Killer Smile
Lisa Scottoline
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Killer Smile
Lisa Scottoline
448 pages
July 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Lawyer Mary DiNunzio is obsessed with a new case which deals with the suicide of an Italian-American immigrant in an internetment camp during World War II. While working late one night, she gets a threatening phone call that sends her into a panic. With cars following her, people asking questions about her and suspicious deaths, Mary begins to wonder if she’s the only one seeing a pattern. Does the ancient case she’s handling have repercussions extending to the present?

Terrified but determined to ferret out the truth, Mary begins an investigation hampered by a suspicious lack of information. Meanwhile, attempts by well-meaning friends and family to constantly steer her lately widowed self into blind dates under the belief they’re helping her only earns them Mary’s exasperation. In turn, they find her obsession with the ancient suicide worrisome. Can Mary uncover the truth before it’s too late?

Author Lisa Scottoline has long established herself for writing stylish and yet suspenseful legal dramas. In this book she brings back Mary DiNunzio, the young Italian-American lawyer from the feisty firm of Rosato and Associates, and sets her to unearth an ancient secret. DiNunzio has always been a very likeable albeit unaggressive character, but in this story she displays a uncharacteristic tenacity, toughness and a flair for detecting which earns her the readers’ admiration as well as respect. Scottoline skillfully blends life in an Italian-American family along with a healthy doses of tension, violence and romance. Taking inspiration from her own grandparents, the author also takes a candid look at the woefully unknown internment to which people not of American descent were subjected to during World War II by the American government in the name of national security. All in all, Scottoline’s latest thriller is superb reading.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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