In a case steeped in blood and memory, It will take a stroke of brilliance to save Pigeon Tony. But if anyone can see justice done, it may be this gutsy young attorney. She'll risk everything for her client...including her life.
In The Vendetta Defense, Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Moment of Truth and Mistaken Identity, tells a wonderfully rich story of past sins, love and justice.
Lawyer Judy Carrier takes the case of an elderly pigeon racer, Tony Lucia, who has been arrested for the murder of his lifelong enemy Angelo Coluzzi. "Pigeon Tony," as he's known, confesses to Judy that he killed Coluzzi because of a vendetta begun more than fifty years ago.
Her client's guilt, however, is only the beginning of Judy's problems. The Coluzzi family wants revenge, and they are determined to finish off Pigeon Tony and Judybefore the case can go to trial.
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by Lisa Scottoline
"In the moment that 80-year-old Anthony Lucia rushes with malice of forethought but without premeditation toward his lifelong enemy, Angelo Coluzzi, his past, present, and future collide. This novel is so top-heavy with stereotypes about Italian-Americans it almost falls on its face, but Barbara Rosenblat rescues the material on every page and delivers a powerful dramatic performance. In addition, her accents are flawless. Her Italian-American voices sound as authentic as if she had grown up in Little Italy. She produces a heartbreaking 3-year-old, whose voice is an echo from war-torn Italy, and the voice she uses to portray a mobster demonstrates a lifetime of drinking, smoking, and tough-guy thinking. Her Irish-American accent is equally good. And Dr. Voresh Patel, the coroner, speaks with the clipped English of an Oxford-trained forensic pathologist. M.D.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2002 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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