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The fact is, Jack is framing himself because he fears his wife's murder was his daughter's crime of passion. Sixteen-year-old Paige Newlin is a successful model whose relationship with her manager-mother had been famously rocky. To make sure that he's convicted, Jack hires rookie lawyer Mary DiNunzio to defend him. But Mary doesn't buy Jack's story, and neither does the senior detective on the case. In a fascinating turn on the usual courtroom tale, then, Jack struggles to maintain his false story of guilt while his lawyer and the police struggle to prove him innocent. Meanwhile, Mary wrestles with both her uncertainty as a lawyer and with her attraction for her client.
Lisa Scottoline, often identified as the "female John Grisham," has led the pack of female authors in the legal thriller genre, winning an Edgar for her second novel, Final Appeal. Moment of Truth does have moments that don't, in fact, ring true. Why is Jack Newlin so quick to forgive his daughter when he thinks she's killed her own mother? And if he's so concerned with her welfare, why did he absent himself from her upbringing? But it's nonetheless interesting for its innovative plot conceit and its examination of high-profile murder trials. If one is able to overlook the problems with Newlin's motivation, the story Scottoline weaves is a compelling one, and her heroine, Mary, is an enjoyable, self-doubting twist on the super-lawyer at the center of most legal thrillers. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I generally like her books but the language in it was terrible, so I threw it in the trash.Published 23 days ago by David E. Miller
I started off reading this series with book 7 but liked it so much that I ended up buying the entire series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mo B
Good mystery, kept me 'hooked' to the end. With a little thought, can figure out 'who did it', but not easily...led me to read other of her books as well.Published 3 months ago by Julie Marrs
What a situation this book deals with! What makes people willing to take the rap for someone else? I'm not sure whether the the lesson here is unconditional love or casting aside... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Anne Dart
Pretty much knew the ending early but it was such a well written book that it didn't matter.Published 3 months ago by sporty
She's (Bennie) got a temper for a professional/lawyer and that seems odd to me. I'd rather believe female lawyers were calm & not subject to flying off the handle.Published 4 months ago by Terry Noxel
I have just discovered Me. Scottoline and am glad I did. Excellent job of telling a story to keep your interest. I recommend this and look forward to the next.Published 4 months ago by cecile sparkman