by Bruce TierneyJuly, 2005
<b>Devil's Corner</b>One of the (many) reasons for becoming an attorney instead of a cop is to avoid having bad guys' guns pointed in your direction. Still, despite her best efforts, Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Allegretti finds herself looking down the barrel of a loaded 9mm Glock. The encounter does not end well although Allegretti manages to escape with her life, her partner is shot several times and killed. It should have been a simple meeting with a confidential informant, but nothing is ever simple: the informant lies dead a floor above. So begins Lisa Scottoline's latest novel, <b>Devil's Corner</b>, a Grisham-like legal thriller of conspiracy and murder in West Philadelphia. Burning with shame and anger over the death of her partner, Allegretti devotes herself to bringing his killers to justice. Bit by bit, she realizes that the conspiracy reaches the highest levels of city government, and that her own life may well be in danger. Scottoline is a lifelong resident of the City of Brotherly Love, and she captures the feel of the place brilliantly: the cadence of language, the rhythm of the street that is uniquely Philly.