Daddy's Girl

Daddy's Girl

by Lisa Scottoline

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Natalie Greco loves being a law professor, even though she can't keep her students from cruising during class. She loves her family, too, but as a bookworm, doesn't quite fit in. Then, when a colleague talks Nat into teaching a class at a local prison, her comfortably imperfect world turns upside down.

A violent prison riot breaks out, and in the chaos, Nat rushes to help a grievously injured guard. Before he dies, he asks her to deliver a cryptic message: "Tell my wife it's under the floor."

The dying declaration plunges Nat into a nightmare. Suddenly, the girl who has always followed the letter of the law finds herself suspected of a brutal murder. Forced into hiding to stay alive, she sets out to save herself by deciphering the puzzle behind the dead guard's last words . . . and learns the secret behind the greatest puzzle of all—herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060833152
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 82,632
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling author and serves 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 thirty-two countries. She lives in Pennsylvania with an array of disobedient but adorable pets.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth:

July 1, 1955

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1976; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981

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Chapter One

Nat Greco felt like an A cup in a double-D bra. She couldn't understand why her tiny class was held in such a huge lecture hall, unless it was a cruel joke of the registrar's. The sun burned through the windows like a failure spotlight, illuminating two hundred empty seats. This class filled only nine of them, and last week the flu and job interviews had left Nat with one very uncomfortable male student. The History of Justice wasn't only a bad course. It was a bad date.

"Justice and the law," she pressed on, "are themes that run through William Shakespeare's plays, because they were central to his life. When he was growing up, his father, John, held a number of legal positions, serving as a chamberlain, bailiff, and chief alderman."

As she spoke, the law students typed on their black laptops, but she suspected they were checking their email, instant-messaging their friends, or cruising the Internet. The classrooms at Penn Law were wireless, but not all technology was progress. Teachers didn't stand a chance against

"When the playwright turned thirteen, his father fell on hard times. He sold his wife's property and began lending money. He was hauled into court twice for being usurious, or charging too much interest. Shakespeare poured his empathy for moneylenders into Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice. It's one of his most complex characters, and the play gives us a historical perspective on justice."

Nat stepped away from the lectern to draw the students' attention, but no luck. They were all in their third year, and 3Ls had one foot out the door. Still, as much as she loved teaching, she was beginning to think she wasn'tvery good at it. Could she really suck at her passion? Women's magazines never admitted this as a possibility.

"Let's turn to the scene in which Antonio asks Shylock to lend him money," she continued. "They agree that if Antonio can't pay it back, the penalty is a pound of his flesh. By the way, future lawyers, is that a valid contract under modern law?"

Only one student raised her hand, and, as usual, it was Melanie Anderson, whose suburban coif and high-waisted Mom jeans stood out in this clutch of scruffy twentysomethings. Anderson was a forty-year-old who had decided to become a lawyer after a career as a pediatric oncology nurse. She loved this class, but only because it was better than watching babies die.

"Yes, Ms. Anderson? Contract or no?" Nat smiled at her in gratitude. All teachers needed a pet, even lousy teachers. Especially lousy teachers.

"No, it's not a contract."

Good girl . . . er, woman. "Why not? There's offer and acceptance, and the money supports the bargain."

"The contract would be against public policy." Anderson spoke with quiet authority, and her French-manicured fingertips rested on an open copy of the play, its sentences striped like a highlighter rainbow. "Antonio essentially consents to being murdered, but murder is a crime. Contracts that are illegal are not enforceable."

Right. "Anybody agree or disagree with Ms. Anderson?"

Nobody stopped typing emoticons to answer, and Nat began second-guessing herself, wondering if the assignment had been too literary for these students. Their undergraduate majors were finance, accounting, and political science. Evidently, humans had lost interest in the humanities.

"Let's ask some different questions." She switched tacks. "Isn't the hate that drives Shylock the result of the discrimination he's suffered? Do you see the difference between law and justice in the play? Doesn't the law lead to injustice, first in permitting enforcement of the contract, then in bringing Shylock to his knees? Can there be true justice in a world without equality?" She paused for an answer that didn't come. "Okay, everyone, stop typing right now and look at me."

The students lifted their heads, their vision coming slowly into focus as their brains left cyberspace and reentered Earth's atmosphere. Their fingers remained poised over their keyboards like spiders about to pounce.

"Okay, I'll call on ¬people." Nat turned to Wendy Chu in the front row, who'd earned a Harvard degree with honors in Working Too Hard. Chu had a lovely face and glossy hair that covered her shoulders. "Ms. Chu, what do you think? Is Shylock a victim, a victimizer, or both?"

"I'm sorry, Professor Greco. I didn't read the play."

"You didn't?" Nat asked, stung. "But you always do the reading."

"I was working all night on law review." Chu swallowed visibly. "I had to cite-check an article by Professor Monterosso, and it went to press this morning."

Rats. "Well, you know the rules. If you don't do the reading, I have to take you down half a grade." Nat hated being a hardass, but she'd been too easy her first year of teaching, and it hadn't worked. She'd been too strict her second year, and that hadn't worked either. She couldn't get it just right. She was like Goldilocks and all the beds were futons.

"Sorry," Chu whispered. Nat skipped Melanie Anderson for the student sitting next to her, class hottie Josh Carling. Carling was a tall twenty-six-year-old out of UCLA, with unusual green eyes, a killer smile, and a brownish soul patch on his square chin. A Hollywood kid, he'd worked as an A.D. on the set of a TV sitcom and he always wore an Ashton Kutcher knit cap, though it never snowed indoors.

"Mr. Carling, did you do the reading?" Nat knew Josh's answer because he looked down sheepishly.

"I didn't have time. I had a massive finance exam to study for. Sorry, for reals."

Damn. "Then you're a half-grade down, too," she said, though her heart went out to him. Carling was in the joint-degree program, so he'd graduate with diplomas from the law school and the business school, which guaranteed him a lucrative job in entertainment law and a spastic colon.

Nat eyed the second row. "Mr. Bischoff? How about you?"

Daddy's Girl LP. Copyright © by Lisa Scottoline. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good. I bought it for a road trip and figured I'd read a few here and there and sleep most of the way. Well I couldnt put this book down!! I finished it in the 1st 2 days of our road trip!! I will have to check out more from this Author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Daddy's Girl for all the wrong reasons. I loved the cover, it was short and it was on sale. I didn't even read the description, and I never heard of Lisa Scottoline. Sorry. However--I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Seldom does a book draw me in where I find myself making time to read it. This book did. I so thoroughly enjoyed it that I was deeply disappointed to find that it was the only novel with Nat. She reminders me very much of my wife, height and all, and like Nat she doesn't always express the confident she greatly deserves. I ended up randomly buying four more of Lisa's books, and can't wait to see what mysteries await!
BolivarJ More than 1 year ago
Scottoline's Daddy's girl is brilliant, Lisa Scottoline manages to deliver a suspenseful thriller, filled with a few but great twists, and a surprising ending, that readers may not see coming. The brilliance of Daddy's girl lies in the fact, that underneath this great thriller, Scottoline delivers a noble message. " A single person could change the world, if he had justice on his side" In this matter, through the works of fiction and history, in Daddy's Girl, Lisa Scottoline accomplishes this and more. Scottoline's signature is present on Daddy's Girl. Enter Natalie Greco, an unlikely heroine, that is difficult to like in the first few chapters, however, the author manages to ignite interest in her character, making readers to actually enjoy the ride along the main character. Having herself being caught in the middle of a prison riot, Natalie witnesses the last dying words of one of the correction officers, in his last breath he whispers a message for his wife. A message that will change the comfort of Natalie's affluent life. In that process Nat has become collateral damage in a murder, and in the unfolding of that she becomes the primary suspect on the death of a police trooper. Now on the run from presumed killers and from the law, professor Greco will use her book smart skills to uncover what she think hides a conspiracy and the ones pulling the strings behind. I really liked the way the author presented the story, the developing and unfolding of the events was eloquent, not over the top, but just right. The transformation of Natalie's character throughout the book was credible. Scottoline was great in cementing a background for her, and all the supporting characters. I was even extremely satisfied that she named a cat " jelly." Mrs. Scottoline deserves respect for incorporating those special elements, " I am not supposed to mention" in her story. But is this fact I will tell readers, and her talent of natural writing what makes this book to deserve an "A" in this class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Lisa Scottoline's books and there is one thing you can always count on. Her characters are compelling and draw you in quickly. This book is one of her best. It's suspenseful, funny, and charming. The plot keeps things moving at a rapid pace, which keeps the reader engaged. I couldn't put this one down. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The behavior of her family and her boyfriend seemed to be on the edge...close to tipping off...of mental disorders. They were adults behaving like 4th graders with a load of sugar on board.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Couldn't put it down. Love the twists in the plot. One of my favorite books.
jingleJE More than 1 year ago
Excellent, edge-of-your-seat, page-turner!! I read this a few years ago, and I still remember it was so engaging and full of unexpected twists! Lisa is an excellent, entertaining story teller!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This kept me enthralled. I read a ton of books but Lisa isvonecof my favorites. Think it may be best so far!!
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Crime novels are a special fondness of mine, but this one did not show the depth and character found in the really good ones. As the plot developed, it just got less and less plausible. Lesson learned for me, I guess.
librarygeek33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Lisa Scottoline book. At first I wasn't impressed, then it got better. By the end of the book, I figured that she purposely put in the descriptions that make you think "ugh', just for comic relief, not because she thought they were good. Good beach book.
chellerystick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am unfamiliar with Scottoline's other work, but I enjoyed this audio abridgment to drive with. Her personal knowledge of Chester County and of legal practice really shine, as do her startlingly fresh descriptions. Although the dialogue has a bit too much of a mundane verisimilitude to it, and the complicated plot twists strain the plausibility of the story, this book passed a pleasant six hours behind the wheel.
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After several duds, Scottoline's back to her old form with this thriller of law professor Natalie Greco who's caught up in a prison riot and detects several discrepancies in the official story. Nat takes a little too long to connect some dots that are immediately apparent to experienced readers, but once she does there's no stopping her. And even I didn't see the last wrinkle coming, although it doesn't pay to think too much about its plausibility.
unrequitedlibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Is the language captivating? Exaggerated and colorful use of language suits the drama of the story. 4.5 Are the characters unusually interesting? Characters suffer realistic self-doubt and yet find the courage to make decisions despite their shortcomings. 4.5Are the plot twists intriguing? The twists of the story continue to be revealed beyond the expected end. 5.0Does the pace pull you along? The main character doesn't relent in her quest to exonerate herself, engaging in illegal and dangerous actions. 5.0What values underlie the story? There can be no justification for actions that result in a person's death. 4.5Is sexuality used appropriately? Romantic urges sometimes cause people to compromise their values. 4.5What background research is evident? The American legal system; footballIs the meaning of the ending worth the trip? Seeking and attaining Justice feels like a meager response to an injury that can not be reversed. 5.0Offensive to any group? University deans, prison correction officers, activistsAre there flaws? 1 - One consequence of the hero's bold actions was that innocent lives were actually threatened, a value that she would not allow others to transgress.2 - Since she misheard the dying person's last words, she should not have been able to figure out what crime was going to be committed.3 - Why didn't the prisoners stick to their original plan?
bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read some of this author's other books -- ones set in a law firm where all the lawyers are female. This is another female lawyer, but one who is a law professor, not part of the firm. Her world branches out a bit when a fellow professor coaxes her out of her comfort zone to help teach a seminar in a prison. Her first session there, a prison riot breaks out. A prison guard dies in her arms, his last words a message for his wife that seems to make no sense, but sets her on a path that has her bumping up against bad guys right and left. This poor girl can't even leave the house without someone trying to snuff her. But she gains a little gumption and fights back. Enough twists to make it interesting up to the end, and to keep the character growing.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent story for Mystery Fans! I have read several of Lisa Scottoline's novels and I have never been disappointed in her works. This book was no exception. I just thought it was wonderful and I enjoyed it so much that I read it over a two day period, which is not like me. I believe I'm right when I say that all the characters are new and Ms. Scottoline base some of the story on her own experiences at Penn State. The story moves along at a quick pace and the author did an excellent job of developing the main character Nat Greco.In summary, there's murder, suspense and a thrilling mystery that should satisfy any mystery fan.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I've never been partial to legal thrillers, but my sister has a lot of books by the author so I thought I'd try her out.Most of Scottoline's books are part of a series, this however is a standalone. I've been picking my way through this book since Tuesday and just can't get into it. There was a small part where I thought things were finally picking up and I was interested but I soon lost that feeling. As I said I'm not that fond of legal mysteries, this isn't that an exciting of a plot. A prison riot, the lawyers later find themselves in danger and way too much of a will they or won't they romance theme. Just not my cup of tea. Boring compared to what I usually read and I didn't care about either of the main characters. I did bring home one other book by the author that is part of her series, which I will probably give a go but not in the near future.
memasmb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot. Explores the relationship of women with all male siblings, the evirnoment of prisons and schools systems and how a person can be tempted away from their principles.
Carl_Alves on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lisa Scottoline never disappoints. I enjoy reading her Bennie Rosato novels, but a stand alone is good for a change of pace. I really enjoy the characters that Lisa creates. Nat Greco comes across as a real person as does her family. Being born and raised in Philadelphia, Nat's family really resonates with me. I can relate to these characters because they're like people I've met. The story has some good twists including the one at the end. A definite must read.Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity
rdh123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maelene's book. read in a weekend. mystery. enjoyed it. keep you in suspense the whole time and ended with a twist. Natalie Greco, a law professer, with 3 brothers and dating Hank a family friend. Dad owns constructioncompany.prison riot, murder, conspiracy. she gets accused of murder and at the end Angus is part of the conspiracy. A different ending./
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow start until the murder when the plot turned into a page turner of what is Nat going to do next. For a smart law professor some of her actions were typical dumb heroine stuff, like talking and trying to convince the police of her innocence when her lawyer is telling to keep quiet. Have to say the ending was a surprise. Plot revolves around prison break and what our heroine sees and knows.
DrArrival on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome, I stayed up late to read it in two nights. Lisa is one of my favorites and she didn't disappoint in her ability to create suspense, drama and a bevy of new interesting characters. Twists and turns at the end, bravo.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bennie Rosato & Associates are absent from this one but Scottoline creates a likable character in Nat Greco, a law professor who needs a change in her life (no more Daddy's Girl!) but gets more than she bargained for when she visits a prison to help teach inmates.Scottoline once again demonstrates her trademark suspense, fast-moving plot, easy writing style, and well-timed subtle humor. The plot twists were a total surprise but fit perfectly with the themes of the story.
OneMorePage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nat Greco is a law professor who is trying to get her student's attention and trying to get her long-time boyfriend to pop the question. She's the daughter of a prosperous builder, bookish sister to three lod, competitive sports-loving brothers. When a popular co-worker/law professor, one who runs the school's legal clinic, invites her to a local prison to give a lecture on Shakesphere and the Law, it seems nothing more than a diversion. But then a riot breaks out. An inmate tries to rape her. She is saved by her handsome coworker, but as she runs to find help, she witnesses a guard bleeding to death beside an already-dead inmate. As she tries deperately to save the dying guard, he whisphers to her "Tell my wife, it's under the floor." With this event, Nat's life entirely changes. She starts out to tell the dead man's wife, Barbara, of his last words, to find out how she was nearly raped, and why what is reported to the press of the riot does not match her memory. The farther she goes in exploring, the more danger she is in. Eventually she finds herself on the lam, accussed of the attempted murder of Barbara and the murder of a state trooper, neither of which she committed. But she understands why all of these events happened - or so she things - and works to stop the culmination of them before someone else dies--such as herself--and before an evil man escapes prison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so captivated by this story that I couldn't put it down! Had to finish it the same day I started it. The writing is so vivid I felt as though I was right there in the story. I could feel the fear, love and heartbreak ... even smell the smoke (ok, that may have been my dinner burning because I was a little involved with my reading). There were more twists and surprises than you can find on a backwoods mountain road down here in NC! And just when I thought they were done ... WHAM! Didn't see it coming! I'm a huge fan of Lisa Scottoline, having read most of her books, but this one really caught me unawares. I'll be a couple of days getting over the emotional impact of this book. I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Awesome work, Lisa! Keep 'em coming!
L.M.Spaeth More than 1 year ago
I have not picked up and read any of Lisa Scottoline’s mystery books without wanting to keep reading the book until finished. They are full of twists, turns and bumps (as in “whoa” I did not see that coming”), like a country back road with well thought out plots hiding behind every tree. You never know what’s going to pop out and grab you. I love the way she injects humor into some of her mysteries (i.e. the Rosato and DiNunzio series). She’s a combination of Mary Higgins Clark and Janet Evanovich, but with her own style and approach that keeps you wanting to read more of her books. Her humorous collections co-written with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, of their various escapades and insights will have you laughing out loud. They put such a delightful spin on everything that you can’t help but smile. Lisa’s passion to meet Bradley Cooper is also quite evident in some of her chapters and I hope that comes to fruition for her in the not too distant future (would love to be a fly on the wall when that happens – insert big grin here). Suffice to say that this event would dictate a whole book written exclusively on such a get together. In short, I found my new “best author to read” and am loving every written line of her novels. Kudos to Lisa Scottoline for a job well done !!! Regarding "Daddy's Girl" - my mouth dropped open at the ending to this book. Did not expect it. A must read book !!!