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Moment of Truth begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. Jack Newlin, a wealthy attorney with one of the most influential law firms in Philadelphia, killed his wife in a moment of drunken passion, stabbing her repeatedly when she announced she wanted a divorce. Or at least that is what he is claiming to the police.

The fact is, Jack is framing himself because

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Published September 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2000)
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Katherine
DNF at 10%.

The premise is actually quite brilliant, but the ridiculous dialogue and actions of the characters completely ruined it for me.

On another note, it seems to me that I like every other book in this series. Weird, huh?
Chance Maree

The setup is interesting -- a lawyer frames himself for the murder of his wife. The potential for conflict between him and his defense lawyer along with anyone else trying to help him is intriguing. Unfortunately, I wasn't wowed. Too many dull scenes and cluttering dialogue dragged on the story, making the read seem endless. Despite coffee and anticipation for a late night of engrossment, I often fell asleep. Brain was not engaged, and for a successful legal thriller, it damn well should have be
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Janis
I started using Goodreads for the sole purpose of giving this book a bad rating. I needed some brain candy for a long flight, and bought this book because it came up on some list on my ereader and had good ratings. It was absolute garbage. Let's leave the predictable plot, unrealistic romance, and poorly formed characters aside, the book was filled with racist, homophobic, sexist, and Islamaphobic language. I kept reading it for the sole joy of feeling morally superior to author. Terrible, terri ...more
Rachel
I listened to this book, and I think it was an abridged version, but honestly it probably just saved me from more crappy writing and bad plot.

Jack Newlin is framing himself for murder because he thinks his 16 year-old daughter did it. It doesn't take a genious to see that she didn't. You will quickly figure out who did, but the why will NEVER make sense because this book is stupid.
Jennifer
I love Lisa Scottoline books - although I will admit to reading her most recent ones. This book is twelve years old and it was painful. It took me nearly a month to read because I was unmotivated to do so. I found the idea of the book quite interesting, but found the book itself pretty awful.

*Potential Spoilers*:

I could kind of get on board with Jack confessing to a murder he didn't commit that he thinks his daughter did. But I found Paige's memory of the ordeal to be very convenient. I found Ma
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Jane
Lisa Scottoline usually writes great books. This one was not quite up to her usual standards. Newlin (an attorney) comes home to find his wife stabbed to death. He instantly assumes his wife was murdered by their daughter so he steps forward to take the blame and protect her. Mary (a new attorney) takes his case and immediately senses he may not be the real killer. Mary forms an attraction to Jack Newlin and fights to find the truth. I can't quite see the relationship/attraction happening that q ...more
Terri Lynn
Another good book from the Rosato and Associates series. This time around Bennie Rosato is out of the country taking a break after her horrible experiences in the last book and it falls to inexperienced Mary DiNunzio to handle a murder case where a rich lawyer confesses to the murder of his wife because he thinks his pregnant teen daughter did it. With the help of two police officers who think his confession is phony, Mary has to maneuver through an incredibly complicated case. I love the twist ...more
Drebbles
When attorney Jack Newlin discovers his murdered wife's body, he thinks his daughter killed her and he confesses rather than see her go to jail. He then hires inexperienced attorney Mary DiNunzio to defend him. But Mary believes he is innocent and decides to prove it, placing herself, Jack, and Jack's daughter, Paige, in danger. Can Mary find the killer before she becomes the next victim?

This legal thriller is a fun read. The characters, for the most part, are well written and come to life, esp
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Eppie
I didn't enjoy this one as much.

Amazon.com Review
Moment of Truth begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. Jack Newlin, a wealthy attorney with one of the most influential law firms in Philadelphia, killed his wife in a moment of drunken passion, stabbing her repeatedly when she announced she wanted a divorce. Or at least that is what he is claiming to the police.

The fact is, Jack is framing himself because he fears his wife's murder was his daughter's crime of passion. Sixteen-year-
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Mary
Feb 07, 2012 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
When Jack Newlin comes home to find his wife dead on their elegant dining room floor, he's convinced he knows who has killed her. He sets out to stage the murder so that he appears to be guilty. To hammer the final nail in his coffin, he hires the most inexperienced lawyer he can find: Mary DiNunzio of Rosato and Associates.

Unfortunately for Jack, hiring Mary might be his biggest mistake. Inexperienced she might be, but Mary soon discovers that instead of defending a guilty client claiming to be
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Diane Coto
Why would anyone incriminate themselves and confess to a murder they didn’t commit? Jack Newlin is an attorney himself from a very prestigious Philadelphia law firm. He comes home to a horrific scene. Someone has murdered his wife, Honor, and he is afraid he knows who it may have been. He even hires an attorney he believes is inexperienced to try to ensure his conviction. Mary DiNunzio, of the law firm Rosato & Associates, however, is much smarter than he anticipates. Mary is not the only pe ...more
Danielle
When Philadelphia lawyer, Jack Newlin, comes home one night to find his wealthy wife, Honor, dead, he immediately calls 911 and confesses to the crime. His wife and his sixteen-year-old daughter Paige have had a rocky relationship, and Jack suspects his super-model daughter is guilty, but he isn't about to let her take the blame. Determined to seal his fate, Jack retains Mary Dinunzio, of Rosato & Associates, an inexperienced criminal lawyer, for counsel. However, everything doesn't go Jack' ...more
Kay Vanatta
best one I've read so far!
Caroline Dwyer
I don't know what is going on, I generally enjoy Lisa Scotolines books. I have read two, Don't Go and Look Again. I started Moment of Truth and about 6 chapters in I'm just bored. I am wondering if Goodreads is hurting me at this point? I make lists and go through the books reading the description often. Th plots may be ruined? I noticed a little bit in Look Again but still loved the book. Maybe it is only this book that I am just not enjoying. I'm not sure.
Susan
I enjoyed this book in dual format- I listened to the audio book in then read the ebook when I was not in the car.

The story had a plot that included surprising twists and a surprise ending. There is subtle humor interlaced throughout.

Have grown-up in a suburb of Philadelphia, it is fun to read a book set in Philly.

One thing made me pause... Brinkley's black '68 Beetle would probably not have passed PA's auto inspection with that much rust. (Chapter 41)

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I will probably
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
4 STARS

"Moment of Truth begins with what appears to be an open-and-shut case. Jack Newlin, a wealthy attorney with one of the most influential law firms in Philadelphia, killed his wife in a moment of drunken passion, stabbing her repeatedly when she announced she wanted a divorce. Or at least that is what he is claiming to the police.

The fact is, Jack is framing himself because he fears his wife's murder was his daughter's crime of passion. Sixteen-year-old Paige Newlin is a successful model wh
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Chris
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Dyana
Jack Newlin comes home late from work one night to find his rich wife, Honor, stabbed to death. He immediately suspects his daughter, sixteen year old super model Paige, and decides to make it look like he did it to protect her. He stages the crime scene, calls the police, confesses, and then hires an inexperienced lawyer, Mary DiNunzio from the Philadelphia firm of Rosato and Associates (book 7 in the series) to defend him. Jack wants her to fail to get him off so he can go to prison and thus s ...more
Rose
_Wow_. I decided I was going to be a bona fide Scottoline Devotee when I read "Lady Killer" last year, which I loved. I love mysteries, thanks to Adrian Monk and Harriet M. Welsch (not that the latter is a member of the mystery genre, but the idea is there), but it's very hard for me to find any that balance a rarin'-good mystery with interesting characters that I come to care about.

"Moment of Truth" caught my eye because the premise intrigued me -- a man frames himself for the murder of his wi
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Dorothy
This represents a bit of a twist on the usual plot of legal thrillers, in that an innocent man sets out to frame himself for the murder of his wife. I confess this is the first Lisa Scottoline novel that I've read so I don't know if unusual plot twists are a trademark of her work, but, for the most part, I think she pulls it off.

A Philadelphia civil law attorney named Jack Newlin arrives home for dinner and finds his wife murdered in their kitchen. Their teenage daughter was supposed to join the
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Nathan Burgoine
I'm really quite beginning to adore Lisa Scottoline. I've listened to Legal Tender, and Dead Ringer, and I'm hooked. I'll be scouting around for more of her work as soon as I can find it.

Unlike the other two I've listened to on audiobook prior to Moment of Truth, this story isn't about Bennie Rosato, the snarky, sarcastic, tough-as-nails Philedelphia attourney I've grown to love, but Mary Di Nunzio, one of her associates. Bennie is away, and while she's gone, a man confesses to murdering his wif
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Linda
Another entertaining Scottoline novel down. By now, on my tenth or eleventh Scottoline book, I pretty well know what to expect from a story involving the women of Rosato and Associates, and Moment of Truth fits the bill. Not the best one I’ve read, but no serious complaints. This time around we’ve got Mary DiNunzio defending Jack Newlin, a rags-to-riches, well-mannered, unpretentious estates attorney who has improbably confessed to the sudden and violent murder of his wife. It’s clear from the s ...more
Fran
Jan 13, 2008 Fran rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crime fiction and law fiction fans
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I DON'T HiDE, BUT I DON'T FEED, MY REVIEWS. THEY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

This is another book where novice lawyer, Mary DiNunzio of proud Philadelphia Italian extraction, gets shot. She also gets a shot AT a high-power death-penalty legal case.

She's hired precisely because the accused wants an inexperienced lawyer. He himself is a lawyer, who wants to plead guilty to killing his wife, in order to spare his teen daughter, whom he thinks has killed his wife, aka her own mother.


The tidy ending was too
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Mary
I gave this book four stars not so much for the story, but because it made me laugh out loud. Italians I understand and the Philly thing so I get LS's humor and sarcasm. (I am married to a half-Italian man and was born in Philly and grew up in the 'burbs.) The story has its moments and is full of good characters. I liked Mary and her parents and of course Reg. I kind of suspected who the real culprits were early on and there were a few loose ends. All in all an entertaining read.
DeB
Lisa Scotoline's mystery series is like a bit of a familiar rocking chair to me. It will be comfortable. I'll enjoy sitting with it. It will give me a predictable break with mostly likeable characters from the neighbourhood and I'm happy to effortlessly drop in and enjoy some serious relaxing. Glad to see a new spin off is being written, so I'll have to try that out. I was missing my easy mystery chair.
Diana H.
This book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.
Every time I figured out who the murderer was, I was proved wrong. In the end, it was one of the people I least suspected (I know that's usually what happens with me and mystery / thriller titles, but come on - eventually I will figure out who the bad guy is, right?)
Bennie Rosato doesn't actually appear in this book, but she is still a figure of power when her associates refer to her and try to figure out what Bennie would do. So, in t
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Jayne Charles
Top marks for turning a murder mystery/police procedural on its head, in that we have a murder victim who pretty much everyone is happy to see dead, and a queue of people trying to claim responsibility. Do the police take the easy route and accept the first confession, or dig deeper? There was more to this novel, and the murder itself, that immediately meets the eye, and I liked the way the author built up personality through dialogue. Some great characters - the two detectives who behave like a ...more
Bob
LP 608 Pages - Mary DiNunzio is the principal in this tale of the Philadelphia all woman Law Firm. She is working late at the office one night when she fields a call from another lawyer who in custody and needs representation. When reaching the jail Mary finds her client has confessed to killing his wife earlier in the evening but has now decided he wants a lawyer. In talking to him Mary doesn't believe he did it although he insists that he did. One of the detectives is also expressing some doub ...more
Ada Iaboni
I've read a few of the books that are about the lawyer featured in this one and, I must say some are not too great. This one was good but not very good. It was nice to see Mary tackle her own case, but the total substance of the book was lacking in depth and intrigue. Good to read between heavier topics or perhaps a beach.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Rosato and Associates (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Everywhere That Mary Went (Rosato & Associates, #1)
  • Legal Tender (Rosato & Associates, #2)
  • Rough Justice (Rosato & Associates, #3)
  • Mistaken Identity (Rosato & Associates, #4)
  • The Vendetta Defense (Rosato & Associates, #6)
  • Courting Trouble (Rosato & Associates, #7)
  • Dead Ringer (Rosato & Associates, #8)
  • Killer Smile (Rosato & Associates, #9)
  • Lady Killer (Rosato & Associates, #10)
  • Think Twice (Rosato & Associates, #11)
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