Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates Series #10)

Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates Series #10)

by Lisa Scottoline

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ISBN-13: 9780060833213
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Series: Rosato & Associates Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 174,979
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981

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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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Meodie More than 1 year ago
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.
FallenAngel More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
FlaChick More than 1 year ago
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.

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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Lisahgolden on LibraryThing 6 months ago
My husband was the first in our house to listen to Lisa Scottoline's audio books. He really enjoys them and encouraged me to try one. I finally did and now I am a fan of the Mary DiNunzio series. I love Scottoline's conversational style of writing and her sense of humor. This first (for me, 10th in the series, I think) mystery was fun, well-paced and gave me a taste of the characters at the Rosato & Associates. I'll be enjoying more of Scottoline's novels in the near future.
bookczuk on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I like Scottoline for her strong female protagonists complete with flaws, humor, and the stories that entertain. This was a great travel ear-read, with some real moments of humor. It's a return to the Benny Rosato law firm characters, with Mary as the lead. I know there will be Stephanie Plumb comparisons, but I still like the South Philly gang, even if they do resemble some of the NEw Jersey crowd. It's okay. The world is big.Two things I really liked about this edition of the audio book. One is the voice reader, Barbara Rosenblat, who I have enjoyed on other series, most notably the Goldy books of Diane Mott Davidson. She really rocked the voices and accents on this, more than any other reading I've heard her do. I'm a fan.The second was that this audio book included an interview with the author. From that alone, I'll keep reading the books. I'm so stealing her term "novel gazing" which she made up during the interview when talking how even if a work or portion of a work is introspective, the author has to look beyond him/herself, beyond navel gazing to see the full picture and make the story about the characters, not the author. Novel-gazing. I like it.
Rhea1023 on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I had high hopes for this book, but it was surprisingly boring and rather dull. The main character Mary seem to be oddly weak to face high school bullies but had the courage to face the mob. It took everything I had to finish the book and turned me off to reading others by Scottoline.
lisa.pearlman on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I read "Lady Killer" a While ago so I can not give a detailed review but I absolutely loved this book! It was the first book that I ever fell in love with! I loved Scottolines style of writing. She know how to write a page turner. When reading this give yourself a lot of time because once you pick it up you don't want to put it down. I recommend this novel to everyone especially women who like mysteries with the other women as the lead character! The only thing I was disappointed in was that I did not know this was a series. I wish I would have started the series from the beginning because this is not the first one. Even though I hadn't read the books prior to this one it was still easy to understand the characters and the plot.. If you don't want to read the whole series you can definitely just pick this one up and still enjoy it.
PermaSwooned on LibraryThing 6 months ago
After a 5 year hiatus, this book returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm cast with this story featuring Mary DiNunzio. I actually like the stories featuring either Mary or her friend Judy Carrier than I do the ones featuring Bennie Rosato, because they are more human and less shark-like. Not the best of the series, but a good read and I couldn't figure out who-dunnit at all.
jenspeaks on LibraryThing 6 months ago
When Scottoline sticks with the Rosato law firm characters, I enjoy the stories so much better. Also, one should only listen to the audiobook versions of her stories as long as Barbara Rosenblatt is the narrator. Aural awesomeness.
jmpietro on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I love this author. Main character is an attorney living in Philly. Very Italian. Woman from school goes missing--mean girl friends seek help from her to solve the mystery. Fairly light reading. Good for someone who likes mysteries with humor.
whimsicalkitten on LibraryThing 6 months ago
I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes of the audiobook - the juvenile reading was perfect for this stereotypical plodding american female detective trash
reading_crystal on LibraryThing 6 months ago
Mary is happily going along with the flow, she helps out people from the neighborhood with various civil suits and helping wherever she can. Her clients pay and she's moving her way up. Then Trish Gambone from Mary's high school days shows up. Trish, was one of the mean girls that made Mary's high school years difficult and not to mention that they have a boyfriend in common (Mary's from the past and Trish's current). However Trish's boyfriend has been threating her and Trish has come in seeking help.Next thing you know Trish disappears, the neighborhood turns on Mary and Mary is on the run seeking Trish, the truth and herself.A great novel of suspense, and also one of self-realization, it's fun to watch Mary try and solve the crime and also learn about herself. There is great character development in this and I loved learning about the various people from the neighborhood.The reader on the unabriged cd set was excellent, with differing voices and accents for the characters, they really came to life for me.An overall wonderful book that I didn't want to end. This is the latest installment in the Rosato and Associates books, but I haven't read any of the others and this one was easy to follow. I do plan on going back and starting with the beginning now though.I became a fan of Lisa Scottoline with Dirty Blonde and Daddy's Girl and now it looks like I will get to enjoy all the Rosato and Associates books too.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Mary DiNunzio's teenage angst comes flooding back when her high school nemesis, Trish Gambone (dubbed "Trash" by Mary) comes seeking her help. It doesn't matter that Mary is now the rainmaker of Rosato & Associates. Trish's mere presence is enough to make Mary feel like she's at the bottom of the food chain. As it turns out, however, Trish's life has taken a horrifying turn. She is terrified of her live-in boyfriend, an abusive South Philly mobster, who just happens to be one of Mary's ex-boyfriends. When Trish vanishes, Mary makes it her personal mission to find her longtime enemy, and works against the clock to save her life.This is the first book I've read by Scottoline. Her characterization of Italian-Americans in South Philadelphia is spot-on. The novel has humor, romance and a good mystery. I will definitely pick up more of her books.
nglofile_reads_2008 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Just OK. I don't ever seem to like Scottoline's books as much as I think I will, but I am a fan of Barbara Rosenblat, the audiobook reader.
bookappeal on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love Mary DiNunzio and the other Rosato girls but the secondary characters in this one became a little annoying. Still, a good plot and an enjoyable read.
lydiag on LibraryThing 8 months ago
good mystery. I liked the Italian neighborhood girls. Reminded me of Garfield.
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I've read a few of Lisa's books and found this one to be a little bit slow. But overall, it was ok.
jonikw More than 1 year ago
I'm only in the middle of this one so far. Enjoying it, as usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Read in the series and I loved it. Different culture for me and fun to explore!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Page turner!
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