Feared – Lisa Scottoline

I love ALL of Lisa Scottoline’s books – but I especially enjoy the Rosato & DiNunzio novels. I couldn’t wait for this new book to become available when miraculously, I received an early readers’ edition through a Goodreads giveaway. Scottoline’s twists and turns and crisis upon crisis always keeps me biting my fingernails and turning the page – even though I’m confident that all the people I care about will be in one piece in the end. This book was no exception. The only thing bad about the book is that I have finished it – and I want more. I hope Scottoline is already working on the next book in the series.

The story begins with a lawsuit for reverse-sex discrimination – against the law firm of Rosato and DiNunzio. As a law firm with three women partners, Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier, it could look questionable to outsiders and indeed poses a threat to the reputation (and bank account) of the law firm as well as the partners personally. DiNunzio’s archrival, Nick Machiavelli, is representing the allegedly discriminated-against men in the lawsuit. In their previous courtroom battle, Mary DiNunzio soundly defeated (and embarrassed) Machiavelli, and it is clear to Mary that this is nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit stemming from a revenge-seeking Machiavelli.

But it is so much more! In typical Scottoline fashion, it is far beyond what it appears at first glance. The firm is working on an anti-trust lawsuit, there is a murder, Machiavelli takes “scumbag” to a new low, there are compelling side stories, several suspects, and she keeps you wondering who the killer is until THE VERY END.

Scottoline creates vivid characters with interesting backstories. She uses humor expertly, and I laugh inside and out loud at the funny things that Mary thinks and says to herself throughout the story. This book is Mary’s viewpoint, which is always self-deprecating and entertaining. She’s from an Italian family with strong ties to the neighborhood where she grew up – her law firm, family and Catholic-based guilt are part of Mary’s everyday life. If you have never read books from this series or this author – I highly recommend that you start. STAT

What’s your favorite Scottoline book?

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