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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Stuart
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 09-05-05

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

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fun, fast, fluffy read.

This author is always fun to read. She will never tax your brain with anything serious and you can count on a happy ending. This one is more complicated than most of her story lines, but I promise you that you will not have to dig into your grey matter for extra help. It's fun and fast-paced. Don't think too hard while you listen to it and don't get analytical (this author's characters do a lot of illogical stuff, so leave your critical faculties elsewhere when you read her stuff) and you'll enjoy it more!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Narrator - BIG UGH!

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • PETER WADE
  • CINCINNATI, OH United States
  • 01-30-06

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • Dallas
  • 07-06-05

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 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Robin
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 06-12-05

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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I love all Scottoline's books

so I am notuunbiased nor nuanced. I especially like the series about the law firm run by Bennie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dreadful Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Sadly, no. The story is fun, but the narrator is so distracting, the story gets lost.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was awful. Long pauses in inappropriate places, almost like she lost her place and just picked up with no clue of what she'd just read.<br/><br/>Her rendition of African-Americans was incredibly racist--kind of like Al Jolson's black face in verbal form. More like caricatures than real people. Awful accents and the voices--ugh! Almost painful to listen to. I found myself mentally checking out, but then losing the thread of the story and having to rewind and suffer through.<br/><br/>Also--is she eating? The mouth sounds are distracting as well.

Do you think Devil's Corner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It would be fun to have more Victoria Allegretti stories. Just with a different narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful