Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.
There's damning evidence against Jeremy, accused of killing two young women, one of whom he was romantically involved with. Andy is forced to pry into the closed society of Center City, home of the victims and a peculiar religious sect called the Centurions.
Dead Center is our Editors' Pick for Mysteries and Thrillers. Find out what else made Audible's Best of 2006 list.
©2006 David Rosenfelt; (P)2006 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
"Written with flair and humor, this is perfect light reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"Those who like the added complexity of character-driven mysteries will find much to enjoy in this award-winning series." (Booklist)
"Grover Gardner's narrative style is clear but low-key, a style that fits Andy Carpenter, Rosenfelt's series hero....His reading perfectly evokes the suspense and drama of a criminal investigation." (AudioFile)
I've you don't mind the Jersey/New York style humor, this book is pretty good. The problem I had is that the main character has a smart remark for everything he says and it gets annoying in a hurry. Sometimes I wish he'd shut up and tell the story. It reminded me of Billy Crystal when he can't seem to turn off his act. He has to make a stupid remark every time he speaks. Same goes in this book. Beware.
The other thing I didn't like is the way the lead character, Andy, seemed stupid about his investigation work. Twice, he had people on the phone with key information and he says I'll call you back or see you in a few hours. He makes no effort to get the details right away which seems like the obvious thing to do.
The story line was pretty good and I thought the best part of the book was the last few chapters.
If you don't mind the main character making wise cracks every time he opens his mouth, you might like this book. Otherwise, leave it for the folks in Jersey.
Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
The book we listened to on the drive to southern Cal was a groaner. We listened to Dead Center on the way back home and we both really enjoyed it. Lots of laughs and smiles. It had a good story line, likeable characters, and a faithful Golden Retriever who was there for our hero just by being his trusty, loving pet. I will definitely seek out more books by Rosenfelt.
And of course, Grover Gardner always gives a great performance and does humorous dialogue wonderfully.
This is my first exposure to Rosenfelt. I really enjoyed his sense of humor, the story line, and his real understanding of the law. A great combination. I also liked that the whole book was about six hours long. Some of the longer audible.com books get confusing for me because they are so long and I often don't listen for a day or two inbetween.
I'm going to download one of his other books today, New Years 2007.
By the way, Happy New Year 2007!
NO ghastly descriptions of murders, no unnecessary foul language- just good mysteries and characters that are believable and fun to know!! Witty dialogue in shades of Spencer and Hawk.
The reviews of other Audible members encouraged me to purchase this book, and it was just what I wanted: a dog-loving detective with a New York (or is it New Jersey?) accent has an adventure and in the process, works with his estranged girlfriend, now police chief, to resolve the crime. I liked that this detective loves dogs, and also, loves a strong, accomplished woman. I audio-pod a lot of non-fiction, so this was just what I needed - a fun frolic, entertaining, light, and easy to hear...
I am an oldster but still enjoy all those of books including science fiction and fantasy as well as occasional books on history and classics
It is in the middle
The mystery was not obvious.
The main character
The author is quite witty.
This is a charming little book, full of humor. The mystery is resolved in the last hour or so of the book and is satisfying. Andy is sympathetic and likable.
The narrator does a nice job voicing the characters, and has a good tone for this type of book.
Great literature it's not, but it's an entertaining listen, something that might be enjoyed lolling on a beach, or between heavier tomes.
Dead Center is a light hearted easy and enjoyable listen. This is the first book Ive read in the apparent Andy Carpenter series. It stands alone and is hilarious, full of barbs and sarcastic wit at its finest. I found myself bursting out laughing many times throughout the book. The mystery itself was easy to figure out, but the character of Andy and his interactions with others more than made up for the storys lack of suspense. Recommended for those days when you dont want anything too serious and need a good chuckle.
I laughed out loud other drivers must have thought I lost my mind. Love the humor and wit. Wanted more. Love Andy. Can't wait for more books!!
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