Dirty Blonde

Dirty Blonde

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by Lisa Scottoline
     
 

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"Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she becomes a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her thirties, so she feels though she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. She worries inwardly that she only looks the part, in a designer suit donned like overpriced armor. After all, a job described in the United States…  See more details below

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"Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she becomes a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her thirties, so she feels though she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. She worries inwardly that she only looks the part, in a designer suit donned like overpriced armor. After all, a job described in the United States Constitution would intimidate anybody." "But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark double life that she hides from everyone, even her best friend." Then a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight the tabloids tell her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life - embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her own childhood, where she first learned to lie.

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In this Lisa Scottoline thriller, a reckless federal judge with a sordid sex life is forced to track down a murderer before her reputation and career are irrevocably destroyed.

It's only been a few months since 39-year-old Cate Fante has donned the prestigious black robes, and she has quickly made a name for herself as a competent, well-liked, and unusually attractive judge. But no one else knows about her secret sex life, her irrational yearning to go to the sleaziest bars in and around Philadelphia to pick up the sleaziest men she can find. When a highly volatile lawsuit involving an allegedly stolen idea for a television show ends in a murder-suicide, Fante's sexual escapades are laid bare by a police officer who stumbles across a video tape and believes that the judge is somehow involved in murder…

A novel of extreme contrasts, Dirty Blonde adeptly blends the high-powered judicial world with the seedy nocturnal realm of run-down bars and drunken one-night stands. Straddling the line between these two very disparate environments, Fante is a much-flawed protagonist awash in contradictions. Readers, however, will find it virtually impossible not to root for this courageous and determined woman as she stands up to sexist social mores, an indifferent judicial system, merciless paparazzi, a rogue cop, and a heartless killer. Equal parts cold-blooded mystery and steamy erotic thriller, Dirty Blonde is an absolute knockout. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060742911
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
94,590
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and serves as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She has won the Edgar Award, as well as many other writing awards. She also writes a Sunday humor column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, titled "Chick Wit," with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print, and she has been published in thirty-two countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
July 1, 1955
Place of Birth:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
Website:
http://www.scottoline.com

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