Dirty Blonde

  • by Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her 30s, and she feels like she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone. Then a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight, her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate's troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life, embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her own childhood. She'll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying.
Dirty Blonde is Lisa Scottoline's most suspenseful and gripping thriller to date. Mixing poignancy with her trademark wit and wonderfully compelling characters, it questions whether law and justice are always the same thing.


Audible Editor Reviews

Lisa Scottoline has written her most entertaining novel yet. Featuring newly appointed Federal Court Judge Cate Fante, the novel is a terrific page-turner, and Barbara Rosenblat's performance complements the story wonderfully. Rosenblat is especially effective conveying Cate's emotions and insecurities, which combine to place her in the middle of a murder and other events that arise from a ruling in one her cases. Equally important, Rosenblat captures the personalities and emotions of the novel's many supporting characters, supplying each with a distinct voice and style. Scottoline's fans will enjoy the story and look forward to the next chapter in Judge Fante's tumultuous life.


What the Critics Say

"The fast pace and ever-increasing tension will keep readers turning the pages." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Blonde of little brain

Lisa Scottoline's heroines usually do at least one stupid thing per novel -- such as chasing criminals into deserted buildings or using themselves as bait for murderers -- but we shrug it off because her damsels in distress are so engaging and the plots both fun and suspenseful. But Dirty Blonde is pushing it. What kind of woman who is supposedly smart enough to be a judge at 39 can't understand why her pastime of picking up strangers in sleazy bars will interfere with her duties and reputation on the bench? Or that she might be suspended for missing court dates, failing to read the file before showing up to sentence someone, etc., etc.? We're supposed to feel outraged by the narrow-minded men in suits who try to stifle our gal Cate, but frankly I'm with the old boys on this one.
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- Babs "Addicted to Audible!"


I've enjoyed all of Lisa Scottoline's books... till I got to this one. Her character Cate believes that just because she has a nasty little habit of picking up strange men, some criminals, in bars and bedding them she shouldn't be judged to harshly even though she's a federal judge. Then her nocternal habits make the papers and the writs really hit the fan. She suddenly realizes she'd better quit, the bar hopping, not the bench... right. This character just isn't believable. She's mad at her fellow judges because they have a bad opinion of her. Would THEY be so judged if the roles were reversed? I hope so. But none of the boys of the court are at issue, they're just worried how the court will look, duh. So with the facts against her she, you guessed it, argues the law.. and wins. She's back on the bench and everyone's all smiles, except the reader. Pass on this one and hope Lisa Scottoline can bring back characters we can believe in and root for.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio