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Bury the Lead | [David Rosenfelt]

Bury the Lead

Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.
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Publisher's Summary

Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.

His streak of murder case acquittals made him a regular on cable talk shows. His recent $22 million inheritance bought him a dog rescue operation named the Tara Foundation after his own beloved golden retriever. Yet after turning down cases left and right, Andy Carpenter thinks he's facing a midlife crisis.

When a friend, a newspaper owner, calls in a favor and asks him to protect his star reporter, Andy is less than thrilled. His new client is Daniel Cummings, a journalist who is being used as a mouthpiece by a brutal serial killer. Things only get worse when Daniel is discovered near the body of the murderer's latest victim. And after Andy himself starts collecting anonymous death threats, he hears the news every defense lawyer dreads...and moves to within a dangerous keystroke of becoming tomorrow's obituary.

©2004 David Rosenfelt; (P)2004 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A fun rollercoaster ride." (Publishers Weekly)
"The real charm of this series lies in the wit of its affable narrator, who is not about to let an ongoing capital trial keep him from walking his beloved golden retriever, betting the point spread, or losing on the stock market. Add to this a likable supporting cast and a low-key love interest, and you have the legal-thriller genre's waggish rejoinder to Anthony Bruno and Janet Evanovich. A sure bet." (Booklist)

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    Andrea Pennsylvania 09-30-12
    Andrea Pennsylvania 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughter is the best medicine."

    Within the first few minutes I was laughing out loud as I usually do while listening to this series. I have listened to all but one so far of all David Rosenfelt's books he has written to date. I am partial to the Andy Carpenter stories, of which this is one. I enjoy the light mystery and the familiar characters. Always recommend these books to friends and acquaintances. Got hooked starting with Play Dead and loved New Tricks and One Dog Night. I intermix these reads with other authors. I turn to these ipod selections when I want to relax and smile. Would recommend his other books too, some stories are slightly better than others as is expected from any author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carpetbagger Franklin, TN, United States 08-06-10
    Carpetbagger Franklin, TN, United States 08-06-10 Listener Since 2005

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    "Can't get enough of the Andy Carpenter series"

    Mr. Rosenfelt is a very entertaining writer and includes his passion for dogs in his works. The Andy Carpenter series are right up there with the most entertaining books I have listened to. At times the humor and wit that is interjected into the book has me laughing out loud. My wife and I have listened to all of the series at least twice. I find the audio books even more entertaining than the paper version due to the excellent reading of Mr. Grover Gardner. To me, the voice inflections and totally believable portrayal of the wisecracking Andy are without the best that they can be. To me, Mr. Gardner IS Andy Carpenter and could not easily be replaced by any other reader. I find myself actually envisioning how Andy and all of the characters look and believe me there are some entertaining and unusual characters in the series. When I listen to these books I get totally engrossed and find myself traveling inside the books covers. I highly recommend this series.

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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 01-17-08
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 01-17-08
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    "My favorite smart-aleck"

    After bailing out on my last two books I returned to a sure thing: my favorite smart-aleck lawyer. The plot is good, but what I really enjoy is the characterizations. This recording loses a half-star for truly wretched chapter music that made me want to break things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Oregon, WI, USA 10-12-04
    Barbara Oregon, WI, USA 10-12-04
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    "Bury the Lead"

    Rosenfelt writes dialog that is both funny and believable. The characters are like friends you have or would like to have. The plot keeps you guessing and Andy keeps you laughing

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    Tereasa 01-12-15
    Tereasa 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love his stories!!"

    I lIke the wit of the author and the manner in which he builds his story!
    The narrator brings the story to life and make the book very enjoyable!

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    Sherry Pitcock 07-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Trip"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bury the Lead to be better than the print version?

    I din't read the print version


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book, not because it is a deep read or examines the meaning of life. It is just plain fun. The main character was charming and funny, living an intense life one moment and a regular one the next. The eternal question of who defends a nasty criminal will never be answered, so we can have an interesting trip along the way. All the while knowing that the bad guy is really innocent, otherwise why the story. A nice read.

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    Library Maven Seattle, WA, United States 04-12-13
    Library Maven Seattle, WA, United States 04-12-13
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    "Absolutely love this series"

    I love this series. Right mix of serious mystery plot line with wonderful self deprecating humor. I find myself laughing while listening on the bus and wonder what folks think of me.

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    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 07-13-12
    Noah North Miami, FL, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2015

    Noah writes and daydreams for the pure joy of transposing his thoughts to the written word. His adventures & dog Dusty are his escape!

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    "Bury The Lead continues this series nicely!"

    I love how the characters continue to develop with each entry into this series. Although it is preferable to do this series in order it is not a necessity. You get to know the characters so well that you think you know what they are going to do and then ZING! a curve is thrown at you. All in all a very enjoyable listen.

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    E.D. California 05-03-12
    E.D. California 05-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Is it OK to laugh out loud?"
    Where does Bury the Lead rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Oh, that's not fair! This whole series is wonderful! I think I like the first one best, because it sets up the premise for all of them. I just hope the author doesn't go too far into the super-crime, super-villain pitfall. It actually gets too predictable when the good guy saves the world in every book. Keep it human scale, I beg of you. No super-psychos either.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bury the Lead?

    I like moments when Andy is with Vince and Pete, and the ones when he can't keep his mouth shut when talking to the judges. I love the way Laurie can handle Andy too.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to the whole series, so far, and Grover Gardner really makes Andy come alive. I would enjoy reading the print version, but I probably would not enjoy it as much as I do when he reads them. He does a touch of the accent, more of the rythm of speach, and it sets off the humour perfectly! I would probably get the humour anyway, but his reading has the perfect touch.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud, and bit my nails at the same time!


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    Janelle moree, Australia 12-21-11
    Janelle moree, Australia 12-21-11 Member Since 2014

    Book junkie

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    "Light hearted and Witty"

    This is a really good no stress listen. The action is great and the charactors interesting. Worth the money

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