Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates Series #1)

Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates Series #1)

by Lisa Scottoline

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Overview

In New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline’s electrifying, Edgar nominated, first novel in her Rosato & Associates series, a young lawyer at an all-female law firm must stay one step ahead of a stalker who has a deadly agenda.

“A page turner that whips through legal labyrinths and emotional mazes.”—Nora Roberts

Mary DiNunzio has been slaving away for the past eight years trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She’s too busy to worry about the crank phone calls she’s been getting—until they fall into a sinister pattern. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work, then as soon as she gets home.

Mary can’t shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move. The shadowboxing turns deadly when her worst fears are realized, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than partnership—her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062415523
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Rosato & Associates Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 76,039
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and serves as president of the Mystery Writers of America. She has won the Edgar Award, as well as many other writing awards. She also writes a Sunday humor column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, titled "Chick Wit," with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are thirty million copies of Lisa's books in print, and she has been published in thirty-two countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981

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Chapter One

All rise! All persons having business before this Honorable Judge of the United States District Court are admonished to draw near and be heard!" trumpets the courtroom deputy.

Instantly, sports pages vanish into briefcases and legal briefs are tossed atop the stock quotes. Three rows of pricey lawyers leap to their wingtips and come to attention before a vacant mahogany dais. Never before has a piece of furniture commanded such respect.

"The District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is now in session! God save the United States and this honorable court!" The deputy casts an eye in the direction of the dais and pauses significantly. "The Honorable William A. Bitterman, presiding."

Judge Bitterman sweeps onto the dais on cue and stands behind his desk like a stout regent surveying his serfdom. His eyes, mere slits sunk deep into too-solid flesh, scan the courtroom from on high. I can read his mind: Everything is in order. The counsel tables gleam. The marble floor sparkles. The air-conditioning freezes the blood of lesser life forms. And speaking of same, the lawyers wait and wait.

"You won't mind the delay, counsel," the judge says indifferently, sinking into a soft leather throne. "After all, waiting is billable too."

An uncertain chuckle circulates among the crowd in the back of the courtroom. None of us defense lawyers likes to admit it, but we will bill the time-we have to bill it to someone and it might as well be you. The plaintiffs' bar doesn't sweat it. A contingency fee has more cushion than an air bag.

"Well, well, well," the judge mutters, without explanation, as he skims the motion paperson his desk. Judge Bitterman might have been handsome in a former life, but his enormous weight has pushed his features to the upper third of his face, leaving beneath a chin as bulbous as a bullfrog's. Rumor has it he gained the weight when his wife left him years ago, but there's no excuse for his temperament, which is congenitally lousy. Because of it my best friend, Judy Carrier, calls him Bitter Man.

"Good morning, Your Honor," I say, taking my seat at counsel table. I try to sound perky and bright, and not at all how I feel, which is nervous and fearful. I'm wearing my navy-blue Man Suit; it's perfect for that special occasion when a girl wants to look like a man, like in court or at the auto mechanic's. The reason I'm nervous is that this oral argument is only my second-the partners in my law firm hog the arguments for themselves. They expect associates to learn how to argue by watching them do it. Which is like saying you can learn to ride a bike by watching other people ride them.

"Good morning, Your Honor," says opposing counsel, Bernie Starankovic. Starankovic blinks a lot and wears a bad suit. I feel a twinge of guilt for what I'm about to say about him in open court-that he's too incompetent to represent our client's employees in a class action for age discrimination. If I win this motion, the class action will evaporate, our client's liability will plunge from megabucks to chump change, and its aged ex-employees will end up living on Social Security and 9-Lives. Defense lawyers consider this a victory.

"Good morning, class," replies Judge Bitterman.

I force a fraudulent chuckle. The boys in the back do likewise.

"Ha-ha-ha!" Starankovic laughs loudly. "Haha-ha!" The bogus sound caroms harshly off the walls of the cavernous courtroom, ricocheting like a subatomic particle long after everyone has fallen silent.

"Duly noted, Mr. Starankovic," says Bitter Man dryly, and Starankovic wilts into his chair. The judge's eyes shift in my direction. "Miz DiNunzio!"

"Yes, Your Honor!" I pop up and grin, like an overeducated jack-in-the-box. Popping up and grinning isn't something they taught me in law school, but they should have, since it's a damn sight more useful than Property. I learned it on the job, and it's become a conditioned response to more stimuli than you can count. I'm up for partnership in two months.

"You've done your homework for this morning, haven't you, Miz DiNunzio? I expect no less from a former student of mine."

Bitter Man's chubby lips part in a smile, but it's not a friendly one. I recognize the smile from when I did time as his research assistant, during my second year at Penn. I spent three afternoons a week finding cases for his soporific article on federal court jurisdiction. No matter how good the cases, they were never good enough for him. He always smiled that smile right before he tore into me, in the true Socratic tradition, asking me question after question until he had proven, as a matter of logic, that I was taking up too much space in the universe.

"Miz DiNunzio? Are you with us?" the judge asks.

I nod, in a caffeinated way. My nervousness intensifies. Red, angry blotches burst into bloom, one by one, beneath my starchy blouse. In two minutes, my chest will look like a thatch of crimson roses on a snow-covered field. Very attractive.

Bitter Man turns to Starankovic. "Mr. Starankovic, we've never met, but I trust you've done your homework too. After all, you're fighting for your life today, aren't you? Or at least the next best thing-a very large contingency fee."

Starankovic springs to his feet, blinking rhythmically. "The fee is of no moment to me, Your Honor, -I can assure you. My only concern is for my clients, a veritable generation of golden-agers who have been ruthlessly victimized by defendant corporation, at a time in their lives when they should be able to relax, relying on the fact that their hard-earned pensions-"

"Very good, Mr. Starankovic. You get an A for enthusiasm," Bitter Man snaps, which shuts Starankovic down in mid-homily. Then the judge studies the motion papers before him, ignoring us both...

Everywhere That Mary Went. Copyright © by Lisa Scottoline. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

What People are Saying About This

Eric Lustbaber

"Lisa Scottoline has done the impossible: creating a first novel that is an irrestible page-turner and also teeming with unforgettable characters."

Stephen L. Isaacs

"Grabs you with its intelligence, wit, and imagery and doesn't let go."

Reading Group Guide

Introduction

Many book clubs have written Lisa asking for questions to guide their discussion, so Lisa came up with a bunch for each book. Her goal in writing books is to entertain, so it goes without saying that Lisa wants you to have lots of fun discussing her books, and has reflected that in her questions. She provides the talking points, and you and your group shape the conversation. So go ahead, get together, chat it up with your friends, discuss books, kids, and relationships, but by all means, have fun.

Questions

  1. What kind of person is Mary? How good a lawyer is she? How clear is her faith? Why does she curse so damn much?

  2. The friendship between Mary and Judy is unshakable. Or is it?

  3. Grief is an impossible thing. Does it build or destroy character?

  4. What's up with Ned? Is he a loser, a troubled young man, or a knight in shining Miata?

  5. Who guessed the bad guy? Do we believe it? Do we know anybody like this, besides our first husbands?

  6. Let's talk about justice and Mary's conscience. Does justice matter? Does it enter into our personal lives? Is there justice in this book?

  7. Do we love the DiNunzio family or are they a stereotype of Italian Americans? Are both things true? Is it possible?

  8. The author (me) made a huge, rookie-type mistake in this book. One that she (I) regrets everyday. What do you think it is? Email me and tell me what a loser I am.

  9. This book was nominated for an Edgar, the highest award in suspense writing, but it lost. Why? Hint: NO REASON, but Final Appeal won next year. Ha!

Aboutthe author

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and former trial lawyer. She has won the Edgar Award, the highest prize in suspense fiction, and the Distinguished Author Award from the Weinberg Library of the University of Scranton. She has served as the Leo Goodwin Senior Professor of Law and Popular Culture at Nova Southeastern Law School, and her novels are used by bar associations for the ethical issues they present. Her books are published in more than twenty languages. She lives with her family in the Philadelphia area.

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Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato and Associates Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
Kay Brady More than 1 year ago
I like to start reading from the beginning of a series to current. I have read the first. installment and am looking for #2. I enjoyed it.
GAJo More than 1 year ago
I've read/listened to most all of her books and was shocked to hear that this one had the "F" word in it so often. It was quite distracting. This is not the case in later books by Ms. Scottoline, so if this is your first one, don't give up on her. They just get better and better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is first novel I read of Schottoline's. Very good! I had hard time to put down the book for a second. Looking forward reading 'Final Appeal' next.
Mermystiq More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book.  It was a good read and could not put it down.  Did not expect the stalker and the reasons for the violence.  Maybe should have added a little about the unstable mindset. Wish there was more added about the family and her relationship with them.  I will continue reading the series.
Esther Elliott More than 1 year ago
Would have been just as good if the f---- words had been left out!
Woodrowe411 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for not being able to guess the outcome early. Didn't like the extensive use of the "F" word. Old fashioned, I guess.
VivisMom More than 1 year ago
Very good start to a very good series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, keeps the interest right through to the end. Looking forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Such a good read. I always enjoy Lisa Scotoline's work. Tina, San Diego
gentledawn More than 1 year ago
Read others in this series but never the first one- gave the characters background I was missing.
scooterSG More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story and characters, but did'nt like who she picked as the bad guy because he seemed to come out of nowhere.
ccoquiCM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book.Some things were sad and at other times crazy. Mary freaked me out when she kept seeing the car following her and all the other things that were happening. It's amazing to know that there is things about people that you would never think that would be possible.
Carspar289 More than 1 year ago
great first novel by an awesome author. makes readers want more and more after the last page is done. have all of her books and can't wait for more!!!! must have for everyones library.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good read
gmcootie More than 1 year ago
Marvelous! What else do you need to say but that it’s by Lisa Scottoline. Doesn’t matter if it’s Rosato & Associates, Rosato & DiNunzio, standalone thriller or humorous non-fiction, you know before you pick it up that it will be terrific and totally satisfying. Going back to the beginning of her books, reminds me why I was right to choose her as my favorite author.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary DiNunzio hopes to make partner in a cutthroat law firm, especially since the fatal accident that took her husband's life. She wins a major case but starts receiving vaguely threatening notes and is fairly certain someone is following her. Could it be a co-worker, jealous of her success? Mary is still grieving her husband and the absence of her twin sister who is sequestered away in a convent as a novitiate, and now she's starting to fear for her life. With the help of best friend and fellow lawyer, Judy, Mary tries to sort it all out with what will become her trademark inner strength, and sense of humor, seen in future Scottoline novels.
IandSsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good mystery! Little cliff hanger at the end!! Liked the characters and just overall really enjoyed the book! Can't wait to read/listen to the rest of her books!!
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The heroine and narrator of the book, Mary Di Nunzio, is an associate in a corporate law firm in Philadelphia and up for promotion to partner. She's foul-mouthed, ballsy wise-cracking and the voice is pretty light and humorous. It's not just first person but present tense and sounds a bit odd. Present tense often lends a sense of lyricism and immediacy but that's not really the tone set here.The thing is, even though this was on a Suspense novel reading list and is billed as a legal thriller, I felt that what this was meant to be--and should have been--was chick lit. It might have worked well as chick lit. There's a certain wit and a breeziness to the voice. Mary is close to a family full of quirky characters such as a twin who is a novice in a cloistered Catholic order. At the firm there's her best friend Judy, her loyal gay male secretary Brent and a fellow associate who is trying to woo her. Mary's still grieving though for her husband who was killed in a seeming accident, but she's just beginning to consider picking up on her personal life. Despite that from the beginning Mary is dealing with harassing hangup calls and a stalker, for the first hundred pages or so there really is no sense of menace. So when that part of the book does kick into gear, I felt as if I accidentally had picked up another book. And I don't feel it ever comes together well as either a suspense novel or legal thriller. In fact, I thought the resolution was laugh-out-loud funny in a bad way. This didn't leave me wanting to ever read more of Lisa Scottoline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. They must have edited the version I read as there were no F words. I'll be moving on to the second book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just put down a Fern Michaels book because if constant use of the F-word..it is off putting and Not needed! yuck!
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Everywhere That Mary Went ... I normally really enjoy her books. This one - when apparently she just started writing - seemed confusing at times. Normally her plot is better - characters better, etc. This would be an ok read for some other authors but not up to her standards. Kind of boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Scottoline is a favorite of mine and this new series is off to a great start with this book! ? Wonderful characters, twisty plot, settle down and enjoy, I read this in a day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, I found her book to be well written and entertaining.