Moment of Truth by Lisa Scottoline

Drawing on her experience as a trial lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm and also her clerkships in the state and federal systems of justice, Lisa Scottoline writes bestselling legal thrillers.

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Moment of Truth by Lisa Scottoline


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.26 x 6.72 x 4.13
  • Publisher: HarperTorch; (February 2001)
  • ISBN: 0061030597


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    Moment of Truth begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. Jack Newlin, a wealthy attorney with one of the most influential law firms in Philadelphia, killed his wife in a moment of drunken passion, stabbing her repeatedly when she announced she wanted a divorce. Or at least that is what he is claiming to the police.

    The fact is, Jack is framing himself because he fears his wife's murder was his daughter's crime of passion. Sixteen-year-old Paige Newlin is a successful model whose relationship with her manager-mother had been famously rocky. To make sure that he's convicted, Jack hires rookie lawyer Mary DiNunzio to defend him. But Mary doesn't buy Jack's story, and neither does the senior detective on the case. In a fascinating turn on the usual courtroom tale, then, Jack struggles to maintain his false story of guilt while his lawyer and the police struggle to prove him innocent. Meanwhile, Mary wrestles with both her uncertainty as a lawyer and with her attraction for her client.

    Lisa Scottoline, often identified as the "female John Grisham," has led the pack of female authors in the legal thriller genre, winning an Edgar for her second novel, Final Appeal. Moment of Truth does have moments that don't, in fact, ring true. Why is Jack Newlin so quick to forgive his daughter when he thinks she's killed her own mother? And if he's so concerned with her welfare, why did he absent himself from her upbringing? But it's nonetheless interesting for its innovative plot conceit and its examination of high-profile murder trials. If one is able to overlook the problems with Newlin's motivation, the story Scottoline weaves is a compelling one, and her heroine, Mary, is an enjoyable, self-doubting twist on the super-lawyer at the center of most legal thrillers. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



    Reader Reviews
    Moment Of Truth ? 61 Chapters of Excitement, July 18, 2003 Reviewer: binnsie from Perth, Western Australia Moment Of Truth ? 61 Chapters of Excitement This is a well written thriller set entirely in the city of Philadelphia. Described by most critics as a legal thriller, ?Moment of Truth? is more accurately a real thriller, even a blood curdling one at times. Our heroine Mary DiNunzio is a young inexperienced lawyer who very soon crosses the line from ?legal? work to detective work, spurred on by her nascent fondness for her new client, senior lawyer Jack Newlin. Jack confesses to the brutal murder of his wife, but to Mary it is immediately apparent that he didn?t commit the crime and has stood up to take the rap to save someone else. It is also clear to Mary who that ?someone else? is. If you were putting yourself in line for the death sentence it could only be for someone you dearly love. Mary determines to find the truth and is fortunate in befriending not only a reliable honest city cop who believes that Jack didn?t do it, but other professional friends who help her with her sleuthing. As the story develops, it takes several twists and turns, opening up what in the first chapter seems like a simple plot, to one of awesome complexity. More characters enter the novel, more apparent motives, more opportunities and fewer alibis for those who may be suspected. And so the mystery thickens. Towards the final chapters the tension builds and violence and mayhem become the norm. To say any more would be to spoil this fine tale as it twists and moves towards its exciting conclusion. Readers familiar with Lisa Scottoline?s earlier books will not be disappointed by this cliff hanging thriller

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