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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