Lisa Lutz Books

Lisa Lutz is an America writer who began her writing career writing screenplays for Hollywood. One of her screenplays that were rejected by several media houses became the basis for her extremely popular novel series about a family that is made up of Private Investigators. Lutz was born and raised in South Carolina in the year 1970. Lutz attended UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University and the University of Leeds. In the 1990’s, Lisa Lutz worked several low paying jobs such as an investigator for a private investigation firm. Lisa also spent most of her time writing, Plan-B, a Mob comedy. In 1997, her screenplay was considered and eventually was made into a movie in the year 2000. The movie was well received, and Variety Magazine described the movie as torturously funny.

Order of Lisa Lutz Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published
1 How to Negotiate Everything 2012

Order of Lisa Lutz Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published
1 Heads You Lose 2011
2 How to Start a Fire 2015
3 The Passenger 2016

Order of The Spellmans Series

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After completing her first screenplay, she then went ahead to produce several tentative screenplays. However, none of these screenplays were selected for production. Lutz’s final effort, The Spelman Files was rejected as well. It was at this moment that Lutz realized that the story needed more space so that it would be developed properly. Thus, she decided to write this story as a novel. While still residing in California, Lutz began to work on the novel. She, later on, moved to a relative’s place so that she could be able to work on the project full-time. To complete the second Spellman novel, she moved back to Seattle and later on to San Francisco where she lived for some time. The Spellman book series is about a family of Private Investigators who are not only intensely suspicious but also spends lots of time investigating one another. The first installment in this series is the Spellman Files which is about the kidnapping of a 14-year-old.

Lisa Lutz Awards

As one of the leading authors, Lisa Lutz’s Spellman Files received nominations for three awards i.e. best first novel in the Macavity Awards, Barry Awards, and Antony Awards. Lisa also received another nomination for a Daily’s Award. Lisa eventually received her very first award in the year 2008, the Alex Award with the book Spellman Files. After 2008, Lisa Lutz several other nominations such as the Edgar Award.

Lisa Lutz Books into Movies

Due to its success, Paramount Pictures selected the Spellman’s Files for a screenplay with Laura Ziskin as the producer and Barry Sonnenfield as the director.

Best Lisa Lutz Books

Lisa Lutz is widely known for the Spellman series. One of the best performing installments in this series is the Spellman files. If you are looking for a book from a writer who not only knows it all but also possesses great humor and an elusive knack for expressing razor sharp humor by fusing wordplay and language with ironies which surface in relational complexity and insight into human nature then you should read the Spellman series. In this story, the author introduces a line of family investigators whose private investigation business facilitates the honing interrogative skills of each other through a background check, surveillance, and tough negotiations. Isabella who is extremely rebellious suffers from the second child syndrome that is manifested through underwhelming academic performance, a directionless approach to career and life, and many years of drug use. On the other hand, her older brother is her extreme opposite. Her brother not only has a successful career but is also a successful Stanford-educated attorney. Their baby sister is named after their uncle who is also a successful attorney. Rae is a difficult and precocious pre-teen who demonstrates a sense of loyalty.

She quickly learns the tools necessary for surviving in their family, which entails gathering of intelligence and using it to one’s advantage. This book primarily focuses on the main characters; however, a secondary story develops about a disappearance case which is still unresolved. The first book in this series is a great read. Another book that performed extremely well is the Revenge of the Spellman’s. In this installment, Izzy Spellman is looking for ways to get back to being a detective. A man seeks for her services to establish exactly what her wife is up to. This is the third book in this series and the main character Lisa Lutz does not show any signs of slowing down. Furthermore, she is not afraid to shake things up. Like all the other books in this series, the Revenge of the Spellman is exceedingly fun without necessarily overstaying its welcome. This is an excellent read.