Book Reviews of Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde
Dirty Blonde
Author: Lisa Scottoline
ISBN-13: 9780060742911
ISBN-10: 0060742917
Publication Date: 1/30/2007
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 238 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 7
Scottoline does it again -- good thriller about a disgraced federal judge and how she fights back.
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Helpful Score: 5
Another Scottoline masterpiece. Just the right mix of law, mystery and action to keep you turning pages until the very end.
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Helpful Score: 4
Good book...redeemable characters with imperfection- wonderful storyline
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Helpful Score: 3
Roller coaster ride, keeps you guessing with clues as to the real bad guy hidden all through.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a pretty good murder mystery with a surprise ending. First book by this author that I've read - I like it enough to read more.
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Helpful Score: 3
Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears designer suits like overpriced armor. She's just become a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone. Her cover is blown when a high-profile case in her courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth.... or die trying.
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Helpful Score: 2
"Dirty Blonde" has action, romance, a witty dialogue and a plot with twists and turns worthy of a top-notch suspense novel...one of Scottoline's better novels.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was the first lisa scottoline book that I read and it grabbed me right away. If you're from Philadelphia, you'll be able to relate to some of the places the author talks about.
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Helpful Score: 2
The version of the book that I had was the audiobook on CD and Barbara Rosenblat was the narrator.
First, I want to say that Barbara is a great narrator. She gives life to all the characters. She pauses to let you know when the scene has changed and she alters her voice so you know someone else is talking (believe me, I have listened to a number of books on CD and all narrators are not alike ... some are pretty terrible and utterly boring but not Barbara Rosenblat).
I really enjoy listening to the stories of Lisa Scottoline. She reminds me a bit of Janet Evanovich - in that her stories are really entertaining. This book has an interesting storyline and I know it is a book I will listen to again in the future.
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Helpful Score: 2
Really good page turner. Some surprises too. Scottoline keeps getting better and better!
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Helpful Score: 2
All her books are excellent, but this one is somewhat different and really good reading. One of those that you don't want to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really good book, kept me guessing.
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Helpful Score: 1
A judge who meets men in bars, one nite stands, hidden cameras, murders, etc. I found I didn't like this book as much as the other Scottolines I've read. It moves fast as least.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent story/mystery! A federal judge has a dirty secret but that is only the beginning of her problems. The perpetrator is a complete surprise! Love that. Ms. Scottoline has outdone herself this time.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fast-paced Scottoline novel about Cate Fante, a glamorous new judge who leads a double life unbeknownst by all. When her cover is blown during a high-profile case, her troubles begin, and she must fight to recover her career--and an enemy sends her running for her life.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you love Lisa Scottoline books, you'll love this one! Nice twist at the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Story was good and kept my interest without me guessing the ending. The narrator was also good, giving each character a voice and she put feelings in her words.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really enjoyed this one. Cate Fante is a wonderful, very human character...just appointed to the Federal bench, she has some very interesting quirks. Her best bud is a warm and funny single mom. A high-profile case in her courtroom takes a wild turn, and then so does Cate's life. Who killed whom...and how Cate travels the road to the answers...makes a good read, and there are enough threads pulled loose to make me want to follow up with the next chapter.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fabulous book -- one of her best.
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While this was an interesting listen that covered a lot more ground than I expected (bootleg coal mining, autism, movie production) I just couldn't connect with the main character. It also drove me CRAZY that a 3 year old was constantly referred to as "the baby." I did like a lot of the secondary characters and the action/suspense were good.
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Helpful Score: 1
An easy read. My first Lisa Scottoline book. It was good, but not great.
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I think this is my first Lisa Scottoline book and I really enjoyed it. The main character was great and the author added a lot of witty humor that made me laugh out loud a couple of times, even if it's supposed to by a mystery/thriller.
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Helpful Score: 1
I must say as a Scottoline fan I was disappointed in this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fantastic! This book reminded me why I always anxiously await new releases from Lisa Scottoline. A flawed but endearing heroine, lots of great supporting characters, and an action-packed plot!
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent book!!! Highly recommended!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a very good book. The suspense drew me in and kept me turning pages to the very end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read....Lawyers, Judges, Detectives, Sex, Laughs and Love all rolled up in a great book. Lisa Scottoline has done it again.
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Helpful Score: 1
New York Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a riveting page-turner about love and musrder that starts in the elite chanbers of a sexy female judge and ends on the cold, gritty streets of Philadlphia.
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Surprising flaw in the main character. I love Lisa Scottoline and read everything she writes.
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Another great Scottoline mystery the ending is solid however I wish it had been drawen out a few more pages.
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This is the first Lisa Scottoline book I've read and I was not impressed. Maybe it was the story line and the actions of the main character but I don't enjoy it very much and finished it only out of habit.
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Excellent book.
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Cate Fante just became a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone. Her cover is blown when a high profile case in here courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth or die trying.
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A new author for me and I totally enjoyed her book. I am looking to see whatelse she has written.
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THIS TIME, JUSTICE IS BLONDE..... Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears disigner suits like overpriced armor. She's just become a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone...Her cover in blown when a high-profile case in her courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth... or die trying... book is like new
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Best Scottoline to date. Loved it.
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This is my first time reading a Lisa Scottoline book. I enjoyed it. She did a good job of pulling me into the story and making me want to read MORE...

The book jacket blurb tells the story: "Cate Fante is strong and smart and a Judge who hides a dark double life. Then a high profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight the tabloids tell her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life - embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her ownchildhood where she first learned to lie. She'll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying."
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This is only the second book of Scottoline's that I've read. 99% of the book is great, and I'm hoping that it's only a coincidence that the plot of "Dirty Blonde" is very similar to "Daddy's Girl." It's just a little disappointing that once I got to the end, the book felt like a "cookie cutter" plot, following the formula of her other book.

Otherwise, "Dirty Blonde" was a fun read.
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Good book.
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One of Scottoline's earlier books. The first couple of chapters were tough to get hold of, but I'm glad I hung in there. Solid book and good story. Interesting to see the world of supreme court justice through the eyes of a woman.
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This book was excellent. Lisa Scottoline is now one of my favorite authors of thrillers.
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AWESOME!
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I liked this story, though it's not my favorite by Scottoline. It seems that the storyline could be plausible because the main character, Cate, wasn't sure if she wanted the position/promotion of judge or the job its self. So I could see how a person could make bad decisions about her personal life, if she wasn't really sure of who she was and what the ramifications would be towards her career. There were a few unexpected turns in the book and the guilty party was way out in left field for me, someone I'd not suspected at all.
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Excellent!
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Very enjoyable book, with surprise ending.
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A BOOK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ. It showcases her talents as never before, and reises the question as to whether law and justice are always the same.
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"The female John Grisham" (People) now introduces an exciting new character to her repertoire-and takes her storytelling skills to a whole new level!
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Very good book....keeps you wanting to go to the next page.
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Loved it. plus the corgi on the back cover made my day.
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The plot and characters are just so fascinatinng that it is easy to get caught up with this book. It is a very easy read and quite entertaining. Yes, their are parts that are unbelievable but this is entertainment. I thought the trip back home by the main character really brought nothing to the storyline and could have been left out. Although I enjoyed the book and was entertained I really hated the ending which is why I only gave the book a 3.
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Couldn't put it down!
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I have been reading Scottoline's books for years but the last one I ordered didn't keep my attention so I hadn't read anything of hers lately. I'm really glad I got this one!! Great characters, good suspense. I usually don't read when I'm in my room but I couldn't out this one down until I was finished.
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I loved this book. Could not put it down.
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A judge with a secret life and a case that gets out of hand.
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A story of love and murder revolving around a newly appointed sexy judge with many secrets. A suspensful thriller.

Good story
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"A sexy suspense novel." San Jose Mercury News
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The book begins with the celebration of Cate Fante's appointment to a Federal district court seat. Her fellow judges are there and the champagne flows. As Cate leaves to go home alone, she feels restless and dissatisfied. She goes to a seedy bar and picks up a one-night stand.

Only on the Federal district court for six months, Judge Cate Fante has already heard some unusual cases. In this case Richard Marz, a former assistant district attorney (ADA), is suing a former friend of his and Hollywood producer for acknowledgement, verbal and monetary, that the producer, Art Simone, stole Marz's idea for his hit show, Attorneys@Law (much like Law & Order series). From the testimony, Cate can tell that Marz did come up with the idea but he had only verbal agreements -- a lawyer should know better. The Simone's attorney puts forth a motion to dismiss and, as she mentions in open court, Judge Fante is forced to rule for the motion and dismiss the case even though she feels justice has not been done. Marz, the plaintiff, goes after Simone with his fists and is restrained and removed from the courtroom.

Later that night, Simone is shot and killed by someone who appears to be Marz outside a restaurant. Gina, Cate's best friend, calls her as she sees it on TV. Unfortunately, Cate was in the process of entering a sleazy motel room with one of her one-night stands and the guy gets angry when Cate decides to leave. Cate has to defend herself to escape.

The hunt is on to find Marz and Cate is immediately involved due to her statements in court. In particular a Detective Russo, a friend of Marz's, is very upset and when Marz is found having committed suicide -- Cate feels even more guilt. The action and adventures rev up from this point right up to the end with lots of danger, surprises and some great investigative work by Cate.

You may not like how Cate lived her life and her dark secret but how she copes with her situation and protecting her best friend and her best friend's son is heartwarming and shows her real character.

I couldn't put it down until I finished it!! Another great story from Lisa Scottoline!
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Very engaging plot and characterization. Great exploration of sexual equality issues.
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Great Scottoline legal thriller about a sexy judge with a double life
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Another great Lisa Scottoline mystery!
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This was great!!
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Scottoline is a great writer, but I couldn't get into this book.
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This was actually a much better read than I had anticipated. I recommend this for a quick read.
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Book Description:
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a riveting page-turner about love and murder that starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends on the cold, gritty streets of Philadelphia.

Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she becomes a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her thirties, so she feels as though she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. She worries inwardly that she only looks the part, in a designer suit donned like overpriced armor. After all, a job described in the United States Constitution would intimidate anybody.

But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone, even her best friend.

Then a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight the tabloids tell her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life -- -embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her own childhood, where she first learned to lie. She'll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying.
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A riveting page-turner about love & murder that starts in the elte chmbers of a secy female judge and ends on the cold gritty streets of Philadelphia. Cate leads a dark double life.
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As usual Scottoline is top form with this story. I couldn't put it down.
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Enjoyed the theme of a good Judge having a dark side to her...created an interesting plot. I particularly like learning about the Centralia, PA underground mine fires that came to a head in the 1980's. Had never heard anything about that before & pulled up the author's website to look at photos from David DeKok's book. Scottoline used this town in her story...very interesting stuff! Great read!
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Cate Fante has just become a judge, but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone. Her cover is blown when a high-profile case in her courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth...or die trying.
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Very good read! All her books are great!
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Why do I like the self-destructive protagonist of this book? Don't know, but I do! Anyway, she's smart and it's fascinating to read the legal stuff. Scottoline rocks.
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Excellent book. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns. Character development was thorough. Made me both laugh and cry at various times. Love Lisa Scottoline books!
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Excellent!!
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Very intriguing; for the most part, it held my interest. A few places were boring, but at times I could hardly put it down.
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Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears designer suits like overpriced armor. She's just become a judge but leads a dark double life she hides from everyone.
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This is a riveting, non stop action page turner, one of Lisa Scottoline's best! The book jacket blurb tells the story:
"Cate Fante is strong and smart and a Judge who hides a dark double life. Then a high profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight the tabloids tell her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life - embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her ownchildhood where she first learned to lie. She'll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying."
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From Back Cover:

Cate Fante is strong and sexy and wears designer suits like overpriced armor. She's just become a judge but leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone.

Her cover is blown when a high-profile case in her courtroom takes a stunning turn. Overnight the tabloids tell her secret, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only just beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, and she'll have to fight her way back to the truth...or die trying.
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My first Lisa Scottoline :)