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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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    Rajesh Johannesburg, South Africa 09-05-04
    Rajesh Johannesburg, South Africa 09-05-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I smiled through this thriller. The plot is smartly crafted and engrossing. I love books by authors who do not take serious stuff too seriously. This book has dogs, murders, gun battles, lawyers, newspaper editors and mafia?held together in a plot with a sense of humor. It is definitely worth listening.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 08-14-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 08-14-09 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Curious, enjoyable"

    I loved this book! Andy Carpenter is so funny. Sometimes I wonder if he is related to my family. What a card! The book is a good mystery and just an overall upbeat read. If you don't want any more tension in your life, just a good time, with a good mystery then you should enjoy this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 09-30-07
    Jennifer Everett, WA, USA 09-30-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Abridged version hurts story"

    I love the Andy Carpenter character and this book didn't disappoint. HOWEVER, the abridged version made the storyline seem choppy and the flow of events abrupt. At times, an event will take place that seems completely out of context but changes the entire storeline. . . obviously the missing pieces were too important to cut out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Upstate NY 08-19-04
    Deb Upstate NY 08-19-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Bury the Lead is fun to listen to."

    I throughly enjoyed this from start to finish - it helped that I am a golden retriever lover, but also I really enjoyed Andy's sense of humor and the characters in the book. Easy to listen to - keeps your interest - interesting - and funny!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael garden grove, CA, United States 02-25-09
    Michael garden grove, CA, United States 02-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent listen"

    All Andy Carpenter series books are great and worth the listen. I have listened to all books in the series and love them all. The mix of wit, humor and drama are excellent. Just carefull when listening while working out you may laugh while lifting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judith W. Laughlin 12-22-04 Member Since 2003
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    "As special read!!"

    Good plot. Different in its presentation/ Very well narated. Lets have more audios like this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terrie Munce 10-22-08 Member Since 2007
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    "this guy you just wanna be friends with"

    I actually have listened to the whole series-- very witty and extremely well written. I originally listened to the first one to see if my dad ( he is a widower) would listen to them while he puttered around his house. This is a great series. I love that this character stays "true" through through the entire series. The personality of the main characters pulls you so strongly into the story that you find yourself wishing that you actually know someone like him. The "lawyering" of the story stays light as does the plot so this is kind of an easy listener-- there isn't a lot of blood and guts so if that is what you want- look elsewhere. Overall, you get a funny story with a great dialog and a pretty good plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lindablue Salisbury, MD 03-22-08
    lindablue Salisbury, MD 03-22-08 Listener Since 2008

    I'm constantly listening to recorded books. Right now I'm a bit sick and weak, but can still enjoy a good listen. I'm so glad I have this resource available.

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    "Bury the Lead"

    Another great mystery by David Rosenfelt. I found it entertaining with an interesting plot and as always, very likeable characters. Love the witty/humorous dialog. I was upset that this audio is only available in an abridged version. Still, a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Asheville, NC, USA 04-18-05
    David Asheville, NC, USA 04-18-05
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    "Awesome."

    A definite read/listen. Most excellent work that made it difficult to leave the car! I ended up putting it on my iPod and carrying it around until I finished it!

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    Barbara Arlington, VA, USA 11-27-04
    Barbara Arlington, VA, USA 11-27-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining author"

    This is a fun read. Rosenfelt writes chuckle-out-loud commentary. The protagonist is a lawyer/detective who teams up with an ex-policewoman (attractive, of course.) I recommend all three of Rosenfelt's books, in chronological order.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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