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Devil's Corner Audiobook

Devil's Corner

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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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    "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.

    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.

    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.


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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 08-26-14 Member Since 2011
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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 02-25-13
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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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    Arlene Waldorf, MD, USA 08-16-07
    Arlene Waldorf, MD, USA 08-16-07
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    "Surprise TurtleReading"

    The narrator makes this audio book painstakingly slow. horribly mismatched

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    Courtney 10-02-15
    Courtney 10-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A little dated"

    Wow what a difference a decade or so can make on an authors work. I defiantly enjoy the seasoned later works of Scottoline verses this mid career piece. Not a bad listen however, I was not thinking of when the next time I could press the play button as. I have on her other books.

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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 2013
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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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    Jon College Place, WA, United States 06-15-07
    Jon College Place, WA, United States 06-15-07
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    "Well-paced and fun"

    Lisa Scottolini's novels have good characters, interesting settings, and good plotlines. And they are fun. This is no exception. And the narrator is excellent.

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    Kathryn Mountain View, CA, United States 02-12-07
    Kathryn Mountain View, CA, United States 02-12-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Uneven writing"

    I purchased this audio because I enjoy hearing Barbara Rosenblatt's voice. I quickly became dismayed at the immaturity of the main character Vicki. She's 28 years old, a lawyer from a prestigious school with previous work history at another prosecuter's office. She was unbelievably impulsive in tracking down the information needed to solver her partner's murder. She had no interest in following standard procedure in the DA's office and yet this is what she always wanted to be? Sorry, I'll be avoiding this writer in the future.

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    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 06-16-06
    Marilyn Armstrong Massachusetts 06-16-06 Member Since 2002
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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!

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    M. Dunn 03-15-06
    M. Dunn 03-15-06 Member Since 2004
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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.

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