Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 4.5 Stars
Founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm, Bennie Rosato, takes on the case of Jason Leflavick, accused of murdering Richie Grusini. Thirteen years previously, Jason, at the age of twelve, was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully, the very same Richie. Bennie pulled out all of the stops, but was was unable to free Jason and has never forgiven herself. When she hears of Jason's indictment for killing Richie, she is determined not to let him down a second time. Bennie is going to work really hard for Jason because she cannot let him down again.
Bennie has always displayed a tough-as-nails exterior, especially around her co-workers, but for several chapters in this book, Jason's childhood case is recalled. These recollections are hard on Bennie as she has many dark memories of that time while trying to help young Jason. We get to see Bennie's softer, more maternal, side. Bennie fell in love with a cop, Declan, Richard Grusini's uncle, and subsequently suffered a broken heart. Now that Declan's nephew is dead, Bennie cannot help but to cross paths with him again. No doubt he stands against her defending Jason, but what is more, wants something else from Bennie.
Corrupted was a fast-paced read, marrying the past and present cases that tell us a lot about Bennie's nature and why she has always been so gruff. She suffered undeniable hurt in her life at the hands of the man who said he loved her. But her focus is now, and she seeks to redeem herself with Jason's case, and this shows just how strong a character she is. This is a thrilling, yet sensitive story, not necessarily a hard-hitting legal drama. Yet, it is chock full of secrets, a broken heart, corruption and sensitivity.
I purchased this entire series and have read Accused and Betrayed, Mary's and Judy's stories, respectively. I have Feared for review for NetGalley and as a die-hard lover of series, will also be reading Damaged and Exposed. I have also purchased several other titles by this author.