In Lisa Scottoline's Corrupted, Bennie Rosato, the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures-of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.
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by Lisa Scottoline
"Narrator Kate Burton's clear, unvarnished delivery captures the persona of cool, straight-shooting Bennie Rosato, the star of Scottoline's popular courtroom drama series. Burton's brisk pacing and nuanced tones are perfect for keeping the listener on course through the detailed investigative and trial procedures featured in Scottoline's novels. This same rapid tempo occasionally causes difficulty in differentiating speakers, but this is a minor distraction. Burton also succeeds at helping the listener maneuver through flashbacks and inner musings as Bennie revisits a case, and a relationship, in an attempt to right a wrong that has haunted her for more than a decade. Any disappointment fans might find with this latest Rosato offering would come from the addition of a romantic element to the straight legal format, and not from Burton's excellent narrative performance. M.O.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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