Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates Series #10)

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Mary DiNunzio is strong, smart, and she's got plenty of attitude. In recent years, she's become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates, but the last person she expects to walk into her office is Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She's terrified of her live-in boyfriend, who's an abusive, gun-toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. There's only one problem—Mary remembers the guy, too, and had a major crush on him.

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Overview

Mary DiNunzio is strong, smart, and she's got plenty of attitude. In recent years, she's become a big-time business-getter at Rosato & Associates, but the last person she expects to walk into her office is Trish Gambone, her high school rival. Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She's terrified of her live-in boyfriend, who's an abusive, gun-toting drug dealer for the South Philly mob. There's only one problem—Mary remembers the guy, too, and had a major crush on him.

Before Mary knows it, Trish vanishes. Then a dead body turns up in an alley, and Mary is plunged into a nightmare. She goes on a one-woman crusade to unmask the killer, and on the way, finds new love in a very unexpected place. But before the novel's shocking surprise ending, Mary is forced to confront some very uncomfortable truths about her own past, and the profound effects of lifelong love—and hate.

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At first, it seemed like the nerd's revenge. When Trish Gambone shows up at Mary DiNunzio's office, the former wallflower, now a successful businesswoman, feels that she has the right to gloat a little at the expense of her old high school rival. After all, things haven't been going well lately for cynical Trish: Apparently, she's sharing a bed with an abusive, gun-toting, crack-selling mobster from South Philly. Before long though, Mary's mild vengeful pride takes a backseat to guilty worry when Trish goes missing. Then emotions escalate further when a mutilated body is found in an alley. Lisa Scottoline at the top of her whodunit game.
Publishers Weekly

Scottoline's latest thriller presents a successful businesswoman's journey to confront her past, and Rosenblat draws upon her theatrical experience to create a fun listening experience. With a variety of tones and dialects on her palette, Rosenblat creates a colorful cast of characters (with even a little singing thrown in). While her omnipresent narrator is somewhat overbearing at times, this is downplayed by her wonderful character creations. While not exactly the most thrilling or believable story, the brilliant Rosenblat grabs the spotlight and owns it from start to finish. The final disc offers a noteworthy interview with Scottoline. Simultaneous release with the Harper hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 3, 2007). (Feb.)

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Library Journal

New York Times bestselling author Scottoline has returned to her most interesting and popular characters, the women of the Philadelphiabased Rosato and Associates, and to her first leading lady, Mary DiNunzio. Mary finds herself unwillingly engaged in a domestic violence case, tinged with Mafia connections, that revolves around her old high school rivals, the "mean girls," and her first love. As the case becomes more intense and dangerous, Mary must choose between righting a past wrong and maintaining her legal career. Simultaneously humorous and appropriately serious, this wonderful story will delight faithful fans and enchant listeners new to the series. Narrated by topnotch performers Barbara Rosenblat and Kate Burton, respectively, both productions of are of high quality. The readers have different styles and do a wonderful job of conveying humor and distinguishing among numerous characters in a smooth and engaging fashion; Burton maintains a slight edge in the abridged version, capturing the very distinct South Philadelphia dialectal flavor. Both programs are highly recommended. [HarperAudio has another version of Lady Killer available: 9 CDs. unabridged. 10½ hrs. 2008. ISBN 9780061452994]
—Nicole A. Cooke

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060833213
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Rosato & Associates Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 194,358
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (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.

Barbara Rosenblat is a multi-award-winning voice actor for audiobooks. On Broadway, she created the role of 'Mrs. Medlock' in 'The Secret Garden'.

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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Lady Killer

Chapter One

Mary DiNunzio sat across from the old men, deciding which one to shoot first. Her father, Matty DiNunzio, was the natural choice because he was the most stubborn, but his three friends were tied for second. They sat next to him at the conference table, a trinity of Tonys—Pigeon Tony Lucia, Tony-From-Down-The-Block LoMonaco, and Tony Two Feet Pensiera, who was called Feet, making him the only man in South Philly whose nickname had a nickname.

"Pop, wait, think about this," Mary said, hiding her exasperation. "You don't want to sue anybody, not really." She met her father's milky brown eyes, magnified by his bifocals, as he sat behind an open box of aromatic pignoli-nut cookies. Her mother wouldn't have let him visit her, even at work, without bringing saturated fats. Besides the cookies, waiting for her in the office refrigerator was a Pyrex dish of emergency lasagna.

"Yes, we do, honey. The club took a vote. We wanna sue. It's about honor."

"Honor?" Mary tried not to raise her voice. She loved him, but she was wondering when he'd lost his mind. A tile setter his working life, her father had always been a practical man, at least until this meeting. "You want to sue over your honor?"

"No, over Dean's honor."

"You mean Dean Martin?"

"Yeah. He was a great singer and a great man."

"Plus a great golfer," said Tony-From-Down-The-Block.

"Great golfer," repeated Feet. "And Bernice disrespected him. In public."

"But Dean wasn't there." Mary stopped just short of saying, He's dead. Or, Are you insane, too?

Tony-From-Down-The-Block nodded. "Dean Martin wasn't his real name, you know. It was Dino Crocetti."

Mary knew. Dean Martin, born in Steubenville, Ohio. Adored his mother, Angela. Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime. She hadn't grown up her father's daughter for nothing. In his retirement, her father had started the Dean Martin Fan Club of South Philly, and she was looking at its four copresidents. Don't ask why there were four copresidents. The fifth had to step down from prostate problems.

Mary asked, "How does it avenge his honor if you sue?"

"Mare," Feet interrupted, indignant. "Bernice insulted him. She called him a drunk!"

Mary winced on Dean's behalf. Her father shook his head. Tony-From-Down-The-Block reached for another pignoli-nut cookie. Feet's slack cheeks flushed with emotion, trumping his Lipitor.

"Mare, she hollered at him like a fishwife, in front of everybody. The mouth on that woman. So Big Joey hollered back and before you know it, he's holding his chest and falling down onna floor. She gave him a heart attack." Feet pushed up the bridge of his Mr. Potatohead glasses. "That can't be legal."

"I saw on Boston Legal, it's motional distress." Tony-From-Down-The-Block brushed cookie crumbs from a red Phillies T-shirt, which matched his unfortunate new haircolor. He was single again, a fact that his red hair blared like a siren. Also that he might not own a mirror.

"That's how they always are, that club," her father said. "They never shut up. Sinatra this, Sinatra that. They think Frank was the best, but Dean had the TV show. They forget that."

"Dean was the King of Cool, 'at's all," added Tony-From-Down-The-Block, and Mary's father turned to him.

"Don't get me wrong, Sinatra was good, my Vita loves him. But he hogged the spotlight. A show-off."

"A showboat," Tony-From-Down-The-Block agreed, and Mary listened to the two men have the same conversation they'd had a thousand times. Pigeon Tony sat silently on the end, dunking a cookie into his coffee. At only five foot two, he was more wren than pigeon, with his bald head inexplicably tanned, his brown-black eyes small and round, and his tiny nose curved like a beak. He was quiet because his English wasn't that good, and for that, Mary felt grateful. Two Tonys were enough for one lawyer.

"But, Pop," Mary interrupted, trying to get them back on track. "Big Joey's fine now, and Bernice didn't cause his heart attack. He weighed three hundred pounds." Hence, the Big part. "In an intentional infliction case, you have to prove that the act caused the harm. And the statement she made wasn't outrageous enough."

"How can you say that, honey?" her father asked, stricken. "It's outrageous, to us." His forehead wrinkled all the way to his straw cabbie's hat. He was wearing an almost transparent sleeveless shirt, dark pants with a wide black belt, and black socks with pleather sandals. In other words, he was dressed up.

"Mare," Tony-From-Down-The-Block interjected, "the drinking wasn't for real on Dean's TV show. They put apple juice in the glass, not booze. It's show business."

Feet's face was still flushed. "Yeah. They just spread that rumor to make Dean look bad. They're always trying to ruin his reputation. Can we sue about that, too? If Dean was alive, he could sue, so why can't we? He can't help it he's dead."

Mary sighed. "Slow down, gentlemen. It costs money to sue. Even if I don't charge you, there are filing fees, service fees, all kinds of fees. You have to have money."

Feet said, "We have money."

"Not this kind of money."

"We got seventy-eight grand in the kitty."

"What?" Mary couldn't believe her ears. "Seventy-eight thousand! Where'd you get that?"

"Dean's got a lot of fans," Feet answered, and her father added:

"Dead fans. Angelo, you know, the barber down Ritner Street. Remember, his wife Teresa passed two years ago, and they had no kids. Also Mario, who had the auto-body shop on Moore, and Phil The Toot, got that nice settlement from the car accident. He passed, too, poor guy." Her father paused, a moment of silence. "They left their money to the club. We had three hundred and twelve dollars before that, but now we're rich. We can sue anybody we want."

"Anybody says anything bad about Dean, we're suing," Feet said.

"We don't even care if we lose," said Tony-From-Down-The-Block. "It's the principle. We're sick of Dean gettin'

Lady Killer. Copyright © by Lisa Scottoline. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Could have been better.

    I was a little disappoointed in this writer. She seemed to be trying to write a great mystery novel, but her style of writing put me off. I would probably recommend this book for VERY light reading if there was nothing else in the house.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    An great book for a quiet day at home or on the beach.

    Great book. It is fast paced and interesting enough to try and read in one sitting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    Lady Killer a Winner

    As a fan of Lisa Scottoline this is one more in a long list of good reads.She brings back the women of the Rosato law office.Mary DiNunzio is a local attorney that works in the firm and when an old schoolmate shows up one day needing help she becomes immersed in some trouble.I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Scottoline or who loves a good crime drama.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

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    Good, but not super good

    The author builds the story slowly. Many characters are introduced throughout. The real suspense didn't start for me until about three quarters or so into the book. She does put in several twists and turns, especially late in the story. The main character Mary, turns out to be one smart attorney. Lady Killer is sort of a against all odds type of story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

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    First Time Reading with this Author

    This was the first book I've read from Lisa Scottoline. It was on my "recommended" list. After read the back cover I bought it. <BR/><BR/>It was a little hard to get into. It started out talking about characters that really have little to do with the story. That turned me off at first but I kept reading. I'm so glad I did! What a great plot and cast of characters. I loved how it kept me guessing with every chapter. It has a surprising ending that I couldn't wait to get to. I will read from this author again because of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Abini

    .................. you're a twisted, gutless worm.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Xelinia

    I killed Zach. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Zach

    Wakes up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    Ok

    I've read a few of Lisa's books and found this one to be a little bit slow. But overall, it was ok.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Next in the series

    I'm only in the middle of this one so far. Enjoying it, as usual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Loved it

    This is my first Read in the series and I loved it. Different culture for me and fun to explore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    I loved this book. Page turner!

    I loved this book. Page turner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Recommend

    I really enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's Rosato & Associates Series. Read them all.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    CD/Unabridged/Fiction/Book 7 or 12(?) of the Mary DiNunzio serie

    CD/Unabridged/Fiction/Book 7 or 12(?) of the Mary DiNunzio series. I listened to the first book of this series a while back. In that one, Mary is part of a cutthroat law firm and the narrator was very matter of fact. This story takes place years later and I have not read or listened to the ones in between. Mary is back in the neighborhood working for a small firm. By this book, Mary has regressed in her emotions and unsure of herself. She is now a widow, but happy being a peon associate at her law firm. What confidence she has is put to the test when one of the &ldquo;mean girls&rdquo; comes to her office to ask for help. Mary becomes a doormat overnight as all her insecurities come back from high school.
    This is a really good book/audio and you stands alone so reading the previous ones is not necessary.
    Five stars and quite a few of a lot of LOL moments. The narrator does a great job, too.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    awesome read keeps on killing you with twists and humor!

    Scottoline doesn't dissapoint old and new fans. Fun romp through the world of South Philly from Catholic school days to the present lawyer tales. It rarely gets better than this!

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    A must read!

    This book was awesome! I would reccomend this book to anyone and everyone!

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Colorful characters, fast-paced plot make this a great read!

    Lady lawyer turns down plea for help from "mean girl" from high school regarding fears that her abusive boyfriend will kill her. When she finds out who the boyfriend is, Mary gets involved in the case and tries to keep a long-held secret about her past.

    This fast-paced thriller has many unexpected twists and turns keeping the reader glued to the pages. Lisa Scottoline has developed her character, Mary DiNunzio, from a timid new lawyer in previous books into a more aggressive yet still eternally guilt-ridden (from her Catholic upbringing) lawyer who extends her services to solving cases. There is some hope by the end of "Lady Killer" that this tiresome guilt trip may be resolving!

    The characters, as well as the plot, are what make this book so enjoyable. Co-worker Judy who dresses like a hippie and is such a great friend to a struggling Mary and Mary's Italian parents who are the salt of the earth providing Mary welcome refuge are old friends of Lisa Scottline fans. It was fun visiting them again! One feels like you're walking down the residential streets of Philadelphia and meeting the long-time residents who live in the DiNunzio's neighborhood. Throw in a mob connection, a helpful detective, three colorful girlfriends of the mean girl, and a potential love life for Mary and you find a great book to enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    A fantastic read...

    Ms. Scottoline shows us yet again, what a masterful storyteller she is. This novel is all about a parent's worse nightmare, only in reverse...losing your child. The story is weaved together so well that I never saw the end coming. This is, so far, Lisa Scottoline's best work.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    An Entertaining Read

    This book was a fun, light read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Fun Book

    Just finished reading. Fun diversion for a snowy day.

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