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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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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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