This review contains quotes from the book.
This is an ARC review of Lisa Scottoline’s Exposed, which is in stores now.
*Special thanks to St. Martin’s Press for allowing us to read Lisa Scottoline’s Exposed.
Lisa Scottoline has done it again with her fifth novel in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. However, Scottoline’s newest is unlike any of the others before it, because now Rosato and DiNunzio are contending against one another. This time, each partner feels as if they are right about their side of a case and it puts them at odds. This makes for an interesting plot line because Rosato and DiNunzio don’t have each other to lean on in their pursuit. Scottoline makes certain that both sides of the plot are executed respectively so that the reader is able to understand their motives and perspectives.
As the fifth installment in the series, it wouldn’t be the first time these two will have been working together. But this is the first time where Rosato and DiNunzio could ruin their law firm over a single case. What makes Rosato and DiNunzio work is because they are both opposites in what they feel is right, which makes them challenge each other. This is a good thing because you want to be challenged, but in this case, they are actually fighting against one another.
Mary DiNunzio only wants to help her friend, Simon Pensiera, sue the company he used to work for because he was fired after medical costs for his wife’s cancer started to take a toll on the business. Of course, she wants to take a stance against this company and show them that they could not do this. This would not have been an issue to the law firm, but Bennie Rosato represents the company that DiNunzio is suing. So you see Rosato tell DiNunzio that by her taking this case, she will have a conflict of interest. But DiNunzio is not going to have it because she feels as if what she is doing is right. So now it is a battle within the law firm.
“Who’s the defendant?”
“Some cubicle manufacturer.”
“Not OpenSpace.” Bennie stopped, frowning under the gleaming Rosato & DiNunzio plaque.
“Yes, why? How did you know?”
“OpenSpace is the biggest cubicle manufacturer in the area, and you can’t sue them. I represent their parent company.”
“I don’t understand.” Mary’s mouth went dry.
“You’re conflicted out of the case, and I didn’t hear what I just heard. Decline the representation.”
– excerpt from Lisa Scottoline’s Exposed
We see Mary as this good person who would do anything for her friends and family. But Bennie sees things differently, in more legal terms. Bennie doesn’t care that Mary is friends with Simon because doing so would cloud her judgment, ultimately affecting the parent company she represents. Mary, of course, thinks this is wrong because what kind of person doesn’t help their friends when they are having a crisis.
Exposed is not only about this new legal development, but also Bennie and Mary’s butting heads with one another about where their loyalty lies. My favorite character in this story had to be Mary because, if given the same circumstances, I would do the same thing she decides to do. If I had a chance to help out a friend in need, I would do it. No questions asked. Sometimes you need to take risks, and Mary does that and I find that heroic.
I thought this new Rosato & DiNunzio was very original because it isn’t often that we see lawyers representing the same law firm going head-to-head with one another. Especially ones who have a long history with each other. I gave this 4 stars for Scottoline’s talent to make even a simple legal case really juicy.