Damaged: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel (Hardcover)
“Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn.” –Harlan Coben
One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.
Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...
With Lisa Scottoline’s trademark emotional depth and fast-paced action, the New York Times bestseller Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.
About the Author
Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including Look Again, Lady Killer, Think Twice, Save Me and Everywhere That Mary Went. She also writes a weekly column, “Chick Wit,” with her daughter Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The columns have been collected in Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog and My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space. She has won an Edgar® Award and Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Fun Fearless Fiction” Award, and she is the president of Mystery Writers of America. She teaches a course on justice and fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. She lives in the Philadelphia area.
“Outstanding…Tensions mount until the story concludes with a satisfying, unexpected twist.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Damaged
“Scottoline’s merging of the themes of her family-driven stand-alone thrillers with her ongoing legal series continues to work splendidly.” –Booklist on Damaged
Unanimous Praise for Lisa Scottoline’s Novels
“A virtuoso of suspense, fast action, and intricate plot.” –The Washington Post
“An intense, breathless ride.” –Jodi Picoult
“Packed with emotion.” –Sandra Brown
“Provocative.” –Emily Giffin
“Gripping.” –Kristin Hannah
"Bestseller Scottoline casts an unflinching eye on the damaged world of sociopaths in this exciting thriller." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Scottoline writes with genuine snap, producing smartly structured mystery thrillers.” –Entertainment Weekly
“Scottoline rocks!” –Nora Roberts
“Scottoline is a powerhouse.” –David Baldacci
"Scottoline has plenty of tricks up her sleeve." —Booklist (starred review)
"A mounting-stakes actioner." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Scottoline grabs her readers by the jugular and won't let go." —Library Journal (starred review)
"Scottoline is one of the very best writers at work today." —Michael Connelly
"Scottoline is brilliant at getting the story moving right from the start. She also has a rare talent for creating and defining her characters. Readers are sucked into this story and remain fascinated with everything spelled out on the pages." —The Huffington Post
"Scottoline excels at turning societal issues of the day into suspenseful plot points...A masterpiece of pitch-perfect storytelling balanced against emotional angst." —Providence Journal