Killer Smile (Hardcover)

By Lisa Scottoline

Harper, 9780060514952, 368pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/21/2004)
Mass Market (6/28/2005)
Compact Disc, Abridged, Abridged (6/1/2004)
Paperback, Large Print (6/1/2004)
CD-Audio (6/1/2004)

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Description

Everybody around lawyer Mary DiNunzio has decided she isn't allowed to be a Young Widow anymore, even though she didn't know there was an official cutoff. They're all trying to fix her up -- her South Philly Italian parents, her best friend Judy Carrier, even the office security guard.

All Mary wants to do is immerse herself in a case everybody else calls "The History Channel", a pro bono representation of the Brandolini estate. The roots of the matter sink deep into the past, when Amadeo Brandolini emigrated to Philadelphia, started a family, and built up a small fishing business. At the outbreak of World War II, Brandolini was arrested by the FBI as part of a mass internment of Italian-Americans and was sent to a camp in Montana, where he eventually committed suicide. Now, more than sixty years later, his son's estate hires Mary to sue for reparations.

Mary vows to vindicate Amadeo even though it won't be easy. With only a lock of hair, an old wallet, and a sheet of paper filled with odd doodles to go on, the tenacious lawyer begins to research the case but finds instead puzzling new questions. Someone doesn't want Mary to find the truth, and before long, her life is threatened. Suddenly, the quiet, squeaky-clean good girl who never left Mercer Street is risking life and limb to finger a killer and lay a beloved ghost to rest.

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a stunning new tale filled with witty dialogue, vibrant characters, and breakneck pacing, in which true-life history reinforces her hallmark themes of justice and family. As entertaining as it is poignant, Killer Smile is a surefire bestseller from a writer at the peak of her talents.



About the Author

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.



Praise For Killer Smile

“Scottoline keeps it fast, fleet, and funny.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Complex and riveting.”
— Library Journal

“Smart pacing and rich detail will keep any mystery lover enthralled.”
— Chicago Tribune

“Scottoline delivers a good story and characters to care about.”
— San Antonio Express-News

“An exciting whodunit with an ending that’s both surprising and satisfying.”
— People

“Smart pacing and rich detail will keep any mystery lover enthralled.”
— Daily Press, Inc. Newport News, Va.

“A fast-paced thriller....The tale builds to a strong conclusion with a few nicely surprising twists along the way.”
— Columbus Dispatch

“[Scottoline’s] books are readable, fast-moving and punctuated with wit and sharp one-liners.”
— News Journal (Wilmington, DE)

“Scottoline has long established herself for writing stylish and yet suspenseful legal dramas. . . . Superb reading.”
— Curldeup.com

“Scottoline lovingly conveys the warmth, character and stoicism of the South Philly neighborhood.”
— Orlando Sentinel

“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

“Superb legal thriller....This winning series always has snappy plots and interesting legal lore.”
— Washington Post

“Succeeds on every front....a pleasure, from start to finish.”
— New York Law Journal

“Killer Smile would make killer reading on a plane or at the beach.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram