By Lisa Scottoline
Damaged is the fourth novel in the Rosato & DiNunzio series about female attorneys. Mary DiNunzio, a partner in the Rosato Law firm, takes on a case advocating for 10-year-old Patrick, who is accused of attacking a school aide with a pair of scissors.
Upon meeting Patrick, Mary is convinced that he is innocent of the crime. When Patrick’s grandfather, the only known living relative who is raising him, is found dead, with only Patrick in the house with the body, the suspicions around Patrick begin to swirl out of of control. Desperate to protect Patrick from getting buried in the juvenile detention system, Mary is forced to slug through the quagmire of the Child Protective Services Department while dodging acid comments and bullying from the opposing counsel, who wants Patrick locked away.
Will she be able to give Patrick a safe home without jeopardizing her own chance at happiness? This book is a must-read for those who cheer for the underdog!