The reviews say it all - "Filled with fast-paced action, tantalizing plot twists, and the unforgettable Rita Marrone. A completely satisfying novel of suspense and human drama." Wisecracking Rita Morrone plays to win, whether it's poke or trial law. She defends a prominent federal judge accused of sexual harassment - and the judge just happens to be her boyfriend's father. But all bets are of when the case turns deadly and Rita finds herself at the center of a murder. Never one to bluff, she probes deep into the crime, uncovering a secret life and suspects in shocking places. To end this killer's game, Rita has got to lay it all on the line for the highest stakes ever.
A fast-paced, funny, courtroom thriller!
I liked the story line but there is some profanity in the story. If you can get past that it's interesting. I never expected the ending, it was very surprising.
Scottoline is referred to as the "female John Grisham" but in my opinion she is much better writer. Not formulaic. Her female attorneys are gutsy but human and real, the kind of women you would want as friends or to have your back.
A good poker player is also a good actor. Rita Morrone is certainly a good poker player and brings her acting skills to her day job as a fast thinking and tough trial lawyer in Philadelphia.
However the acting takes a low priority when she becomes defence lawyer to her prospective father-in -law, Fiske Hamilton, who is charged with sexual harassment of his young female private secretary. Soon after the first charges are laid, the private secretary is found murdered and so opens another chapter more sinister and deadly than what went before. Fiske is the prime suspect but as the tale unfolds other characters enter the frame as possible perpetrators, amongst them her fiancé Paul Hamilton. When her own father is the subject of a violent attack, the case becomes even more personal for Rita than it was already. There are more suspects, more players, more motives, more unknowns and consequently an even greater web of mystery.
As is the case in many of Scottoline's books the heroine, the lady lawyer, rapidly assumes the role of sleuth, leaving her legal role to play second fiddle to the built-in cop, her alter-ego. Rita gets tangled in a web of intrigue, conspiracy and mystery as she tries to establish the truth. Her life is in danger through her own actions as she delves more deeply into the mystery towards the final chapters. There are times when her activities really do stretch the limits of credibility but, in a work of fiction, this goes with the territory. However, with several characters having possible motives the reader is challenged (in Agatha Christie style) to try and untangle the riddle of whodunit.
A great touch in the writing is the frequent use of double dialogue in which Rita first thinks the words she wants to use but then utters the ones most appropriate, often the opposite. Example one: Paul: "Aren't two heads better than one?" Rita (Not when I want to knock yours off.) "I don't think so. If I need help we have investigators at the firm." Example two: Journalist: "Is the judge guilty Miss Morrone?" Rita (Your guess is as good as mine, bucko.) "Absolutely not. My client is innocent of any and all charges against him."
This is a light and easy read, entertaining and with enough surprises to hold the reader's attention throughout.
Very enjoyable. Kept my interest throughout.
This fast-paced, funny courtroom thriller is written by a former trial lawyer, who draws on her own experiences. Her characters have believable personalities and the book was a pleasure to read!
Another solid book from Scottoline keeps you guessing tell the end.
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Whether it's poker or trial law, wisecracking Rita Morrone plays to win. Taking on the defense of the Honorable Fiske Hamilton, a prominent federal judge accused of sexual harassment, she's more determined than ever. After all, the judge just happens to be her lover's father.
Whether it's poker or trial law, wisecracking Rita Morrone plays to win. Taking on the defense of the Honorable Fiske Hamilton, a prominent federal judge accused of secual harassement, she's more determined than ever. After all, the judge just happes to be her lover's father. But all bets are off when the case turns deadly, and Rita finds herself at the center of a murder. Never one to bluff, she probes deep into the crime, uncovering a secret life and suspects in shocking places. To end this killer's game, Rita knows she's got to lay it all on the line for the highest stakes ever.
Super reading well-developed characters.
Expected more roll over from #2, though.
Enjoyed this page turner.