A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel, Book 3 (sort of)
I adore Lisa Scottoline, but I don’t understand why her publisher has “rebranded” her series. I think this is actually the 14th book in the series. And it’s terrific!
Bennie Rosato, founder of the Rosato & Associates law firm, is a very private person, even with her staff. When she takes on a low profile murder case, she tells them she’s been appointed by the court.
The truth is very different; thirteen years earlier, Bennie had represented the same defendant, Jason Leftavick, but in juvenile court. While those records were sealed, she never forgot him or the only case from which she’d ever been fired. Carrying around years of guilt leads her to represent him in what seems like an open and shut case of first degree murder.
Bennie had been fired for dating Declan Mitchell, whose nephew Richie was incarcerated along with Jason. The boys were enemies; Richie bullied Jason until he finally snapped and shoved Richie. A no-nonsense judge sentenced them both to juvie and Jason’s father hired Bennie to free his son, who had recently lost his mother.
Declan and Bennie fall in love and spend one weekend together before circumstances force them apart, but Bennie never forgot the man she considered the love of her life. But now they are on opposite sides of a murder case; Jason is accused of killing Richie. Both the juvenile case and the murder case are compelling on their own, but the combination and the glimpse into Bennie’s younger self make this a wonderful addition to the series.
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CORRUPTED by Lisa Scottoline. St. Martin’s Press (October 27, 2015). ISBN 978-1503945807. 368p.