The Verifiers (Large Print / Library Binding)

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I picked this up when I needed a distraction from everything else I was reading, and if you want to read a main character who’s funny, but with a sweet sincerity, not that sardonic despairing edge that appears in so much contemporary (and excellent!) fiction, The Verifiers is just the thing. Claudia (who goes by Claw, which I love) is the youngest of three children raised by a single mom, an immigrant from Taiwan.
  Claudia differs from her high-achieving siblings in that she doesn’t want to devote her prodigious intelligence to a job that takes over her life as she makes money hand over fist but never has the time to enjoy it. Which is why she secretly abandons her low-level job in finance to work for Veracity, in essence a detective agency specializing in online dating. Her job scratches the itch Claudia has always felt—obsessed with detective stories since she was a kid (in her case, it’s a Sherlockian character called Inspector Yuan), she’s thrilled by tracking “matches” online, even tailing them in the world, in order to discover whether they’re lying on their dating profiles (shocker: they are).
  Pek, whose first novel this is, builds an excellently-paced, complexly-structured mystery, but the heart and soul of the novel is the Lin family dynamic. The Three C’s—Charles, Coraline, and Claudia—are each at the mercy of the withholding, critical parenting style of their mother. The siblings’ extremely obvious love for each other is shot through with old resentments, simmering competitiveness, and characterized by the overzealous micromanaging older siblings often inflict on younger ones.
  Meanwhile, big tech and its tendrils permeate the environment, suffusing everything with low-key anxiety about unscrupulous capitalists and the robber barons of the data economy, a field in which Pek is obviously well-versed. 
The Verifiers feels zippy and fresh, and hints at a sequel (yay). Just the thing if you have the taste for something plotty and immersive.

— Sarah, Longfellow Books

March 2022 Indie Next List

“Set in the age of internet dating, Claudia Lin investigates the murder of one of her firm’s clients. Jane Pek weaves issues of technology, privacy, cultural identity, and a warm family story. Let's hope this is the start of a new series!”
— Jane Stiles, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA


Introducing Claudia Lin: a sharp-witted amateur sleuth for the 21st century. This debut novel follows Claudia as she verifies people's online lives, and lies, for a dating detective agency in New York City. Until a client with an unusual request goes missing. . . .

"The world of social media, big tech and internet connectivity provides fertile new ground for humans to deceive, defraud and possibly murder one another. . . . Well rendered and charming. . . . Original and intriguing." --The New York Times Book Review

Claudia is used to disregarding her fractious family's model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She's also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls--and that she's just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency.

A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she's landed her ideal job. But when a client vanishes, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate--and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age.


About the Author

JANE PEK was born and grew up in Singapore. She holds a BA from Yale University, a JD from the New York University School of Law, and an MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Witness, Conjunctions, Literary Hub, and twice in The Best American Short Stories. She currently lives in New York, where she works as a lawyer at a global investment company.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798885780520
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: July 27th, 2022
Language: English