A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down.
Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.
Andy will have to call upon the unique abilities of this ex-police dog to help solve the crime and prevent a catastrophic event from taking place.
David Rosenfelt, a native of Peterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.
©2010 David Rosenfelt (P)2010 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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The Book: You don't read one of Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter novels hoping for some profound insight. They likely will never win some hoity-toity award. You should read them because they are just plain entertaining. Some have excellent plots (like this one) others not so excellent... but they all are just a fine way to spend a few hours laughing and they are never ever boring. Wanna spend about eight hours doing something fun? Just for you? Buy and listen. A-
The Reader: Ahhh Grover. There is just no better voice to read Carpenter. Rosenfelt changes tenses about every six minutes, and Grover keeps up. Yeah... Grover suffers doing some characterizations... but who cares? HA! Wait 'til you hear him do Larry king. It's a hoot! In some books this would be important and even ruin the whole book. Here no. He so captures the tone and goofiness that is the Carpenter crowd... I pray he will be around forever. A.
David Rosenfelt has won my heart with his 'doggie' mysteries. I was so very happy to discover this latest one. I have them all in my library and they are the only books I listen to more than once. Grover Gardner is the perfect reader for Andy Carpenter. Mr. Rosenfelt's sense of humor is great - he has me laughing frequently throughout. And I love all the characters, even Edna! Highly recommend; even more so if you love dogs and a good laugh like I do.
Once again David Rosenfelt has written a winner. When you listen to a book where a lawyer is defending a dog you wonder how the author can possibly make this interesting. Rosenfelt is a master. The characters are entertaining and the story believeable and interesting. If you would like to be entertained then this book is a must.
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Don’t buy this book! If… if you have NOT read Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series from the beginning. Okay, this novel sizzles. It’s tightly plotted, the dialogue sparkles, the ensemble cast work tighter together thana Super Bowl defensive line. I reeeeely like these people. And Grover Gardener brings them alive. I cannot imagine anyone else “playing” smart-ass attorney Andy Gardner. Nope… change that… I don’t want to imagine anyone else.
The thing is that while Dog Tags stands alone, it refers back from time to time to cool stuff the characters did in early books. Which might spoil them for you. Soooooo… don’t take the chance.
If you’ve listened to (in order) Open And Shut, First Degree, Dead Center, and Play Dead… well, wuddahell… Get Dog Tags… listen and lovvit. Otherwise… Treat yourself from the beginning and... Don’t buy this book! Kay?
I downloaded this audiobook because, like the protagonist, I'm a "dog lunatic," but in addition to the canine appeal, I also found an engaging story and a main character with a surprisingly sympathetic, yet amusingly wise-ass personality. Could anyone else pull off, with a straight face, a client meeting with a German Shepard? I'm going to start from the first in the series now that I've found this author. In addition, the reader has a great voice that seems well matched to the story. Definitely two paws up!
Better? hmmm maybe because I really enjoy Grover Gardner's performance.
Andy Carpenter because I love the way the character thinks.
His delivery of the book makes me laugh out loud. I think his performance makes a wonderful character even more wonderful!
Tara because I think she would be good company!
I am a BIG fan of this series and I can't wait for the new one coming out in July. How long before it's available on Audible?
Rosenfelt and Gardner are a great combination. Loved this Andy Carpenter book as much as the previous. This is my favorite series on Audible. All I can says is if you haven't read the series give it a try and if you have you're gonna love this one too.
Andy Carpenter is a very shrewd lawyer. He is independently wealthy so he doesn’t have to work too hard which suits him just fine. He loves dogs and he and his friend, Willie, an ex-con whom Andy helped release, set up a dog rescue.
Billy is a former cop who lost his leg while serving as a soldier in Iraq then came home to no job. He adopted his old police dog, Milo, and re-trained him to help steal to make a living. They were quietly waiting for a mark who was meeting for an apparent exchange. Milo leaps in to grab the envelope at the same time as the man is shot and the shooter turns the gun on Milo. Billy foils the shot towards the dog but becomes the prime suspect for the murder especially when the police realize that the murdered man was the army commander responsible for Billy’s injury. Milo is captured and locked in a cell with guards.
Andy is asked to represent Milo and get him released from incarceration. Billy is sure that the dog will find the envelope and that it will prove his innocence. Andy can’t let a dog stay in jail so he takes the case and springs the dog. One thing leads to another and soon Andy is representing Billy and investigation the army security team that was responsible for allowing the bomb attack in Iraq. During the trial a thug tries to kidnap Milo, threatening Willie’s wife, which brings out the ire in Willie. It is clear there is more going on than a simple robbery and murder. Slowly the evidence points to other murders, missing people, greed and corruption.
Andy sets his intrepid team of investigators to the task. His sweetheart companion, Laurie, is recovered enough to get back into PI work. His usual research expert has gone off on a mission trip but left a recommendation for Andy to use Hike. This fellow is an “always see the worst” sort but he turns out to be a great researcher. Andy’s brilliant accountant friend, Sam, who can hack any computer line, steps in to follow the money and the phone trails while Marcus, the intimidating human eating machine, guards Milo.
There is plenty of action and I loved the plot twists, the dog and human involvement and the usual underlying snarky humor that is a Rosenfelt forte. I didn't realize I was several books behind and I will be very glad to catch up. If you haven’t read this series I do recommend starting from the beginning - I think you’ll enjoy the fun run with the dogs.
Audio Notes: Grover Gardner does a great job with this series. It had been a while since I listened to an Andy Carpenter mystery but as soon as this started I felt right at home. Grover manages just the right inflection for the intensity and humor of the story. I completely enjoyed the narration and highly recommend this series on audio.
David Rosenfelt's series of books about lawyer Andy Carpenter are wonderful, and each new book is just a delight to listen to. This one was engaging, fun, suspenseful and immensely entertaining, full of colorful characters. Pick up this series at the beginning (Open and Shut) and if you enjoy that one as much as I did, you will want to read the books in order and will eagerly anticipate the next one as I do.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
We continue with the Andy Carpenter series because we love the court room drama without the book being too much thriller. There is a lot of humor here! Andy is very funny and he is far from perfect, he is just lovable.
This book has really marked a turning point in David's writing. The story is more thriller, less silly. Don't think this means the humor has gone, it hasn't! But the plot has deepened and David's storytelling is becoming more sophisticated. The less than intense drama/graphic thriller is more up our alley than the book to movie types with intense weapon use.
We really like Andy, Lori and Tara. I once thought Pete was my favorite second level character but I am thinking Sam is now my favorite. Listen on!
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