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Lady Killer [Format Kindle]

Lisa Scottoline

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From Publishers Weekly

Philadelphia attorney Mary DiNunzio, last seen in Killer Smile (2004), agrees to help her high school nemesis, Trish Gambone, at the start of this less than convincing thriller from bestseller Scottoline. Trish, whom Mary used to regard as the quintessential Mean Girl, has turned in desperation to the lawyer, the all-around Most Likely to Achieve Sainthood at St. Maria Goretti High School, because she wants to escape from her abusive, and possibly Mafia-connected boyfriend, Bobby Mancuso. Trish rejects Mary's practical suggestions for dealing with Bobby, but once Trish disappears, Mary finds herself under pressure from other high school classmates as well as people from her old neighborhood who blame her for not doing enough. Mary unwisely hides a connection with Bobby from the Feds, who then shut her out of the search for Trish when they learn of it. Scottoline fans will cheer Mary as she stumbles toward the solution, but others may have trouble suspending disbelief. (Feb.)
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From The Washington Post's Book World/

Most mysteries have at least two plots: the murder or heist or conspiracy that gets things going, and the quest for a solution. Merging these two lines of action isn't always easy, and bad mystery-writing is often marred by coincidences that strain credulity. In Lady Killer, Lisa Scottoline finesses this problem by setting her tale in Italian-American South Philadelphia, where her protagonist, Mary DiNunzio, grew up and where the victims and suspects still live. If someone pops up at a convenient moment, the reader doesn't wince: Everybody knows everybody else in this tightly knit neighborhood.

Mary herself is one of the nabe's success stories: a lawyer who represents injured and wronged parties from families just like her own. She may be a bit chary of standing up for herself (as her best friend at the firm points out, Mary is enough of a rainmaker to deserve a partnership, but she can't seem to persuade the boss of her worth). In the courtroom, however, she's a tiger.

Having come a long way (figuratively) from South Philly, Mary is not pleased when the Mean Girls stop by her office: first Trish Gambone and later her acolytes, Giulia, Missy and Yolanda, all of whom made life hard for nerds like Mary in their years together at St. Maria Goretti High. They're the ones who dated the Big Men on Campus and mocked the kids who studied and took part in square activities like debate and student journalism, but they're now stuck in low-paying jobs and still wearing the miniskirts and excess makeup of their youth, while Mary flourishes. Even so, seeing them makes Mary wonder if she is "the only person who had post-traumatic stress syndrome -- from high school."

Trish drops in on Mary to plead for help in dealing with Bobby, one of those former Big Men, now Trish's boyfriend. Except he has grown up to be a mobster who's in the habit of belting Trish when he gets angry and jealous; he does it craftily, though, giving her blows to the body rather than the face so that she's not a walking billboard for his brutality. Trish is scared that Bobby will carry out his recent threats to kill her, and Mary recommends going to court for a restraining order. Trish vetoes that idea because Bobby has been skimming money from his drug deals, and the notoriety of a court appearance could lead to his being whacked. When Mary can't think of any other solution, Trish walks out of her office in despair.

Shortly afterward, she goes missing, and the other Mean Girls blame Mary for stiffing their friend in her time of need. To make things right, Mary neglects her law practice while chasing leads all over South Philly and beyond.

In the meantime, Mary is getting to know Anthony, a handsome bachelor whose only drawback is that he's gay. This leads to some good quips: "Mary had been on so many blind dates that it was a pleasure to be with a man who had a medical excuse for not being attracted to her." But then new information develops. As Mary and Anthony find themselves having more and more fun together, only the dimmest reader will fail to guess that Anthony's gayness, like Mark Twain's reported death, is greatly exaggerated.

Scottoline brings her characters to vivid life, the two strands of her plot mesh seamlessly, and her sharp sense of humor makes an appearance on almost every page. About the only ingredient missing from her book, however, is a crucial one: suspense. It's a given, of course, that the protagonist/detective will survive in the end, but Mary never runs into any appreciable danger, and her creator fails to impart a sense of menace to the lives of any other characters. Lady Killer ends up being funny and stylish, but almost as cozy as an Agatha Christie novel. That's a hell of a complaint to have to make about a tale of the South Philly mob.

Copyright 2008, The Washington Post. All Rights Reserved.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 I stopped caring about the book when Mary stopped caring about herself 15 octobre 2008
Par Marie Anne A. - Publié sur
It was painful to read about the talented Mary DiNunzio giving up her world for Mean Girl and Goretti alum, Trish Gambone. Mary comes off as pathetic and desperate for acceptance. She screws up work, friendships, and a potential relationship so she can help Trish. I never felt sorry for Mary; I just felt embarassed for her. Once the author revealed the murderer, I stopped reading.

There's way too much going on in Lady Killer. We've got South Philly Italian culture, Mary's low self-esteem, Mary's widowhood, kookie neighbors and coworkers, an abusive boyfriend, high school bullies, Mary's high school ex-boyfriend, mob connections, and MARY'S BIG SECRET.

I fgured out the secret in the middle of the book. It wasn't shocking, but some readers might be offended. The secret does and doesn't help the story. I think it is treated too lightly. When Mary reveals the secret, it just isn't **so shocking**. (Is that why Judy and Anthony show no emotion?) I also didn't believe that Mary was in love with Bobby Mancuso, now Trish's boyfriend. I thought she had a lusty teenage crush on the guy.

To add to the nonsense is Bonnyhart, a small town in the Poconos. How and why Mary ended up there is just too unbelievable.

Does Mary owe anything to Trish? Yes, Trish asked for Mary's help. Mary gave her legal counsel. Trish disappears. Should Mary get involved? Or, should she just wait until if and when Trish returns? And what about Mary's honor? The close-knit Italian neighborhood snubs Mary when they think she's snubbed Trish.

If Scottoline eliminated all the extras, this book would have been much better. And, Scottoline should have made Mary's involvement a little more believable. Because Lady Killer received a number of 4 and 5 star reviews, I will be reading the earlier Mary DiNunzio books.
28 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A welcome return for Mary DiNunzio 9 mars 2008
Par Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Publié sur
Scottoline is in her best form when she's writing about Mary DiNunzio, a three-dimensional complex character who's just fun to be around. Mary's still ambivalent about being a lawyer (although she's becoming a rainmaker in her firm, thanks to the residents of her old neighborhood). She still goes home to her mom when things get tough. And she's still an associate at Bennie Rosato's firm.

So what does Mary do when her old high school classmate (Trish) shows up, married to the mob and an apparent victim of domestic violence? Never mind that Trish led the Mean Girls, the snooty gang that did everything they could to make Mary's high school life miserable. Mary gives Trish some lawyerly advice, worried for her classmate's safety. When Trish disappears, Mary risks everything to find her...including some trips to off the wall places far from Center City Philadelphia.

Only Scottoline knows how to combine human interest with edge of the chair suspense. Just about every character has a piece of story, just enough to be memorable. Mary rounds up clues in classic detective story fashion, but shatters tradition with a romantic comedy interlude.

It's hard to imagine a better urban mystery - a page turner with soul and attitude. The only bad part's impossible to put down and once you're through, you have to wait at least a year to find out what's next. Will one of these associates finally make partner (they did in the first and -- in my opinion -- best book, when they worked at the white shoe law firm). Will Mary finally fall in love for more than a few pages? Will we learn more about Judy, besides the facts that she's a perfect gal pal who defies fashion conventions? Will Mary buy a house and get a dog, like Bennie's goldens? And whatever happened to Mary's cat (or did I miss something)?

It's just a few hours and already I'm in Scottoline withdrawal...and homesick again for that great town of Philadelphia.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scottoline's back with a bang! 27 février 2008
Par Brian Baker - Publié sur
Thank God, after the "Dirty Blonde" misstep of a couple of years ago.

I've enjoyed all of Scottoline's books right from word one (except "Dirty Blonde"), especially the ones that take place in the world of continuing character Bennie Rosato (Scottoline's "alter ego"?), and this one's simply a feast of goodies.

Fast-paced and tightly plotted, the characterizations are vivid, engaging, and in many cases truly hilarious.

To begin with, I just love the character of Mary DiNunzio. She cracks me up! If she were a real person, I'd want to date her. She's such a true girly-girl, in the midst of some crisis she'll be worrying about her fashion statement, or whether her stockings have a run, or whatever. It is just hilarious!

The Mean Girls, pivotal secondary characters in the plot of this book, are simply a hoot.

The plot itself is tightly knit, and moves along without any glitches or hitches, crafted with Scottoline's deft touch for discrete misdirection. Like a magician, while you're watching her right hand, her left hand carries off the illusion.

A solid five stars for a really entertaining read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Scottoline does it again! 23 février 2008
Par Sharina - Publié sur
I first started reading this author because her books take place in the Philadelphia area, where I am from. Am I glad I did! Her novels are exciting page turners with plot twists that keep you reading through the night, and this one was no exception. In fact, I read the whole book in one day-I could not put it down. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys fast paced legal thrillers with smart female main characters. While the plot is reason enough to read the book, Scottoline also does great character development without slowing down the story.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Scottoline Rocks! 21 février 2008
Par Alyson A. Parra - Publié sur
I gave this book 5 stars, because they wouldn't let me give her 6. Lisa Scottoline is always a plot twisting, page turner of a wild ride in every book she has written, but Lady Killer exceeded every one of my expectations. I could not eat, sleep or pee without putting the book down.
The return of Mary DiNuzio, Rosato & Associates and the whole South Philly Neighborhood, was a sweet sweet homecoming in my book.
Mary DiNuzio was the same old Mare struggling with self doubt and catholic school guilt and the desire to save the world and make everything all better. She is surrounded by her loving and adorable parents, her faithful BFF Judy Carrier and a surprising new romance. She finds her way despite the opposition, and against everybody else's ideas of who she is and what she should do. She is tough as nails in spite of herself. Carrier said it best, "You know what I love best about you...everything."
Lisa Scottoline, as always, sends out clear message of right and wrong, good and evil, brains against brawn, while touching on thought provoking hard topics of true justice. Girls Rule and Justice Prevails.
Lisa Scottoline has once again rocked my world with this fabulous new release. Buy this book and you will not be disappointed.
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