By Gene Lyons
Updated March 22, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Trial by Fire

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Everybody at the Dallas County courthouse is jealous of Stella Cataloni, on account of how she’s this fabulous babe who’s also the toughest assistant district attorney in town. Nancy Taylor Rosenberg’s is the kind of formulaic legal thriller in which catty rivals just can’t wait to frame a gorgeous, successful woman like Stella using the self-serving testimony of a criminal. That’s exactly what happens when a recently apprehended fugitive claims that Stella set the fire that burned her own parents to death. If Rosenberg has ever been any place in Texas other than the Dallas airport — and it’s doubtful, given the Trial by Fire‘s lack of realistic detail — she must have had her eyes shut tight and chewing gum stuck in her ears. Waste your time on this stinker and you’ll wish you did too.

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