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Blood Money by [Rizio, Laura]
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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: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TTX0KK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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By Phoenix on September 30, 2012
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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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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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Blood Money was grittier than my usual preference--I would not have downloaded it, even free, had I realized that. In spite of a lot of killing, crude language, and illicit sex, the storyline kept me interested enough to read to the end to find out what happened. As an editor, I was pulled from the story by errors--every book has some, but this one had more than its share. The ending left me shaking my head and wondering why I had insisted on reading to the end.
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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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By CLM on December 7, 2013
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I wanted to love this book, but in the end I just sort of liked it. I got this book for free from a website that lists all free Kindle books daily. This book has a great premise and could have been great. There were some editing errors that were annoying, but really not too distracting. The problem was the main character, Nick, isn't all that likable. He tries to do right and you want to like him, but just never get there. It took me until I was about half way through to really get into the story. The second half was really good but I wasn't thrilled with the end either. For free or low cost, I don't regret reading this. I also won't rush out and look for anymore of Rizio's work, either. It's an interesting murder/mystery with some excitement. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book, but it has it's enjoyable moments.
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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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