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Devil's Corner | [Lisa Scottoline]

Devil's Corner

When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.
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Publisher's Summary

When prosecutor Vicki Allegretti arrives at a rowhouse to meet a confidential informant, she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and is almost shot to death. She barely escapes with her life, but cannot save the two others gunned down before her disbelieving eyes. Stunned and heartbroken, Vicki tries to figure out how a routine meeting on a minor case became a double homicide.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joel Dallas 07-06-05
    Joel Dallas 07-06-05 Member Since 2001

    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.

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    "Good story but narrator detracted"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Chicago, IL, USA 09-05-05
    Stuart Chicago, IL, USA 09-05-05
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    "solid Scottoline"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09
    Scott Roseville, CA, United States 04-26-09 Member Since 2006

    Don't you just love a great story well told?

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    "Attorney, investigator, smart mouth"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Plano, TX, USA 06-12-05
    Robin Plano, TX, USA 06-12-05
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    "Great Book"

    Easy listening, starts off with a fast pace of suspense and action.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dunn NJ 03-15-06
    M. Dunn NJ 03-15-06 Member Since 2002
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    "time for Rosenblatt to retire"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 01-30-06
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 01-30-06 Listener Since 2004
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    "Formula"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 10-08-05
    Kimery Sugar Grove, IL, United States 10-08-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Narrator - BIG UGH!"

    The book was good but the narrator drove me CRAZY! If she swallows ONE MORE TIME!!! UGH!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Drugs and Death"

    Vicki is at the row home of a CI, confidential informant, but finds out soon enough, that the problem isn't as easy as she had been told. She had come to the row home to be given information on a minor crime, when Vicki finds herself being shot at.

    Vicki, a prosecutor, has found out, after this incident, that something else is wrong. She does some sleuthing on her own and finds herself wanting to know more about the serious drug problem that is affecting a nearby neighborhood.

    Vicki has been told that she is not to become involved but she doesn't listen too well. She becomes involved with a woman who is definitely not someone Vicki would see as a good match for her. However, as times goes by, they become two women on a mission. Once they got started, there was no one who was going to get in their way. They will find an answer.

    The story does hold your interest. I thought the book could have been shorter in listening time. The narrator, Barbara Rosenblat did a good job. Drugs and what drugs do to those who sell them, deliver them and use them is written well. I would read another book by the author, Lisa Scottoline.



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    TwinsPlusOne Virginia 02-25-13
    TwinsPlusOne Virginia 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Devil's Corner the most enjoyable?

    The storylinew as good and fast paced - kept me listening to the end despite the narration


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-24-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-24-07 Member Since 2002

    marlin515

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    "Very Good"

    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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