©1993 Lisa Scottoline; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Lawyer Scottoline's first novel is an engaging, quick read, sprinkled with corny humor and melodrama in just the right proportions." (Publishers Weekly)
I've read about half a dozen of Lisa Scottoline's books, and when I had a chance to snap up this first book on audio, I did so. To my surprise, it turns out that Mary DiNunzio, a character that repeats in many of the Scottoline books, was in her first book, as was Judy Carrier.
This is a different Mary than the one you see in later books - she's working for the big powerful firm, on the side of money, not the side of right, and she's trying to make partner. Her conscience bothers her sometimes, but since her husband's death, she has thrown herself into work, and is doing well. She doesn't even have time to worry about the hangup calls she's getting. Or the notes.
But things turn sinister, and soon Mary realizes that she's got someone who is really after her, and it may go as far back as her husband's death, which was ruled an accident, but now she's not sure.
Paced well, read superbly, this was a nice chance to step back and see where an author began. It'll keep you guessing, right until the end.
I love Lisa Scottoline but purchased this without realizing that it was abridged!
I will need to get the full book out of the library. I hate abridgements; it's a true pity that so many of this great series is only offered in abridged format.
I have learned my lesson and will watch my purchases very carefully.
Characters are not super heros or always on top. Story line is not cookie cutter or 'hoky'. I have no reasonable doubt that I may have just found another favorite author....
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
One thing abridged versions have going for them. . . they are short. But that does not diminish the pain of enduring a story that just didn't fit together. Let's see, smart lawyers, insane judges, twin sister in a convent, etc. etc. etc. Maybe the unabridged version is better, although I don't think that even an additional 3-5 hours could make this a five star book.
I'll give another Scottoline book a try, but only unabridged.
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