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A Spy in the House of Random: First-Time Author Amy Gray Journeys from Publishing to Private Investigation-And Back to Publishing

Magazine article Book

A Spy in the House of Random: First-Time Author Amy Gray Journeys from Publishing to Private Investigation-And Back to Publishing

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YOU WOULDN'T FIGURE Amy Gray--a petite, twenty-eight-year-old blonde from Newton, Massachusetts--for a gumshoe. Unless, of course, you've read her book. In Spygirl, due in September from Random House, Gray tells the true story of her switch from numbing grunt work in publishing to what she says is a more rewarding career: private investigation.

Gray was twenty-five when she started working for BackTrack Reports, Inc., a New York based agency. She enjoys investigative work so much, she says, that she'll never work in publishing again. In the book business, she says, "there is no right or wrong side of things. The book ships so many copies and it's pubbing on this date, but it's sort of all for naught. But when you're in investigations, there's some sort of greater good that you're working for."

Spygirl blends scenes from Gray's day job with scenes from a lively nightlife, often lingering on the men she met along the way. …

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