Feared (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #6)

Feared (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #6)

by Lisa Scottoline


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In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back...with a vengeance.

When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline's trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: Is it better to be loved, or feared...

Feared, the sixth entry in the acclaimed Rosato & DiNunzio series, expertly explores what happens when we are tempted to give in to our own inner darkness.

Praise for the Rosato & DiNunzio series:

“Hit every mark… down to the last satisfying twist” Kirkus Review on Feared

"Fast paced, heart-tugging...readers will enjoy seeing how it all plays out." —Publishers Weekly on Exposed

"The final curtain will find you cheering, and Scottoline will have earned every hurrah." —Kirkus (starred review) on Exposed

"[The Rosato and DiNunzio stories] are always her best works and this newest is the best of the best in this series." —Huffington Post on Exposed

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594901082
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Series: Rosato & DiNunzio Series , #6
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 32,336
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award–winning author of more than thirty novels, including After Anna and the Rosato & DiNunzio legal thrillers. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the U.S., she has been published in thirty-five countries and her thrillers have been optioned for television and film. Lisa writes a weekly column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Those stories have been adapted into a series of bestselling memoirs. Lisa lives on a Pennsylvania farm with an array of pets.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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

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"Surprise!" everyone shouted, as Mary DiNunzio opened the door to the conference room. The office was throwing her a baby shower, and she almost burst into tears of joy. Pregnancy had boosted her emotions past normal Italian-American levels, and for the past seven months, she'd been a walking bowl of estrogen.

"Aww, you guys!" Mary wiped her eyes while they all rushed over.

"Were you surprised?" Judy Carrier, her best friend, gave her a big hug.

"Or did you guess?" Anne Murphy, the firm's gorgeous fashionista, enveloped Mary in a perfumed cloud.

"DiNunzio, you couldn't have been surprised, could you?" called out Bennie Rosato, Mary's partner and former boss. Bennie stood at a distance because group hugs were against her religion, folding her arms in her characteristic khaki suit, unruly blonde topknot, and vaguely ironic smile. "Where did you think we all were?"

"I don't know!" Mary sniffled happily. "I figured I was the first one in this morning."

"You? Ha!" Lou Jacobs laughed, giving her a hug. Bald and nearing seventy years old, Lou was a former cop who worked as their investigator. He was trim, fit, and perennially tan from weekends fishing in Margate. His eyes were a flinty gray-blue, with a nose like the bill of a seagull.

"Congrats, Mary!" Marshall Trow, their receptionist, smiled from ear-to-ear.

"Congratulations, Mary!" John Foxman gave her a stiff hug, and Mary hugged him back warmly. She had thought he was too preppie when they first met, but he'd proved his mettle on one of her most important cases.

"You guys went to so much trouble!" Mary took in the scene. Pink and blue streamers hung from the ceiling, obscuring Bennie's beloved Eakins rowing prints and the view of the Philadelphia skyline. Stacks of trial exhibits had been pushed aside to make room for pink- and blue-frosted cupcakes, a pile of gaily wrapped gifts, and paper plates and cups.

"It was no trouble." Judy waved her off with a grin.

"We wanted to!" added Anne.

Bennie snorted. "DiNunzio, I agree with you, but they said we had to." She gestured Mary into a seat at the head of the table, usually hers. "Now sit down and have a cupcake, so we can get back to work."

"Got it." Mary waddled to the seat. "Sit down, everyone, please. I can't take the guilt if you're standing."

"Bennie, give us a toast." Judy sat down, reaching for a pink cupcake and taking a typically big bite.

"Okay." Bennie raised her I CAN SMELL FEAR mug. "Everybody, join me, get a drink."

Mary felt her eyes well up again. She loved them, and as thrilled as she was about the baby, she would miss them during her maternity leave. And seeing Bennie standing proudly, her mug raised, made Mary flash on the arc of their long relationship. Mary had joined the law firm as an insecure associate and had grown into a somewhat-less-insecure named partner, which was progress.

"To Mary DiNunzio." Bennie's expression softened. "I speak for everyone at Rosato & DiNunzio when I say that we wish you, Anthony, and your new baby all the happiness in the world — but we can't wait until you come back to work."

"Hear, hear!" Lou called out, and everybody cheered, raising their cups. "To Mary!" "To the baby!" "To the new lawyer!"

"Thank you!" Mary smiled, taking a sip of seltzer, which would probably make her gassy. These days she could barely walk for having to hold her sphincter closed. At home, she let it rip, and her husband, Anthony, wasn't allowed to complain. Her breasts had grown to gargantuan proportions, and he had to take the bad with the good.

Suddenly there was a noise outside the conference room, and a man in a sportcoat arrived at the threshold. "Excuse me," he said, "there was nobody at the reception desk. I have hand-deliveries for Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier."

"That's me," Bennie said, rising and walking around the table.

"I'm Judy." Judy stood up and went over.

"I'm Mary, but hang on." Mary got up, slowly.

"Okay, here we go." The man handed Mary, Judy, and Bennie each a thick manila envelope. "I'm with AMG Process Servers. You've been served."

Bennie blinked. "You mean a client of ours has been served."

"No. You've been served. Bye." The man left, with a surprised Marshall escorting him out.

"What?" Mary asked, aghast. She'd never been sued in her life. She'd never even colored outside of the lines.

"Let me see." Bennie had torn open the envelope and was already reading the papers with a deepening frown. "It's a copyof a Complaint that was just filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. We're being sued as a firm and individually, as partners."

"Who could be suing you guys?" Anne rose quickly, crossing to read the papers.

Lou snorted, getting up. "Who would be crazy enough?"

"And for what?" John asked, indignant, crossing the room to read over Bennie's shoulder.

Bennie read through the papers. "We're being sued for reverse sex discrimination."

Mary read over Bennie's shoulder, aghast. "The plaintiffs are three male lawyers who allege they applied for jobs and weren't hired because they're men."

"Are you serious?" Judy recoiled. "We're being sued?"

Lou asked, "What's the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission?"

Bennie kept reading the Complaint. "It's an agency that enforces state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender and for other reasons. The federal analogue is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act."

Judy looked over at Lou. "The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act covers smaller employers like us. This is the beginning of a lawsuit, because you have to file a complaint with the Commission before you can go to court."

"Here, I'll read the allegations." Bennie cleared her throat. "The law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio was unlawfully founded as a 'women-only' law firm. On many occasions, its principals Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier have even admitted as much, stating in interviews that their law firm is 'comprised of all women' and is 'all-female.'"

Mary felt a wave of nausea, only partly pregnancy-related. "We said that because reporters would ask us if we were all-female. That doesn't mean it's a job requirement."

"Who are these plaintiffs?" Judy's fair skin flushed with emotion, turning almost as pink as her hair. "When did we fail to hire them? Besides, we're not an all-female law firm anymore. We have John now. Doesn't he count?"

"Yeah, right." Anne gestured to John. "You hired him yourself, right, Judy?"

"Yes, totally." Judy nodded, emphatic. "Bennie, that disproves their case right there, doesn't it?"

"No, it doesn't." Bennie looked over, frowning. "Point of law, the fact that a company hired a man doesn't prove that it didn't discriminate against another male plaintiff. Secondly, the fact that we don't interview more widely doesn't cut in our favor. Failing to interview widely tends to perpetuate discriminatory employment practices. In an all-male firm, it would perpetuate an old-boy network."

"Like an old-girl network?" Mary felt defensive. "Gimme a break. We don't discriminate against men. This suit doesn't have any merit. These guys have a lot of nerve."

"Because they're men," Judy shot back, but nobody laughed. "Okay, not allowed to joke around anymore. Bennie, who are the plaintiffs?"

"Their names are Michael Battle, Graham Madden, and Stephen McManus, corporate litigators. They allege they were 'more than qualified' to be associates. They applied and were rejected. It says we interviewed one, McManus." Bennie looked up, puzzled. "Who interviewed McManus?"

"I did," John answered. "I thought we needed an associate to help on London Technologies. I asked Anne if I could hire somebody. Remember, Anne?"

"Yes." Anne nodded, frowning. "You were supposed to interview the candidates, make a recommendation to me, and I'd run it up to Bennie."

"Okay, so I put an ad online and in the Intelligencer, went through the resumes, and interviewed a bunch of candidates, including one of these three, the plaintiffs." John looked nonplussed, turning to Bennie. "I liked Steve McManus and recommended to Anne that we hire him. She said no and told me to go back to the drawing board. Instead I hired a contract lawyer because I didn't have time to start the whole process over again."

Bennie faced Anne. "Why didn't you want to hire McManus? Did you interview him?"

"No." Anne thought for a minute, a worried crease marking her perfect features. "I looked at the resume and didn't like it. He didn't seem to have any personality. I didn't think he would be a good fit."

Bennie arched an eyebrow. "What do you mean by 'good fit'?"

"He seemed really boring, like, too quiet. None of us is, and that's why this is a fun place to work. He didn't strike me as the kind of person we need, completely regardless of his gender." Anne straightened. "I can totally defend my decision. Under the law, we can decide not to hire someone for any reason, or even no reason, as long as it's not discriminatory."

"Correct." Bennie returned her attention to the Complaint. "Foxman, you're mentioned here, too."

"I am?" John swallowed hard, and Mary noticed he suddenly seemed nervous, which was unusual because not much ruffled his patrician cool. He was good-looking, with intelligent blue eyes behind rimless glasses, a small nose, and precisely layered reddish hair. Tall and perennially well-dressed, he always looked to Mary as if he'd been born in a rep tie. But she could see his mouth go suddenly dry.

Bennie cleared her throat again. "Let me read aloud. 'Plaintiff Stephen McManus was interviewed by associate John Foxman in his office at Rosato & DiNunzio. During the interview, Foxman told Plaintiff McManus that he himself felt 'out of place at Rosato & DiNunzio because he was a male.'" Bennie looked up slowly, appalled. "Did you say that, Foxman?"

Mary sensed the answer. John tended to make his opinions known, and she remembered that on the last case they had worked together, he had spoken imprudently to the media. In other circumstances she would have termed it mansplaining, but not today.

"Whoa." Judy grimaced at John. "Did you really say that?"

"John, do you really think that?" Anne's lovely green eyes focused on him, awaiting his answer, as was Lou.

"Um." John swallowed visibly, his Adam's apple getting stuck on his cutaway collar. "I said that."

Mary moaned inwardly, and everyone fell silent. A pink streamer fluttered from the ceiling to the carpet.

"Foxman." Bennie controlled her tone. "You said that to an interviewee? Explain."

John went ashen-faced. "I'm the only male lawyer. If we're being honest, I do feel that way, sometimes."

"Like when?" Judy and Anne interrupted, in outraged unison.

John gestured vaguely at the streamers. "For starters, at a baby shower."

Judy threw up her hands. "John, I feel out of place at a baby shower."

"But I do feel out of place here, at times."

"John, really?" Judy blurted out. "You're not out of place here. You're one of us, whether you're a man or woman. You know that."

"Bummer." Anne was shaking her head, her glossy red hair shining. "You never said anything like that to me."

Mary could see that John felt terrible, but now they were on the legal hook. Litigation was a nightmare, especially when you were on the receiving end, and it was the last thing she needed in a difficult pregnancy. She tried not to throw up.

Bennie raised a hand. "Foxman, I asked you to explain the circumstances in which you made this statement to an interviewee."

John stiffened. "Well, during the interview, I guess McManus and I got to talking. He was a nice guy. I felt we had a rapport. That's why I wanted to hire him. I might've admitted that I felt out of place here, sometimes. As a guy."

Bennie squared her shoulders. "Foxman, I'm disappointed. If you'd brought it to me, we could have addressed it. Instead you chose to make your views known to an outsider, who's using it against us in a baseless lawsuit."

John swallowed, mortified. "It was a mistake."

"No, it was treason."

John flinched. "Bennie, I'm sorry. Do you want me to resign? I don't want to, but I will if you want me to."

"And add fuel to the plaintiffs' fire? No." Bennie glared at him, creating the most awkward moment in legal history. "Where do you think those resumes would be? Or a copy of the ad that we ran? Do you have them?"

"Yes, somewhere."

"Find their resumes and any other communications you had with them — email, text, phone calls, whatever. Prepare a chronology so we understand exactly what happened. We have to know what they know." Bennie glanced at Anne. "Murphy, I'm tasking you with preventing this from happening again. We have to institute a formalized way of dealing with interviewees from now on. We can't do it by the seat of our pants anymore. Please coordinate with Marshall, set up a system, and let us know your recommendation. We need to implement it immediately."

"Will do," Anne said quickly.

Judy turned to Bennie. "Who represents the plaintiffs?"

"Hold on, let me see." Bennie flipped through the Complaint, then looked up. "Guess who, DiNunzio."

"Tell me." Mary hated guessing games from before she was on progesterone, which left her feeling dumber than usual.

"It's your mortal enemy."

"I don't have any enemies."

Judy smiled. "Truth. She's universally beloved."

Bennie met Mary's troubled gaze. "You beat him last time, and he's back with a vengeance. Nick Machiavelli."

"Oh no." Mary's heart sank. Unfortunately, her gorge rose. The real Niccolò Machiavelli had thought it was better to be feared than loved, and his alleged descendant, South Philly lawyer Nick Machiavelli, followed suit. He was feared, not loved, while Mary was loved, not feared. She knew Machiavelli would come back for an ultimate lawyer battle, like a fight between good and evil, with billable hours.

Bennie closed the Complaint. "Folks, the party's over. Sorry, Mary. Open your presents later. We have to talk about this lawsuit, and everybody has to clear the room except for the three partners."

"I need a wastebasket," Mary said, looking around.


Mary nibbled a cupcake, hoping it would calm her stomach, but it didn't work. That was the double-edged sword of pregnancy; if you didn't eat, you felt nauseated, but if you ate, you threw up. It didn't help that she was being sued, and by Machiavelli. Her thoughts churned while she watched Judy wolf down a cupcake and Bennie pace the conference room, in front of the skyline of Philadelphia, topped by Billy Penn on City Hall. From this angle, he famously looked like he had an erection, but Bennie didn't notice.

"I cannot believe this!" Bennie shouted, throwing up her hands. Mary and Judy exchanged glances as they sat at the table. They knew from experience that when she started pacing, it was best to stay out of her way, like the Acela racing up and down the Northeast Corridor. And not the quiet car.

"This is outrageous!" Bennie pivoted when she reached the credenza, then paced in the other direction, waving the Complaint in the air. "A failure-to-hire case, brought by men, against us! Do you believe it? Do you even believe it?"

Mary gathered the question was rhetorical, and Judy reached for another cupcake, this time a blue-frosted instead of a pink, wondering if the choice was intentional or politically correct.

"I worked my whole life, my whole entire life to have my own law firm!" Bennie shook her head as she strode to the wall, then snap-turned around like an Olympic swimmer at the end of the pool. "I was on my own, and you guys both know it, then I met you two! I wasn't hiring only women! The gender didn't matter to me, at all! Remember when you started with me, as associates?"

"Totally," Mary answered, since Judy's mouth was full. Her worries were already turning to the potential costs of the lawsuit. The firm had an insurance carrier, but it wouldn't cover acts outside the scope of employment, which could arguably include intentional employment discrimination. The three of them could be on the hook for the damages, and her husband, Anthony, didn't have a job.

"You remember, you were big-firm refugees! I hired you both because you were the best! Because you're terrific! And we crushed it, the three of us, case after case. We made the firm a success, thriving through thick and thin! Remember when we almost went bankrupt?"


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Feared 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect combinatiion of humoir and law
BMC_706 More than 1 year ago
LISA REMAINS AN AWESOME WRITER! I finished this book in two days! one of my new favorite books by Lisa! she is a mastermind and this book is full of twists and turns! I was up late at night reading this book! if you are wondering whether you should read this book or not you definitely should and this should be one of your book club selections
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smother great book by Lisa Scottolini. Love the Bennie, Mary et al series please keep them coming
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another winner in the Rosato and DiNunzio series! Murder and mayhem ensues as the team at Rosato and DiNunzio attempts to discover the real motive behind a gender discrimination suit filed against them. Along with battling attorney Evil Incarnate while being represented by a Zen-like malpractice attorney, they must discover exactly what happened to their (male) associate, who drafted an elegant complaint against two giant software firms. Throw in a large Italian family, an advanced pregnancy, and the Rosary Society, and you have a book that will keep you turning pages to the very end. In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free digital copy of this title to review from Net Galley. #Feared#NetGalley
JeanieE More than 1 year ago
Surprise surprise. Never saw it coming. This is another great Rosato and DiNunzio story. This is a story about relationships. It’s very entertaining and emotional. One heck of a law firm. You will open to the first page and not want to put it down. I won’t spoil the story, but, I will say that you will learn that there’s more to Judy than you thought. Lisa does it again. I love her books, and you will too. If this is the first one for you, you’ll want to read more.
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
A welcome addition to the Rosato & DiNunzio series. This time around they are being sued for reverse discrimination because they are an all female law firm. Great characters, plot twists and enough red herrings to keep you guessing. Highly recommended.
jennifer margeson More than 1 year ago
Scottoline never fails to deliver an amazing thriller. Feared is one of my favorites in this series!! Another unusual legal quandary or three - and more insight into some of our beloved characters, too. There is a reason she is one of my favorite authors!! Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to preview #Feared by @LisaScottoline
Bonnie Franks More than 1 year ago
I have followed Lisa Scottoline's writing since I first discovered her years ago. Rosato & DiNunzio novels are my favorites. These characters are people you know or have known or want to know. Mary is from such an uber Philly Italian family! The interactions amongst the characters in any one of the books can't be beat, and this book is no exception and probably proves the rule. This book introduces new characters and takes us back to some of our not so favorite characters as well. Surprises abound! I love that no matter how horrible the circumstances, and some are truly horrible, there is a light thread of humor that always runs through the writing. This book is just so enjoyably readable that it is difficult to put down. I was fearful, I was shocked, I was wrong about some guesses, but I loved every minute of it and would recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys stories about family, mysteries, legal thrillers, friendships. It's all in here. Enjoy. This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.
Whippetreads More than 1 year ago
I love Scottoline; and I am a huge fan of the Mary DiNunzio books! Mary's arch-rival, Nick Machiavelli, is at it again suing the law firm in a reverse-discrimination case. Mary, pregnant and tired, must fight to bring justice to the all woman firm. Scottoline's fast paced thriller is also packed with humorous antidotes that will leave the reader laughing out loud as she races to discover what happens next. A truly enjoyable read!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Feared by Lisa Scottoline is a highly recommended legal thriller and the 6th in the series featuring Bennie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier. Three men are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination, claiming that the firm wouldn't hire them because they are men. The men's lawyer is Nick Machiavelli. Machiavelli is out for vengeance after previously losing a case to Mary. The whole purpose of this case is to destroy Rosato & DiNunzio. To complicate matters Rosato & DiNunzio's lone male employee, John Foxman, is quoted in the plaintiff's disclosure that he felt like an outsider. When asked about it, Foxman admits the truth to his statement and that he intends to resign. Then the case turns deadly. With her firm in danger and now murder is involved, Mary's health could be at risk due to the stress since she is seven month's pregnant. Now Mary must figure out what Machiavelli is up too with filing this false complaint and solve a murder. Machiavelli has made his stance clear with his news conferences and playing up to the media to impinge the Rosato & DiNunzio firm. The firm’s hired defense attorney Roger Vitez, who wants them to go on with their business as usual and play it cool, claims he knows how to handle the case. Feared is wildly entertaining and the story propels forward with a sunny style, even when things are looking dark. (You know, if you follow the series, that it will turn out okay in the end.) Mary's large, diverse Italian-American family and her South Philly neighborhood is as much a character as all the Tonys. The characters are smart and diverse. There is humor along with the seriousness of the plot. But this is an ongoing series and fans have expectations that are met in Feared. Even if you haven't read any of the previous books in the series, you could jump in with this one as enough backstory is provided. It must be said it is not a perfect novel. There was simply too much preoccupation with Mary's pregnancy and it becomes a tad bit annoying - Mary constantly mentions how huge she is and her pregnancy is the first thing on everyone's mind. The large-Italian-American-family-in-your-business stuff seems overdone and almost a stereotype. The plot twist and game changer is very convenient and a little unbelievable. However, setting aside those few concerns, Feared is an easy-to-read, very entertaining diversion and is a great choice for a relaxing, light summer read. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of St. Martin's Press via Netgalley.
TropicalDelusions More than 1 year ago
Feared – Lisa Scottoline I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Bennie, Mary & Judy are back as the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm finds themselves under fire… A warm celebration of Mary’s impending motherhood is being celebrated within the walls of the law offices, when a messenger arrives with packages for each of the female members of the team. As the courier departs he tells them that they’ve been served. In the midst of preparing for an anti-trust trial, the team is astounded to discover that they are being sued for reverse sex discrimination. Additionally, they learn that the suit is being brought against them by Mary’s nemesis, Nick Machiavelli, and that comments made by their lone male attorney, John Foxman, may be partially to blame. Shortly thereafter, John Foxman leaves the firm and the group is subjected to a plethora of bad press, interviews, and news write ups designed to discredit the agency. As Bennie and her team prepare to fight back, they hire their own attorney – and begin their own investigation. But then, a death occurs – and Bennie’s own team becomes suspect… As always, a fabulous read by Lisa Scottoline! Full of the characters, legalese and prose you’ve come to love, this book does not disappoint!! I couldn’t put it down!!
Bev_Ash More than 1 year ago
As with many of the reviewers of this book, this is my first time to read a Lisa Scottoline book. At first I didn't think I would like it. In fact I even stopped reading it at about 15% to read another book. When I started reading Feared again, I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was well written. There was romance, mystery, murder, legal intrigue, and dealing with a large Italian family. I couldn't put the book down. As I got to know the characters I found that I liked some, others not so much. But they were all interesting. It was a great book. I'm glad I finished it. I received this arc from NetGalley for an honest review.
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of this series as the characters are so well developed that the reader can’t wait to catch up with their latest story. In the newest book of the Rosato & DiNunzio series, Bennie, Mary, Judy and Anne are not only attorneys but this time they are also the defendents! They are being sued for reverse sex discrimination and the plaintiff’s attorney is none other than Mary’s old nemesis, Nick Machiavelli. While this is clearly not true to fans of the series it has the potential to ruin both the reputation of the women personally and the law firm itself. In true fashion, Ms. Scottoline has many twists and turns throughout the book along with many familiar characters and I don’t use that term loosely! I was riveted by this book and didn’t get much sleep until I finished reading it. Well done!
diane92345 More than 1 year ago
In the sixth Rosato and DiNunzio book, the firm is sued directly by Mary’s archnemesis, Nick Machiavelli. Three male plantiffs are alleging gender hiring discrimination and using the words of the firm’s sole male attorney against them. Hiring Roger Vitez to defend them, the firm is shocked to discover a murder. Now rushing to save their firm and find a killer, Bennie, Mary and Judy makes some strange bedfellows in Feared. Mary’s Tony-filled family is always a treat. Her pragnancy issues are played mostly for laughs. However, there are plenty of twists for thriller fans. A good entry to the series with no spoilers to earlier books, Feared is highly recommended to thriller and Lisa Scottoline fans. 4 stars! Thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
cristieu More than 1 year ago
There are some authors that I can always count on to provide a great read and Lisa Scottoline is at the top of that list. Her Rosato & DiNunzio series is one that is always enjoyable. The more of them the read, the more I love them, as I am more invested the more I get to know the characters. The storyline for this one was unique, as it was about a male that sues for reverse discrimination and the actions that occur in the firm because of this, including their only male employee stating he wants to resign due to there being some truth to the claims. The plot moves along fast and the characters are well developed.
nfam More than 1 year ago
An All Female Law Firm is Sued for Discrimination Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato, are proud of the law firm they started. It was all female lawyers, but they do have one male attorney, John Croft. He seems happy with the firm, but when the firm is sued by three lawyers for discrimination because they weren’t hired, Mary and Bennie discover that not everything is as rosy as it seems. Nick Machiavelli, a lawyer Mary has tangled with before, is behind the law suit. Mary beat him once, and now he wants revenge. Mary and Bennie think they are secure. They have John, but suddenly he quits. Now they have a real perception problem. Mary is heavily pregnant which adds to the difficulty of fighting a lawsuit, but she manages to use it to her advantage. She and Bennie are sympathetic characters trying to make their place in what was once a man’s world. One of the interesting parts of the book is showing the reaction of the men, John and Mary’s husband, to taking a secondary role to the ladies in their lives. It was well done and makes you think. I love Mary’s South Philadelphia family. You have to laugh out loud at her father and his friends, the Tonys. It feels very real to be almost a part of that family. If you enjoy a mystery with characters you can enjoy, this is a good read. I received this book from Net Galley for this review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Another amazing twisted read from Lisa. Thrilled to revisit the old neighborhood with all the family, neighbor and friend craziness that only Mary's neighborhood in South Phillie can bring. Along with that Mary is pregnant, they are facing a lawsuit, an employee in murdered and they're in the middle of a major litigation and Mary's instincts point her in one direction. Back to the old neighborhood and their long time nemesis Machiavelli. Perfect name for the bad guy. Why did I love the Rosary society ladies so much? This story has the best of everything, laughs, tension, suspense, sadness. Mary working through things with Anthony and being pregnant. The whole office has so much going on, Judy, oh how I loved her. She's always right there. I can't say enough good things about this book, it's Lisa at her best as always. She's such a great author and her stories mesh the personal side with the plot. Not many authors can pull that off smoothly and Lisa is stellar. I loved this book and the epilogue. Heavy happy sigh! **arc from Net Galley and Publisher for an honest review**
KarenfromDothan More than 1 year ago
Feared is the latest in the Rosato and DiNunzio series. An old nemesis is trying to drive their firm out of business and ruin their reputation. Emotions run high because this time it’s personal. A mostly female cast of characters who are smart, strong and know how to kick butt. I loved DiNunzio’s Italian-American family and neighbors who are so supportive and full of life and love. I also like the author’s take on solving the murder, that “Justice is only a consolation prize.” To me that rings so true. I’d never really thought of it in that way before. The story gets better and better the further you get into the book. It was so good I just had to stay up late to finish it. It’s a legal battle and murder mystery all rolled up into one satisfying read. Another of Lisa Scottoline’s trademark twisty legal thrillers that will not disappoint her many fans and is sure to win her new ones.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
FEARED. Scottoline Bennie, Mary and Judy being sued, sex discrimination, not hiring males lawyers. The one they had, is murdered, who will be accused. Add to this the legal dialog of lawyers, and the case. The fun side is Mary’s family.Good plot, with a good legal case to follow, and murder, is part of a series, it can be read alone. Given ARC by Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press. For my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
Scottoline knocks it out of the park with her latest Rosato and Denunzio legal thriller! Her acerbic wit adds to the story of the firm being sued, an associate being murdered and Mary being pregnant. What is most memorable about the book is the family relationships and the support of Mary’s family, no matter what she is going through. It is also the family relationship that Mary establishes with Judy, determined to help her during a great loss as well as to act as her friend and loyal supporter. It was relevant that two law firms were suing each other at the same time that Bennie’s firm was filing a huge lawsuit against a tech firm, so that was a very modern touch. The author’s knowledge of law practice is very evident in this novel, shown directly in the dialog between the characters, in the police station and in court. Fans of Scottoline will definitely want to read this new installment of the series, and new fans will be thrilled to find someone who writes with expertise about lawyers and their dealings with each other. The whole book was a delight to read, with fast-paced action and cutting-edge banter between the characters. Scottoline is a master at the craft of drawing the reader in quickly and keeping them enthralled throughout the story. I highly recommend this book! Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions that I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
Scottoline knocks it out of the park with her latest Rosato and Denunzio legal thriller! Her acerbic wit adds to the story of the firm being sued, an associate being murdered and Mary being pregnant. What is most memorable about the book is the family relationships and the support of Mary’s family, no matter what she is going through. It is also the family relationship that Mary establishes with Judy, determined to help her during a great loss as well as to act as her friend and loyal supporter. It was relevant that two law firms were suing each other at the same time that Bennie’s firm was filing a huge lawsuit against a tech firm, so that was a very modern touch. The author’s knowledge of law practice is very evident in this novel, shown directly in the dialog between the characters, in the police station and in court. Fans of Scottoline will definitely want to read this new installment of the series, and new fans will be thrilled to find someone who writes with expertise about lawyers and their dealings with each other. The whole book was a delight to read, with fast-paced action and cutting-edge banter between the characters. Scottoline is a master at the craft of drawing the reader in quickly and keeping them enthralled throughout the story. I highly recommend this book! Disclaimer: Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions that I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials.”
Anonymous 22 days ago
Lots of talking, ending seemed rushed and not very surprising. Just meh.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Love all of her books
Anonymous 28 days ago
Fast moving . ..don't want to put it down !
JMack1 6 months ago
This book was exciting from beginning to end this series is one of my favorites and Mary and Benny are great characters. Looking forward to the next one.