Synopsis: A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…
Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues―ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.
SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.
My Review: Lisa Scottoline has fast become a favourite author of mind. She writes various genres, but her legal thrillers are my favourites. Her latest entry into her Rosato & DiNunzio series has Mary and Bennie at odds about conflict of interest. Mary wants to defend Simon, a lifetime friend and someone from the neighbourhood, against the company that fired him due to the cost of his daughter’s medical fees, and Bennie tells her she can’t because the firm represents the parent company. When Mary finally decides that she must sever her partnership in order to go forward with the suit, the ante goes up. Simon is served with a counter suit in excess of two million dollars for defamation of persons and company. Before Mary can figure out her next step, Simon’s boss is murdered and he is arrested. As usual they get themselves in a bit too deep with their investigation and end up in some danger.
This was another well written thriller with a plot that takes twists and turns until the culprit is revealed. Of course, there are a lot of surprises along the way, right up to the end. That is not all there is to this story. There are the ethical issues that Mary and Bennie need to face both legally and morally. There are also situations dealing with issues of friendship and loyalty and how this fits into business. Bennie makes some surprising discoveries about herself along the way as well. Mary’s family (parents) and some of the others from the neighbourhood also make several appearances to lighten up the story just a bit and remind us that Mary is only human. It was nice to see both Bennie and Mary in this story equally, I enjoy both these characters quite a bit and look forward to see where they go in the next book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story including mysteries and thrillers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.