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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Scottoline Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780061134937
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline delivers a riveting page-turner about sex and murder, which starts in the elite chambers of a sexy female judge and ends on the cold, gritty streets of Philadelphia.

Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She’s in her thirties, and she feels like she’s joining the world’s most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret—and, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone.

Then a high-profile case in her courtroom explodes into a shocking murder-suicide, and it blasts her cover wide open. Overnight, her new career hangs in tatters. But Cate’s troubles are only beginning. An enemy no one anticipated sends her running for her life—embarking on a journey that begins in the mystery of her own childhood. She’ll have to fight her way back to the truth—or die trying.

Dirty Blonde is Lisa Scottoline’s most suspenseful and gripping thriller to date. Mixing poignancy with her trademark wit and wonderfully compelling characters, it questions whether law and justice are always the same thing.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another winner…[a] fast-paced, entertaining yarn…Scottoline is a pro. She knows how to keep the pages turning.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “[An] explosive novel about legal entanglements that is hard to resist.”

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Compelling…the fast pace and ever-increasing tension will keep readers turning the pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Scottoline…renders snappy dialogue and vivid descriptions of her native Pennsylvania in this engaging…suspense about consequences and truths.”

    Booklist

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy Hamnett | 2/14/2014

    " Struggle to begin with as set in a court, dont usually like that sort of thing, find it a bit boring, but once got away from that is was ok, did'nt know judges had such exciting lives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 2/13/2014

    " This book didn't quite know if it wanted to be a courtroom thriller or a detective story, so it ended up as a weird conglomeration of both. It also tried to add a "personal discovery" element to it that wasn't needed. The story was fairly predictable, too, so don't go into it looking for an innovative twist on the genre. Having said that, it kept me entertained during a lengthy car ride. It also introduced me to Lisa Scottoline, an author I think I'd like to read more of now that I know her style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 2/12/2014

    " I've liked all the books written by Lisa Scottoline -- all have realistic characters, but sometimes the situations border on the not-quite-possible. That's ok with me since I read to be entertained. This one did the trick for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth Gurss | 2/11/2014

    " Good, quick read. Nothing earthshaking, but certainly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/7/2014

    " This is the first of Lisa's fiction books that I have read. I enjoyed it a lot and especially enjoyed all the Philly and Pa. references she made. Will read more of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara Grabarczyk | 2/3/2014

    " HORRIBLE!! Do not waste your time even for a fluff read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/27/2014

    " Okay, this was a good read. I love the was Scottoline writes. Her heroines are never without fault, and the heroine in this novel certainly did have fault. That is what made her so interesting. Quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill Franks | 1/23/2014

    " I love Lisa Scottoline's work! She has a great sense of humor - her one-liners reach out and grab you when you least expect it. She just writes like she would be someone I would love to be friends with! (Sorry, with whom I'd love to be friends) ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roseanna | 1/17/2014

    " Good read. Illuminates double standards all the way up to highest court. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne Lahr | 1/13/2014

    " audio book in car "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/25/2013

    " This book was a great one to listen to in the car, the time went by really fast. I've liked every book I have read by Lisa Scottoline, this one included. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Jaffarian | 12/14/2013

    " I love Lisa Scottoline's work and Dirty Blonde did not dissapoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gheridon2003 | 11/19/2013

    " The character personality was conflicting. She starting out as being very strong and then was weak and naive "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 11/11/2013

    " Classic Scottoline! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 R | 11/5/2013

    " This was a good book to travel with. It really did keep me guessing. I cringed many times at what the main character would do. Some things just did not seem logical, but then, it is fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 10/29/2013

    " I think Lisa Scottoline is an excellent writer, but this book just didn't cut it. Why? Because I could never believe the central character. Federal judge by day; whore/slut by night. C'mon, might as well made her a vampire. At least that way Scottoline would have a ready made audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 9/24/2013

    " Another easy read from Scottoline "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/16/2013

    " Good yarn with a twist. Heroine was a judge but on her off hours slept around with pickups from bars. Redeemed herself at end. Detective theme was based around another judge who was killed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 3/28/2013

    " not ver plausible, but entertaining. I enjoyed the familiar Philadelphia setting - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Parker | 1/16/2013

    " Always like Lisa Scottoline books - very entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 11/27/2012

    " My mother had given me this book to read and she really liked it. I found the main character of Cate Fante likable and I enjoyed the suspense and twists and turns in the story. I especially found interesting the part on Centralia, PA. A town (or former town) that I had never heard of before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 11/21/2012

    " Rather a horrible premise, but a fun read as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/5/2012

    " Judge with a dirty secret gets herself into some major trouble with a suicide, or is it murder, case. Took me a bit to get into the story. Usually I am caught right away by this author. But it turned out to be a pretty good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sylvia | 5/28/2012

    " it built up to nothing....just went flat in the end like the author got tired and wanted to wrap it up quickly....or just ran out of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 3/24/2012

    " I listened to this book on a Playaway and I think I enjoyed it more than if I had just read it myself. The narrator had a great voice and her inflections added to the enjoyment of the book. If I had read it myself, I probably would've only given it 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste Halko | 3/12/2012

    " Lisa Scottoline always has a juicy story for us readers. I liked the main character, and the story had enough twists and turns to keep my interest. A good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/12/2012

    " This book was very good. It's about a woman judge who leads a secret sex life and is caught and her job is in jeopardy. She fights to find out who is behind stalking her and keeping her job. A good fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Errin | 12/19/2011

    " Looks smutty, and does have a little sex element to it, but really is a good book. It's a simple little "mind candy" book, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/27/2011

    " The closest to Grisham yet, and maybe better because they're all a little different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 8/13/2011

    " Judge Cate Fante, Gina & Warren "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 8/5/2011

    " When I first started listening to this book, I thought it was going to be cliched and predictable, but after sticking with it for a while, I found it to be a bit more intelligent than I expected. Not bad for a diversion in the car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 5/17/2011

    " I've liked all the books written by Lisa Scottoline -- all have realistic characters, but sometimes the situations border on the not-quite-possible. That's ok with me since I read to be entertained. This one did the trick for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malinalda | 5/9/2011

    " it built up to nothing....just went flat in the end like the author got tired and wanted to wrap it up quickly....or just ran out of ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/18/2011

    " One of the first books I've read of hers. Really good female writer. Fairly clean, some language, but really kept my interest. Her characters are quite believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 3/15/2011

    " I was presently surprised by this book. There was much more depth to the story line and while some of the legal bits weren't the most accurate, most of it was very good. Worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/25/2011

    " This is one of Lisa Scottline's better works. I really like the storyline "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 1/27/2011

    " Rather a horrible premise, but a fun read as expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gerry | 1/4/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into this one.
    This Federal Judge's behavior was so crazy, I found it irritating. But then I started caring more for the story line and wanted to find out what was going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 10/27/2010

    " audio book... read while walking, maybe 2.5 stars... Barbara Rosenblat does a good job narrating. Started off pretty good, but by the end, I just wanted it over.. Great information on Centralia, Pa. and the coal mine fire that has burned since 1962.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Ann | 10/9/2010

    " The main character in this book is a judge. She has a secret night life that gets out. A murder and suicide happens with no investigation. As always in Lisa Scottoline books, the main character does all of the police work. It was ok, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahb. | 9/24/2010

    " Good, like all of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/19/2010

    " Started creepy- thought I might not finish it but it got a lot better and once more I could barely put a book down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 9/12/2010

    " For IQ's 90 and under. Crudely-written, patronizing, and uninteresting, all on the same page. This is kind of impressive, actually. "

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About the Author
Author Lisa Scottoline

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and has served as president of the Mystery Writers of America. 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. There are thirty million copies of Lisa’s books in print, and she has been published in over thirty-five countries.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.