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Rough Justice (Rosato and Associates #3)

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A high-profile criminal defense attorney suddenly faces her worst nightmare, as her seemingly innocent client is about to get away with murder--literally. Now it's a race against time as she attempts to set things right, risking her career, her firm's reputation, and even her life, while her millionaire defendant is perfectly willing to kill again to ensure that freedom co ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published 1999 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1997)
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Maria João Fernandes
"Não é um trabalho, é uma aventura."

"Rosato & Associadas" é uma agência de advogadas. Lisa Scottoline criou protagonistas de personalidades fortes, todas elas especialistas em direito, que trabalham em conjunto para desvendar um mistério sobre o seu cliente atual.É o primeiro livro que leio desta série, mas o facto de a presença feminina ser dominante torna o livro uma lufada de ar fresco. Afinal, porque são sempre os homens a destacar-se nos enredos de ação?

"O poder era apenas um estado de
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 10, 2015 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it

"Criminal lawyer Marta Richter is about to win an acquital for her latest client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere. Then Steere lets slip that he's sold Marta a false self-defence claim and that he murdered the homeless man who tried to carjack him. A furious Marta resolves to discover the evidence that will convict Steere -- before the jury returns with its verdict. In a race against time and the worst blizzard Philadelphia has seen in years, Marta drafts help from two able associ
Mar 02, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
The best of hers I've read so far (1,2,3,4,5,6,9,14,16,17,18,19).

I found this one truly fast-paced. It jumps right in with a murder client revealing that he's guilty, the jury already in deliberation. We get to hear the thoughts of all the characters. Each chapter has a cliffhanger, because the way the chapters separate the action (and main characters), it could be a few chapters before a thread is revisited and we find out what happens next to that character/plot line.

I have started reading t
Feb 24, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found it difficult to believe that a high powered lawyer was surprised to find that her client was truly guilty, I did enjoy reading the results of this revelation. Scottoline created mystery and suspense in the right amounts. She developed characters that I wanted to cheer on to victory. I found the twists and turns intriguing. While the snowstorm added to the drama, I did wonder how our characters were the only ones who were able to get around the city.
Marta was a strong female charac
Diane Coto
Aug 30, 2014 Diane Coto rated it really liked it
The title is appropriate. Things did get very rough for criminal lawyer, Marta Richter. She’d been trying a high profile murder case in Philadelphia and now the jury is in deliberation. She feels certain Elliot Steere will be acquitted for the murder of a homeless man who was trying to hijack him. Then he admits to her that he is guilty. Now she’s running out of time. She seeks the help of associates, Mary Dinunzio and Judy Carrier, to search for evidence that had been missed. The chain of event ...more
Doris Jean
Jul 15, 2014 Doris Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy roughness, action and violence.
Shelves: fiction
I read the 1997 edition, 460 pages. Right away I felt the author was trying to make the book challenging by adding many people to the story. Too many characters. Too confusing, so I started a list of them. One, two or three new characters on pages 1, 5,7, 13, 16, 22, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 37, 45 and the book was too hard to read up to this point. All these people and not too much plot or action for me.

Then I got involved in the story until page 82 when more characters, the Trolios, are mentioned.
It seems like, for many people, this book is a favorite of Lisa Scottoline's many Rosato & Associates novels. For me, not so much. The book didn't grab me at the beginning, and all the legalese made my head spin. Still, I forced myself to keep reading because I don't want to give up on this series. There was a lot of action throughout the book, which I liked, but I felt like the end was wrapped up rather quickly and left me a little confused.

Elliot Steere is a millionaire on trial for murder
Dec 25, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well shoot, I read Scottoline's Corrupted and really liked it, so I checked out Rough Justice with high expectations. In one sense it delivered...this is a fast-moving, exciting, can't-put-it-down novel. But toward the end some of the action became rather unrealistic to me. And the editing could have been better; there were a number of places where the wording just didn't make sense. I should have noted one or two so I could give examples, but I didn't and I'm not willing to search back to locat ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Dyana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would have given this book five stars except for the profanity. Marta Richter is close to winning an acquittal for her client Elliot Steere when he tells her he is quilty and it's too late for her to do anything about it. Steere is a millionaire businessman who murdered a homeless man under a bridge claiming self-defense. The jury has already begun deliberations, and Marta is determined to discover why he did it and find evidence to prove the truth. Steere is confidant he will win because he has ...more
Terri Lynn
I didn't like this one as much as the previous ones nor as well as the very last title in the series. Bennie Rosato isn't the main attraction in this story though she is certainly present. The Rosato firm, working along with lawyer Marta Richter are defending a rich creep who murdered a black man who appeared to be a poor homeless guy in what he claimed was self-defense, but when the case goes to the jury (including one juror on the killer's payroll), the client, millionaire businessman Elliot S ...more
Deepa Raghunath
Jul 16, 2016 Deepa Raghunath rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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Jan 27, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
LANGUAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of the worst of her books for language!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not get why authors think they need to use bad language to make a story work!!!! This is a great story of corruption and luckily it's being found out and punished.

Lisa Scottoline - please back off on the language!!!
Daniel Stallings
The characters and story line was great. The writing left a lot to be desired. The constant use of the "f" word took away from me giving any higher rating. If you took the "f" word out of this book, I bet it would cut 100 pages off the length.
Tabitha Quire
Drags in the beginning, but does get better towards middle and then I just wanted to keep reading to get to the end. So overall this was a good book; the third in the series of Rosato and Associates.
Main character is a visiting lawyer; she uses the firm as a partner base for a high profile case. Two associates from the firm are assisting: Mary (everywhere that Mary went) and Judy. Bennie Rosato has what can best be described as a cameo role.

What I didn't like was the climatic ending: the women had been building a case against their client; they are standing on the steps of the Justice Center while he gloats over his acquittal on a murder charge, all sad that they can't use what they have no
Laurie Armstrong
Dec 10, 2014 Laurie Armstrong rated it liked it
This story was really good. I liked how it all came together. But I don't understand the need for so much profanity. Due to that, I can't give it more than three stars.
Sep 07, 2008 Debra rated it really liked it
Drags in the beginning, but picks up and left me exhausted by the time I was finished. And that's a good thing!
Jill Snyder
Starts a little slow list the other books of hers I've read. Gets good in the middle of the book
Aug 23, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love all books by Lisa Scottoline!!!!! Start at the beginning and read them in order.
Jun 09, 2014 Cathy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series, legal
An early book in the "Rosado & Associates" series. The dilemma: What do you do when your defendant who is on the verge of acquittal brags that he did deliberately murder the victim, taunts you that he's going to get away with it and uses that as a threat to your safety and to those you care about? A good, fast moving story. Some suspension of disbelieve is needed as an awful lot happens in a short amount of time; the main character would've needed super-human strength to keep on going withou ...more

(I gave it a 3.5 based on:
Our gripe is that 2/3 of the book took place during such a bitter and deep snowstorm that roads were closed and cities crippled.)

We're reading Ms. Scottoline's works in order, so this is number 5. In "Justice", she reprises Mary DiNunzio's character from book 1 and if our notes are corre
Jul 24, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
Good Premise, Great Plot, Implausible Action, Super End!

The above gives you the short version, now here comes the longer one. We're reading Ms. Scottoline's works in order, so this is number 5. In "Justice", she reprises Mary DiNunzio's character from book 1 and if our notes are correct, (Ms.) Bennie Rosata's from book 3 -- which is nice because we're really getting inside these character's personalities which adds to the fun. The basic premise this time is that a guest hot-shot lawyer from out
Jun 16, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
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Jul 23, 2011 J rated it liked it
The book falls early in the chronological line of events in the life of Bennie Rosato -- the all-women law firm is founded, but young.

The main character is actually an out of state crim. defense attorney, Marta Richter, who affiliates w. the Rosato firm when she undertakes the defense of a well-known Phil. millionaire developer, Elliot Steere. The jury has gone out when Steer foolishly -- but necessarily, to propel the action -- confesses to Richter that he did in fact kill the homeless man whom
OK, I confess: One of the reasons I love reading the books in Lisa Scottoline's "Rosato and Associates" series is that the protagonists are all women lawyers. So I have to say I especially liked the fact that this particular story brought together several of her memorable legal women characters working together in more or less equal measure to solve the mystery. I just get so tired of male-dominated action plots in books and movies -- for instance, the same weekend as I was reading this book, I ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Lisa Scottoline's "Rosato and Associates" series is entertaining as the protagonists are all women lawyers. This particular story brought together several of her memorable legal women characters working together in more or less equal measure to solve the mystery.

Rough Justice takes off from an unexpected premise. Rather than building the suspense on whether the lawyer is going to win the case, Scottoline starts us off with a case that is all but won and in the bag. Marta Richter, a skilled crim
Scottoline, Lisa - 5th in the Rosato and Associates series

From Fantastic Fiction: Criminal lawyer Marta Richter is about to win an acquital for her latest client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere. Then Steere lets slip that he's sold Marta a false self-defence claim and that he murdered the homeless man who tried to carjack him. A furious Marta resolves to discover the evidence that will convict Steere -- before the jury returns with its verdict. In a race against time and the
Jan 18, 2016 Kristin rated it it was ok
this was definitely a page turner and full of action, but when I finally got to the end, it was clear there were some problems with the plot. A LOT of stuff happens in a mere 24-hour period. The lead attorney spends a LOT of time outdoors in a blizzard, even running through ocean surf at one point, without getting frostbite. And there are a LOT of irrelevant side stories that never really came together in the end. Quick read, enjoyable, but don't dig too deep or you'll be disappointed.
Once again, the author leaves a number of loose ends dangling at the end of her story. This is the second of her novels that I have read, and in both of them, the ending is abrupt, and loose ends remain untied. While improbable, the story is non-stop action right up to the end. The book is an easy read if you don't mind being left hanging on a number of plot threads at the end of the story. I hope she can improve as a writer because she has a creative imagination.
Mar 18, 2014 Neeka rated it really liked it
Shelves: lisa-scottoline
Comparing this to the two previous books in the series - much better. I would have rated this a 3.5 so I just rounded up. Though I wish her books focused more on the courtside on the stories instead of lawyers get pulled into things, their lives are in danger, have to figure out the big mystery to save everyone, and also so justice is right.
I just need to remind myself that Scottoline isn't Connelly no matter how much I wish it.
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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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