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Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Philadelphia lawyer turned novelist (what a concept!) Scottoline has already won a best original paperback Edgar for Final Appeal. Now she might just nail down a hardcover one for her latest book -- a lovely combination of high energy, imagination and nasty good humor mostly directed against lawyers. Her central character this time out is a definite keeper: Benedetta Rosato, "Bennie" to everyone but her mother, a towering blonde who rows to keep her body in shape and duels with the police on a daily basis to keep her legal talents sharp. Most of Bennie's clients have a gripe against the cops, so Philadelphia's finest are less than sympathetic to her cause when she becomes the chief suspect in the murder of her ex-lover and soon to be ex-law partner. Hiding out in a truly original way, Bennie uses (and abuses) a big law firm to help find the real killers; you'll find yourself laughing and gasping all the way.

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The heroine of Scottoline's rambunctious fourth legal thriller (after Running from the Law) may change the way readers think about lawyers. Benedetta ("Bennie") Rosato, who narrates, is a ravishing six-foot blonde, one of two partners in a thriving law firm. In quick order, the foundations of her world come crashing down. Her partner and ex-lover, Mark, turns up murdered shortly after he tells Bennie that he is planning to dissolve the partnership. It's not surprising that she then becomes the cops' prime suspect. When the murder weapon is found in her apartment, Bennie goes underground. Then a drug company CEO is killed, and she is falsely accused of that death, too. A hilarious caper ensues as Bennie disguises herself as, variously, a hooker, a bag lady and a lawyer "from the New York office" of a staid old white-shoe firm. In the midst of all her woes, she must also deal with a new boyfriend and a mother who's facing electroshock therapy. The Perry Mason-like ending is a bit strained but doesn't spoil the fun. Bennie, a delightful heroine, deserves an encore; and, again, Scottoline merits a big round of applause. $200,000 combined ad/promo for Legal Tender and the simultaneous HarperPaperbacks edition of Running from the Law; simultaneous HarperAudio; author tour; U.K. and translation rights: Columbia Literary Agency; dramatic rights: Linda Hayes.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1932 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061094129
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC12KA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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By A Customer on April 22 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I've read by Lisa Scottoline and while I'm not a huge fan of legal thrillers, I enjoyed this book. The book is told from the point-of-view of Bennie Rosato, a larger-than-life lawyer who has been dumped personally and professionally by her boyfriend and law partner, Mark. Mark is sleeping with a young associate in the firm and plans to oust her. After a huge fight many of the associates were witness to, Mark is found murdered. Bennie soons learns Mark hadn't changed his will and she is still listed as his main beneficiary. As if that weren't enough to incriminate her, the cops are all to eager to to charge the woman who has won many many police brutality cases against them. Bennie has no one to trust. Anyone from the firm could have killed Mark. Only Grady, a handsome associate in the firm, agrees to represent her. As more bodies are found, Bennie goes into hiding to solve Mark's murder case. The action is fast-paced and the characters jump off the page.
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Legal Tender by Lisa Scottoline
LEGAL TENDER is a fast paced legal crime novel, with Benedetta "Bennie" Rosato as our heroine. She's a lawyer, who along with her partner Mark Biscardi, make up the law firm of Rosato and Biscardi. Business is going great. Her love life isn't, on the other hand. Mark, who was once her lover, is now dating one of their junior lawyers, Eve, and although Bennie's angry as hell, she doesn't have anything against Mark. Eve, on the other hand, she does not trust one bit.
Soon, there is trouble at the office. Mark informs her that he is planning on starting over by forming a brand new law firm, leaving Rosato and Biscardi behind. Shortly after their argument, Mark is found dead in his office, and because he has named Bennie as his main beneficiary, she is the main suspect. Before long, she is on the run and she doesn't know whom she can trust. The law firm's success was bogus, and after much investigating she finds out that Mark had been planning to leave the partnership quite a while ago, bringing Eve along with him.
Mark isn't the only one found dead. Soon, there are others, and Bennie knows that the deaths are all connected. Could they all have something to do with a case she had been working on? It was hard to tell. But as the newspaper headlines blare out her name on the front page, she finds that she is having a hard time coming out of hiding and returning to a normal life.
With the help of Grady, another lawyer from the law firm, she does a lot of researching and investigating, and slowly learns the truth of why Mark and all the others had been murdered.
I'm not a big fan of legal crime dramas, but I did enjoy LEGAL TENDER. I've read other crime novels, and found this one relatively easy to follow.
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This is the fifth book by Lisa Scottoline that I have read. After being given The Vendetta Defense, I was hooked, and am now trying to read the rest of her books methodically and in order. When you get to know a writer's style, sometimes it is disappointing to figure out the formula. So far, I have not felt this way about Scottoline. She always adds enough new twists to keep me interested.
Of course, if a reader cannot suspend a certain amount of disbelief, he or she will not like this book. There is an unmistakable degree of sly exaggeration. But like any good spoof, it tells the truth. Anybody who personally knows any lawyer even slightly will understand the author's "digs" at law firms' predilection for client billing. And Scottoline has a wicked ability to caricature the different lawyer types, much as she clearly maps out the social strata of the different floors of a law firm, starting with the Loser Floor.
One reason she maintains suspense is that all her characters are well fleshed out, evincing both good and bad qualities, so that unlike the case with usual villain archetypes, by the time the book reaches its denouement, the identity of who- actually-dun-it surprises us. And her wonderful character on the lam, Bennie Rosato, leads a merry chase because the author clearly knows her venues-- and how the system works--so well. Although more sympathetic than the typical picaresque protagonist, Rosato has enough gall and chutzpah to be convincing. The embattled heroine pulls off several little stings which give the reader a triumphant if vicarious satisfaction.
There are superb ironies here: the only person who heeds her questionable alter ego's so-called pleas for non-billable help is the head of the firm.
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Midway thru the story takes a fatal dive into pure science fiction (improbable plot and resolution). Suddenly a 6'
tall amazon successful woman lawyer (owner of her own firm) is on the run from the cops. Yeah right. Yet she
sneaks into law offices and uses their rooms, computers, credit accounts etc. ..... with impunity. Give me a break!
She inherits 20 million dollars. Her best friend, a gay lawyer, has gotten himself hooked on heroin. And this guy
does the physically impossible. He slams MILLIONS of dollars worth of heroin in just two years time. A physical
impossibility. Oh and this very same junky kicks this very same multi-million dollar habit within two days. HA!
Ever hear of research Scottoline? Ever hear of common sense?
The amazon feeds her newly acquired half starved kitten snickers bars and Coca-Cola. The kitten won't eat tuna
or milk. I've taken in many many stray cats/kittens over the years and have never run into one that refused tuna or
Now I think I know why they call her the female Grisham (whom I can't stand). Her stories are nothing but
endless chase scenes. Run Run RunHideHideHideHurryHurryHurry. No brainers. Moronic crap filled with foul
language, preposterous story lines and inconceivable, illogical behavior from it's flaky characters. Scottoline seems
to be totally out of touch with the real world.
Well I've read a total of five Scottoline books now. Two were good. Three were pure insulting drivel...
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