Isobel (Izzy) Spellman is the 28-year-old daughter of a family of private investigators who work and live together in San Francisco. Family interrogations are commonplace, and personal privacy is not an option.
The book is told from Izzy's point of view, with her life chronicled by a list of misdeeds, ex-boyfriends, and surveillance techniques not approved of by her parents. When Izzy decides that she doesn't want to pursue the family business after all, her parents relent, on the stipulation that she take one more case. This fifteen-year-old cold case will take all of Izzy's wits to solve.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz is the first book in a series of mysteries.