Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
Published by St. Martin’s Press on August 15th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Legal, Mystery & Detective, Thrillers, Women Sleuths
I love the Rosato & DiNunzio series and this book, Exposed, did not disappoint. Philadelphia lawyers Bennie Rosato and Mary DiNunzio may end up on opposite sides of the same case, and their new partnership may end faster than it started.
The first series was about Bennie Rosato. Mary DiNunzio, Judy Carrier and Anne Murphy were hired later on; then Mary and Bennie became partners. It seemed that lately the books were featuring Mary, but Exposed equally shares the lead with both DiNunzio and Rosato. Because the story is so complex, it’s hard to sum it up in a review. While the story is complex, it was still very easy to read. The characters are believable and are very interesting which probably explains the strong attachment to the book as I read cover to cover in nearly one sitting.
When one of Mary’s dearest friends from the neighborhood is fired due to the cost of his daughter’s medical fees, she agrees to file a lawsuit for medical discrimination right away. On the very same day, Mary’s law partner, Bennie Rosato, tells her that their firm represents the parent company so that she will be unable to honor her agreement since it is obviously a conflict of interest for the firm. But Mary disagrees on Bennie’s interpretation of the law.
Mary then decides that she must sever her partnership in order to go forward with the suit and honor her commitment to her family friend, things get even hotter. Her client gets sued by Bennie’s client. Before Mary can figure out what to do next, her client’s boss is murdered and he is arrested for the crime. As is usual with Mary and Bennie, they get themselves in too deep and put themselves in some risky danger.
The book is well written and for anyone unfamiliar with the legal field, the story also provides a good view of how a law firm works. The plot continues to twist and turn and the suspense and mystery keeps building. I can usually figure out the “whodunit” but I will admit this book had me at a complete surprise at the end.
Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 29 novels, including her latest work, EXPOSED. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool, and earlier books, I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?; Have a Nice Guilt Trip; Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim; Best Friends, Occasional Enemies; My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space; and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog, which has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy of One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline and Net Galley in exchange for my post. I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because I loved the story!