This was as convincing as it was heartbreaking and haunting. Add to that the fact that everybody around Mary has decided that she's not allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, and is fixing her up with blind dates from hell. Susan Sematov is proud of her son, Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he's being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major league baseball. So of course, it's a case of mistaken identity and of course here's the suspension of disbelief part she decides to solve the case herself! A stunning new tale filled with witty dialogue, vibrant characters, and breakneck pacing, in which true-life history reinforces Scottoline's hallmark themes of justice and family. That genealogy tie in, with my own interest in my family's genealogy, was enlightening.
Mary is a lawyer who takes on the estate of Amadeo Brandalini. But when Mary DiNunzio gets a phone call from a man threatening to kill her, she instantly regrets being alone in the office at 10 o'clock at night. Very interesting story, depth of characters, plenty of action, drama, intensity, fast-paced, climax building, with a little humor thrown in now and again. Our heroine is once again Mary - surprising, since I figured she'd get run over by a bus between novels. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls she's been getting, until they fall into a sinister pattern. An Italian immigrant, his name was Amadeo Brandolini and he died in 1942.
I enjoyed listening to it. As it turns out, however, Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. The characters are beautifully drawn, the plot is complex and not predictable, and the story draws you in and never lags. That said, the thing I had difficulty believing was how much this young lawyer got involved in the case and the risks she took — especially when she was described as a rather timid and unadventurous person at the outset, not ever having even ridden on a plane. Scottline brings to the attention reader a subject little know to many American's which was the internment of Italians during the war.
With only a lock of hair, an old wallet, and a sheet of paper filled with odd doodles to go on, the tenacious lawyer begins to research the case but finds instead puzzling new questions. Daddy's Girl jumped to 3 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, the highest showing to date for Lisa's books, and will be available in paperback in January 2008. Hard to imagine some one in a powerful public position, willing to put every bit of their respect and integrity on the line to dabble in things we associate with being a degenerate. There are many clues that are presented to her a lock of hair, an old photograph, and a paper with circular doodles to try to unravel a mystery. Sit on the edge of your seats people. Only a true Philadelphian would capture all of the references, but she generally portrays the area fairly, with a few warts where they belong.
The ingenius methods by which Mary DiNunzio achieves her goals are worth discovering. Suddenly, the quiet, squeaky-clean good girl who never left Mercer Street is risking life and limb to finger a killer and lay a beloved ghost to rest. Maybe because my name is Mary, I'm Italian American, my mother and grandmother wielded wooden spoons, and always were at the kitchen stove cooking pasta! I tella you and Bennie! Murphy, stressed from working a huge sexual harassment case takes a much-needed weekend getaway, only to come across a newspaper recounting the grisly murder of one Anne Murphy. The caller was Premenstrual Tom, a man who wanted to sue the Philadelphia Police Department, the United States Congress, and a local cantaloupe. In this book, supposedly she never liked being a lawyer which is in direct conflict with earlier books in the series where she loves her job. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work then as soon as she gets home.
Mary did a lot of stupid things that any intelligent person would never do, and things just fell into place way too easily. Lisa Scottoline ratchets up the action when DiNunzio returns from a discovery trip to Montana. She has won the Edgar Award, as well as many other writing awards. It's funny, fast-paced, and totally enjoyable. But as far as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never looked back. Anne sets out to find her killer, playing dead in order to stay alive.
Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. When a killer comes afte rher, it's more than any girl can handle - but Mary isn't just any girl. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. Bennie is up to the challenge however and in a strange motion appears to make some progress with the judge to become the lead negotiator herself. These sounds were loud and creepy to hear in the background. This legal thriller is a light mix of suspense and history, a pleasant enough way to spend a few hours. There was another side story about a nutcase calling and threatening Bennie and then Mary that is prominent at times then forgotten then comes back.
The tabloids scream her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her judgeship hangs in jeopardy. What I liked about this book, though, is I actually learned something. The excitement builds as she races to finish her investigation. All her books except the most recent - see below feature the women of the all-female Philadelphia law firm of Rosato and Associaties, but the novels tend to focus on different characters. At the same time, the paperback edition of Moment of Truth became an instant New York Times bestseller. A separate yet interesting case is brought in and ultimately led by Bennie's associate Mary DiNunzio.
Mary is an Italian Catholic and is always so stereotyped as feeling guilt Catholic guilt over everything, being timid, and doing stupid things. Eventually, Bennie realizes that the attacker is her criminal twin sister, Alice Connelly. Amadeo Brandolini emigrated from Italy to Philadelphia, where he started a family and worked as a fisherman. I nearly stopped reading the book, but her main character was reunited with her common sense in the nick of time, so I finished it. Always interested in writing, and a big fan of the hot new writers Grisham and Turow and the newly created legal thriller genre, Lisa realized that no women lawyers were writing legal thrillers, and decided to give it a shot. Amien and Bennie's insistent associates, and her financial problems finally convince Bennie to take on the case despite Bennie's lack of class action experience, with St.