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Killer Smile
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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.

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Lawyer Mary DiNunzio gets a new take on her latest case-the suicide of an Italian American in a World War II internment camp-when she starts receiving ominous threats. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Scottoline's previous thrillers (Dead Ringer; Courting Trouble; etc.) have featured the women of the all-female Philadelphia law firm Rosato and Associates, and have concerned the usual elements of murder, stalking, bribery and corruption. This novel by the former trial lawyer and Edgar Award winner, while embracing the requisite ingredients, is especially engaging because of its personal angle: growing out of Scottoline's discovery of her own grandparents' alien registration cards, the book involves the case of an Italian-American who was interned during WWII. Amadeo Brandolini emigrated from Italy to Philadelphia, where he started a family and worked as a fisherman. When the war broke out, the FBI arrested and imprisoned him (along with 10,000 other Italian-Americans). He lost everything and wound up committing suicide in the camp. Rosato and Associates' young star, Mary DiNunzio, steps up to represent Brandolini's estate as it sues for reparations. Mary "grew up in South Philly, where she'd learned to pop her gum, wear high heels, and work overtime" and silently prays to saints when she can't find things. This case, a pro bono one, means a lot to her; the local small business owners and family friends she grew up with want retribution for Brandolini as much as she does. Mary puts all of her energy into the job, and when clues suggest Brandolini's death may have been a homicide, she becomes even more enthralled. As Mary learns more, the enemy camp (another Italian-American family, the Saracones) turns its murderous eye on her. Scottoline skillfully weaves a complicated, gripping and fast-paced tale, at turns comical, nerve-wracking and enlightening. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (On sale June 1) Forecast: Scottoline's last book, Dead Ringer, debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list-her personal best. Killer Smile is poised for similar success, aided by a 13-city author tour and national radio and print ads. Look for an Innovators profile of Scottoline in the April 26 issue of PW. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"Scottoline has long established herself for writing stylish and yet suspenseful legal dramas. . . . Superb reading."--Curldeup.com
"[Scottoline's] books are readable, fast-moving and punctuated with wit and sharp one-liners."--News Journal (Wilmington, DE)
"The characters are winning and the local color is an authentic treat."--New York Daily News
"The plot speeds along...a fun, easy read."--Rocky Mountain News
"Complex and riveting."--Library Journal
"Superb legal thriller....This winning series always has snappy plots and interesting legal lore."--Washington Post
"Scottoline delivers a good story and characters to care about."--San Antonio Express-News
"A fast-paced thriller....The tale builds to a strong conclusion with a few nicely surprising twists along the way."--Columbus Dispatch
"An exciting whodunit with an ending that's both surprising and satisfying."--People
"Succeeds on every front....a pleasure, from start to finish."--New York Law Journal
"Scottoline lovingly conveys the warmth, character and stoicism of the South Philly neighborhood."--Orlando Sentinel
"Scottoline keeps it fast, fleet, and funny."--Kirkus Reviews
"Killer Smile would make killer reading on a plane or at the beach."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Smart pacing and rich detail will keep any mystery lover enthralled."--Daily Press, Inc. Newport News, Va.

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