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Book Review: 'Legal Tender'

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Legal Tender

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Lisa Scottoline
publisher:
HarperCollins
genre:
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C-

Anybody who wants to argue that the legal-thriller fad is running out of gas could use Lisa Scottoline’s Legal Tender as exhibit A. Somebody at the Philadelphia ”litigation boutique” of Rosato & Biscardi has left Benedetta ”Bennie” Rosato’s law partner and ex-lover, Mark Biscardi, facedown at his desk. Naturally, the gorgeous, brilliant Bennie becomes the prime suspect. Sound familiar? Not only did she and the deceased have a loud argument on the fatal night, but she has no alibi. Besides, the cops hate her. So she goes on the lam, adopting clever disguises — redheaded hooker, a homeless drunk — until she can assemble enough evidence to confront the real killer in a climactic (albeit incomprehensible) scene. Author Scottoline, an Edgar Award winner for her second novel, Final Appeal, shows flashes of sardonic wit but not nearly enough to make up for Tender‘s clichéd situation, shallow characterization, and formulaic plot. C-