Nothing like Scottoline's other works that feature the lawyers Benny Rosato and Mary Nunzio. This book is very good, but not as funny as those previously mentioned. More gritty, if you will. Great storyline. Offers a thread of romance with a happy ending (in that regard, Gives some of the main character's back story-a great read!
If you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like this book. I found it a bit too cutesy for my tastes, but that's just me. I've read another one by her that was better. However, if you're a Scottoline addict, I would definitely read this, as the construction of the mystery is very good with a surprise ending.
Vicki Allegretti is a prosecutor with the US Attorney's office. She and her partner go to meet with an informer and walk into a drug robbery and murder of the pregnant informer. As the killers run out, they threaten Vicki and kill her partner. Vicki ends up suspended without pay and determines to investigate the death of her partner because she doesn't think the police are moving fast enough. She teams up with an unlikely ally and the two women brave danger after danger in search of the truth.
This was my first Lisa Scottoline novel and it won't be my last. I really like the way she writes, a great story line written with enough humor that it doesn't get bogged down. Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informant, is almost killed, and a cop is gunned down before her eyes....and that's just the first few pages. What happens in the rest of the book keeps you turning the pages and the ending is totally a surprise. This is one of those books that you just don't want to put down.
Abridged version, but what was omitted is not easily discernible. Entertaining for a long drive (about 6 hours), but there are a few passages not suitable for younger years (my teen was vastly amused when I turned off the book at one point. The passage was far less than I anticipated, though there was an earlier section that would have had me blushing a bit if she had been in the car). The book is well-read, and it's not a bad way to pass the time.
I loved this book - Devil's Corner is a fast paced thriller featuring a female attorney full of attitude. The reviewers say "Scottoline just keeps getting better and better, she grabs you by the throat and never lets go." When Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informan, she is almost killed and a cop is gunned down before her eyes. The deeper she probes into the crime the more she becomes convinced that the murder wasn't random. When another murder takes place, Vicki is thrown together with an unlikely ally, a resident of Devil's Corner also known as Hell in Philadelphia. Will they find the killers before they kill each other?
First Scottoline novel I've read that didn't feature an attorney from Rosario and Associates. The first few pages had me wondering if there was going to be a connection to the law firm, but Vicki was separate. A very enjoyable read.
SHE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT IT WOULD FEEL LIKE TO LOOK INTO THE BARREL OF A LOADED GUN. AND NOW SHE KNEW....Prosecutor vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informant, is almost killed, and a cop is gunned down before here eyes. She saw the killers, now all she has to do is find them. The deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murder wasn't random. When another murder takes place, Vicki is thrown together with an unlikely ally--The girlfriend from Hell. Will they find the killers before they kill each other?
Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti is drawn into a case after meeting with a confidential informant - and a cop was gunned down in front of her. Deeper and deeper she is pulled along the twists and turns as she tries to make sense of it all (and you along with her). Face paced thriller, witty female lawyer, and a good dose of wit/humor = enjoyable read.
This is my first Scottoline mystery. From the first sentence it grabs you. There is murder, conspiracy, and a love trinagle. Devil's Corner is a neighborhood in Philadelphia, that has seen better days. A drug ring is taking over the neighborhood and there the mystery begins. Great Raad.
when prosecutor vicki allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and is almost shot to death she barely escapes with her life but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes stunned and heartbroken vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide then she sets out to see justice done she can identify the killers now all she has to do is find them
Scottoline's 12th novel was inspired by a real-life jury trial for crack-cocaine trafficking of members of one of the most violent gangs in Philadelphia history (in her acknowledgments, the former trial lawyer admits she watches cases like these "for fun"). Such inspiration lends a tough, uncompromising realism to this stand-alone legal thriller. Scottoline (Killer Smile; Dead Ringer; etc.) sets the book in Philly, of course, and her lead this time is assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Alegretti, whose petite frame belies her gutsy, unbridled determination on the job. While conducting a routine interview with a confidential informant on a straightforward matter, things go awry, and Vicki's partneralong with the informantis shot. Resolved to find the killer, Vicki takes on the case (unbeknownst to her boss), and that's when the twists begin. In short chapters with cliffhanger endings, Scottoline spins a tale that finds Vicki joining forces with Reheema, a gorgeous black woman from the drug-ridden West Philly neighborhood of Devil's Corner. Reheema wants to find the person responsible for murdering her crack-addicted mother, and as she and Vicki play detective, they realize the murders may be connected and that they're getting increasingly closer to bringing down a sizable drug ring. Scottoline's ability to mix humor with serious subject matter, combined with her intense research of inner city drug trafficking and a side plot involving Vicki's love life, make for compelling entertainment.
"The kind folks over at HarperCollins sent me an advance reader copy of Lisa Scottoline's newest novel Devil's Corner. This is another author that I haven't read before, but will probably end up doing catch-up reading on her titles...
Vicki Allegretti is an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and she's due to interview a confidential informant on a case related to an illegal gun sale. But things go horribly wrong when she arrives at the meeting house only to find two guys who have broken into the house and murdered the informant. During the confrontation, her partner is killed and she almost joins him in death before the killers decide to flee. In the process of interviewing leads on the killing, she assaults a prisoner and is suspended from her job. But instead of just taking the safe road, she decides to conduct her own investigation so that the case doesn't get dropped. To get into the parts of the city where the crime occurred, she has to team up with the person she assaulted, and thus starts an unlikely personality pairing that will either pay off or get them both killed...
Scottoline was formerly a trial lawyer and apparently now watches court cases for entertainment (and potential story ideas). Her in-depth knowledge of the legal system and how things actually work shows through in this novel, as I got the feeling that she has been here before. Watching Allegretti try and balance her work and personal life is interesting, as her romantic interest may or may not be all he's cracked up to be. And I really liked the interplay between her and Reheema, the girl she assaulted. Matching up an urban black street-smart girl with a suburban Harvard grad leads to rather sticky situations that neither can relate to but that both have to work through.
Solid writing, good pacing, a story with some meat, and a few plot twists to boot... Can't ask for much more in a recreational crime thriller read."
- Thomas Duff
Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informant, is almost killed, and a cop is gunned down before her eyes. She saw the killers, now all she has to do is find them. The deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murder wasn't random. When another murder takes place, Vicki is thrown together with an unlikely ally - the girlfriend from Hell. Will they find the killers before they kill each other?