Getting Rid of Bradley

Lucy isn’t sure who’s more dangerous, Bradley her ex-husband who may be trying to kill her, or Zack the detective who’s assigned to keep her alive.

Lucy Savage is finally getting rid of Bradley—and his hideous green recliner. Bradley is out of her life for good. Or so she thinks. Turns out Officer Zack Warren wants to arrest the very same Bradley for embezzlement and figures the lovely Lucy can lead him straight to his target.

Good thing there’s a cop around. Because someone shoots at Lucy and then blows up her car. Zack insists she needs twenty-four-hour protection. What does he think her three dogs and attack cat are for? Still, he insists on moving right in to Lucy’s house.

Now there’s danger lurking outside and in her own kitchen, bathroom—and bedroom. Or maybe Zack is just what Lucy needs.…

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1995 Rita Winner for Best Short Contemporary
“He won’t say no, but who cares if he does? Do it. Hell, guys go through this every time they make a move on a woman, and none of them has died yet. In many cases, that is, of course, unfortunate, but rejection is definitely not lethal. Go get him.” —Getting Rid of Bradley

Note from Jenny

On the reissue: I’m so pleased that Mira has re-issued Getting Rid of Bradley. This is one of my favorite category books, and not just because it won the Rita. This was the first time I realized how important dogs were to books. I always knew they were important to life, but after the response to Bradley, I knew they were vital to fiction, too. And I got to fix several glaring errors again, so that makes me doubly happy. Think of it as the new improved Bradley.

On animals: Heisenberg, Maxwell, and Einstein: Bernie, Rosie and Lucy don’t look like the three in Bradley, but they act like them, traveling as a team, running to the door barking every time somebody knocks, barreling out into the back yard together. The cat Phoebe is actually Annie in yellow fur.

Praise and Reviews

“I'm a hard sell when it comes to comedy, but Jennifer Crusie makes me laugh every time. Getting Rid of Bradley is one of her best. I suspect the phrase "dead dog" has now become a code phrase that will get Crusie fans grinning every time they hear it.” ~Romance Novel Database

“Has to be the funniest of Crusie's books, with a timid heroine who learns to be bold and a high-strung cop who learns to love and commit. A very sensual read--their attraction to each other evolves into a five-alarm inferno. Absolutely hilarious… Wonderful book from start to finish.” ~Romance Novel Database

“Jennifer Crusie takes a great sense of humor, combines it with a fast-paced love story, and cooks up a winner.” ~Romantic Times