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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorAn Edgar Award-winning AuthorA Rosato & DiNunzio NovelShy, dyslexic, and small for his age, ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. 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.
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This is the fourth entry in the Rosato & DiNunzio series (a successor to the Rosato & Associates novels), and the story focuses on Mary DiNunzio. Her wedding to Anthony is just weeks away when a heartbreaking case drops into her lap. A janitor is suing Patrick O'Brien, a 10-year-old boy who is small for his age, severely dyslexic, and suffering from anxiety disorder. His grandfather and guardian hires Mary to defend Patrick, who is accused of attacking the janitor with scissors. Opposing counsel is the reviled Nick Machiavelli, who is trying his damnedest to live up to his namesake. It quickly becomes apparent that the janitor has abused the boy, prompting the retaliation, but matters become more complicated when the grandfather dies of an insulin overdose, and Patrick is the prime suspect. Mary wants to foster the boy, but she is worried about its effect on her relationship with Anthony. Scottoline's merging of the themes of her family-driven stand-alone thrillers with her ongoing legal series continues to work splendidly. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A 400,000 first printing will get this one out of the starting blocks quickly.--Alesi, Stacy Copyright 2016 Booklist
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