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Blood Money [Kindle Edition]

Laura Rizio
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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.


"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


"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: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTX0KK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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63 of 72 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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37 of 41 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 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! September 30, 2012
By Phoenix
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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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14 of 17 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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29 of 38 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
1.0 out of 5 stars a shame-"F"est January 6, 2014
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When I read a book I like to either learn something or enjoy myself. Nothing to learn here. It's hard to enjoy myself when the "F" word is used like a comma. Boom. Right on the first page. I gave it a try, but only got 37% through and decided I couldn't take anymore. I'm getting used to bad grammar and weird ways of writing that seem to be the norm in E books today, but I hope to never get used to profanity. It's funny because this writer didn't even mix up her profanity much, either. F-word was her go-to almost solely. I also didn't appreciate the trashy characters. I don't think that just because you are very handsome or beautiful that it means you sleep with everyone of the opposite sex you come in contact with. The two main characters at the beginning thought so ( not to mention they were sleeping with each other as well!) The guy just slept with everyone because he was handsome but the girl did it to get things she wanted from people. The only reason I read as much as I did was because I am a sucker for legal thrillers. Shame on me for not stopping sooner and shame in the author for putting this book on the "shelf". I wish authors would take more pride in their work and use words in expressive and imaginative ways and not succumb to what they think our society wants-I think this is a lazy way to write. I'd rather have 3 beautifully written books than a thousand pieces of trash. The sad part is I think this author had a great underlying story premise and might have the talent to write.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I DID LIKE THE BOOK March 8, 2013
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This book was free from Bookbub. This book was a quick and easy read, but it lacked cohesion. The writer did not do well in the mechanics of good writing. There were too many throwaway characters and sub-plots. The author described persons and places unnecessarily. There was too much vulgarity. The book had many twists and turns, which kept me interested, but the end was unsatisfying.
A young attorney finds himself in an ethical mess. If he acts according to his conscience, he cannot represent his client to the best of his ability. The Court will not allow him to withdraw from the case. How this matter is resolved is the crux of the story. Was there one good person in the book? You decide. My favorite characters were the Philadelphia tough guys. They understood their jobs and carried them out without regard to the law.
Despite my negative statements, this author is a talented writer. I would like to read a future book wherein she tightens up the plot and lightens up on the vulgar language.
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17 of 23 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Legal Thriller
This is a fantastic read, very well written with an awesome plot. It's full of twists and turns, I have to say it's a hard one to put down. Read more
Published 2 months ago by 1335sj
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A gift did not read
Published 3 months ago by Quilting Nut
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Phyllis Inman
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood money
Enjoyed it very much except for the foul language. Plenty of surprises. Looks like there could be a sequel coming.
Published 3 months ago by Audrey P. Premetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book was fantastic.
Published 5 months ago by Marion Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast paced, twists and turns,didn't want to put it down!
Published 6 months ago by sflorenz
5.0 out of 5 stars nice read
I really enjoyed his book - it was a very easy read when you are looking for something light !
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a happy ending!! Can't ask for anything more.
LAURA RIZIO, an author I'm not familiar with, and cannot find another book of hers or
any reviews by other authors, or readers,very unusual,well. onward. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customerm sondra castello
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
pretty good
Published 8 months ago by Jerry S.
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 8 months ago by Victoria
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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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