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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lisa Scottoline Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780060798017
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In a case steeped in blood and memory, It will take a stroke of brilliance to save Pigeon Tony. But if anyone can see justice done, it may be this gutsy young attorney. She'll risk everything for her client...including her life.

In The Vendetta Defense, Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Moment of Truth and Mistaken Identity, tells a wonderfully rich story of past sins, love and justice.

Lawyer Judy Carrier takes the case of an elderly pigeon racer, Tony Lucia, who has been arrested for the murder of his lifelong enemy Angelo Coluzzi. "Pigeon Tony," as he's known, confesses to Judy that he killed Coluzzi because of a vendetta begun more than fifty years ago.

Her client's guilt, however, is only the beginning of Judy's problems. The Coluzzi family wants revenge, and they are determined to finish off Pigeon Tony and Judybefore the case can go to trial.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina Steel | 2/19/2014

    " It's been in-progress for a long time. I just can't get into it. I will eventually finish it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 2/15/2014

    " I listened to this on cassette, and Barbara Rosenblat does a wonderful job with the reading. This story centers on Judy Carrier, as Mary DiNunzio is recuperating from her gunshots from Moment of Truth. Judy is a little like Stephanie Plum in character, but a gentler version. From the novels, it appears that Mary and Judy are too busy saving the world to ever sleep. Bennie, the owner of the law firm, has been sidelined as an over the hill old maid, which I feel is cruel. I enjoyed the parallel stories of Italy in the 1940's and Philadelphia in current times. The dialogue and adventures are very light-hearted, and cause many laughs. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 2/8/2014

    " This was a pretty good story - just a little language in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/6/2014

    " Probably one of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Minderella34 | 2/5/2014

    " This took me longer to get interested in than the other books of this series. However, once the story got going enough for me I could not stop reading!! This story raises some interesting questions about murder versus killing, and just how much a human can withstand before taking justice into his own hands. I loved that history and an old love story was woven into the plot. I have yet to read a Scottoline book I didn't like. Superb writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geri | 2/2/2014

    " This is a really fun read; especially if you are familiar with South Philly. I liked the characters and dialogue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 1/26/2014

    " Book was great!!! I fell in love for Pigeon Tony & was routing for him!! By the end, i could not put the book down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 1/18/2014

    " This is a terrific story. Having lived in Philly years ago I connected with the South Philly flavor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Ashton | 1/11/2014

    " A great author, a great book. After a few pages I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 1/1/2014

    " I read this book twice, years apart. I would read it again. I love the characters and Tony, and the Italian family. I love all of Lisa's books, but some of them make you want to move into the neighborhood! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/27/2013

    " Scottoline created a wonderful character in Pigeon Tony and brings Italian South Philly vividly to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Berry | 12/24/2013

    " I would never have picked this up on my own, but it's really sucked me in. I may want to read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen Fowler-jonsson | 12/21/2013

    " I felt this was a little drawn out. Decent book but not great. Took me awhile to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 12/17/2013

    " This is my personal favorite Lisa Scottoline book. I love her books, they're well written and suspenseful but also have some humorous parts and are enjoyable and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat King | 12/12/2013

    " The best Lisa Scottolone I've read yet...and I have genuinely enjoyed all the previous books. If you have not tried her mystery/murder/courtroom adventures, "Vendetta Defense" would be a great place to start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 12/5/2013

    " One of my faves from Lisa Scottoline "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 5/26/2013

    " Okay so the story has finally made me want to read it. The last few chapters have really grabbed be. Looking forward to finding out the twist. Have a feeling where it is going but not sure. Some thing tells me the old man didn't do it, but I could be wrong. We will see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Woodruff | 4/28/2013

    " From the first page you will fall in love with Pigeon Tony, even though you know he murdered someone. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lain | 4/5/2013

    " Loved learning more about Judy Carrier, but I skipped the flashback sections of the book. I like these books for nonstop action, and the flashbacks interrupted the flow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecily Long | 11/14/2012

    " Wow, what a story. I just fell in love with Pigeon Tony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 9/9/2012

    " Love this series. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 6/17/2012

    " Good story. Similar to other Scottoline novels, great first person narration and self depricating humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 4/24/2012

    " enjoyed this read...simple but entertaining "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra. | 3/16/2012

    " # 8 and my all time favorite in this series. Pigeon Tony was delightful and the peek in the Italian immigrant culture was especially wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Moyer | 3/12/2012

    " All of Scottoline's books are entertaining, but this was not one of the best. Still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/24/2012

    " I liked the writing. I HATED the actual legal defense - The Vendetta Defense. I understood it intellectually, but kept thinking this would be horrible if a jury bought it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 2/2/2012

    " Lawyer Judy Carrier takes the case of Pigeon Tony, accused of murder, and admitting he did it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Amico | 1/6/2012

    " Fun read - this is the first I've read by Scottoline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 11/24/2011

    " I really loved this book and am looking for another like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 6/16/2011

    " My personal favorite of the Scottoline books. Such a touching love story is unearthed in the process of solving the mystery. "

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

    " This was a pretty good story - just a little language in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 4/30/2011

    " This is now the third book I have read in two years that deals with homing pigeons. Who would have thought that this subject would traverse the world, showing up in Israeli literature (Yonah v'Naar [A Pigioen and a Boy], the Dove Flier, and in a Phildelphia detective story?
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/25/2011

    " I like the way this author writes with all her editor comments throughout the story - I really liked the story and the way the author weaved it all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 7/19/2010

    " One of my faves from Lisa Scottoline
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/23/2010

    " Scottoline created a wonderful character in Pigeon Tony and brings Italian South Philly vividly to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 6/19/2010

    " This book was unexpectedly good. It is a warm and interesting look at some legal matters. It was handled in a way that was interesting and not tiring. I enjoyed it.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/21/2010

    " From the first page you will fall in love with Pigeon Tony, even though you know he murdered someone. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 3/27/2010

    " If this was made into a movie,I could see Chazz Palminteri as the grandfather and James Franco playing the grandson! Another good one for the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Ellen | 3/6/2010

    " Fun book to read or listen to. I like Scottoline's female lawyer characters and this is her best book about them that I've read. The story is also her best. "

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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 the Edgar Award, as well as many other writing awards. She also writes a Sunday humor column for the Philadelphia Inquirer, titled “Chick Wit,” with her daughter, Francesca Serritella. There are thirty million copies of Lisa’s books in print, and she has been published in over thirty-five countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.

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-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.