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A highly entertaining legal thriller about a female judge. Literary Guild main in cloth.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Former policewoman Rosenberg has certainly hit the target with her women's action thriller. Protagonist Lily Forrester, a district attorney in Southern California, is an ambitious woman with a deteriorating marriage. Her life becomes a nightmare when both she and her daughter are brutally attacked. Recognizing their attacker, but unwilling to submit her child to the abuse of the legal system, Forrester moves to deal out justice herself. First novelist Rosenberg offers a compelling insider's view of the criminal justice system and a moving portrait of a woman bent on revenge. Book club and movie rights for this page-turner have already been sold, so expect the high demand it deserves. Literary Guild main selection.
- Sister M. Anna Falbo CSSF, Villa Maria Coll. Lib., Buffalo, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; Revised edition (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440151075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440151071
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg is an American writer. She attended school at Gulf Park College in Gulf Port, Mississippi. She has three children, three step children, one adopted child,and currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Rosenberg's first novel, MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES, was published in 1993, and the film rights were obtained by Academy Award winning director, Jonathan Demme. Rosenberg novels have been translated into almost every language. The majority of her novels have been New York Times bestsellers. MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES has been described as a contemporary CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.

Rosenberg is also known for her philanthropic efforts. She received national acclaim for her writing program for inner city youth,"Voice of Tomorrow". The Board of Supervisors of Orange County voted her "A Woman of Excellence, Learning for Life" in 1994. She was featured on Prime Time Live and in People Magazine for her adoption of a child with a rare, frequently terminal illness, Methylmalonic Acidemia, or MMA. A physician in France who saw the Prime Time Live episode claimed he was curing MMA patients by means of a liver transplant. At the time, the child Rosenberg adopted, Janelle Garcia, was the oldest living survivor with MMA. No one had previously lived past the age of eighteen. Janelle received both a kidney and liver transplant and is now in her early thirties, giving hope to future generations of children suffering from MMA.

Rosenberg's family and friends have nicknamed her "Lucy" as she is known for doing unusual and sometimes hilarious things. She says she never knows what to expect when she opens her refrigerator. She once found flea solution for a fifty pound dog in her freezer. She does have dogs but none of them weigh over fourteen pounds. On one occasion her husband asked her a question while she was writing and she told him she would answer him in when she finished her sentence. When she finally answered him, he told her an entire day had passed sine he had asked her the question.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angel L. Soto on July 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
District Attorney Lily Forrester has recently been promoted to Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. She is glad to get the appointment but it came at a high price. She is unhappy with her marriage and her relationship with her daughter is deteriorating day by day.
Lily decides to get a fresh start when she asks her husband for a divorce and move out to a new apartment. Her life is irrevocably changed when an intruder storms into her home and rapes both her and her daughter, Shana. Lily believes she recognizes her assailant as one of the case files she brought home from work. Without thinking it over she decides to go kill him. She tracks the suspect and shoots him dead without even flinching. She then erases all traces of evidence she can think of that might identify her. She will now try to continue her life and help her daughter.
Unfortunately, things do not go as planned. Both Lily and Shana are still traumatized by the events and they both disagree as to who raped them. Lily wonders if she has made a mistake now that there is a relentless cop investigating the case.
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg does a good job in applying what she knows in this novel. She has worked in law enforcement for many years and has dealt with sexual offenders. The victims and situations felt real as well as the emotional trauma Lily feels for her action. The novel reads like a Lifetime movie but it kept my interest.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mitigating circumstances grabed me from the minute I opened the book. I cannot read books unless they grab me and pull me into it. This book did that. The way the writer starts out makes you want to know more. I stayed on the edge of my seat through most of the book. The way the plot is brought out is wonderful. I cannot stand a book that you know who did it from the start. With this book you are shocked at the end. I keep waiting for them to make a movie out of it. I feel like the whole storie worked together. You didn't have things in it that didn't belong. Her character worked. She was the type of character anyone could relate to. I LOVED IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 0451176723 - Almost a sister to Nancy Wagner's All Our Lives, Mitigating Circumstances is not quite as good. Both books deal with a family dealing with the rape of a daughter and a marriage that's fallen apart, but Wagner's is just a little bit better.

Lily Forrester is an ADA who has just been made head of the Sex Crimes Division and sees her goal of becoming a judge within sight when her marriage finally unravels. Her daughter chooses to live with her father, but spends a fateful night at her mother's. The timing couldn't be worse, as a man who has been watching Lily is released from prison and stalks her to her new home and assaults mother and daughter.

Her own childhood abuse coupled with the horror of watching her own daughter raped drives Lily right over that vigilante line and she seeks justice outside the courtroom for the first time in her life. Now her career, her daughter, her marriage, her freedom, her sanity and her budding relationship with a fellow ADA are all on the line as one very good detective looks for answers.

The sex in this book tends toward graphic and violent and some of it is remarkably unnecessary, which wasn't too surprising since the main character works in Sex Crimes, but I did find a bit much now and then. Also a little off-putting was the sense that "all Latinos look alike", although that does get explained as "she wasn't wearing her glasses" - not a good excuse, but an excuse. On the funny side, Lily is a lawyer with a young teenage daughter who borrows her clothes, which would be fine if they weren't her WORK clothes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on May 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES may be a book that happened before its time. Well written and fast flowing Lily Forrester has worked her way up the ladder in the DA's office to Chief of the Sex Crimes Division. Then her world falls apart when her daughter turns against her and her husband begins to resent her sucess at her chosen career.
Written 20 years ago, the revenge Lily takes when her daughter is raped was unacceptable as the idea of a woman making her way in the DA's office. Things have changed rapidly in the world of fiction.
MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES is worthy of a second look, 20 years later.
Nash Black, author of SINS OF THE FATHERS.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By three60roundhouse on June 6, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read any good books lately (trying to decipher the monotony of Mary Higgins Clark, I suppose) and this book was lying around in my father's office, so I seized the moment and borrowed it. From the very beginning, this cross between John Grisham's "A Time To Kill" and Sandrs Brown's "Charade" captivates the audience and holds on for an entertaining, if somewhat predictable, ride. I recommend this to people who haven't had a good read and would like a fast-paced, realistic novel. Enjoy.
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By Jack R. Hunter on September 10, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author doesn't seem to know if she is writing a legal thriller or an adult or teen romance. Situations and characters are clichéd to the extreme which makes a disappointing novel. Dialogue that the Hallmark channel wouldn't air. Don't waste your time and avoid at all costs.
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