In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance.
When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline's trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared...
Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.
Praise for the Rosato & DiNunzio series:
“Hit every mark… down to the last satisfying twist” —Kirkus Review on Feared
"Fast paced, heart-tugging...readers will enjoy seeing how it all plays out." —Publishers Weekly on Exposed
"The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah." —Kirkus (starred review) on Exposed
"[The Rosato and DiNunzio stories] are always her best works and this newest is the best of the best in this series." —Huffington Post on Exposed
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Lisa Scottoline takes on the upheaval surrounding workplace harassment and the #MeToo movement, giving the very real-world topic a big “what if” jolt. In the sixth novel in the Rosato & DiNunzio series, the crack firm of female lawyers is being sued by men for workplace discrimination. But Feared still contains all the satisfying ingredients of a Scottoline story: a dead body’s been found, there’s sleuthing to be done, and there’s no shortage of suspense. Scottoline seems to have endless surprise twists up her sleeve; her narrative acrobatics make for a pulpy and thrilling journey.
In bestseller Scottoline's thought-provoking sixth Rosato & DiNunzio novel (after 2017's Exposed), three men complain to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission that lawyers Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier declined to hire them because of their gender. Though false, the allegation will be difficult to disprove particularly since Rosato & DiNunzio's lone male associate, John Foxman, told one of the accusers that he feels marginalized at work. Mary, who's seven months pregnant, believes that plaintiffs' counsel, ruthless South Philly lawyer Nick Machiavelli, manufactured the litigation, but she can't fathom how or why. The firm's defense attorney, Roger Vitez, claims to have everything under control, but when John is murdered and one of the partners becomes a suspect, Bennie, Mary, and Judy refuse to stand idly by. Colorful characters, breezy writing, and a sharp wit keep the tone light, while the ever-increasing stakes propel the story toward a convenient but otherwise gratifying denouement. Scottoline insightfully explores the challenges facing powerful women at work and at home. 400,000-copy announced first printing.