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Blood Money [Kindle Edition]

Laura Rizio
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nick Ceratto, a young, cracker jack litigator looking for a partnership in the prestigious Philadelphia law firm of Maglio, Silvio, and Levin discovers his firm's dark seceret for increasing it's bottom line while preparing a medical malpractice case for trial.The partners are setting up major cases by seriously injuring and even murdering their clients to produce huge jury awards. When the firm discovers he knows, Nick's only hope is to stay one step ahead of the hitman long enough to intentionally lose his case and expose the firm's corruption. As his mission careens towards an explosive climax, the only question left, is whose lives will be sacrificed along the way.


BLOOD MONEY is a classic examination of the duality of the American justice system, it's strengths and weaknesses, and the interplay between it and raw ambition.


BLOOD MONEY is a disturbing depiction of a system gone wrong, and the one time golden boy who is finally able to understand the bigger picture and remember the oath taken and his dream that was once so clear.


REVIEWS:

"For anyone who already dislikes lawyers, Blood Money will feed your disdain. It's an insider's view of how the law is played as a dirty business, and how nothing -- least of all, the law itself -- will stop the "worst of the worst" players from getting their way." ~ E.J. Beard, 5-Stars


"I must recommend to you Blood Money (an apt title), an excellent book, a real thriller. I just finished the book. Actually I just started it, and then finished it in record time because I could not put it down." ~ Rick Pickwick, 5-Stars


Editorial Reviews

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"Laura Rizio's BLOOD MONEY is an amazing legal thriller! Her writing is sharp, realistic, and the story is absolutely compelling, one that leaves you thinking about the U.S. legal system long after you've had the pleasure of reading. " ~ The Kindle Book Review

"In her exciting debut, personal injury attorney, Rizio, crafts a legal thriller with compelling characters and tense action that more than compensate for a familiar premise. An appealing tart cynicism haunts the novel's scenes. For a debut, Rizio's novel is remarkably accomplished. An entertaining thriller full of clever touches, whose characters and tone enliven an overworked genre." ~ Rebecca Cramer Kirkus Indie--Kirkus LLC
Kirkus Reviews has named BLOOD MONEY one of the 100 BEST BOOKS of 2012.

From the Author

This book, although fictional, attempts to examine the duality of the American Justice system, it's strengths and weaknesses, and the interplay between it and raw ambition. It attempts to demonstrate the unpredictability of juries and the fact that you win cases you are supposed to lose and lose cases that you are supposed to win. The courtroom becomes a casino and justice a myth.
My novel BLOOD MONEY is admittedly cynical---a disturbing depiction of a system gone wrong and a young man's determination to fix it. Although Nick Ceratto is flawed like the rest of us, and greedy like most of us, he is finally able to understand the bigger picture and remember the oath taken and the dream which was once so clear.
I hope that you enjoy the journey and that you come away wiser for the read.

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  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453618708
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTX0KK
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry-can't get past the grammatical flaws July 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I should have known before ordering - simply by reading the online book description, presumably prepared by the author or publisher, wherein it referred to the bank and "it's bottom line." What was called for was the possessive its, not the contraction for it is.

And so it goes throughout the book. Yes, it looks like there is a glimmer of an engaging plot and some real characters there...but I simply could not get through the inept use of language here.

A shame. Lesson for the author, and authors everywhere: get yourself a diligent editor!
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Took a strange twist May 19, 2012
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I thought the book was pretty good for the first half. Then all sorts of unbelievable things began to happen. SPOILER: WAY too many people die. Nobody seems to get the obvious connections between the deaths. A young girl takes out a hired assassin not once, but twice. And the assassin...he's invincible...until he meets the young girl. He clears an entire airport of all taxi's and outside personnel just by telling them all flights have been canceled, and they believe him! The relationship between Nick and Grace makes NO sense at all. The judge who was up for the Supreme Court "suddenly" goes crazy in the middle of the trial. SO many crazy things happened it was laughable. I felt like the author got tired of putting effort into developing the story and just tried to finish it with a bang.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! September 30, 2012
By Phoenix
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a great surprise. This book was offered for free and I snatched it up. It was everthing and more than I expected. The characters were likeable, the plot was twisted, and the story was exciting. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day. A legal thriller for sure - that is one of the best I have ever read. I loved this book. I enjoyed how the story builds to the exciting ending and then is wrapped up in a neat package. No loose ends here. I HIGHLY recommend this book and only wish this author had more writings to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story March 26, 2012
By CJFCL
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Pretty standard "legal thriller" fare, with an interesting twist for someone like me who works in this exact environment (but on a smaller scale.) The story was fast-paced, and an easy read ... and hopefully something that will never actually happen, although we all know the desperate extremes to which some people will go for money.

It won't keep you up all night, but you probably will want to know how it all turns out.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money January 1, 2013
By ann
Format:Kindle Edition
Story is disconnected. Plot jumps from this to that. Author needed to focus on transitioning cleanly.

To be honest - I never finished the book. It was just too painful.

By the way - it's the trachea that delivers air to the lungs - not the esophagus!
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vulgar June 2, 2012
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Forced myself to finish this book. Very foul, vulgar writing. Poor story line, jumped all around. Kept hoping I would get better. The only reason I finished it is my OCD of not completing a task. Would not recommend at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down! July 9, 2012
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Spent the weekend at the beach and needed a suspenseful and thrilling book and boy did I find this in, Laura Rizio's "Blood Money". Fantastic story line based out of Philadelphia, my home town, was quite the bonus. Finished this book over the weekend and I find myself wanting more, I can't wait for the sequel! A great friend of mine recommended this book to me and I am so pleased she did!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good March 13, 2012
By Rocky63
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I'm a bit surprised at some of the reviews here which say the book is well-written with good character development. I, frankly, thought the characters were entirely cardboard and one-dimensional. Several characters are so entirely, completely and thoroughly evil that it's laughable. They appear to be able to get away with unbelievable crimes -- are able to plant a bug anywhere at any time, etc., etc.

Plus, some editing would have been useful. (For instance, Ms. Rizio seems to believe that JFK airport is in Philadelphia!)

I realize Ms Rizio is an accomplished lawyer who, apparently, started a successful firm and I've no doubt she is most capable in that role. I'd love for her to develop her writing skills, but she needs some mentoring in this very different area of accomplishment. I wish her well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Multi layered mystery
This book had solid characters, like Nick, the lawyer. People were dying around him and he was working on a malpractice case for his client, the widow. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Victoria
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read boring finish
This book was slow at times, and relied heavily on violence weak plot towards the end when two little girls that come from nowhere defeat the bad guys
Published 5 days ago by Timothy McGlew
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Money by Laura Rizio
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well defined and not totally expected. I hated that so many people died that did not deserve to.
Published 5 days ago by Patsy Prothro
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Fast-paced quick read for mystery fans. Courtroom drama with many twists. I was annoyed by some of the sloppy proofreading
Published 17 days ago by A Real Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars what an action-packed adventure!
The story moves in fast action. The characters are well-defined and interesting. The story is so multi-faceted, that you can't predict what will happen next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denise Linden
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book very much
This book had a great cast of characters. Story kept my interest to the end and I'm a sucker for a happy ending and I wasn't disappointed!
Published 3 months ago by Corinne Bethel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent legal thriller
All I can say is move over James Patterson and John Grisham. There is a new kid on the block, and she is great. I got this book as a freebie for my Ipad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Ann bookmark
3.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, but thrown off by grammatical and spelling errors
I gave this book three stars because the author at least had me sucked in enough to want to finish reading to at least find closure with the story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by B.S.Slayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Good writing, good story, kept my interest all the way through. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes goo legal thrillers.
Published 4 months ago by Betty D
5.0 out of 5 stars On the edge
Very good read one of those books where you want to know what happens. What I really liked was the ending very good it did not end like most books do.
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More About the Author

Laura Rizio is a litigation attorney with the firm of Rizio, Hamilton & Kane which she co founded with her husband in 1978. She practices law in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the Dickinson School of Law.
Prior to her working in her present firm, she was an Assistant District Attorney under Arlen Specter and later became a litigation attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Comission trying sex and race discrimination cases.She,along with other members of her team at the EEOC,helped bring about a large settlement against Phillip Morris in a failure to hire and promote case.
Currently she represents severly injured plaintiffs who are victims of auto accidents,building collapse, fire, slip and fall in and on premises, and dangerous products as well as medical malpractice.


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