Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates Series #1)

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Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she's been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership—her life.

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Overview

Mary DiNunzio is trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she's been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her. Following her every move. Then the shadowboxing turns deadly, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than a partnership—her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Nora Roberts
A smart, savvy heroine .... You'll root for Mary from the start of this page turner that whips through legal labyrinths and emotional mazes.
Susan Isaacs
What fun! Lisa Scottoline brings something new to the lawyer-mystery—a brilliant sense of humor.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This tale of corporate intrigue centers on Mary DiNunzio, a lawyer on the partner track at one of Philadelphia's top law firms, and her secret admirer/stalker. Mary, stressed by nature of her occupation, first shrugs off silent phone calls to her home and office that are eerily in sync with her comings and goings. Soon, however, when she starts getting personal notes, too, she starts to suspect her co-workers. When Brent Polk, her good friend and secretary, is killed by a car that's been following Mary around, she goads police detective Lombardo to check for similarities between his death and that of her husband a year earlier. Soon follows a chain of strange discoveries: after sleeping with friend and associate Ned Waters, she finds anti-depressants in his medicine chest; Ned's wife-beating father manages a rival law firm; a partner has been tampering with her files. An increasingly paranoid Mary cuts off relations with Ned, whom she suspects of being her stalker. But she doesn't act on her suspicions until it's nearly too late and she must fight for her life. Lawyer Scottoline's first novel is an engaging, quick read, sprinkled with corny humor and melodrama in just the right proportions. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061042935
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Rosato & Associates Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 86,048
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Scottoline

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.

Biography

Most authors admit that they need to work in silence in order to get into the creative process. For them, writing is serious work that requires the utmost peace and concentration. Of course, most authors are not writing the kind of whiz-bang, sharp, wild, and witty works that Lisa Scottoline is producing. Scottoline's unusual working methods and desire for all things pop culture have helped her to create some of the most unapologetically entertaining and compulsively page-turning novels in contemporary popular fiction.

Scottoline's initial impetus to become a novelist was not quite as joyful as her novels might suggest. She had recently given up her position as a litigator at a Philadelphia law firm to raise her newborn daughter at the same time as she was breaking up with her husband. While the birth of her daughter was an undoubtedly happy moment for Scottoline, she was also thrust into relative isolation in the wake of her separation and the end of her job. To keep herself busy (when not tending to her daughter, that is), she decided to write a novel, the provocative story of an ambitious young lawyer whose hectic life becomes even more manic when she learns she is being stalked. Three years after beginning the novel, Scottoline sold Everywhere That Mary Went to HarperCollins a mere week after taking a part-time job as a clerk for an appellate judge—her first job since beginning the book. While her transition from lawyer to novelist may seem abrupt to some, Scottoline asserts that it was law school that gave her the necessary tools to spin a compelling yarn. In a 2005 interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Scottoline asserted that the job of a lawyer is surprisingly similar to that of a good writer: "Take the facts that matter, throw out the ones that don't, order them in such a way in which a point of view is created so that by the time someone is finished listening to your argument or reading your book they see things completely in that point of view."

Scottoline's sure-handed way with an intriguing narrative has led to a string of bestselling thrillers and a popular series revolving around the women of Rosato & Associates, an all-female law firm in Philadelphia—the author's own beloved hometown. Jam-packed with humor, mystery, eroticism, and smarts, her novels are published worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five different languages.

Good To Know

Lisa Scottoline is definitely no TV snob. She feels no shame when revealing her love of everything from Court TV to Oprah to The Apprentice to I Love Lucy.

One of the reasons that Scottoline is such a fabulous writer may have something to do with having a particularly fabulous teacher. While studying English at the University of Pennsylvania she was instructed by National Book Award Winner Philip Roth.

Don't try this at home! Scottoline completed her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, while she and her newborn daughter lived solely on $35,000 worth of credit from five Visa cards, which she'd completely maxed out by the time she completed the book three years later.

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

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Chapter One

All rise! All persons having business before this Honorable Judge of the United States District Court are admonished to draw near and be heard!" trumpets the courtroom deputy.

Instantly, sports pages vanish into briefcases and legal briefs are tossed atop the stock quotes. Three rows of pricey lawyers leap to their wingtips and come to attention before a vacant mahogany dais. Never before has a piece of furniture commanded such respect.

"The District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is now in session! God save the United States and this honorable court!" The deputy casts an eye in the direction of the dais and pauses significantly. "The Honorable William A. Bitterman, presiding."

Judge Bitterman sweeps onto the dais on cue and stands behind his desk like a stout regent surveying his serfdom. His eyes, mere slits sunk deep into too-solid flesh, scan the courtroom from on high. I can read his mind: Everything is in order. The counsel tables gleam. The marble floor sparkles. The air-conditioning freezes the blood of lesser life forms. And speaking of same, the lawyers wait and wait.

"You won't mind the delay, counsel," the judge says indifferently, sinking into a soft leather throne. "After all, waiting is billable too."

An uncertain chuckle circulates among the crowd in the back of the courtroom. None of us defense lawyers likes to admit it, but we will bill the time-we have to bill it to someone and it might as well be you. The plaintiffs' bar doesn't sweat it. A contingency fee has more cushion than an air bag.

"Well, well, well," the judge mutters, without explanation, as he skims the motion paperson his desk. Judge Bitterman might have been handsome in a former life, but his enormous weight has pushed his features to the upper third of his face, leaving beneath a chin as bulbous as a bullfrog's. Rumor has it he gained the weight when his wife left him years ago, but there's no excuse for his temperament, which is congenitally lousy. Because of it my best friend, Judy Carrier, calls him Bitter Man.

"Good morning, Your Honor," I say, taking my seat at counsel table. I try to sound perky and bright, and not at all how I feel, which is nervous and fearful. I'm wearing my navy-blue Man Suit; it's perfect for that special occasion when a girl wants to look like a man, like in court or at the auto mechanic's. The reason I'm nervous is that this oral argument is only my second-the partners in my law firm hog the arguments for themselves. They expect associates to learn how to argue by watching them do it. Which is like saying you can learn to ride a bike by watching other people ride them.

"Good morning, Your Honor," says opposing counsel, Bernie Starankovic. Starankovic blinks a lot and wears a bad suit. I feel a twinge of guilt for what I'm about to say about him in open court-that he's too incompetent to represent our client's employees in a class action for age discrimination. If I win this motion, the class action will evaporate, our client's liability will plunge from megabucks to chump change, and its aged ex-employees will end up living on Social Security and 9-Lives. Defense lawyers consider this a victory.

"Good morning, class," replies Judge Bitterman.

I force a fraudulent chuckle. The boys in the back do likewise.

"Ha-ha-ha!" Starankovic laughs loudly. "Haha-ha!" The bogus sound caroms harshly off the walls of the cavernous courtroom, ricocheting like a subatomic particle long after everyone has fallen silent.

"Duly noted, Mr. Starankovic," says Bitter Man dryly, and Starankovic wilts into his chair. The judge's eyes shift in my direction. "Miz DiNunzio!"

"Yes, Your Honor!" I pop up and grin, like an overeducated jack-in-the-box. Popping up and grinning isn't something they taught me in law school, but they should have, since it's a damn sight more useful than Property. I learned it on the job, and it's become a conditioned response to more stimuli than you can count. I'm up for partnership in two months.

"You've done your homework for this morning, haven't you, Miz DiNunzio? I expect no less from a former student of mine."

Bitter Man's chubby lips part in a smile, but it's not a friendly one. I recognize the smile from when I did time as his research assistant, during my second year at Penn. I spent three afternoons a week finding cases for his soporific article on federal court jurisdiction. No matter how good the cases, they were never good enough for him. He always smiled that smile right before he tore into me, in the true Socratic tradition, asking me question after question until he had proven, as a matter of logic, that I was taking up too much space in the universe.

"Miz DiNunzio? Are you with us?" the judge asks.

I nod, in a caffeinated way. My nervousness intensifies. Red, angry blotches burst into bloom, one by one, beneath my starchy blouse. In two minutes, my chest will look like a thatch of crimson roses on a snow-covered field. Very attractive.

Bitter Man turns to Starankovic. "Mr. Starankovic, we've never met, but I trust you've done your homework too. After all, you're fighting for your life today, aren't you? Or at least the next best thing-a very large contingency fee."

Starankovic springs to his feet, blinking rhythmically. "The fee is of no moment to me, Your Honor, -I can assure you. My only concern is for my clients, a veritable generation of golden-agers who have been ruthlessly victimized by defendant corporation, at a time in their lives when they should be able to relax, relying on the fact that their hard-earned pensions-"

"Very good, Mr. Starankovic. You get an A for enthusiasm," Bitter Man snaps, which shuts Starankovic down in mid-homily. Then the judge studies the motion papers before him, ignoring us both...

Everywhere That Mary Went. Copyright © by Lisa Scottoline. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Many book clubs have written Lisa asking for questions to guide their discussion, so Lisa came up with a bunch for each book. Her goal in writing books is to entertain, so it goes without saying that Lisa wants you to have lots of fun discussing her books, and has reflected that in her questions. She provides the talking points, and you and your group shape the conversation. So go ahead, get together, chat it up with your friends, discuss books, kids, and relationships, but by all means, have fun.

Questions

  1. What kind of person is Mary? How good a lawyer is she? How clear is her faith? Why does she curse so damn much?

  2. The friendship between Mary and Judy is unshakable. Or is it?

  3. Grief is an impossible thing. Does it build or destroy character?

  4. What's up with Ned? Is he a loser, a troubled young man, or a knight in shining Miata?

  5. Who guessed the bad guy? Do we believe it? Do we know anybody like this, besides our first husbands?

  6. Let's talk about justice and Mary's conscience. Does justice matter? Does it enter into our personal lives? Is there justice in this book?

  7. Do we love the DiNunzio family or are they a stereotype of Italian Americans? Are both things true? Is it possible?

  8. The author (me) made a huge, rookie-type mistake in this book. One that she (I) regrets everyday. What do you think it is? Email me and tell me what a loser I am.

  9. This book was nominated for an Edgar, the highest award in suspense writing, but it lost. Why? Hint: NO REASON, but Final Appeal won next year. Ha!

Aboutthe author

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and former trial lawyer. She has won the Edgar Award, the highest prize in suspense fiction, and the Distinguished Author Award from the Weinberg Library of the University of Scranton. She has served as the Leo Goodwin Senior Professor of Law and Popular Culture at Nova Southeastern Law School, and her novels are used by bar associations for the ethical issues they present. Her books are published in more than twenty languages. She lives with her family in the Philadelphia area.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    I'm a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline

    I've read/listened to most all of her books and was shocked to hear that this one had the "F" word in it so often. It was quite distracting. This is not the case in later books by Ms. Scottoline, so if this is your first one, don't give up on her. They just get better and better!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Great read

    I like to start reading from the beginning of a series to current. I have read the first. installment and am looking for #2. I enjoyed it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Great read

    I loved it!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    First time!

    This is first novel I read of Schottoline's. Very good! I had hard time to put down the book for a second. Looking forward reading 'Final Appeal' next.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    Good book

    Would have been just as good if the f---- words had been left out!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Poor writing style

    Good plot but overall just not worth it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Liked the book.  It was a good read and could not put it down.  

    Liked the book.  It was a good read and could not put it down.  Did not expect the stalker and the reasons for the violence.  Maybe should have added a little about the unstable mindset.
    Wish there was more added about the family and her relationship with them.  I will continue reading the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Pretty good

    I liked this but didnt love it. I felt disappointed in the end. I felt as though she built up the stalking and suspense in knowing who it was that there wasnt enough plot or motive to give enough impact in the reveal of the bad guy...kinda weak. But good fast paced read, it does keep you interested til the end that is lol.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    very entertaining

    I really liked the story and characters, but did'nt like who she picked as the bad guy because he seemed to come out of nowhere.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

    Disappointed

    Disappointed that the author felt it necessary to use the "F" word over 20 times- no kidding! The only reason I kept listening to it was to find out the ending. The story line was pretty good and kept me in, but the swearing was a big turn off and I am not sure if I would want to read another book the authors if they all include un-necessary swearing.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    Out Of Order

    I got introduced to Lisa Scottoline's books beginning with 'Moment of Truth.' Since then, I have been reading them in no particular order. I like 'Everywhere...' a lot. It is pretty simple and straight forward, but it has an emotional and spiritual depth to it that is also common to John Grisham's books. I like Mary a lot in this book. She's not perfect, but she is easy to identify with, and the theme of personal redemption is very powerful. Now, I'll read another Lisa book out of order.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Do you like acting as inhibited as you are at work in your own h

    Do you like acting as inhibited as you are at work in your own house, and having future work evaluations reflect how well you entertain as well as how well you do your job? Then by all means invite people from the office>>>>>>>>W­O­¿­K­S­7­7.¿­­O­¿

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Talented Author

    Really enjoyed this book. Such a good read. I always enjoy Lisa Scotoline's work.
    Tina, San Diego

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    How long

    I havent read the book but im interested in it i wanna know how many pages there is

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Good 1st in Series

    Very good start to a very good series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    good read

    I like Lisa's characters

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Excellent!

    Great read. Kept me on the edge the whole time I was reading. It is a page turner for sure!

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    fast read

    Read others in this series but never the first one- gave the characters background I was missing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Nice+legal+thriller.

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