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Skinny-Dipping

Skinny-Dipping

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by Claire Matturro
     
 

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Lilly Cleary is an attorney for a prestigious Sarasota law firm. But her killer cross-examination technique and take-no-prisoners courtroom attitude haven't stopped the senior partners from dumping one stink bomb after another on her desk—like the kayak-whiplash case she's currently saddled with. And problems at home, specifically with her ex–boyfriend,

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Lilly Cleary is an attorney for a prestigious Sarasota law firm. But her killer cross-examination technique and take-no-prisoners courtroom attitude haven't stopped the senior partners from dumping one stink bomb after another on her desk—like the kayak-whiplash case she's currently saddled with. And problems at home, specifically with her ex–boyfriend, aren't making her disposition any sunnier.

But it isn't until she's mugged outside her office that her troubles really begin. And when someone puts a bullet hole in her favorite suit, Lilly realizes things are getting a bit too personal. Perhaps it has something to do with a malpractice lawsuit she's inherited, and her recently and suspiciously deceased doctor client. Lilly's not going to take the insult lying down—even if tracking a killer leads her into dangerously deep water.

Editorial Reviews

Poisoned Pen
“A striking voice, a sharp portrait of Sarasota, Florida, and its region, and a legal puzzler.”
Midwest Book Review
“A fun legal thriller that stars a fabulous entry in the wacky Florida mystery world.”
Detroit Free Press
“A frothy confection that moves at the speed of sound, much like the main character.”
Publishers Weekly
Lilly Rose Cleary, a sassy, headstrong junior partner at a Sarasota law firm, finds herself in a real pickle in this witty, intelligent novel of suspense. Lilly is in the midst of working her usual malpractice cases-here, defending a client involved in a kayak whiplash accident-when, on her way back to the office after a win at trial, someone puts her in a choke hold. The next day, a doctor facing a malpractice suit comes to her for advice-and is dead by nightfall. The "veggie baby case" a senior partner dumps in her lap starts to get some mysterious attention, and pretty soon Lilly's getting shot at. It's chick lit meets Perry Mason in this lively novel full of quirky characters and a dash of romance (Lilly's got a little crush on a detective-and then there's that attorney, Newly, she used to go with...). Lilly's voice is irrepressible ("Newly was sitting on the hood of his big gold Lexus, a twin of my colleague Ashton's sedan. Must be an amendment I had missed to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar that now required attorneys to drive imported automobiles costing at a minimum twice the average annual income for the state"), but it's not just the smart narration and good dialogue-Matturro, a former appellate attorney, has the legal stuff down pat. (Oct. 12) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A bright, brassy, sexy, sassy heroine enters the lists of legal fiction with a joyful noise. Here's Lilly Rose Cleary in defense of a client being sued for kayak whiplash. Lilly Rose is brilliant, Lilly Rose is triumphant, but not for long. Lilly Rose's triumphs lack staying power. "Practicing law," says the recently anointed junior partner in the Sarasota firm of Smith, O'Leary, and Stanley, "is like juggling a dozen raw eggs, and sooner or later every lawyer drops one." When Lilly Rose-six feet tall but cute as a button when the mood strikes her-drops hers, it makes such a mess that suddenly an angry someone is pumping bullets into her 1987 Honda, from which she bails to the detriment of her favorite blue seersucker. Was the attack aimed at her, or at Dr. Winston Calvin Randolph, her detestable new client, whose behavior in a hurt baby case appears depressingly culpable? That's one puzzle. Almost as pressing is the conundrum her relationships have twisted themselves into. Should she favor the lawyer hunk or the detective hunk, or (ahem) both? It's complicated, but then that's life for Lilly Rose, who freely acknowledges that she has "a nearly endless capacity for driving those around me crazy." Funny, sharp, savvy both as to the courtroom and the human condition. Though her plotting could stand a bit more meat, this new kid on Grisham's block is one to watch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060567064
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/26/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Meet the Author

A former appellate attorney and former member of the writing faculty at Florida State University College of Law and the University of Oregon School of Law, Claire Hamner Matturro lives in Georgia.

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book.... one of the best i have ever read. you HAVE to read it...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lillian Cleary is an attorney for a prestigious law firm in Sarasota. No matter how over worked she is, Lilly gives each case her all. She wins MUCH more often than she loses. She is well known for her in-depth investigations of each case and her killer cross-examination technique in the courtroom. ............................................. The senior partners are notorious for dropping ridiculous cases on her desk, as well as, for giving her cases that THEY cannot win. One of these cases is a malpractice lawsuit. Lilly soon finds herself with a bulls eye on her back and a suspiciously deceased doctor client. Finding an expert witness is no easy task either apparently. .................................................................... ...................... *** A good legal mystery, but at times the humor falls flat. I found Lilly Cleary to be a fast thinking, very intelligent lady that often gets through problems by sheer luck or good timing. She is definitely a character that I would like to read more about in the future! ***