Nothing can prepare criminal attorney Bennie Rosato for her new client, Alice Connolly, who bears an uncanny physical resemblance to her and tells her, "Pleased to meet you. I'm your twin." But Bennie grew up an only child. She doesn't have a twin. Or does she? Bennie takes on the woman's defense in a murder case and plunges into the mystery of the murder—as well as the secret of her own identity. Not until the verdict is in will she finally learn the truth....Continua
This is my first Lisa Scottoline legal thriller book and it's like taking a roler coaster ride that full of surprises and twists and turns in the story and I hardly put it down. Bennie Rosato, the irrepressible head of an all-female Philadelphia law firm, just got a case from a most challenging client Alice Connolly - charged with murdering her police detective boyfriend who may or may not have been a drug dealer claims she was framed by police officers for murder. Complicating matters is Alice's claim to be Bennie's identical twin sister and to have been visited by their long-lost father. Bennie's ailing mother is too far gone to confirm or deny Alice Connolly's incredible tale of separation soon after birth; the supporting evidence is inconclusive; and while Bennie is waiting for the DNA results, there's the little matter of taking over, on a week's notice, Connolly's botched defense on the capital charge of killing her live-in lover, Officer Anthony Della Porta. Bennie, whose firm specializes in prosecuting naughty cops, couldn't expect much help from Della Porta's associates even if they weren't, as Connolly insists, crooks and drug dealers, cogs in a conspiracy dedicated to putting her away for good. She enlists the aid of her associates, Mary DiNunzio and Judy Carrier, as well as Lou Jacobs, a cantankerous retired cop she hires as an investigator. They discover that a web of corruption may have enveloped the prosecuting attorney and judge who are now trying Alice's case. The puzzle behind this case just gets more puzzling; the corruption and lies are endless, and every new fact uncovered leads to more questions. As the stakes escalate, and the trial draws closer, Bennie and her team become targets for those who would rather not see their dirty secrets come to light. Alice is tough, smart and manipulative but Bennie is getting the feeling that she just might be telling the truth about not murdering her boyfriend, and about being Bennie's twin sister.
Scottoline effectively alternates her settings between prison, law office, courtroom and the streets, and she neatly ties all our unanswered questions together into a perfectly formed bow, and keeps us frantically turning pages until the very end....Continua