When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they were men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance —determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve this…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love…or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. Told with Scottoline’s trademark gift for twists, turns, heart, and humanity, this latest thriller asks the question: is it better to be loved, or feared…​


“The very pregnant Mary DiNunzio smells a rat when her mostly female Philly law firm is sued for reverse discrimination. Opposing counsel is none other than her archnemesis Nick Machiavelli, who is hell-bent on destruction. Murder, Heartbreak and lots of baby kicks ratchet up the suspense, while Scottoline's breezy humor and enchanted ending add the pizzazz.”
– People

“The ever-increasing stakes propel the story toward a gratifying denouement. Scottoline insightfully explores the challenges facing powerful women at work and at home.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Scottoline, who obviously knows her readers inside out, hits every mark, and the results are never less than pleasurable, down to the last satisfying twist.”
– Kirkus