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[Rosato & DiNunzio novel] ;

Rosato & DiNunzio novel.
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First edition.
Publisher Info:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
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405 pages ; 25 cm.
[Rosato & DiNunzio novel] ; [book 4]

Rosato & DiNunzio novel.
"Damaged finds Mary DiNunzio, partner at the all-female law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio, embroiled in one of her most heartbreaking cases yet. Suing the Philadelphia school district to get help for a middle school boy with emotional issues, Mary ends up becoming the guardian ad litem of her minor client. As she goes up against Nick Machiavelli, her opposing counsel and the dark prince of South Philly lawyers who will use any means necessary to defeat her, she becomes more and more invested in the case--and puts everything, including her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, on the line"-- provided by publisher.


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"Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn." -Harlan Coben

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...

With Lisa Scottoline's trademark emotional depth and fast-paced action, Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.

Author Notes

Lisa Scottoline was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 1, 1955. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in the contemporary American novel from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981. Before becoming an author, she worked as a trial lawyer.

Her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, was published in 1994. Her other books include Come Home, Keep Quiet, Every Fifteen Minutes, and Most Wanted. She also writes the Rosato and Associates series and the Rosato and Dinunzio Novel series.

Lisa's title, Daddy's Girl, is a April 2016 New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Edgar-winner Scottoline's 15th Rosato & DiNunzio novel, the Philadelphia law firm's Mary DiNunzio takes over the novel, getting ensnared and emotionally involved in the defense of Patrick O'Brien, a 10-year-old accused of attacking a teacher with scissors. When Edward, the boy's grandfather and sole caregiver, dies, Mary's battle against a damages suit from the teacher and his sleazy lawyer, Nick Machiavelli, escalates into her attempt to gain custody of the boy and, ultimately, defend him from charges that he murdered his grandfather-all this while Mary is planning for her wedding in two weeks. Actor Lowman handles the novel's highly charged and sensitive sections without deviating from her precisely enunciated delivery. Her interpretation of the bullied, introverted Patrick, given to bursts of anger, is both compassionate and credible. She is equally successful in helping define the opposing forces in what is cynically described as "a fight between good and evil with billable hours." But her main effort is Mary, assisting Scottoline in creating a caring, very human protagonist who faces tough cases and even tougher opposing forces with determination and intelligence. A St. Martin's hardcover. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

This is the fourth entry in the Rosato & DiNunzio series (a successor to the Rosato & Associates novels), and the story focuses on Mary DiNunzio. Her wedding to Anthony is just weeks away when a heartbreaking case drops into her lap. A janitor is suing Patrick O'Brien, a 10-year-old boy who is small for his age, severely dyslexic, and suffering from anxiety disorder. His grandfather and guardian hires Mary to defend Patrick, who is accused of attacking the janitor with scissors. Opposing counsel is the reviled Nick Machiavelli, who is trying his damnedest to live up to his namesake. It quickly becomes apparent that the janitor has abused the boy, prompting the retaliation, but matters become more complicated when the grandfather dies of an insulin overdose, and Patrick is the prime suspect. Mary wants to foster the boy, but she is worried about its effect on her relationship with Anthony. Scottoline's merging of the themes of her family-driven stand-alone thrillers with her ongoing legal series continues to work splendidly. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A 400,000 first printing will get this one out of the starting blocks quickly.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2016 Booklist