“For ratcheting suspense, dynamic characters, and a master’s touch in the courtroom, it’s tough to beat Lisa Scottoline’s Mistaken Identity.”—David Baldacci
In the fourth riveting thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline’s Rosato & Associates series, Bennie Rosato receives the shock of her life when she discovers she has an identical twin who also happens to be a murder suspect.
Accused of committing cold-blooded murder, Alice Connolly wants one lawyer to defend her: Bennie Rosato. But the no-nonsense Philadelphia criminal attorney isn’t interested—until she meets the accused killer face to face—and can’t believe what she sees. Alice claims she’s Bennie twin—and the woman does bear an uncanny resemblance to her. But Bennie grew up an only child. She doesn’t have a sister. Or does she?
Agreeing to take the case, Bennie plunges into the mystery of the murder and into the depths of her own past—a twisting search for justice and the truth that will keep the seasoned attorney guessing and leave readers breathless until the verdict is in.
Double jeopardy is more than just a legal term in this taut and smart courtroom drama by Edgar Award winner Scottoline. Bennie Rosato, the irrepressible head of an all-female Philadelphia law firm, moves to center stage after playing a supporting role in the author's previous novel, Rough Justice. Bennie's client is tough, manipulative Alice Connolly, charged with murdering her police detective boyfriend, who may or may not have been a drug dealer. Complicating matters is Alice's claim to be Bennie's identical twin sister and to have been visited by their long-lost father. Despite her wrenching emotional reaction to this revelation and her mother's deteriorating health, Bennie puts her personal and professional life on the line, immersing herself in the case. She enlists the aid of her associates, Mary DiNunzio and Judy Carrier, as well as Lou Jacobs, a cantankerous retired cop she hires as an investigator. They discover that a web of corruption may have enveloped the prosecuting attorney and judge who are now trying Alice's case. Scottoline effectively alternates her settings between prison, law office, courtroom and the streets. Readers familiar with her previous work will enjoy the continuing evolution of the characters' relationships. Judy is still the bolder of the two associates, her experiences highlighted this time by an amusing venture into the seamy world of pro boxing. But Mary, until now a timid and reluctant lawyer ("Maybe I could get a job eating"), emerges from her shell. Scottoline falters occasionally by resorting to ethnic stereotypes, particularly in her dialogue, but generally succeeds in creating a brisk, multilayered thriller that plunges Rosato & Associates into a maelstrom of legal, ethical and familial conundrums, culminating in an intricate, dramatic and intense courtroom finale. FYI: Mistaken Identity is one of the six books excerpted in Diet Coke's marketing campaign.
Not her best but still good. Think Twice is still my favorite!
This was the second Lisa Scottoline book for me to read. The first was Look Again which I couldn't put down. I found this book to move very slowly. It was divided into three books within the one. Book one and two moved so slowly I almost gave up reading it several times. However, once I got to book three, I couldn't put it down. She saved all the action for the end. Upon completion, i can say it was well worth sticking with it.