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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 was completely surprised by who did it! I'm a veteran mystery reader and I. Never.Saw.That
When I started to read "Moments of Truth" I was immediately turned off by the story line. It was unexpected. It seemed to end the novel just as I had begun to read it. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Alfred Richardson
Not your typical murder mystery which is always good in my mind. Scottoline always delivers a solid story. Good series.Published 1 month ago by kindlegal
I usually love her stuff, but stopped reading it instead of finishing it.Published 1 month ago by BlueHoney
I have been reading several of Lisa's books and have enjoyed them. This was not her best but it held your interest throughout. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vivian A.
I generally like her books but the language in it was terrible, so I threw it in the trash.Published 4 months ago by David E. Miller