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Dirty Blonde

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  6,108 Ratings  ·  446 Reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of Devil's Corner delivers a gripping thriller featuring a judge whose own life is in danger after the defendant in a high-profile lawsuit is murdered. Abridged. 5 CDs.
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Published March 14th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published 2006)
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Jan 08, 2008 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
I have read and enjoyed many of Lisa's books but this one was disappointing. The main character was very self destructive and disrespectful of her position as a judge. As the book progressed Cate's behavior was explained by her painful past but it did not really connect well to the basic story line. It was hard to like Cate given her poor judgment and behavior. I don't want to reveal the ending but I think it would have been more believable if Cate's character had achieved resolution in a more l ...more
I usually steer clear of the mass market paperback genres, but Scottoline is a fellow Philadelphian and a graduate of my alma mater's law school, so I was curious. ...ugh! Let's just say that I'm glad I went the audio book route, so that the time I spent going through it wasn't time completely wasted. I suppose it was mildly diverting--but diverting in the same way that the magazine covers of Brangelina at the grocery store checkout are diverting. Cheap thrills, shallow, ridiculous plot lines, a ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Siobhan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-hard Scottoline fans only!
Shelves: fiction, mysteries, 2011
I try not to be too picky about this type of book – a quick, mindless read that isn’t going to stay with me much beyond the moment I finish the last page. When such a book does stay with me, it’s for all the wrong reasons. Such is the case with Dirty Blonde.

The protagonist is a federal judge based in Philadelphia. She is presiding at a trial in which a plaintiff is suing the defendant, a television producer, for stealing what the plaintiff claims was his idea for a series. During a meeting the
Jun 11, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I am a Lisa Scottoline fan and have enjoyed all her other books, so I had looked forward to this one. I was very disappointed.

The heroine, a judge, is not only incredibly dumb, but extremely uninteresting. Her behavior was to hard to believe for a woman who had the professional job as a judge. The cast of characters held no interest for me and frankly, I couldn't care less why she acted the way she did nor who committed the murder. The writing was boring, too long and a very weak ending.

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Sep 12, 2010 Kristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-fiction
For IQ's 90 and under. Crudely-written, patronizing, and uninteresting, all on the same page. This is kind of impressive, actually.
I'm obviously on a Scottoline binge right now -- possibly because they go so quickly, or possibly because I like orderly lists and there is one in the fronts of these books (Also by Lisa Scottoline), and so I'm getting them from the library in order of writing. Is that so wrong?

Anyway, this might be one of my favorites so far. It was definitely the cleanest. And I liked the judge a lot. Cate Fante is nothing like the Stephanie Plum-esque lawyers (lawyers!) in some of the other books. She's smart
Apr 28, 2009 Joan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, I admit I found this passable listening while cleaning closets. Protagonist, a newly appointed federal court judge and gorgeous,of course, has a questionable sideline that gets her into trouble when she hears a case involving "you stole my tv plot". The rational for her hobby is thin as are some of the stock characters that appear... but I wasn't expecting Proust. Sometimes less is more when throwing out shoulder pads from the 80's.
Oct 21, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2006
Cate Fante’s career is on the rise. As Dirty Blonde opens, Cate has just been appointed a federal judge. She has a great career, the great house, all the trappings of success. But Cate also has a little secret—she likes to stop in seedy bars, pick up random men and find the nearest hotel for a little bit of adult fun.

Six months later, Cate is the federal judge on an intellectual property right’s case about the hit drama Attorneys@Law. The defendent, Richard Martz is suing big Hollywood producer
The main character in Scottoline's Dirty Blonde is one of the most unexpected heroines I've encountered in a long time: a freshly minted young judge who's still establishing herself on the bench, and whose personal life revolves around some decidedly less than high-brow extracurriculars. When two participants in a civil case meet a violent end in the aftermath of one of her decisions from the bench, Judge Cate Fante falls into the circle of suspicion, which only intensifies when her dirty secret ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a Federal Judge finds for a sleezy TV producer, he and his suer, a former DA who wrote an outline and script for what is now a successful series, get into a fight. Later that same evening the producer is murdered and eventually the writer is also found dead and suicide is listed as the cause. The Judge is great in Court, but after Court she is more than a little out of control and goes to shady bars in bad neighborhoods and picks up "inappropriate" men for sexual hi jinks. Everything comes ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a short delay in deciding if I would like the mc, Federal Judge Cate Fanta enough to engage myself in the book (her promiscuous lifestyle was off putting) I realized that this was as good as any of the recent Scottoline books with a smart and gutsy female mc who went after what she wanted with a self depreciating sense of humor and a personal style. The Philadelphia setting is enhanced by the real life town of Centralia PA, an Appalachian coal mining town that was but is now a ghost town a ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
What a fun book! The eponymous Dirty Blonde is Cate Fante, a new federal judge with a very hot secret. She never dreams that it will become public, but there a Hollywood types involved in her latest trial, and they think her life will make a great TV drama. After she passes judgement on the lawsuit, the plaintiff and defendant each wind up dead. There are other interesting characters in the guise of Cate’s best friend, a former lawyer now struggling to do right by her little autistic son, and Ca ...more
Nov 03, 2007 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it's not one of Scottoline's series books, I was engrossed in the story line and the characters. Who's to say that federal court judges don't have a "secret" lives and/or a wild side. I've known several attorneys who rose to the bench (although not at the Federal level) and they were normal individuals before they became judges. "Conduct unbecoming" does enter into it; however, with so many people ignoring what Clinton did, Cate's secret little diversion may not be the "big deal" that s ...more
May 09, 2011 Rhoda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was definitely a page turner and moved along at a fast pace, however I just felt that there was a bit too much going on and none of it was explored in depth. I found it difficult to believe that there would be so much media frenzy about someone's "public" private life, particularly when they are single. I also found the revelation of the real murderer was glossed over and discarded quickly and just didn't seem believable. Good for a bit of light reading, but not wholly satisfying!
This is another one I wish I could rate 2.5 intead of a 2 or a 3. The main problem with this book - ugh, I just didn't care about the main character. I supposed Lisa Scottoline was trying to illustrate the double standards still in society, especially in the judicial system. But really - who cares that the main character picks up strangers in bars. Although - it's really hard to feel any sort of sympathy for a character that is that stupid.
Eric Satchwill
Jul 30, 2011 Eric Satchwill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've ripped through a book like that. Several times I had to force myself to put it down at a chapter break because I knew that if I didn't, I'd never look up again and miss my bus stop.

Lisa Scottoline kept me on my toes the whole way, and I felt pulled along by Cate's struggle for life, justice, and self-discovery. I will definitely be reading more by Scottoline in the future.
Mar 02, 2010 Jane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could not accept the premise that a judge would go bar hopping and bed hopping as the main character did here. I'm sure Scottoline could've found a better way to write about the mining town in PA. Good to read during commercial breaks while watching the Olympics.
Jan 03, 2014 Stef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my blog post on September 3, 2012:

The title itself of this book spoke to me, because I myself have dirty blonde hair, and the description on the back of the book jacket further clenched my interest. A blonde woman, Cate Fante, becomes a judge and is not taken seriously by some because of the way she carries herself. After she makes a judgement on a case, the aftermath of her judgement spirals out of control and soon her own personal life gets involved in the works and hangs in the balance.

Mar 14, 2009 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melody by: Pat Clotfelter
I haven’t ever read any of Scottoline’s books – but apparently she’s a big deal. She has a commercial for each of her books and makes personal appearances at book groups and people devour her books. It was just the kind of escape I needed while being home recuperating from surgery. Cate is a newly appointed federal judge who has a secret – she picks up men at working class bars. That’s supposed to be shocking. I think not so much because she sleeps around – but that she sleeps around with a cert ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me first say this is a stand alone book and not one of Lisa Scottoline's series books. Now after that I know there's a lot of people out there that didn't like this book. They said it wasn't real. Well I'm not sure that the ending is very realistic but a judge that has a life may be real. I thought that Lisa Scottoline created a very plausible storyline. How do we know that a single female judge isn't out at the bars picking up guys and sleeping with them? And if she we care? Can an ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottoline
Despite some slightly graphic sex scenes near the beginning of the book--and the person involved realizes that what she is/was doing is wrong and dangerous--this is a highly successful Scottoline stand-alone. The protagonist is a new federal district judge who finds herself in deep trouble after her ruling in a case apparently triggers a murder and a possible suicide. Unsavory aspects of Cate's personal life are exposed and her position on the court is in danger. Her investigation of the crimes ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 14, 2014 Phoebe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book pretty much describes the main character, Cate Fante. She has just been appointed to be a judge, the promotion she's been working so hard to achieve. She has barely taken on the new position when she has to rule in a case which ends in the mysterious murders of both the plaintive and defendant. If that wasn't bad enough, her personal life has been publicized for all to see (she is indeed a dirty blonde). Her new relationship with a great man is going under. A tv show is ab ...more
Diane Morasco
Dirty Blonde is a cleverly imagined & scrupulously scribed gritty courtroom thriller.

Hi, my name is Diane & I am a hardcore Scottoline fan ;-}. I was 16 when I first picked up Scottoline's incredibly gripping debut, Everywhere That Mary Went. The rest is history... & years of engaging, edge of your seat entertainment.

Dirty Blonde packs a wallop w/ its high octane opening. The proficient Scottoline pulls no punches divulging the discrimination women face working in a field dominated b
Lonny Lee
Aug 02, 2013 Lonny Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I picked up this book from a donation bin. Clearly used and read. I had no expectations since I was not even aware this was a best seller. The story is exciting and entertaining. The main character is a judge torn between law and real justice. Unfortunate turn of events leaves her embarrassed, suspended and running for her life. Cleverly put together fast paced read that leaves you in constant suspense. Unpredictable ending and with a twist sends down a double echo in the last chapter. Towa ...more
Cindy Vine
This for me was more a 2.5. I devoured it, the plot galloped along at a cracking pace, but afterwards I had some questions. The judge was single, so she picked up strange men in bars for quickie sex. That just shows she wasn't into commitment, it doesn't show she was no good as a judge. I wondered how that could have attracted such a media-frenzy. The real murderer wasn't convincing too me. I'd never even considered her as the murderer, so it was a twist that beat me, but still. She wasn't belie ...more
Shane Harcombe
A quick read for the holidays, but ultimately a disappointing one. I was more interested in the court case about the tv show at the start of the book and about the legal issues surrounding the making of reality tv shows than I was in Judge Fante's sex life. Once people started dying, it just became more and more implausible . It was still enjoyable, right up until the resolution which had characters doing back flips that would make Cirque de Soleil proud. I will give it one thing, I didn't pick ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
Lisa Scottoline is one of my favorite authors and Dirty Blonde is a fantastic read. Of course Irs in Philadelphia because this is where the author lives. She weaves the story with real places and actual scenarios. Cate Fante is appointed a judge in the District Court. Cate has a secret life which gets revealed during a murder /suicide investigation due to a hearing in her court. One of the petioners thinks Cate murdered Mr. Simone and arranged Mr. Marz suicide. Det. Russo stalks Cate. Cate meets ...more
I really enjoy Scottoline books. This one had Judge Kate as a loose woman who liked to frequent greasy bars and go home with ex-con men. The whole idea was a little ickie but the redeeming note was that Kate did learn to look inward and ignore the outside in order to weigh and evaluate the repercussions of her mistakes. Kate's relationship with Nesbit was kind of cool too. I'm not sure how I feel about her ongoing friendship with Val.
Diane Schneider
Jun 18, 2014 Diane Schneider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fun thriller with a feminine touch. I didn't guess "whodunit," which is always appreciated. The fact that the author was previously a lawyer definitely comes through, and as an attorney myself, I enjoyed the accurate descriptions of the workings of a federal case and the daily activities of a federal judge.
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia In ...more
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