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The AgencyYes, The Agency is a genre novel — ''saucy lady'' pink-foil cover and all. Still,? this debut from the pseudonymous Ally O'Brien ...The AgencyFiction, Mystery and ThrillerYes, The Agency is a genre novel — ''saucy lady'' pink-foil cover and all. Still,? this debut from the pseudonymous Ally O'Brien ...2009-02-04St. Martin's Press
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The Agency

Genre: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Ally O'Brien; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Yes, The Agency is a genre novel — ”saucy lady” pink-foil cover and all. Still,? this debut from the pseudonymous Ally O’Brien (actually a suspense novelist and media agent writing? together) is pretty snappy all the same. Heroine Tess Drake, equal parts Ari Gold and Sherlock Holmes in a slit-?to-there skirt, is a London literary agent trying to sort out her tangled love life and her boss’ suspicious death while juggling a passel of unruly clients. Nothing’s very subtle — ?foreshadowing comes on like a team of Clydesdales at a tea party — but Tess’ breezy wit eclipses the flat-footed attempts of the many CosmoGirl-come-latelies who’ve preceded her. B+