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.
*Thank you St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Mary DiNunzio was just made partner in the law firm she’s been working for years. When her childhood friend, Simon, came to ask her to represent him in a legal case against his former employer who wrongfully fired him, Mary couldn’t say no despite the hundred of cases she’s already handling. Simon is family in the first place and he’s already dealing with a lot of things, what with losing his wife and his daughter fighting cancer. She will help him in any way she can. His case is strong and she’s pretty sure they got a good chance of winning. But it turns out that the company where Simon works is a sub-company of one of her partner Bennie Rosato’s top client and Mary can’t take her friend’s case because there’ll be a conflict of interest. But Mary can’t just abandon Simon. She won’t have it. Besides, the law regarding the dilemna the 2 lawyers were in is not clear and no one seems to back down. But things escalated quickly when Bennie’s client file an ethical case against Mary and a defamation case against Simon. The only course of action left for Mary is to leave the law firm. But before things get into action, someone connected to the case turned up dead. Suddenly, Mary and Bennie are in the middle of a murder investigation and they must team up in order to solve it.
Exposed is my third Lisa Scottoline read. This is already the 5th book of Rosato & DiNunzio series and in any other given time, I’d be discourage to start the 5th book without reading the first one. But since the first book of hers I’ve read, Lady Killer, is the 10th installment of Rosato and Associates series, with Bennie and Mary, too, so I kinda have the gits of how they are. Despite it being the 10th book, I still enjoy it and didn’t feel the need to read the first 9 books just to understand what is happening. So, I didn’t think twice requesting this title since I also thoroughly enjoyed One Perfect Lie.
As per the blurb, I expected a major clash (which didn’t really happen) between Mary and Bennie, which are the exact opposite of each other already. Mary is a total nice girl, always surrounded by her family and friends. She is the go-to lawyer in their neighborhood in South Philly and Mary is always ready to help. She’s doing a great job that she’s handling hundreds of cases and still can’t seem to turn down people who need her help. She loves her job and most of all, the people around her. Bennie, on the other hand, keep her emotions at bay, she likes to be alone. She also prefers high-profile clients that took a long time but bring in more money. One thing Mary and Bennie have in common, though, is that both of them are brilliant lawyers. They work good together. But no one ever imagined that they have to face each other in a legal battle until Simon’s case came along. And though there’s quite a bit of tension between partners, the battle of wills I’ve been promised fell short. There’s not much legal strategy against each other that happened, which I am looking forward to. But…I was thrust into a story full of twists and turns I didn’t see coming. So, yeah, it was not what I expected but I don’t mind that much.
Like I’ve said, it is the 5th book of the series already, and despite of that, I didn’t feel any confusion especially with the string of characters that are also regulars of the series. The author did a good job of filling in some occurences from past stories that’ll help readers catch up to the current story. Also, I might say that those side characters seem interesting, from Mary’s family, her best friend to Bennie’s boyfriend. Bennie and Mary are both great characters and I would very much like to read more of them. Especially Bennie since it looks like she’s had a major character development in this book.
It started out slow, what with the legal talks which others may find a tad bit boring but for me, it’s all pretty interesting. The ethical aspect surrounding a certain case is quite a solid conflict. Unrealistic but surely not an impossible situation. It is also very easy to read despite all the legal jargons. I enjoyed everything from the first page up to the last. Every twist is a surprise, right up until the end. A pretty solid legal thriller filled not only with twists and turns but with tension and action as well. Lisa Scottoline is sure a great storyteller and slowly becoming my favorite. I will surely watch out for the next book and look for the old ones with the two kick-ass lawyers.