by Lisa Scottoline
Reviewed August 16, 2003.
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 2003. 339 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F SCO).
This book reminded me of a lesson I should have learned years ago:
If you want to get to bed early, don’t try to read a couple of chapters
of a thriller before you go to sleep! When I finished this book at
One AM, I knew that morning was going to come much too soon!
I found the plot a little unbelievable, but it didn’t go too far.
Lawyer Benedetta Rosato has a long-lost identical twin. They were separated
at birth and never met until Bennie defended her sister in a murder case
two years ago. She hasn’t seen Alice since. Now someone has stolen
her wallet and is going around town dressing like her and making her look
bad. When she gets arrested for stealing a pair of earrings, she knows
it has gone too far.
That’s not the only problem in Bennie’s life, though. A recent client
went bankrupt and didn’t pay his fees, and she’s afraid her law firm will
go bankrupt next. She has three young women associates on her staff
and a pregnant secretary, and she doesn’t want them to be out of jobs any
more than she wants her business to fold. All this is before a new
client with a lucrative case turns up dead.
The characters in this book make it fun reading. Bennie and the women
on her staff are fun, feisty and very likeable. All this about long-lost
identical twins may have stretched the bounds of believability, but otherwise
the plot was suspenseful and fast-moving and hard to put down. If
you’re interested in a legal thriller and a murder mystery with a female
touch, Dead Ringer
makes an entertaining read.
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Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.