The first of 3 Andy Carpenter novels, so far. I heard the others first, in comparison this begins with the most and best witty comments (his style resembles something between Dave Barry and Hawkeye in MASH). He does a fine job of explaining the lawyering (maybe like Michael Connelly in the Lincoln Lawyer) and setting the stage.
He's rich, has a wife and girlfriend, loyal friends, and a Golden Retriever so there's a strong sense of well-being projected throughout; i.e. the threats against him just aren't very gut-wrenching and it stays more a feel-good book than other courtroom drama books. The standard plot line involves rushing underprepared to court to defend a possibly innocent client. The major conflict and climax of the books involve the trial and last minute theatrical discoveries, though there's a lengthy catharsis after.
His later books probably have better surprises or less telegraphing and better courtroom drama (he is especially weak in a couple cross-examinations here). But this had the most quips, delivered very glibbly, and was very enjoyable from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed this mini mystery, the narrator was great and couldn't stop listening. I highley recommend it.
This writer has a unique sense of humor and combines that with a mystery. I really enjoyed this book and will try another of Rosenfelt's books.
When you hear this book, i think you will laugh out loud. The author is very entertaining and if you like sarcastic humor, this book is for you. The story is good too and it is a fun listen.
Imagine James Woods is the narrator (I know it's not, but imagine). Sometimes imagine it is Andy Rooney reading the story. You will understand once you listen.
I really enjoyed this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm very much looking forward to checking out the rest of the series. The narrator hits the northern New Jersey accent dead on and carries the humor and drama of the story all the way to the end. The only disappointment is a possible gap in the middle of the story. We are suddenly at trial before a jury with no introduction, but I don't think we missed anything crucial to the book.
Having completely caught up with the Janet Evanovich series, I was looking for something similar - a light but compelling read with fun characters. I stumbled across Audible's list of great series and downloaded Open and Shut on a whim - and finished it in two days. Completely entertaining. I just wish it were longer!
This is the first Andy Carpenter book and it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Grover Gardner with a New York accent relays the story through the defense lawyers eyes. While this story does not give many surprises (you can see where it is going pretty early) it is a fun listen and many of the quips Rosenfelt writes are amusing and keeps you paying attention. Note: though I recommend this book, if you are one of those listeners that is offended by cursing, avoid this book.
I've read all the John Grisham books and was looking for another good legal thriller. I found it. Great book. Well written and well read. Narrator Grover Gardner really impressed me also -- he nailed it. The book was serious but David kept making wise crack remarks throughout the writing that was perfect. My wife kept asking me why I was laughing. Highly recommend this book.