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Sons of Italy® Salutes Author Lisa Scottoline

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2004 ­ Best-selling author Lisa Scottoline has been singled out by the Sons of Italy® for her artful use of Italian American history and characters that populate her mystery novels. Her latest, Killer Smile, has been chosen as a Sons of Italy® Book Club selection for the summer of 2004.

"Author Scottoline uses her own experiences growing up in Philadelphia to shape her novels. In them, Italian American characters are lawyers, prosecutors and just ordinary citizens, raising their families. This is refreshing and unfortunately all-too-rare," says OSIA National President Joseph Sciame.

Killer Smile is the story of Amadeo Brandolini, an Italian immigrant in Philadelphia, who died under strange circumstances when he was interned by the U.S. government in World War II. More than 60 years later, Mary DiNunzio, a young lawyer, tries to uncover the truth in this riveting mystery novel by Scottoline, herself a former trial lawyer, who was raised in Philadelphia.

Drawing on the wartime experiences of her own family, Scottoline takes the reader on a journey through time with many twists and surprises. Hers is the first mystery novel to capture the very real Italian American experience in World War II, when 600,000 Italian immigrants were declared "enemy aliens." [$25.95; hard cover; 368 pages; HarperCollins]

Scottoline currently is on a book tour promoting the novel. See attached schedule for details or contact Marie Elena Martinez at 212 207 7468 in New York City. E-mail:

The other Sons of Italy® summer book club selections will be released in July.

The Order Sons of Italy in America® is the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United States. Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast.

The Sons of Italy® Book Club promotes books by and about Italian Americans.


Contact: Marie Elena Martinez


Nashville, TN
Wednesday, June 16th 6:00 PM
Davis-Kidd Booksellers
4007 Hillsboro Rd.
Nashville, TN
Houston, TX
Thursday, June 17th 11:30 AM
1150 Bunker Hill Rd.
Houston, TX
6:30 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX
Friday, June 18th 7:00 PM
Poisoned Pen
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Scottsdale, AZ
Los Angeles
Saturday, June 19th 2:00 PM
Mysteries to Die
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Pasadena, CA
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Century City, CA
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, June 22nd 7:00 PM
Book Passage
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Corte Madera, CA
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High Crimes Mystery Bookshop
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Boulder, CO
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Tattered Cover
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Denver, CO
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Dayton, OH
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