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The Vendetta Defense (Rosato and Associates #6)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  5,110 ratings  ·  199 reviews
In a case steeped in blood and memory, It will take a stroke of brilliance to save Pigeon Tony. But if anyone can see justice done, it may be this gutsy young attorney. She'll risk everything for her client...including her life.

In The Vendetta Defense, Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Moment of Truth and Mistaken Identity, tells a wonderfully rich stor
Published February 27th 2001 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2001)
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Longer review to come tomorrow. But here's a teaser.

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This is a funny book with an interesting take on the ethical relationship between defense attorneys and guilty clients, but somehow it never really caught hold of my attention. Just to be clear: I attribute this to a taste/mood issue and not to any fault in the writing. When I am sitting down reading the book I enjoy it, I just don't have any drive to pick it up again once I've stopped.
My first Scottline and I'm hooked! I was glued to the book all week and hated to put it down. The story had some great mystery, action, and love aspects which really made it a lot better then a lot of books I have read that are similar in style. I'm looking forward to reading others in the series and hoping that I get to see more of the great Frank and Pigeon Tony :)
A very interesting premise. What makes a person guilty of murder? Does the act of killing someone automatically make one a murder? Does the motive and reasoning behind the act make a difference? And should it? Ms Scottoline poses these questions in a very entertaining story.
Aug 12, 2008 JBradford rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All legal mystery lovers
I gather, without having been told, that Lisa Scottoline is going to write a different novel about each of the lawyers in the all-women Philadelphia firm of lawyers headed by the ever-feisty Bennie Rosato. This one is about Judy Carrier, who was a minor character in Courting Trouble (whose protagonist, Ann Murphy, is a minor character in this novel), and who is asked to take on a case by Mary DiNunzio, her good friend and another of the firm's lawyers, who currently is staying at home because sh ...more

Disclaimer - my "reviews" are not truly that. Rather than a critical analysis, each "review" is mostly my quick summary of the plot -- so I can refresh my unreliable memory. Also, I find that once I journal a book, it's easier for me to give it away. That's important, as our house is getting "overgrown" with books.


One of my favorite Scottoline titles. It delves into atty. Judy at the Rosato all-female law firm.
Lisa Scottoline’s novels present interesting legal dilemmas.

In Scottoline’s THE VENDETTA DEFENSE, an old Italian man, “Pigeon Tony,” who lived in prewar Italy under Mussolini and the Black Shirts and fled to America with his young son, is now accused of murdering another Italian-American, Angelo Coluzzi. Coluzzi is a rich man who is corrupt and has ties to the Mafia.

During flashbacks in the book, we see why their ages-old feud, back to their lives in Italy, where Coluzzi was one of the Black Shi
I have read and loved Scottoline's work in the past, but this story was just too unbelievable for me. I couldn't imagine a judge allowing some of the tesimony put forth by the defense, so I did a lot of wincing and eye-rolling during this one.

Pigeon Tony admits to killing Angelo Coluzzi, but he says it's payback for Coluzzi murdering Pigeon Tony's wife nearly 60 years ago, and his son & daughter-in-law in a more recent "staged" car crash. Since the prosecution makes brief mention of these e
Lisa Scottoline – Stand alone(?)
Attorney Judy Carrier, member of the Rosato law firm, is asked by her best friend's father to defend his friend, Anthony Lucia, known throughout their South Philadelphia neighborhood as 'Pigeon Tony,' who is on trial for the murder of Angelo Coluzzi. However, Judy isn't prepared for a confession that Tony did, in fact, commit the crime—the result of a generations-old family feud that has spanned two continents. Judy need to find a way that
Teri Pre
Even though the narrator leaved a lot to be desired, this was an awesome book!! If you haven't read this series, you should!!
Jessica Uzzo
Well my first foray into this author's books left me curious as it had very little legal scenes despite being written by a former attorney. This one had more legal scenes...but they actually made it less appealing. The lawyer missed fantastic objections and made dumb ones. Threw huge chunks of legalese at the reader that even I didn't understand (antitrust cases are a bitch even for seasoned attorneys i'm told) then explained simple concepts in a manner almost condescending to reader. The main c ...more
Sridhar Babu
Author :

Lisa scottoline..

Characters :

Judy Carrier, Anthony Lucia aka Pigeon Tony, Angelo Coluzzi, John and Marco Coluzzi, Frank Lucia, Silvana , 'feet" Tony, Tony-from-down-the-block, DiNunzio, Benny and others..

Philadelphia, USA...



"I killed Angelo Coluzzi..I broke his neck at Pigeon clubhouse, because he murdered my wife Silvana, sixty years ago in Fascist dominated Italy, during Mussolini days and also murdered my son Frank and daughter in law Gemma here i
Terri Lynn
Judy Carrier of the all woman law firm Rosato & Associates finds herself defending a 79 year old Italian friend of her Italian friend Mary's family- Pigeon Tony- who admits he killed Angelo Coluzzi, the man who once murdered his wife in Italy because she chose to marry him instead of Angelo and then the year before had killed his son Frank and his wife Gemma in an accident that was sloppily processed by police and thus got away with it. The two men had been alone in the back of the pigeon ra ...more
Tabitha Quire
The sixth book featuring Bennie Rosato's law firm, this time with Judy Carrier, one of Bennie's attorneys, defending Pigeon Tony, who admits that he killed Angelo Coluzzi, but insists it wasn't murder but justice. The basis of this was very intriguing. I mean what really does make a person guilty of murder? I really liked this one as well. Another hit for Scottoline!
Mike Jensen
I note three parts of this book. The part I like raises ethical issues in jurisprudence. Scottoline presents a number of ethical problems for her protagonist to navigate and forces us to wonder if current ethical standards are just and the best way to go. I am not fond of the several lengthy flashbacks in the story. I can see that they might be defended on the grounds of enriching the characterizations, establishing reader sympathy for the defendant in the case being tried, and bringing forward ...more
thank you grandma!

this kind of had it all: 1930s facist italy subplot, lots of south phila local color, girl lawyers with inappropriate outfits and professional demeanors, and a love interest who's a hot italian traditional stonemason. a lot can be forgiven for that, i guess.
I LOVED this book! First of all, Lisa is a fabulous writer. The Vendetta Defense not only kept my attention, but it had great characters, an interesting story line, and it was funny. If you want to read a legal book and you are also interested in Italian culture, then you will love this book. WARNING: There is bad language in it. But honestly, it didn't bother me because the story was so good. What do you expect from a story about Italians?!? You have to read it and let me know what you think. T ...more
I just love these books. This one was one of my favorites in this series because the premise was so intriguing.

Tony "Pigeon Tony" Lucia is an eighty-year-old immigrant who stands accused of killing Angelo Coluzzi, who hails from the same Italian village. Rookie lawyer Judy Carrier agrees to defend Tony, who doesn't deny that he killed Coluzzi, but insists that what he did should not be considered a murder, and that he acted in response to a vendetta between the two families that has existed for
I liked the writing. I HATED the actual legal defense - The Vendetta Defense. I understood it intellectually, but kept thinking this would be horrible if a jury bought it.
Larry Johnson
Started out reading this and not caring for it at all, but I seldom start a book and not finish it. I'm glad I did finish it. By the midpoint of the novel I was interested in what was happening and I was finally starting to like the characters. I also enjoyed the history of the character while he was living in Italy.

Scottoline is very good at writing a legal thriller and provides some great humor with her characters, especially that of "Pigeon Tony." I've read a couple of her other novels and ha
For some reason, Lisa Scottoline did not appeal to me. I believe this is the only book I've read of hers.
Lisa Scottoline has created some memorable characters. Judy is a tough and smart and fearless attorney, painter and devoted friend. Her best friend, Mary, is recuperating from a murder attempt in a previous story, and Judy agrees to represent the Mary's neighbor, a tiny old Italian named Pigeon Tony. Little does Judy know that her friendship will lead to several murder attempts against her but also a meet up with her client's hunky grandson.

The Vendetta Defense is a fun, fast-paced romp. I highl
Debbie J
This was my first Lisa Scottoline novel and I went in expecting The Vendetta Defense to rank perhaps a step or two above your basic low-reading-level airport book. However, despite not having much mystery, it does have decently allocated portions of history, romance, legal gymnastics, and amateur sleuthing.

Unfortunately, the characters the author paints have minimal depth, and in my opinion a few come thisclose to looking stereotypical. (But, I suppose the writer gets a pass on that front since


Personal Note:

I really couldn't get into the history of this, but I did enjoy Frank and Judy and Pigeon Tony..-)

Novel begins on the day that Tony killed his rival.

Tony and that old rival -- who also emigrated and settles in the same Italian neighborhood in Philly -- come to blows in a back room at the pigeon-racin
I like Lisa Scottoline. I genuinely do. This is the first lawyer-y book of hers I've read, but her memoir books are comedy gold. Plus I listen to the audiobook, rather than read them, and her voice is just so damn pleasant and Italian.

Unfortunately, this is just not my kind of book.

It's frustrating, because the plot is actually good. I enjoyed Judy, and Pigeon Tony. I didn't care as much about the Frank-as-boyfriend plot (Dear Ms Scottoline: Please don't use the word "lover". Don't make me hate
Nathan Burgoine
This was a great book on two levels: First, it had a wonderful grasp of a period of history (something I'm beginning to really count on Scottoline to provide), and second, a really moving story with characters you couldn't help but connect with. Tony - or Pigeon Tony, after his habit of raising racing pigeons - willingly admits to having killed, but not murdered, a man. Both are in their eighties, and are on either ends of a vendetta spinning back to their youths. Judy Carrier, one of Scottoline ...more
This was my first Scottoline novel and it will certainly be my last. I don’t entirely understand why someone with such modest writing skills has become so popular, and I definitely don’t understand why the Italian-American Anti-Defamation League isn’t picketing her publisher. In this novel, Scottoline takes evident pride in depicting the Italian-American community she grew up near (if not exactly in), employing a sort of “you can’t be mad at me, I’m Italian” approach to trotting out stereotypes ...more
I really enjoyed this legal thriller which contained great courtroom drama. As a matter-of-fact, this book had everything including drama, action, romance, humor and surprises. Attorney Judy Carrier, a member of a Philadelphia all-female law firm wants to defend elderly "Pigeon Tony" Lucia (his name comes from raising homing pigeons) who admits to killing elderly Angelo Coluzzi. Pigeon Tony says he didn't MURDER Coluzzi but justifiably KILLED him because of a 60 year old vendetta (a blood feud t ...more
Her Best Yet -- Humorous, Suspenseful, Satisfying...

Yet another of the (Ms.) Bennie Rosato law firm associates is our leading lady in Scottoline's latest and greatest -- namely Judy Carrier, Mary DeNunzio's best friend (Mary herself on "sick leave" recovering from bullet wounds suffered in Rough Justice...). The premise here is that Tony Lucia ("Pigeon Tony", from his expertise with homing pigeon racing), on trial for murdering a life-long rival, Angelo Coluzzi, admits to the "killing" but not
How could I not enjoy a book with many of the characters named ‘...Tony’ and featuring a delightful and heartwarming old man named Pigeon Tony (Tony Lucia), whose life is shaped by a lifelong vendetta? When Pigeon Tony is charged with first degree murder, the lawyer Judy Carrier is pulled into defending him, with great reluctance. When he admits his guilt in killing his lifelong enemy Anthony Coluzzi in Italy, the story become challenging for the attorney and for the reader.

I had never understo
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Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 23 novels, including her latest, EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, which releases in April 2015. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled "Chick Wit" which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman's perspective.
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Rosato and Associates (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)
  • Rough Justice (Rosato & Associates, #3)
  • Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates, #4)
  • Moment of Truth (Rosato & Associates, #5)
  • Courting Trouble (Rosato & Associates, #7)
  • Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)
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