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Daddy's Girl by [Scottoline, Lisa]
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The undistinguished academic career of Natalie "Nat" Greco, a mousy and naïve law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, takes an unexpected turn at the start of this less than compelling legal thriller from bestseller Scottoline (Dirty Blonde). When an attractive male colleague, Angus Holt, convinces Nat to accompany him on a teaching assignment at a nearby prison, a sudden riot puts them both in peril. Nat finds herself desperately attempting to save the life of a guard, apparently stabbed by an inmate during the fracas. The dying man asks her to pass on his last words to his wife, but possessing knowledge of this cryptic message proves dangerous. Nat finds herself accused of murder and must evade the law while also tracking down the bad guys. Her methods more often resemble that of Nancy Drew than an Ivy League professor, and the plot suffers by comparison with Peter Abrahams's gritty End of Story (2006), which makes better use of a similar theme. 11-city author tour. (Mar.)
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Natalie "Nat" Greco's law students just aren't that interested in the history of justice, and she can't seem to find a way to reach them. Then a new teaching opportunity develops that would take her out of the University of Pennsylvania and into a local prison classroom. She opts for the dramatic change of scenery and soon finds herself in the middle of a prison melee, attempting to save the life of an injured prisoner, who makes a dying declaration intended for his wife. In attempting to deliver the bewildering message, Nat nearly gets herself killed and winds up being framed for murder. Ever concerned with justice, Nat goes on the lam as she tries to uncover the mystery of the prisoner's final words. Scottoline mixes stand-alones and her Rosato and Associates series in fairly even proportions, so series fans have learned to expect the occasional interruption. This one finds the author in good form, combining suspense- and character-building effectively. Like her heroine, Scottoline has recently begun to teach at Penn and is also embarking on another new project, a show for Court TV called Murder by the Book, featuring best-selling mystery writers presenting and discussing dramatizations of real-life crimes. She's already immensely popular, but expect the bump in exposure to bump up demand for her latest. Mary Frances Wilkens
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 977 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OI0F1C
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If you love well constructed plots, Daddy's Girl will be a favorite of yours.

If instead, you are a fan of interesting characters and dialogue, Daddy's Girl may seem below average because only one character is at all interesting.

Alternately, if you like realistic action, you'll definitely think you've picked up a comic book by mistake.

As the book opens tiny, untenured law professor, Natalie (Nat) Greco, is struggling to teach her seminar class at Penn about justice by discussing The Merchant of Venice. The students haven't read the assignment. Things go downhill when Vice Dean James McConnell shows up to observe her teaching. Nat humorously wings it, and you'll find yourself liking her as a character from that point on.

When popular clinical teacher Angus Holt invites her to join him to teach the class at a minimum security prison the next day, Nat is too shy to resist. Things start off smoothly enough . . . until an incident occurs. Nat is shaken to the depths of her soul. Keeping a promise, Nat soon finds herself under suspicion for more crimes than are normally discussed in a semester of criminal law. While her rich father and close family try to help, Nat decides the time has come to run her own life. From there, the book takes a high action turn that will delight those who enjoy seeing heroines triumph.

With the exception of two references to Bennie Rosato, Daddy's Girl is all new characters and is based in part on Ms. Scottoline's recent experiences as a professor at Penn. Be sure not to read the acknowledgments until you finish the book: There's a humdinger of a spoiler in there that Ms. Scottoline warns you about (but you may not stop in time).

Nat isn't as good as Ms. Scottoline's best characters. But her supporting cast isn't nearly as good as Ms. Scottoline normally does.

On the other hand, I don't recall a better plot among the Scottoline novels.
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The story held me attention through the book. It had many twists on things I didn't expect. I recommend this book to anyone who like a mystery with a twist.
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Excellent read!
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa558757c) out of 5 stars I expected more from Scottoline April 12 2007
By D. West - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After reading other books by this author, I must say I was greatly disappointed in this effort. For one, the dialogue was prosaic, the characters weren't all that likeable and the plot was way thin! The use of all caps was an irritating attempt to convey a characteristic that is unlikely (especially in this family) and only served to irritate this reader as it does when one sends emails in all caps to show emphasis.

Past novels by this author have shown a bright wit and great repartee between the characters. This time, these attributes were sorely missing. The heroine, Nat, was not believable in her endeavors and wasn't all that likeable either. It appeared to me that Ms. Scottoline was more interested in getting the book to print, than in creating a credible storyline with interesting characters.

I have read better books by Scottoline. In fact, I just finished Dirty Blonde and because I enjoyed the wit and plot, I bought this one as soon as it was available. I would rather wait longer between "good" novels and get the best Lisa Scottoline has to offer than have her pump out "poorly conceived" novels like an assembly line.

The title was a dud as well and had little to do with the plot. I look forward to better novels in the future as I know the talent is there.
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5751768) out of 5 stars Scottoline's Scores March 15 2007
By David C. Hackney - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Scottoline's 14th novel is much more than a murder mystery. It is the story of a woman, Natalie Greco, transforming herself from a timid young woman dominated by her boyfriend and family, into someone strong, self-assured, and confident whose father proudly proclaims her to be "Daddy's Girl." Within the first few pages Nat "Gnat" will be someone you'll want to spend time with; first out a sense of protectiveness (she's short and is easyly overlooked,) but eventually by telling her "you go girl!" Not only is this an exciting, completely credible work of fiction, Scottoline also gives the reader some of the fascinating history of the Underground Railroad. If you've read her other books you are in for a treat. If you are new to Scottoline this is a great place to start.
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa558bb34) out of 5 stars Vintage Scottoline - thank goodness! April 9 2007
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a dedicated Scottoline fan, I enjoyed Daddys Girl immensely. Definitely one of the best in a great series.

Don't blame the author for the title. Ultimately the publisher gets the final word. And when deciding whether to buy this novel, with a highly visible author, do we really look at the title?

Mostly, I found this novel draws on many of Scottoline's recurring themes. For example:

Ordinary woman, extraordinary achievements: As usual, we're introduced to a very down-to-earth, very human heroine who also happens to be an achiever. If anything, Scottoline downplays the sheer magnitude of getting a tenure-track position in an Ivy League law school. She has the all too common worries about keeping up appearance and coping in a male-dominated world. Inside, she's conflicted. Outwardly, she's so accomplished she's scary.

Family: Scottoline's families tend to be large, Italian, loving and possessive. She departs from the profile here, introducing a macho family where the heroine feels like an outsider. Dysfunctional? In Scottoline's novels, whatever happens, blood will trump water anytime.

Outrageous risks: I love watching Scottoline's heroines cross over the edge as they go running from the law. In an earlier novel, a heroine takes over a conference room of a law firm, claiming to be from a branch office. Talk about "Hide in plain sight." Heroine Natalie goes out on a limb here. Alas, I can't say more without being accused of spoilers.

Intricate plot and satisfying ending: Scottoline keeps throwing one curve after another, right up to the end. Experienced mystery readers will get early hunches about the outcome, but it feels right.

Law vs. justice: An ongoing quest among Scottoline's novels. Here the case seems less ambiguous than most. But it comes up.

Juicy characters: I loved Natalie's family! And I hope to see Natalie herself in future novels. True, some of the prisoners and guards seemed to blend together. The law school dean and assistant dean seem less than 3-dimensional but they remind me of some business school administrators I've known.

Edgy dialogue: I like the way Scottoline juxtaposes the heroine's inner comebacks (italicized) with her outward, polite comments.

Diversity of the legal profession: So far, we've seen litigators, defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, law firm associates, independent counsels...everyone! It's nice to meet a law professor this time around.

Finally, as a former business school professor, I found the law school scenes compelling and realistic. I remember being assigned to teach a small class in a large room. You really do face unique challenges in creating a productive classroom dynamic.

Scottoline used some artistic license in exaggerating the attitudes of Natalie's students. She did take action to motivate them to prepare more for class.

But as a female professor, Natalie always walks a finer line than her male counterparts. Female professors are constantly being tested. We're expected to understand problems ranging from child care to computer meltdowns. Even when I've taught online, I find students are more likely to ask for deadline extensions and special consideration.

And they're far more critical. Studies show that women and ethnic minorities tend to get lower course evaluations. Male professors get far more leeway when it comes to dress and classroom topics.

The experience of being a female lawyer -- from the inside out -- is yet another Scottoline theme. And here, in a lighthearted way, I believe she also captures the female professor experience.

And now we have to wait at least a year for the next Scottoline novel. That's the only bad news.

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa571075c) out of 5 stars Innocent until proven guilty March 26 2007
By Fred Camfield - Published on
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Sometimes life makes you feel like you fell down a rabbit's hole, and that you have met the Mad Hatter. Nat Greco is an untenured assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Life is proceeding along somewhat normally until a colleague takes her along to a state correctional facility where he has a program of teaching and legal assistance. A prison riot breaks out. Nat is attacked. People are killed. Suddenly Nat finds herself drawn into a different world.

Something is going down, and Nat finds herself involved. She starts to get nosy, and finds herself falsely accused of murder, set up for unknown reasons. She finds herself on the run. Some people may think that she does stupid things, but her father sums it up when he tells her that she is book smart. She lacks the street smart abilities needed to survive in an urban jungle.

Nat, of course, must survive to get to a blazing finish. But wait, you thought the story ended with chapter 47. Chapter 48 goes in a whole new direction. You should know that the author always puts an unexpected twist at the end of her novels. Do NOT peek ahead. You need to read the entire novel to understand the real ending.

I would note that the author is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, used as the setting for much of the story. The novel is well researched and well written. I think it is the best novel yet by the author.

I believe the meaning of the title is clear. People are trying to direct how she should do things (father knows best), while she is trying to go in her own direction. She has trouble getting people's attention.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5f685f4) out of 5 stars Oh, please Jan. 7 2012
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Though I really wanted to find out how it ended, I know that I would have ended up frustrated and screaming at the book so I only lasted about 1/5 of the way through. If I had nothing else to read on a car ride, I would probably finish it and it would elevate to 2 stars. The biggest problem with Daddy's Girl is that it fails to suspend reality in so many places. For example, Scottoline depicts her football-watching brothers and father as a bunch of oafs. It is over-the-top stereotypical and completely unrealistic; she describes MRSA as MSRA--not a typo since it occurred more than once (where are the copy editors?); She describes a "minimum security" prison as housing those who have committed misdemeanors--as well as one (and only one) extremely dangerous felon (a prison would not hold those who have committed minor crimes AND a dangerous felon would be held at a more appropriate facility). It would not have taken much to enlist some sheriffs or troopers to depict the scenes correctly. Though each error is perhaps minor, when they continue to add up they are quite problematic and very frustrating.

The other issue, and this is probably a sexist one, is that Scottoline's writing is far too pretentious and flowery for the mood she wants to achieve. As a man who reads thrillers as well as chick books, I want realistic characters and mood. Men don't constantly yell at the TV during football games; we are also not so dumb that we don't ever know how to be sympathetic.

Finally, I resent the weakness of character that the protagonist plays. Her PARENTS bully her into going to the hospital for a minor scrape, hours after the fact. Really? An adult woman in her 30s? These actions and the way that Scottoline wants us to view her character are completely inconsistent.