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Final Appeal

By: Lisa Scottoline
Narrated by: Kate Burton
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Publisher's Summary

Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she doesn't count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court in the form of an affair with the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

©1994 Lisa Scottoline (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Scottoline, an Edgar nominee for her first book, Everywhere That Mary Went, has again pulled together an intriguing cast of characters and a smart mystery to make an exciting, action-packed read." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not typical Scottoline

I've enjoyed all of Lisa Scottoline's books--until now... I slogged through and managed to listen to the whole thing, but didn't enjoy it very much. I can't recommend it.

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good book

Its good Lisa Scottoline read but not one of her best.

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Poor ending

I thought the whole book was entertaining and captured the thriller aspect of advertised genre. But once the climax of the book was finished the whole book just ended. It was kind of like reading a letter with no or little closing.

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Terrible narration

I love Lisa Scottoline but this narration was painful to listen to. There was random times music played and the narrator read like a robot with no inflection and as fast as she could.

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Not baf

This was an OK book. I enjoyed it but thought it wasn't her best.

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Mystery, Intrigue and Suspence - Trifecta

This book was interesting and the author always has fascinating stories to share based on life experiences and her fabulous imagination!

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5 if not for intermittent naivete

I am a fan. I love Lisa's novels. This would get a 5 if not for the winces I experienced for expressions of naivete that were inconsistent with the character. And, honestly, the general public. Intermittent incredulous ('Would he REALLY...?!') reactions sabotaged the tone of entire interactions.
I'm always offended with disrespect for other's beliefs on any level. 'Jesus', 'Christ', and derivatives are frequently used as an expletive. I don't tolerate this any more than racism or antisemitism.

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Fast paced drama

I got through this book in one day; it is interesting, dramatic, keeps the reader guessing. A good story for anyone who likes mystery, whodunnits, detective work. Well performed.

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the narrator so dull I couldn't finish the book

struggle to finish. narrator made it impossible to want to listen to for any great length.

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Didn't enjoy the narrator

I have always liked Lisa Scottoline books in the past and have listened to several on CD. However, listening to this narrator was difficult and boring. Her inflections were very flat line and uninteresting.