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Moment of Truth (Rosato & Associates Book 5) by [Scottoline, Lisa]
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Moment of Truth (Rosato & Associates Book 5) Kindle Edition

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Moment of Truth begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. Jack Newlin, a wealthy attorney with one of the most influential law firms in Philadelphia, killed his wife in a moment of drunken passion, stabbing her repeatedly when she announced she wanted a divorce. Or at least that is what he is claiming to the police.

The fact is, Jack is framing himself because he fears his wife's murder was his daughter's crime of passion. Sixteen-year-old Paige Newlin is a successful model whose relationship with her manager-mother had been famously rocky. To make sure that he's convicted, Jack hires rookie lawyer Mary DiNunzio to defend him. But Mary doesn't buy Jack's story, and neither does the senior detective on the case. In a fascinating turn on the usual courtroom tale, then, Jack struggles to maintain his false story of guilt while his lawyer and the police struggle to prove him innocent. Meanwhile, Mary wrestles with both her uncertainty as a lawyer and with her attraction for her client.

Lisa Scottoline, often identified as the "female John Grisham," has led the pack of female authors in the legal thriller genre, winning an Edgar for her second novel, Final Appeal. Moment of Truth does have moments that don't, in fact, ring true. Why is Jack Newlin so quick to forgive his daughter when he thinks she's killed her own mother? And if he's so concerned with her welfare, why did he absent himself from her upbringing? But it's nonetheless interesting for its innovative plot conceit and its examination of high-profile murder trials. If one is able to overlook the problems with Newlin's motivation, the story Scottoline weaves is a compelling one, and her heroine, Mary, is an enjoyable, self-doubting twist on the super-lawyer at the center of most legal thrillers. --Patrick O'Kelley

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A bullet-proof premise distinguishes this expert crime thriller from Scottoline (Mistaken Identity): handsome, successful estates lawyer Jack Newlin frames himself for the murder of his heiress wife in order to shield the real killer, their 16-year-old daughter, Paige. It doesn't matter to Jack that Philadelphia's hyper D.A., Dwight Davis, wants the death penaltyAJack is determined to protect his girl, a legally emancipated model who dabbles in crystal meth despite her recently discovered pregnancy. But not everyone is buying Jack's eager confession. Something about his story bothers veteran detective Reginald Brinkley, who's convinced that the traces of physical evidence at the murder scene point to Paige, and possibly to her preppy boyfriend, Trevor. And Mary DiNunzio, the young lawyer Jack hires for her presumed inexperience, finds herself Jack's "worst enemy" as she, too, begins focusing on the jittery teenager. Scottoline cuts a few corners: it's implausible that Mary, schooled only in "the law according to Steven Bochco," would be running such a big case unsupervised, or that this lapsed Catholic with hardwired guilt would allow herself to represent Paige while fighting for Jack, on whom she's developed an unprofessional crush. But Mary is a most appealing crusader, with a highly developed working-class wit ("she struck Mary instantly as the kind of girl for whom the delicate cycle was invented"). Sharp, funny characters, crafty plot twists, and a flavorful depiction of high- and lower-middle Philadelphia society will keep readers riveted to this tense, often mischievous page-turner. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1007 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060956119
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC12VO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's rather humorous to read the reviews that criticize this book's premise or its pacing. I suspect that the reviews are written by 20 somethings who take themselves a little too seriously.
Let me assure the adults out there that this is a great book. The plot is believable, the characters well drawn, and the story is exciting. This is one of those rare tales where the plot is intricate but very understandable. By the end of the book (which I read almost straight through) you will understand why each character did what they did; how each of their actions made sense at the time.
Again, don't be put off by the pompous, intellectually deprived individuals who trashed this book. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of it as fast as you can.
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Format: Audio Cassette
I'm really quite beginning to adore Lisa Scottoline. I've listened to Legal Tender, and Dead Ringer, and I'm hooked. I'll be scouting around for more of her work as soon as I can find it.

Unlike the other two I've listened to on audiobook prior to Moment of Truth, this story isn't about Bennie Rosato, the snarky, sarcastic, tough-as-nails Philedelphia attourney I've grown to love, but Mary Di Nunzio, one of her associates. Bennie is away, and while she's gone, a man confesses to murdering his wife. But he didn't do it. He takes Mary as his lawyer, figuring she's so inexperienced she can only make it worse, and proceeds to try and get himself found guilty. What would bring a grown man - and lawyer - to implicate himself for murder? Who is he trying to protect? Is the killer going to strike again? Mary is going to find out, and it just might kill her.

The story is quite tricky, and I was very pleased to say that while I figured out a good two-thirds of it, the ultimate ending did surprise me. Hats off, once again, to Lisa Scottoline, who apparently doesn't mulch a usual formula out over and over, and kept me guessing. Mary is just as interesting a character to explore as Bennie Rosato, which is a nice touch for what I'd so far only seen as a secondary character. There's a slight romantic undertone to this tale, which also went well with the overall.

As always, I can't praise Kate Burton's voice-acting enough. Her ability to put emotion into the various voices - and use her voice talent to keep the characters so obviously different to the listener's ear - cannot be over-stated. She's superb.

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Format: Audio Cassette
Barbara Rosenblat's reading of Lisa Scottoline's novel "Moment of Truth" in its unabridged cassette version is entrancing. Rosenblat's voice has a husky timber that sounds like it's been honed by years of smoking Camels and downing vintage scotch. Her gravelly resonance is perfect for the many wonderful characters from the jerks like chief of police Walston to D.A. Davis to the perky Mary DiNunzio and the open-minded detectives Brinkley and Kovitch. When Paige comes on the scene, her higher pitched voice perfectly captures an adolescent energy. Even Trevor Olansky with his flat voice mirrors the rich boy indifference of the character.
As the plot unfolds in the multi-cassette volume, we are kept constantly on the edge of the drivers' seat as one false turn finds its way to the next lead. When we head home to Mary DiNunzio's family, the scene where her Italian mama wields a dangerous wooden spoon at the police is about as endearing as can be. Rosenblat makes the explosive climax jump to life with a fast-paced delivery.
The experience of a novel on tape is a bit different from the reading experience. Rosenblat is able to handle a wide range of characters giving each like Kovich and Newlin their own distinctive reading. The universal theme of loyalty and devotion against a background of wealth, duplicity and cynicism brings tears to the eyes by the end. Bravo!
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Format: Hardcover
Lisa Scottoline's 'Moment of Truth' is the story of a father trying to protect his child. Jack Newlin comes home to find his wife dead. He immediately thinks his 16-year-old daughter, Paige, committed the act. But did she? I won't give away the whole plot, but in some instances the outcome was not satisfying, two major ones towards the end in particular. There are too many easy outs.
The message in this story, to me, was that parents are often too quick to try to shield their children from taking responsibility for their actions. This is a very important message. But we don't really see anyone take responsibility for the killing of Mrs. Newlin. There is no final justice in the story, where we see the perpetrator going down in flames.
Scottoline's two most interesting characters are the detective team of Brinkley and Kovish. They have an understanding of each other, fighting and joking like an old married couple. I would enjoy reading more stories centering around these two.
'Moment of Truth' is a quick, easy, sometimes humorous "beach book."
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Moment Of Truth - 61 Chapters of Excitement
This is a well written thriller set entirely in the city of Philadelphia. Described by most critics as a legal thriller, "Moment of Truth" is more accurately a real thriller, even a blood curdling one at times. Our heroine Mary DiNunzio is a young inexperienced lawyer who very soon crosses the line from "legal" work to detective work, spurred on by her nascent fondness for her new client, senior lawyer Jack Newlin. Jack confesses to the brutal murder of his wife, but to Mary it is immediately apparent that he didn't commit the crime and has stood up to take the rap to save someone else. It is also clear to Mary who that "someone else" is. If you were putting yourself in line for the death sentence it could only be for someone you dearly love.
Mary determines to find the truth and is fortunate in befriending not only a reliable honest city cop who believes that Jack didn't do it, but other professional friends who help her with her sleuthing. As the story develops, it takes several twists and turns, opening up what in the first chapter seems like a simple plot, to one of awesome complexity. More characters enter the novel, more apparent motives, more opportunities and fewer alibis for those who may be suspected. And so the mystery thickens. Towards the final chapters the tension builds and violence and mayhem become the norm. To say any more would be to spoil this fine tale as it twists and moves towards its exciting conclusion.
Readers familiar with Lisa Scottoline's earlier books will not be disappointed by this cliff hanging thriller
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