Final Appeal is Lisa’s second novel, and the recipient of the Edgar Award, the highest honor in suspense fiction. In it, Philadelphia lawyer Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce. She takes a part-time job as a law clerk for a federal judge, but, Grace doesn’t count on being assigned to an explosive death penalty appeal. Nor does she expect ardor in the court, in the form of an affair with her boss, the Chief Judge, after which the judge is found dead – an apparent suicide. As Grace searches for the truth about her lover’s death, her investigation uncovers a trail of bribery and judicial misconduct and corruption that’s even stumped the FBI.


"Lisa Scottoline has been added to my short list for must-read-authors. Her stories are filled with teeth-gnashing suspense, her characters are compelling, and her humor cuts to the heart of the issue with laser-like accuracy."
– Janet Evanovich

"Lisa Scottoline's greatest skill, and it is a remarkable one indeed, is to make the domestic incident, the small characters, and moments come to life and ring absolutely true."
– Stuart Kaminksy

"Scottoline... has again pulled together an intriguing cast of characters and a smart mystery to make an exciting, action-packed read."
– Publishers Weekly

"Good, speedy fun."
– Entertainment Weekly