine at being torn between parenting and power-lunching, dark hints of evil lurking in the minds of children surface to give the tale some depth. Ultimately, however, Katz shies away from such possibilities to offer a pat solution that draws on hormones and peer pressure. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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