Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior, and she doesn't like to fail. Now a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out.
Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a 12-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures - of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth - and justice.
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I found this book to be entertaining and absolutely worth the listen!! When a book grabs me at the beginning and doesn't let go, I consider it to be worthy of my time. And I was wrapped up in the characters' lives so quickly in Corrupted! The manner in which legal procedures are expounded upon in this book were so very accurate, in my opinion. It seems the criminal court rules are very similar in Pennsylvania to my home state of Tennessee. I am not an attorney, but a court stenographer for 23 years, and I was pleased that what I was hearing in this book was very close to what I have actually heard in the courtroom and understand to be the rules of criminal procedure. Sometimes courtroom scenes are so far-fetched, I often have trouble believing that those things could actually happen in a courtroom. But not in this book. It is spot on and I was greatly pleased with this book. Sometimes when I read reviews that people have written, I am amazed that so many people could feel so differently about one book. If I read 20 reviews that are good ones, there's always going to be one or two or three people who say it's terrible. So I generally don't write reviews because I am so skeptical when I read the reviews that are submitted. But I love this book, and if you like a good mystery and something beyond that -- can't put my finger on it, but just suffice to say "something beyond that" then you should listen to this book
Yes it was so riveting and held my attention I could not stop listening therefore I want to listen a little slower so as not to miss a thought or word.
Bennie. She was so real I thought I was there in court
She brought the words alive and real.
I loved Lisa's books in the beginning, being Italian, I love the family characters. Then her books lost my interest and I was very disappointed in her writings, however, with this book it like she came alive again and is back on top of my list and can't wait for her next book.
we love an author who creates characters that are so believable they feel like neighbors or family. Well woven storyline and it easily kept our attention. The reading made the movement between characters easy to follow. ..a job very well done.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I have been a fan of Benadetta (Bennie) Rosato since book one of the series. In the last few books Bennie has been absent. It is great to have her back in the lead again. Bennie is six feet tall and the head of an all female law firm.
The book is divided in half between the 2002 case and the current 2015 case. In 2002 Bennie defends twelve year old boy Jason Lefkavich who got in a fight with a bully. He is sent to juvenile prison and Bennie feels like she failed Jason. Now in 2015 Jason is accused of murdering the same bully and Bennie is on the job again.
The book, of course, is well written. Scottoline is an excellent story teller and she is also an attorney. The book is in the third person narrative. Scottoline provides lots of local Philadelphia color and her usual information about Italian-American heritage. The characters are believable; the pace is fast with lots of suspense. The plot has lots of twists and turns along with the famous Scottoline humor. At times I felt the story was an issue novel on the juvenile justice system but then Scottoline does not quite cross that line. The courtroom section was high drama and the ending of the book was a surprise.
Kate Burton does a great job narrating the book. I have read a number of books now narrated by Kate Burton in all types of roles and accents; I think I am becoming a fan of her high quality narration. I understand she is the daughter of Richard Burton; now I know where she got that great voice.
Married 23yrs to kindest father & husband:) I am an MSW, w/ A+ friends Son 2nd yr @ Harvard. 16yodaughter in drama & a phenom photographer!
I would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this audiobook to a friend! I read all of the Rosato/Diunzio series because they are based in Philadelphia, where I am from. Being a fellow U of Pennsylvania Grad, and having worked the same streets as a geriatric social worker, I eat up her fantastic story lines.
BTW: Everything Scottoline refers to in Philadelphia, Streets, Restaurants, etc,, are real.
Bennie was terrific in this one! I LOVE when the storyline revolves around her, because she is such a tough, intelligent, yet also ( secretly/undercover ) caring and compassionate person. Bennie is NOT to be outdone in the courtroom! I'd want her as a defense attorney if ever I needed one. Guilty or not, I have faith she could get me acquitted!
My favorite scene was towards the end, in the courtroom, and Bennie trying to get Jason to tell the "TRUE" details of the crime of which he was standing trial for. VERY emotional and suspenseful!
YES! I believe I listened to it in 2 sittings. That's how much I was riveted to this story! Hope there is more about her relationship with Richie's uncle in the next one. Really enjoyed hearing about how it panned out throughout the novel. Roller coaster ride for poor Bennie!
Keep them coming Ms. Scottoline!
I review books and audiobooks, mostly mystery, police procedurals, That's about it!
Well, this wasted one of my credits! I tried hard, and, because I really wanted to get in to the story I listened for three hours.
The plot seemed tired and predictable, As were the characters, no! I could not muster any enthusiasm for this one and did not finish.
However, I've read some good Lisa Scottoline books that I've very much enjoyed, so I won't let this one put me off.
Kate Burton did a good job, but the producers let her down, sibilance and slight echo are both evident, so even her pleasant voice was spoiled. Even Kate couldn't lift this story for me.
It's difficult to rate a performance when the narrator is good but the quality of the recording is poor
Very good story. Narrator okay, a little flat but clear. More Rosato stories we hope
Good story, well read, tension and drama. But with a "love" story barely tacked on. She's a great person, powerful lawyer, but she caves when she is around her love interest. He terribly treats her, massively mentally mistreating her in 2 separate instances 10 years apart. But this strong woman gives in to his machismo in the end. No credible. Leave out the love story please.
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