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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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
David Rosenfelt is a talented author, captures my attention with humor. The story line is an added plus. Grover Gardner does an awesome job with his voice inflections. So far, all the books in this series have been entertaining and worth recommending to other listeners!
The first few chapters had me busting a gut laughing! Clever banter!
His voice inflections and his perfect delivery!
Laugh at the banter, but sad that crime like he mentioned in the book is probably real!
Highly recommend the series to other listeners.
I loved this crime novel . Mr Rosenfeld's dry sense of humor was fantastic. I will read more in this series. Thanks for a witty and entertaining book! Mr. Gardner had great timing and great inflection. Thank you for making this so enjoyable.
I din't read the print version
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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