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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 as 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

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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 as 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. She'll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying.

Editorial Reviews

Seattle Times
“Quick-witted.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Another winner...[a] fast-paced, entertaining yarn....Scottoline is a pro. She knows how to keep the pages turning.”
People
“Breathless thriller...If a good roller-coaster is what you want, step up and have your ticket punched.”
Booklist
“Scottoline...renders snappy dialogue and vivid descriptions of her native Pennsylvania in this engaging...suspense about consequences and truths.”
Orlando Sentinel
“[An] explosive novel about legal entanglements that is hard to resist.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Assured way with dialogue.”
People Magazine
"Breathless thriller...If a good roller-coaster is what you want, step up and have your ticket punched."
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The Barnes & Noble Review
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
Library Journal
Cate Fante worries that at 39 she's too young to become a judge. But she's even more worried that a dark life she keeps secret will come out-which, of course, it does. With a one-day laydown; 12-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Judges who live in glass houses shouldn't mouth off, as the latest of Scottoline's Philadelphia legal eagles learns when her public and private lives collide with a bang. The Honorable Cate Fante is the golden girl of the Eastern District bench, appointed at 39 to one of the most prestigious positions in the American bar. But not even her sharp mind can figure out a way to keep powerful TV producer Art Simone from evading Philadelphia lawyer Richard Marz's clearly meritorious claim that his one-time buddy stole the idea and the leading characters for the wildly successful series Attorneys at Law from Marz. Cate reluctantly decides the case in favor of Simone. But the stern lecture she delivers to the defendant from the bench, which inspires Marz to hurl abuse at him in open court, is a distinct faux pas, as Chief Judge Sherman informs her privately. Actually, it's a hundred times worse. Within two days Simone and Marz are both dead, the first a murder, the second an apparent suicide. As if the resulting notoriety weren't punishment enough, Marz's friend and partner, Detective Frank Russo, threatens to go public with details of Cate's compulsive sexual interludes with lowlife pickups, the latest of whom is also dead. Even worse, Simone's death evidently won't prevent his production company from launching Judges at Court, a new series based on Cate's life, featuring thinly fictionalized versions of not only the besmirched judge but her publicity-shy best friend Gina Katsakis and her autistic son Warren. Can she sue the company to prevent her private life from turning into prime-time drama? Probably not-but if she doesn't, her days as a judge will be numbered. If only the fireworks whichScottoline (Devil's Corner, 2005, etc.) uses to extricate her feisty heroine from her problems were as compelling or believable as the sure-footed mastery with which she plunges her into hot water.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061119958
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/14/2006
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(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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