Vendetta Defense by
Harper Collins - Feb 2001
ISBN: 0060185074 - Hardcover
Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.com
There was never any
doubt about the guilt of Pigeon Tony Lucia. He admitted to killing Angelo
Coluzzi who raped and murdered Tony's wife, destroyed his son and daughter-in-law,
and threatened the life of his grandson. He claims that it was not murder,
but a pay back, a vendetta, for these crimes which occurred years ago
in Fascist Italy.
It is the job of Judy
Carrier, member of Bennie Rosato's all female Philadelphia law firm, to
find a defense for him. This is made difficult by a vendetta plotted against
Tony, Judy, and Tony's family by the Coluzzi family. Also complicating
the defense is a romance brewing between Tony's grandson, Frank, and Judy.
Before justice is served, Judy and Tony will be fighting for their lives.
As always Scottoline's
story is well written and well plotted. It moves rapidly with building
suspense. The character development is excellent. The story ranges from
Fascist Italy to present day America and shows how forces can turn a decent,
good-hearted man into a killer. This is handled with intelligence and
sympathy. The fine legal points are intriguing and thought provoking.
There are enough suspense and plot twists to capture the reader's attention.
A must read.