To tell the truth, I read this one a long time ago and don't remember all the details clearly. But I DO remember that it triggered me to read a lot more books by Scottoline. And I also remember that as the plot moved along, I kept feeling, 'Now, what ELSE could possibly go wrong?' And then it did!
From back cover: Do our Judges do us Justice?
To Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi, who's starting over after a divorce, a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But Grace doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court, in the form of an affair with her boss, Chief Judge Armen Gregorian.
Then the truly unimaginable happens and Grace finds herself investigating a murder. Unearthing a six-figure bank account kept by a judge with an alias. Breaking into another judge's chambers, and a secret apartment. Following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.
Still hot...Lisa Scottoline proves herself equal to the task of maintaining a winning formula that is both fresh and entertaining....Scottline's heroine is a tough cookie with a marsh mellow heart, she talks like a cross between Mike Hammer and Erma Bombeck.....
I found "Final Appeal" an altogether enjoyable read. It's told in the first person by Grace Rossi, a single mother working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a newly-appointed assistant to the hot chief judge, Armen Gregorian. Just hours after their one-night stand, Armen allegedly commits suicide, but Grace is reluctant to accept this, despite their relationship being just a superficial roll in the hay--or office, in this case. Instead, she spends the duration of the book tracking down his killer, with some help from Shake and Bake (one of my favorite characters), an FBI agent leading a double life as an eccentric raincoat/bonnet-wearing derelict (thus his nickname). As a mystery, "Final Appeal" wasn't very suspenseful (no major life-and-death scares until around the climax), but it was a fast, easy read, which reminded me of some of James Patterson's work. The dialogue was realistic, though the profanity made the characters sound like they were in a high school locker room rather than a courtroom. Still, this was a nice, fluffy legal thriller full of dry wit and humor. I look forward to reading more by Scottoline.
From Publishers Weekly
Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi is a single mother trying to make ends meet by working part-time for the handsome Judge Armen Gregorian in the federal appeals court. Although he is by all accounts happily married, many women carry a torch for him. Grace is no exception, so when Gregorian picks her out of a group of clerks to assist him in researching the infamous Hightower case, she considers herself lucky-maybe even blessed, when their first night on the job turns romantic. But her newfound happiness is shattered when the morning news announces that Gregorian has been found shot, apparently a suicide. Grace, knowing that it has to be murder, immediately takes up the search to find out who is responsible for his death. She encounters help along the away, in the form of a resourceful homeless man who turns out to be an FBI agent in disguise, investigating possible fraud within the court. Scottoline, an Edgar nominee for her first book, Everywhere That Mary Went, has again pulled together an intriguing cast of characters and a smart mystery to make an exciting, action-packed read. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grace Rossi, a former high-powered lawyer in Philadelphia, is starting over after a divorce. She thinks her part-time job with a federal appeals court is perfect. That is, until she becomes embroiled in investigating murder and corruption in the system.
Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But Grace doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal, nor does she expect order in the court in the form of an affair with her boss, Chief Judge Armen Gregorian. Now Grace finds herself investigating a murder and in no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a new meaning.
Grace Rossi, a lawyer, gets a part-time job with a federal appeals cout. Her boss is killed and she investigates his murder. Grace does some unlawyer-like tings such as breaking into a judges chambers, following a trail of bribery, and discovering a judge with an alias.
Reads quickly. One of my favorite authors.
Scottoline is just terrific - every book of hers that I read is better than the one before it. She centers her books on the legal profession in Philadelphia and her changing cast of characters never stops amazing.
The story line, according to the jacket blub: "Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning."
This not part of a series, this is a stand alone book.
It's a fast paced story about a single mother who is re-entering the working environment. She takes a job with a Federal Appeals Court Judge which should allow time for her to spend with her daughter but soon the situation devolves into crime and intrigue. The judge who hired her commits suicide but she doubts that conclusion, his wife has just won a contest for the Senate, and the three law clerks are all too ambitious and naïve for there own good. Along the way she attempts to get to know the man (judge) outside of his office, who was he, what he meant to others, what he had hidden from those close to him - is all very different from the image that is portrayed to his subordinates and colleagues. She is also trying to build a relationship with her mother after many years of discord and a father who left the family when she was a child - she wants better for her daughter (this side of the story is a good distraction but it also adds to the intrigue of the case). The narrator Kate Burton does an excellent job conveying the voices without it being distracting or jarring.
I enjoy all of Lisa Scottoline books, I'm one of her biggest fans. This story was no exception. This is the first time I have listened to any of her books however. The narrator didn't exactly appeal to me. She was flat and monotone. Good thing the story line was great.