Harper Collins, June 2003, 25.95, 320 pp.
Bennie Rosato built the all-female law firm of Rosato & Associates from scratch and thinks of it as her second child. It is tearing her apart that she might lose it because so many of her clients went bankrupt and no new clients are knocking at the door. When Robert St. Amien, a French lens manufacturer with an office in Philadelphia, wants to hire her in a class action suit she thinks that will be the saving of her law firm.
While she and the associates are working on the case, trying to be the lead counsel since her client had the most to lose, Bennie runs into some potential problems. Her sociopathic identical twin sister is in town, ruining her reputation and getting her arrested for robbing a jewelry store. While she is trying to find Alice, somebody kills Robert and Bennie's focus shifts into finding the perpetrator who killed her client.
DEAD RINGER is a little different (but just as good) from other Lisa Scottoline novels because it focuses on Bennie and is told from her point of view. There are a lot of thrills and chills in this legal thriller but there are more insightful explosions than usual into how Bennie thinks and feels. This is a fine addition to the Rosato and Associates novels, as it adds dimension and depth to one of the better legal thriller series on the market today
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner