Corrupted



❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Corrupted Author Lisa Scottoline – E17streets4all.co.uk Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough as nails exterior and she doesn t like to fail Now, a case from her past shows her how differently thing Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough as nails exterior and she doesn t like to fail Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve year old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully Bennie couldn t free Jason, and to this day it s the case that haunts her Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn t been any easier Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him She doesn t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.Corrupted

Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award winning author of novels, including her bestselling, AFTER ANNA 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 These stories, along with many other never before published stories, have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of humorous memoirs including their most recent, I Need A Lifeguard Everywhere But The Pool Lisa reviews popular fiction and non fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America Lisa graduated magna cum laude in three years from the University of Pennsylvania, with a BA degree in English, and her concentration was Contemporary American Fiction, taught by Philip Roth and others She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she taught a course she developed, Justice and Fiction Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events Lisa has over million copies of her books in print and is published in over countries She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn t have it any other way.

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    Hardcover · Corrupted PDF ò ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve year old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully Bennie couldn t free Jason, and to this day it s the case that haunts her Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn t been any easier Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him She doesn t know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 424 pages
  • Corrupted
  • Lisa Scottoline
  • 14 November 2019
  • 1250027934

10 thoughts on “Corrupted

  1. says:

    Legal thriller featuring Bennie Rosato, original partner of her law firm Rosato DiNunzio A character that hasn t always been front and center Bennie takes on a murder case involving a young man, Jason Leftavick Bennie defended Jason 13 years ago, when he was a pre teen She never had the chance to see it through, after being yanked off the case Now she has a second chance Bennie felt she never got justice for the first time around Now it s personal Bennie has always been portrayed as a Legal thriller featuring Bennie Rosato, original partner of her law firm Rosato DiNunzio A character that hasn t always been front and center Bennie takes on a murder case involving a young man, Jason Leftavick Bennie defended Jason 13 years ago, when he was a pre teen She never had the chance to see it through, after being yanked off the case Now she has a second chance Bennie felt she never got justice for the first time around Now it s personal Bennie has always been portrayed as a very tough, no nonsense lawyer This book shows her softervulnerable side A look behind the wall she built around herself A Great mix of courtroom action and personal character development If you are a fan of the series then you will love this one A nice light read to break up my string of thrillers

  2. says:

    In this 3rd book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series, lawyer Bennie Rosato defends a young man she tried to help when he was a child in juvie The book can be read as a standalone Philadelphia attorney Bennie Rosato first met Jason Lefkavick thirteen years ago, when he was a sweet 12 year old boy Jason had lashed out at a middle school bully named Richie Grusini, who was calling Jason s deceased mother names The resulting fight landed both boys in juvenile hall, and Jason was sentenced t In this 3rd book in the Rosato and DiNunzio series, lawyer Bennie Rosato defends a young man she tried to help when he was a child in juvie The book can be read as a standalone Philadelphia attorney Bennie Rosato first met Jason Lefkavick thirteen years ago, when he was a sweet 12 year old boy Jason had lashed out at a middle school bully named Richie Grusini, who was calling Jason s deceased mother names The resulting fight landed both boys in juvenile hall, and Jason was sentenced to several months in juvie jail Jason s father Matthew hired Bennie to try to get Jason out sooner.Bennie discovered that Jason and his dad were manipulated into giving up Jason s right to consult an attorney before he pled guilty Thus Bennie entered an appeal for Jason, which appeared likely to succeed However, it would take longer than Bennie had hoped In the meantime Bennie started dating the bully s uncle, a good looking state trooper named Declan Mitchell Bennie and Declan were soon smitten with one another, and Bennie had to give up Jason s case As a result, Jason s appeal was aborted and after serving his sentence Jason emerged from juvie angry and disillusioned In the end, Jason s entire childhood was blighted.A subsequent expos revealed corruption among juvenile court judges Some of them including Jason s were on the payroll of private detention facilities, and were sentencing kids to jail for the tiniest infractions Unfortunately, this scandal broke too late to help young Jason.Jump to the present and Jason, now a 25 year old man, is accused of murdering his old enemy Richie Grusini There s a LOT of evidence against Jason, but he claims he was framed So Bennie, who feels like she failed Jason when he was a kid, takes the case Bennie gets some assistance from the employees of her law firm, Rosato and DeNunuzio, especially the firm s investigator Lou.The fact that Bennie is representing Jason upsets Richie s uncle Declan, who s now a lawyer Declan doesn t want Bennie to use her formidable skills to get Jason off So though Declan hasn t seen Bennie in over a decade he comes to her house and implores her to drop the case Of course Bennie refuses, despite the fact she still has feelings for Declan In my opinion Bennie is way too soppy about Declan and mentions his very handsome face a few too many times Jason s case goes to court, and the jousting between Bennie and the prosecuting attorney is a highlight of the book Though Jason seems reluctant to participate in his own defense, the truth eventually comes out.In the course of the story we learn a bit about Bennie s past, and seeof her personality which is tough, but caring and concerned The book also points up an inherent problem of private prisons, which garner the most profit from holding the maximum number of prisoners a factor that could put pressure on the justice system I think the dual timelines of the story work well, and I d recommend the book to fans of legal mysteries You can follow my reviews at

  3. says:

    3.5 stars By all rights, I should be giving Corrupted a lower rating because it s full of flaws some of them pretty big But it seemsfair to rate the book based on how fast it had me flipping pages than based on my intellectual analysis of its flaws I gather Corrupted is book 3 of a mystery series featuring a law firm based in Philadelphia It s my first read in the series, but there was no issue with jumping in at 3 Corrupted focuses on a murder trial that Bennie takes on for a cli 3.5 stars By all rights, I should be giving Corrupted a lower rating because it s full of flaws some of them pretty big But it seemsfair to rate the book based on how fast it had me flipping pages than based on my intellectual analysis of its flaws I gather Corrupted is book 3 of a mystery series featuring a law firm based in Philadelphia It s my first read in the series, but there was no issue with jumping in at 3 Corrupted focuses on a murder trial that Bennie takes on for a client she had represented 13 years earlier when he was 12 years old and detained in a youth detention centre after a middle school fight The book gives us the lengthy back story, and then jumps forward to the murder trial where the story becomes a full out courtroom drama The flaws Parts one and two don t mesh very well in terms of style and focus There is a love interest that is central to the book but that had me rolling my eyes at its silliness And the ending amounted to an out of the blue hard to believe resolution So why did I keep flipping the pages There s a background political issue that s at the centre of the first part that I found really interesting Except for the end, Scottoline did a great job presenting the dynamics in the courtroom And I liked Bennie and her dedication to her work and clients On balance, I liked it enough to have me want to read the next one on the series Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me access to an advance copy although I ended up reading it well after publication

  4. says:

    Corrupted, the 3rd book in Lisa Scottoline s Rosato DiNuzio Series is a suspenseful and riveting story of corruption, abuse of power and how the court system can be manipulated to making innocent people suffer a lot of heartache and unfairness.Attorney Bennie Rosato, one of the partners receives a call for help from Jason Leftavik, someone she had tried to help thirteen years before, when he was unfairly sentenced to juvenile detention She has always felt guilty that she did not do enough whe Corrupted, the 3rd book in Lisa Scottoline s Rosato DiNuzio Series is a suspenseful and riveting story of corruption, abuse of power and how the court system can be manipulated to making innocent people suffer a lot of heartache and unfairness.Attorney Bennie Rosato, one of the partners receives a call for help from Jason Leftavik, someone she had tried to help thirteen years before, when he was unfairly sentenced to juvenile detention She has always felt guilty that she did not do enough when he was twelve years ago.Jason has been charged with murdering his long time enemy a bully who had made Jason s life a misery all those years ago He maintains his innocence and believes that he has been framed for the murder.The story switches between the present and the time, thirteen years ago, when she first met Jason.This is an emotional and sad story of a boy whose life was forever changed when he was sent to juvenile prison.It s also a story of a woman who has carried the guilt of not doing enough for the young boy and who is now determined to not giving up on him.As Bernie begins looking into Jason s life, she discovers that there sto the murder that he s suppose to have done Her past haunts her.the man she had fallen in love with who had left her in a situation that she has never been able to overcome, is now back and not to get together again with her but in fact against everything she believes in.What I most liked about this story was the courtroom scenes Bennie shines She s smart, quick witted and not scared to cross the boundary line if it means it will save her client s life She s also such a warm and caring person.I found her such a fascinating and likeable character.The secondary characters are interesting and particularly liked the camaraderie and work relationship she has with her partners and staff.The one thing that got to me..the fact that the man from her past, who had given Bennie up without a good enough reason is suddenly back, still giving her grieve and when the truth about Jason s case is revealed..he suddenly wants to be back in her life Really Grovel a bit longer Corrupted is a moving, touching and affecting story and a look into the courtroom procedures and all its laws and procedures

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    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.This was really good I have had this book for a long time and I have to say that right now I am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner I was totally sucked into the story and had a hard time setting it aside once I got going I think that one of the reasons that I hesitated for so long is because it is the third book in the series and I wasn t sure that it would work out of order but it works perfectly as a stand alone novel This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.This was really good I have had this book for a long time and I have to say that right now I am kicking myself for not picking it up sooner I was totally sucked into the story and had a hard time setting it aside once I got going I think that one of the reasons that I hesitated for so long is because it is the third book in the series and I wasn t sure that it would work out of order but it works perfectly as a stand alone novel I am so glad that I finally decided to give this book a try.This book covers two different cases at different points in time that share the same cast of characters Thirteen years ago, Bennie represented Jason who was twelve years old at the time Jason was sent to juvenile detention over a relatively minor incident where he stood up to a bully in the school cafeteria The punishment of 90 days in juvenile detention seemed quite harsh for such a young child and Bennie worked hard to get him released Unfortunately, she was pulled off the case by Jason s father because of a personal relationship The current case has Bennie defending Jason who is being charged with murdering the same bully from all those years ago I liked how different the two cases were in this book and thought that they were both equally interesting I really enjoyed the fact that this book really focused on all of the legal maneuvers I found all of the motions and appeals to be very interesting in the way it was presented I also liked getting the chance to learn Bennie s thought process during the trial as she made decisions to object and question witnesses I did like the characters in this book Bennie is incredibly competent as a lawyer and there was never a doubt in my mind that she would always do what was in her client s best interest She does have a romantic relationship in this story and I think that seeing her in avulnerable situation really helped to make her feel authentic It was interesting to see the contrast between Jason as a child to the man being tried for murder I thought that Kate Burton did a fantastic job with the narration of this book She just pulled me into the story and held my attention I think that she did a wonderful job with all of the character voices and brought a lot of emotion into the story anytime it was warranted I believe that this is the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Kate Burton s work but I plan to look for her in the future.I would recommend this book to others I thought that this was a well done legal thriller that kept me guessing This was quite the page turner in the end and I cannot wait to readfrom Lisa Scottoline very soon I received a digital review copy of this book from St Martin s Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.Initial ThoughtsI thought that this book was very well done There are really two cases that are detailed in the book The first case happens when Bennie s client is a middle school age child and the second case occurs about 13 years later when the same client is an adult I liked that this book stayed pretty focused on the court proceeding and rationale behind the lawyer s moves There is a romance that comes into play but the main focus is on the cases The audiobook narration was easy to listen to and added to my enjoyment of the novel

  6. says:

    This captivating tale was inspired by the tragic events of the Kids for Cash scandal of 2008 At the heart, two corrupt Pennsylvania judges presided over juvenile hearings Together, they conspired to adjudicate boys to a for profit detention facility for monetary gain Over the course of several years, literally, thousands of children were unjustly incarcerated for minor offenses Their childhoods, their dreams stolen The author marvelously, delivered an action packed, well written narrative This captivating tale was inspired by the tragic events of the Kids for Cash scandal of 2008 At the heart, two corrupt Pennsylvania judges presided over juvenile hearings Together, they conspired to adjudicate boys to a for profit detention facility for monetary gain Over the course of several years, literally, thousands of children were unjustly incarcerated for minor offenses Their childhoods, their dreams stolen The author marvelously, delivered an action packed, well written narrative that held me captive to the print.Jason Lefkavick, age twelve, was by all accounts, a timid, good natured and friendly boy who wouldn t harm a fly One day in the school cafeteria he pushed another student after being cruelly provoked He d been bullied by this young thug throughout grade school Richie Grusuni For his actions, Jason stood before Judge Ciavarella and was unjustly sentenced to serve ninety days in juvenile hall His punishment had far exceeded the nature of his offense At worst, he might have received suspension from school Richie was also sent to juvie, though, with a lesser sentence sixty days Still, an exorbitant punishment Way too long.Jason s father contacted one of Philly s top lawyer s, Benny Rosato No introduction was needed here A stellar reputation preceded her He knew his son did not deserve to be in lockup and feared for his safety Much of the inmate population were older, bigger and had committed far worse offenses He wanted only the best representation for his son and felt comfort knowing that his son s fate rested in the trusted hands of Ms Rosato So he believed.After several futile attempts, Benny was unsuccessful in her bid to get Jason released even though she had Constitutional Law on her side The judge refused to waiver from his decision With Christmas just around the corner, there he was to remain with no release in sight He was at the mercy of older kids and bullies who never gave him a moment s peace His time there had been a living hell It would ultimately change his life forever.Thirteen years later Jason and Richie s paths collided once again Their hatred for each other had not diminished over time One fateful night they confronted each other Push turned to shove Regrettably, It was finally time for a showdown The sorrowful outcome however, could not have been predicted Once again, Jason found himself in need of legal representation Having learned of Jason s troubles,Benny was quick to volunteer her services She was doggedly determined not to let him down again Failure was not an option.A dramatic courtroom battle ensued Benny was in her element, however, this time, the cards had been stacked against her, actually, the defendant Evidence presented in court against her client had been overwhelming She was embroiled in a losing battle with a disastrous outcome looming just ahead As a last ditch effort, Jason took the the stand This was Benny s Hail Mary It hadn t gone well In fact, it was a disaster Just when it seemed his conviction was a certainty, an unpredictable, last minute twist knocked me off my chair I was stunned It was an ending that shook me to the core As you probably already surmised, I had enjoyed this read from beginning to a great end A story well told

  7. says:

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have listened to a number of Ms Scottoline s books and really most enjoyed her standalone book, Every Fifteen Minutes I was looking forward to this book to see what this series was all about, I ve read such rave reviews.Beginning the book we are in the present time, Bennie Rosato receives a call from a former client who is now facing a murder charge Fifteen years ago Ms Rosato represented Jason as a 12 year ol I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have listened to a number of Ms Scottoline s books and really most enjoyed her standalone book, Every Fifteen Minutes I was looking forward to this book to see what this series was all about, I ve read such rave reviews.Beginning the book we are in the present time, Bennie Rosato receives a call from a former client who is now facing a murder charge Fifteen years ago Ms Rosato represented Jason as a 12 year old who was forced to spend time in a juvenile facility for a fight at school, mainly due to the school s No Tolerance policy and a corrupt judge at the time She has never forgiven herself for not being able to get him released from that detention facility.We are sent back in time to the story of the young Bennie and the juvenile Jason While at first I enjoyed this part of the book I found that it was very drawn out There is a romantic element which I enjoyed as it brought out Bennie s very warm, human side But after so many pages of the description of back and forth etc between the lawyer and the justice system I grew tired of it I was very happy when it switched to present time and the murder charge against Jason.I enjoyed the second half a lotJason, found in an alley with a dead man the very bully that he was incarcerated for having a fight with at age 12 , he is found with the bloody knife in his hand Jason who swears innocence will not plead down A very experienced proficient lawyer now, it s great to watch and listen to Bennie defend her client and fight it out with the opponents This part of the book seemed to move a lot quicker for me.I would recommend this book to those who like courtroom drama that is well written with great characters

  8. says:

    Very good storyline Even though I listened to this at work, it kept my attention It s a sitting on the edge of your seat until the end I m really enjoying this series a lot Well worth the time if you like murder mysteries.

  9. says:

    Dumb The romance portion of the book was D.U.M.B Spoiler They basically fall in love over a weekend and don t seriously date anyone else for the next 15 years pining away for each other Men as good looking as Declan allegedly is don t do that It would have beenrealistic if he had at least been married and divorced in that time due to incompatibility The court room scenes were interesting, but again, did Scottoline have to spell out for us why Bennie said every little thing she did Dumb The romance portion of the book was D.U.M.B Spoiler They basically fall in love over a weekend and don t seriously date anyone else for the next 15 years pining away for each other Men as good looking as Declan allegedly is don t do that It would have beenrealistic if he had at least been married and divorced in that time due to incompatibility The court room scenes were interesting, but again, did Scottoline have to spell out for us why Bennie said every little thing she did If the jury was supposed to have powers of deduction, shouldn t we as readers Also,Bennie basically never gets overruled at all and the prosecutor always gets overruled which again, is just not realistic She can t be THAT good And the twist Possible spoiler I guessed it from a mile when Scottoline was so heavy handed with Paul Stowloski s testimony and his focus on his wife The Lego man introduced in court Puh lease Lame But to each his her own I also did not find Bennie and Declan near as likeable as characters in her other books,and the ending was way too neatly and quickly wrapped up between the two of them

  10. says:

    Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy Justice delayed is justice denied.Bennie Rosato doesn t usually defend kids, but she finds herself representing 12 year old Jason Lefkavick in a case that should never gone to trail Jason is accused of pushing a schoolyard bully named Richie Both boys find themselves sentenced to time in a juvenile facility, sentences that seem overly harsh in light of the circumstances Something funny is going on in the juvenile court system, and Bennie is det Thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy Justice delayed is justice denied.Bennie Rosato doesn t usually defend kids, but she finds herself representing 12 year old Jason Lefkavick in a case that should never gone to trail Jason is accused of pushing a schoolyard bully named Richie Both boys find themselves sentenced to time in a juvenile facility, sentences that seem overly harsh in light of the circumstances Something funny is going on in the juvenile court system, and Bennie is determined to get to the heart of it, and get her 12 year old client out of jail And then things go wrong13 years later, now 25 year old Jason is on trial for murdering the very bully responsible for his spending much of his young life in jail Bennie gets the call, and although she hasn t taken on a murder case in years, this time she is determined to get justice for Jason An old flame, an old secret, politics, corruption and old stories all conspire to add tension and mystery to the story as Bennie seeks to find out what really happened in that dark ally, and who really murdered Richie Grusini Bennie s character is a great one a tall, good looking, strong minded, intelligent woman with a soft heart and a passion for justice She is also bold, courageous and creative, and she never gives up I d want her on my side if I needed a lawyer It s sheer delight to watch her take on lesser mortals a she defends her clients like a lioness defending her cubs Enjoy the twists and turns as Bennie unearths new clues as to who murdered Richie Grusini Yes, there are occasionally things that happen that would never happen in a real courtroom, but that s why it s called fiction The book left me wanting

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