BOOK REVIEW: DIRTY BLONDE
Dirty Blonde is a non-stop action mystery book. I have always enjoyed Lisa Scottoline’s books and this is no exception except it might be one of her best. You have never met a Federal Judge like Cate Fante. You would be more likely to meet Cate in a bar located in a very seedy neighborhood. A judge in a bar? Yes, you are reading correctly. Her extra curricular activities eventually led her to lots of trouble in her professional and her private life. Of course I do not know how she could have any “private life” picking up strange men while visiting bars all hours of the night and morning.
Cate fell into a real career-challenging problem through her antics. She had such an adventurous and dangerous secret that went on for quite a while before the ax dropped on her fun with the seedy men she met in those bars. Cate was so elated to get the appointment as a Federal judge. Was the discovery of her shady secret going to give Cate the shortest judgeship known?
Three-year old Warren, the son of one of Cate’s best friends, Gina, has autism. Cate baby-sits for Gina at times. Gina is not aware of Cate’s hidden life until well into the story. In fact, most of her friends and co-workers have no idea what a secret life Cate has. Her clerks get along terrific with Cate, doing all they can helping to get her office squared away with all the boxes she brings connected with being a judge. But, before the boxes are unpacked, Cate gets herself into a lot of trouble in her first trial when one of the participants is murdered. Did Cate do it? Did the cop, Russo, do it? Did another participant in the trial do it?
Things get so bad for Cate that Chief Judge Sherman calls her down and threatens to suspend her. Cate works extra hard to find out who did the killing, while still trying to hold on to her appointment. Some of the other judges are supportive but a few are doing all they can to hurt Cate. During the early stages of the investigation, Cate still goes out and does her night thing not realizing it will soon catch up to her. But she couldn’t stop. She loved the danger and intrigue involved with the men she picked up at the bars. Finally realizing she had to stop, she became friends with Detective Nesbitt, and tells him her thoughts on the killing.
This is as far as I will go with the review so I do not give away any of the suspense and actions throughout the book. Dirty Blonde is a non-stop book that never becomes dull. Lisa Scottoline has a masterpiece once again.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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