Picks and Pans Review: Dirty Blonde

updated 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Lisa Scottoline


Unfortunately for the heroine of this breathless thriller, Judge Cate Fante of the U.S. district court in Philadelphia, she can't judge her way out of a paper bag. In court she's either popping off or unprepared; she's a lousy judge of men, and toward the end she tangles with a murderous perp. In her spare time she has a secret sex life, and on weeknights she regularly babysits for her best friend's disabled 3-year-old. Not a very plausible character if you stop to think about it, but who has time? Veteran suspense machine Lisa Scottoline piles on the fights, flights, revelations and reversals at such blinding speed that the reader is virtually paintballed into enjoying the ride. Connoisseurs of depth may not go for this one, but if a good roller-coaster is what you want, step up and have your ticket punched.

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