Grace Rossi is starting over after a divorce, and a part-time job with a federal appeals court sounds perfect. But she 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 the chief judge. Then Grace finds herself investigating a murder, unearthing a secret bank account and following a trail of bribery and judicial corruption that's stumped even the FBI. In no time at all, Grace under fire takes on a whole new meaning.

March 17, 2009  |  352 pages
(Rated on Jul 19, 2013)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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Lisa Scottoline continues her tradition of being a master of the suspense novel with this saga of the misguided wishes for placement on the Supreme Court by the highest judges and the lowest law clerks. When a very prominent judge is said to have killed himself the quest begins to find out what really happened to him and how each player fits into the mystery. The twist at the end is somewhat foreshadowed but more gruesome than expected.  (+1 vote)