When your private life becomes public, it's not pretty...
Mar 12, 2006
What happens when your secret private affairs start to threaten your very public dignified image? Do you hide, deny, or meet it head on, fighting for what you want? I had the pleasure of reading an advanced readers copy of Lisa Scottoline's latest, Dirty Blonde. It took me less than a day to read it all the way through, which should give you an idea of how much I liked it...
Cate Fante is a newly minted federal judge, and she's joined an elite fraternity at a very young age. But she has some dark secrets in her personal life involving seedy bars and one night stands, and it's obviously important that those two lives and images remain separate. But her first major case on the bench completely exposes her and leaves her open to ridicule, loss of job, and perhaps even murder. The case involves a claim that a popular show idea was stolen, and that the producer breached the oral promises he made to the pair that came up with the concept. While it's clear the idea *was* stolen, the law forces her to dismiss the case. When the defendant is murdered and the plaintiff is found dead of an apparent suicide, Cate feels personally responsible. But one of the cops investigating the case has evidence of her improprieties, ties it to the murder/suicide, and is determined to bring her down. As her world crumbles around her, she has to figure out what's important, why she behaves this way, and whether it's all worth fighting for...
This is a really gritty novel, and it's pretty easy to identify with the lead character. Granted, we aren't all heading into bars and picking up scummy individuals for a motel romp, but I'm sure we all have things we'd rather not see on the front page of the paper. And every time you think it's as bad as it could get, it gets worse for her. But even with this rather distasteful aspect of her personal life, she's a likeable character that I found myself pulling for. Throw in a few twists along the way, and the novel didn't quite end exactly how I expected. This was a really fun read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes legal thrillers...
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Thomas Duff (duffbert)
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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