Dirty Blonde, now available in paperback, became an instant New York Times hardcover bestseller and jumped on all the way at #5. It is a riveting page-turner about sex and murder, which starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends in the cold, gritty alleys of Philadelphia.
Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders whether she can do the job justice. After all, a job described in the United States Constitution would intimidate anybody. She’s only in her thirties, so she feels like she’s joining the world’s most exclusive retirement village. And she worries inwardly that she only looks the part, in a designer suit donned like overpriced armor.
But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone, even her best friend.
Then a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight, the tabloids tell her secrets, her boyfriend dumps her, and her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate’s troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life-embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her childhood, where she first learned to lie. She’ll have to fight her way back to the truth, or die trying.
Dirty Blonde is Lisa Scottoline’s most suspenseful and gripping thriller to date. Mixing poignancy with her trademark wit and wonderfully compelling characters, it showcases her remarkable talents as never before, and questions whether law and justice are always the same thing.
"Scottoline is a pro. She knows how to keep the pages turning. Most readers will be helpless to resist the pull of her galloping plot. Scottoline's lucky 13th book is another winner."
– Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lisa Scottoline has made Judge Fante and the rest of her characters fascinating, believable people. You can't help liking Fante — and cheering for her. Judge Cate deserves to come back in a sequel or two. We could do with a bit more disorder in the court."
– St. Louis Post Dispatch
"In this intriguing tale marked by crisp dialogue, flashes of humor, and keenly observed narrative detail, Lisa Scottoline once again demonstrates why she is considered by many to be one of the best legal thriller novelists writing today."
– Joe Drabyak, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
"Compelling stand-alone...the fast pace and ever-increasing tension will keep readers turning the pages."
– Publishers Weekly