Vicki's suspicions take her to Devil's Corner, a city neighborhood teetering on the brink of ruin; thick with broken souls, innocent youth, and a scourge that preys on both. But the deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murders weren't random and the killers were more ruthless than she thought.
When another murder thrusts Vicki together with an unlikely ally, she buckles up for a wild ride down a dangerous street, and into the cross-hairs of a conspiracy as powerful as it is relentless.
©2005 Lisa Scottoline; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Entertaining and exciting." (Booklist)
"Scottoline's ability to mix humor with serious subject matter, combined with her intense research of inner city drug trafficking and a side plot involving Vicki's love life, make for compelling entertainment." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
Good story with insight into society and the interaction of races. The reader gave the two main characters narrative voices that detracted from the characters.
Scottoline's returned to her roots -- to the crisp, snappy stuff she started off, and lured me in, with. If you've been turned off lately by the Rosato & Associates saga, which was getting to sound like a bad mix of soap opera and "Cagney & Lacey," come back for this one. Bennie and the Airheads don't show up at all.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Scottoline is a master of the "humorous self realization" but cuts them back to write a gritty story of her old neighborhood which has gone from bad to pure urban blight. It is thrilling, touching, but much more serious than some of her other books which are practically light hearted with humor. There is budding romance for those who like that. The writer / narrator is always engaging to TRUE Scottoline fans. (Those who don't hate Rosenblatt's "performance" style or the few mouth noises not edited out). (People can be so prissy about such things.) This is Scottoline at her most serious and she is still fun and very entertaining.
I agree with many of the other reviews; the story line was interesting, but the narrator messed it up badly. Long, mistimed pauses, constant sucking on a cough drop (nauseating), strange voices for the different characters, and worst of all, she made the heroine sound like an idiot. I will not waste another book credit on a book narrated by Rosenblatt; she just detracts too much from the story.
I have enjoyed earlier Scottoline books, but less and less with each subsequent one and I think it's because they all start sounding alike. And Barbara Rosenblatt is a fine reader, BUT it sounds like she is sucking on a Life Saver between sentences . . . very annoying and distracting.
The book was good but the narrator drove me CRAZY! If she swallows ONE MORE TIME!!! UGH!!
The storylinew as good and fast paced - kept me listening to the end despite the narration
I don't know what this narrator was doing, I see others saying swallowing, sucking on a cough drop - I was trying to decide between chewing gum and licking lips or swallowing. It was distracting and gross. Will NEVER listen to another book with this narrator.
I have to agree with a previous review that this was a refreshing break from Benny and the bumbling lawyers. Suspensful, intelligent, lots of twists and turns and covers different territory than her other books.
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