"Fine addition to the Rosato and Associates novels"
Bennie Rosato built the all-female law firm of Rosato &
Associates from scratch and thinks of it as her second
child. It is tearing her apart that she might lose it
because so many of her clients went bankrupt and no new
clients are knocking at the door. When Robert St. Amien, a
French lens manufacturer with an office in Philadelphia,
wants to hire her in a class action suit she thinks that
will be the saving of her law firm.
While she and the associates are working on the case,
trying to be the lead counsel since her client had the most
to lose, Bennie runs into some potential problems. Her
sociopathic identical twin sister is in town, ruining her
reputation and getting her arrested for robbing a jewelry
store. While she is trying to find Alice, somebody kills
Robert and Bennie's focus shifts into finding the
perpetrator who killed her client.
DEAD RINGER is a little different (but just as good) from
other Lisa Scottoline novels because it focuses on Bennie
and is told from her point of view. There are a lot of
thrills and chills in this legal thriller but there are
more insightful explosions than usual into how Bennie
thinks and feels. This is a fine addition to the Rosato
and Associates novels, as it adds dimension and depth to
one of the better legal thriller series on the market today
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003
Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato has her eye focused
firmly on the bottom line, especially since she has three
dedicated young associates and a very pregnant secretary on
her payroll, and she takes a professional risk, charging
into a class action lawsuit that could make -- or break --
her career. Never mind that she's never handled anything
like this before. Having won nearly every civil and
criminal case she's ever tried, the brilliant and
unconventional Bennie has the guts, and she'll do what it
takes to succeed. Even if that means wearing pantyhose and
putting herself on a curse diet.
Then her wallet goes missing. And Bennie's life goes crazy.
It's not just that one of her associates has dyed her hair
pink. Or that another's old-world Italian mother gives
Bennie the evil eye. But someone posing as the outspoken,
blue-eyed, blond attorney is wreaking havoc around town,
apparently determined to destroy everything Bennie loves.
Only one person can pull off this double deception --
Bennie's identical twin sister, Alice Connelly. But as far
as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never
When events escalate into murder, the maverick lawyer
realizes that the stakes are far greater than she feared.
But Bennie Rosato refuses to be anyone's victim. To find
the killer, she'll plunge head-first into a life-and-death
investigation that will bring her face-to-face with evil
darker yet more familiar than anything before.
A riveting legal thriller set against the backdrop of a
richly emotional family story, Dead Ringer is this author's
most intriguing novel yet. According to USA
Today, "Scottoline's writing style is sharp, intelligent,
funny, and hip. She gives fans of legal thrillers a good,
twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun
read." With this book, Scottoline delivers a tour de force
that is not to be missed.