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Final Appeal epub ebook

by Lisa Scottoline

Final Appeal epub ebook

Author: Lisa Scottoline
Category: Mystery
Language: English
Publisher: HarperTorch (February 2, 2000)
ISBN: 0061042943
ISBN13: 978-0061042942
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 147
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I recently found a Lisa Scottoline book at a yard sale - loved it. I then proceeded to purchase all of her books from half. com and am working my way through them.

I recently found a Lisa Scottoline book at a yard sale - loved it. I have found that she starts with a bang.

To all my parents, and to Kiki. Cut it out. You read the book, now see the movie. I turn toward Ben to avoid laughing; it’s not good to laugh when you’re setting limits. Ben, you know he’s not going to move. The judges will be out any minute. Go find a seat in the back. Ben scans the back row where the courthouse groupies sit; it’s a lineup that includes retired men, the truly lunatic, even the homeless.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder.

Author: Lisa Scottoline. But she doesn’t count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge

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But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal.

Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. Thriller & Crime Women Sleuths.

There’s a bed table at my side and a boxy TV floating in the corner. Moonlight streams through the knit curtains, casting a slotted pattern on a narrow single bed. A hospital room. te, flat on my back, taking inventory. I wiggle everything, and everything works. I hold up my hands in the dark. There are bandages on some of my fingers. My face aches, the skin pinching like it doesn’t quite fit. I can only imagine what I look like. My fingers go instinctively to my cheeks. The surface is rough underneath, cottony.

Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

Reviews (7)
Binthars
Grace Rossi, single mom to six-year-old Maddie, is starting over again. Divorced, she no longer works as a trial lawyer. Instead, she works part-time in the appellate court in Philadelphia, for a judge she admires. This aspect of the job probably makes it all worthwhile for her. She is attracted to her boss, but doesn't think anything will happen between them.

A death penalty case is up for appeal and time is running out. Grace and her boss, Judge Armen Gregorian, believe his sentence should be reversed. There are plenty of others who do not. The two of them spend long hours one night working on the case; they take their attraction for one another to the next level and have sex; and words of love are uttered by Armen to Grace.

Hours later, she learns that he is dead. Shot, presumably a suicide.

But Grace does not believe it. Not after their time together...and not after the love note she found in her coat pocket afterwards.

Final Appeal is a little bit convoluted, as we try to sort through the various suspects and motives for a murder. There is no shortage of people who might have reason to kill the Chief Judge, and motives that are numerous.

In the end, I was stunned by the reveal. None of the pieces came together in a logical fashion for me. I did enjoy aspects of the story, however, and my favorite parts were the interactions between Grace, her daughter, and her co-workers. An undercover FBI agent was also an intriguing character to add to the mix. 3.5 stars.

Beazezius
I enjoyed this book although it was less about the "Final Appeal" than the parties working in the courthouse. That was quite interesting following the life of a divorced woman raising a child and trying to do the right thing until she has a one night stand with her boss, the chief judge. The affair ends abruptly when the judge is found dead - an apparent suicide. Grace refuses to believe he went off and killed himself after they had a night of incredible sex. The deeper she looks into the suicide the more danger she brings down on her herself. It's apparent Lisa Scottoline is familiar with the courthouse, Philadelphia and being a single parent. All these things show in her relaxed, informative writing.

Mushicage
I am not one who likes raw language in a novel, and that was what I found in this Scottoline novel. However, I was hooked in the first few pages, and putting it down was the last thing I wanted to do. As the murder plot unfolds I found myself trying to figure out which of the many characters could be the culprit.
The victim, Honorable Chief Judge, Armen Gregorian, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit could have many enemies, simple because of his position and the many people in prison because he held up their guilty verdict. Or, it could be one of the many people who worked with him, after all, judges and their staff are not immune to desperate moves to improve their political status. It could also have something to do with an unhappy marriage.
As I said, the story had me hooked, and I had difficulty putting it down as I learned more about the appellate court than I ever thought I’d learn before finally learning whodunit.
This was a very satisfying read, though I still warn those who prefer less profanity to find something else. Then again, I’m certain every word was as real as is spoken every day in the real court system.

Bele
I enjoyed this well written and engrossing legal murder mystery thriller. Manages to combine murder, family drama, and a touch of romance in a multilayered drama.
At times, it seems to dwell on the family drama too long when I wished the emphasis would get back to the murder mystery theme. And what happened to the main character’s assignment to save the man scheduled for execution? That mini story got dropped like the old hot potato. Darn...it was interesting.
The complicated murder thread seems to wrap up a little quick leaving simple explanations that are hard to accept.
But I still recommend this book.

Cemav
I was mislead by the book title which suggested that it was part of the Lisa Scottoline's superb Rosato & Associates series. There is no reference at all in the book to Rosato and I can't recall Grace Rossi being part of Rosato's all female legal team. This is an early work by Scottoline, which seems to pre-date the successful Rosato series.

Grace Rossi is a skilled lawyer who is a single mother trying to make ends meet by working part-time as a legal assistant to the handsome Judge Armen Gregorian in the federal appeals court. Gregorian asks her to help him prepare for an urgent appeal hearing against a death penalty. Because of the tight deadline they both work most of the night on the case - and their at the end of the night their work turns romantic. A few hours later Gregorian is found shot, apparently a suicide.

After their recent happy time Grace cannot believe the suicide verdict and suspects that it is a very clever murder. She decides to start a one-person investigation to prove that it is murder. She is helped by a most unusual homeless man who turns out to be a FBI undercover agent who specialises in tracking down corrupt judges. The plot is muddied by a lot of side-tracking through Grace's personal life and the staff who worked for Gregorian.

The plot and the action are not up to the pace, interest and page-turning standards of the Rosato series. I didn't dislike the book but couldn't give it more than an OK (a 3 star rating).

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