Best-selling author Lisa Scottoline draws on her experience as a trial lawyer to create memorable legal thrillers. In The Vendetta Defense, she offers an intriguing look at the moral and legal ethics of both courtroom procedure and personal vengeance. Lawyer Judy Carrier lands the case of a lifetime when she agrees to defend 80-year-old "Pigeon Tony" Lucia, arrested for the death of Angelo Coluzzi. Judy's only problem is that Pigeon Tony freely admits to the killing. He claims it's merely the justified response to a vendetta begun by Coluzzi over 50 years ago. Now Judy is caught in the middle of a life-and-death blood feud, where the rule of law means nothing next to the heat of vengeance. Following in the wake of her New York Times best-seller Moment of Truth, The Vendetta Defense is Lisa Scottoline's most compelling thriller yet, a thought-provoking mix of history and contemporary legal ethics. Barbara Rosenblat's brilliant narration captures all the growing suspense-both in and out of the courtroom.
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by Lisa Scottoline
by Nevada Barr
by Iris Johansen
by Laura Lippman
"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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