When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.
Soon Laurie's facing conviction for the grisly murder and Andy must desperately try to save her. All he had wanted was a case to sink his teeth into. Now he gets one that's a kick in the head - and the heart.
Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.
©2004 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
"Rosenfelt should win a unanimous verdict: first-rate." (Publishers Weekly)
"As satisfying as the nuts and bolts of the case are, it's the sheer likability of Andy and the odd assortment of his friends and staff that lifts the story from merely enjoyable to genuinely delightful." (Publishers Weekly)
A good, addictive listen. At first I found Grover Gardener's voice a little annoying, too fast-paced and not what I expected for Andy Carpenter, but now after listening to several books read by Gardener, his voice *is* Andy Carpenter to me. I don't know if it's in this audible as well or just the next few in the series, but there are these really annoying and bizarre musical interludes at the end and beginning of chapters. Drove me crazy. The book itself is good, definitely kept me interested; now having listened to several Andy Carpenter books, I can see that Rosenfelt recycles some of his phrases, jokes, plot devices, but this was the first I listened to, and I enjoyed it--obviously enough to purchase additional books in the series. I am a dog lover myself and very much enjoy the inclusion of dog talk.
Have all of his books thus far and you feel like you are one of the team when you listen.
He has a wonderful voice and you feel as though he is telling the story to you.
The story was fun. The writing was very witty and the performance had me laughing out loud at times.
I did download all his other books after listening to this one! Some were better than others but this one was the best.
He has such good timing! He was truly into the performance. He did a great job on all of the Rosenfelt books. I'd look out for him as a reader in the future.
Certainly didn't make me cry. But the snarky dialog did make me laugh.
Lots of fun! Get it!
I have a dily commute of 35 - 45 minutes in heavy traffic. I find the commute is a lot more enjoyable if there is a good book to listen to.
I love the Andy Carpenter books, and this one is one of the best.
Gardner has a great sense of Carpenter's deprecative style. I love all the joke and wisecracks.
There were many twists that kept me wanting to read more to find out who really
Markus, by far was the most interesting man of few words.
The reader is excellent. I feel that Grover Gardner tells a story rather than reads a book. I can imagine sitting near him and listening as he recounts what seems to be a true story. He doesn't do voices much but is a true story teller.
I read this series first, and now I am enjoying the audiobooks. The narrator does a good job of capturing the wise-cracking New Jersey protagonist without going overboard into unintelligibility.
Andy is a fantastic character, as lively as Spenser but without the violence and hyper-masculinity. He is as obsessed with his beloved as Spenser is about Susan, but Andy's best-beloved is his dog, Tara, who is vastly less annoying than Susan.
A touch of Jersey, but not too much.
Creative & witty writing!
This (audio) book made me laugh and I didn't want to 'put it down' (aka 'turn it off). I think my sleep is suffering! :-)
This was my first Andy Carpenter (and hence David Rosenfelt) book. Since then, I have listened to almost all of the others and am currently listening to Dog Tags.
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