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Dead Ringerby Lisa Scottoline
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Many book clubs have written Lisa asking for questions to guide their discussion, so Lisa came up with a bunch for each book. Her goal in writing books is to entertain, so it goes without saying that Lisa wants you to have lots of fun discussing her books, and has reflected that in her questions. She provides the talking points, and you and your group shape the conversation. So go ahead, get together, chat it up with your friends, discuss books, kids, and relationships, but by all means, have fun.
Questions Does everyone understand the title Dead Ringer? After the book was done, I found out my kid and her friends didn't know what the phrase means. Am I getting old? Do you think Alice deserves a second chance, or is someone who would hurt a dog unredeemable? Do you feel sorry for Alice because she was the twin who was given up? Does this make her actions any more forgivable? Have you ever had a total stranger come to your rescue, just because they were a good person, and not because they wanted something from you? Were they as good looking as David? Competitiveness and jealousy led two siblings in this book to do some terrible, even horrific things. Some envy between siblings is normal, but where does it cross the line? Is it the parents' fault? Is there something parents can do to make this less of a problem? Do you think that Bennie should have put her house up in order to save her business? Do you believe that in order to be successful, you need to take risks? Could you forgive Alice? Do you think she can change? Do we let family get away with things that we would never put up with from others, or are we harder on them?
About the author
Lisa Scottoline is a"New York Times bestselling author and former trial lawyer. She has won the Edgar Award, the highest prize in suspense fiction, and the Distinguished Author Award from the Weinberg Library of the University of Scranton. She has served as the Leo Goodwin Senior Professor of Law and Popular Culture at Nova Southeastern Law School, and her novels are used by bar associations for the ethical issues they present. Her books are published in more than twenty languages. She lives with her family in the Philadelphia area.
Ace lawyer Bennie Rosato is dueling evil in the form of her own twin sister, ex-convict Alice Connolly, who has returned to Philadelphia to exact her revenge and ruin Bennie. At the same time, Bennie's law firm is in trouble, so she takes on a potentially lucrative class action suit to try to save the day.
Meanwhile, her colleague Mary DiNunzio persists in bringing in a case that will provide more headaches — and laughs — than dollars. But then a mysterious stranger appears just in time to help Bennie in the fight of her life, for her life.
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Philadelphia lawyer Bennie Rosato has her eye focused firmly on the bottom line, especially since she has three dedicated young associates and a very pregnant secretary on her payroll, and she takes a professional risk, charging into a class action lawsuit that could make — or break — her career. Never mind that she's never handled anything like this before. Having won nearly every civil and criminal case she's ever tried, the brilliant and unconventional Bennie has the guts, and she'll do what it takes to succeed. Even if that means wearing pantyhose and putting herself on a curse diet.
Then her wallet goes missing. And Bennie's life goes crazy.
It's not just that one of her associates has dyed her hair pink. Or that another's old-world Italian mother gives Bennie the evil eye. But someone posing as the outspoken, blue-eyed, blond attorney is wreaking havoc around town, apparently determined to destroy everything Bennie loves. Only one person can pull off this double deception — Bennie's identical twin sister, Alice Connelly. But as far as Bennie knows, Alice left Philly long ago and never looked back.
When events escalate into murder, the maverick lawyer realizes that the stakes are far greater than she feared. But Bennie Rosato refuses to be anyone's victim. To find the killer, she'll plunge head-first into a life-and-death investigation that will bring her face-to-face with evil darker yet more familiar than anything before.
A riveting legal thriller set against the backdrop of a richly emotional family story, Dead Ringer is this author's most intriguing novel yet. According to USA Today, "Scottoline's writing style is sharp, intelligent, funny, and hip. She gives fans of legal thrillers a good, twisty plot, lively characters, and an all-around fun read." With this book, Scottoline delivers a tour de force that is not to be missed.
About the Author
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and former trial lawyer. She has won the Edgar Award, the highest prize in suspense fiction, and the Distinguished Author Award from the Weinberg Library of the University of Scranton. She has served as the Leo Goodwin Senior Professor of Law and Popular Culture at Nova Southeastern Law School, and her novels are used by bar associations for the ethical issues they present. Her books are published in more than twenty languages. She lives with her family in the Philadelphia area.
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