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First Degree Audiobook

First Degree

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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards, David Rosenfelt's debut novel, Open and Shut, was widely praised by listeners and critics. Rosenfelt returned with this riveting mystery, First Degree, featuring irreverent and dynamic lawyer Andy Carpenter.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kaye Sena 03-16-15
    Kaye Sena 03-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly entertaining"

    Story is engaging from the start, with further consolidation of major characters that continue in subsequent books. Interesting, entertaining and funny

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    Boaz Ordan New York, USA 02-12-15
    Boaz Ordan New York, USA 02-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as good as the first but..."

    I loved it but must admit that it was not as funny and humorous as the first.

    Still a very good read.

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    M. Murphy Laramie, WY 02-05-15
    M. Murphy Laramie, WY 02-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful story"

    The story line is intriguing, some good humor too! Wish they could do without the couple of fowl words!

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 12-06-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 12-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "First Three Books in Series"

    The Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt were very enjoyable to listen to. There is always a mystery whereby Andy and his team search for the answers. They were, Open and Shut, First Degree and Bury the Lead.

    Laurie is the most beautiful woman in the world and the love of Andy's life. She also works as Andy's PI.

    Steve was an attorney and now runs a lawyer-mat. He was unable to be a defense lawyer because he was afraid of letting a guilty client get away with a crime. Also, he couldn't be a prosecutor because he might send an innocent person to jail. Therefore, he offered free advice to his customers.

    Laurie suggested that he come and join Andy in his law firm. After an interview both men felt comfortable and Steve began working with both Andy and Laurie.

    Steve would do most of the paper work involved in a court case such as the briefs. This gave Andy more time to work on the case itself.

    Edna, arrived at work an hour late everyday at 10am. She was the best person Andy had ever known to do crossword puzzles so fast and have all the answers correct. Edna could also do the Times newspaper crossword puzzle in 20 minutes. Sometimes, she might even answer the telephone.

    Tara, the most beautiful and smart golden retriever, is also a part of the team and lives with Andy. She was rescued by Andy at the SPCA. Andy gave Tara her forever home.

    The books are interlaced with a lot of humor which is another reason why I like to listen to these books. The books aren't long and I can usually listen to them in one day. Grover Gardener is the narrator and is just right for these books. The characters are emulated by Gardener perfectly. I'm sure if you purchase these books you will find them to be a pleasant listen.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 09-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too Tedious for me"
    What character would you cut from First Degree?

    Can't really cut Andy from the script, but the constant smart ass remarks and juvenile antics just wore on my nerves. Just could not finish this one. I was so hoping for a series that I could get hooked on, but this one is just not it for me.


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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-22-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "Andy to the Rescue"

    Would have preferred a bit more of the law and less of the mystery. Still, I enjoyed following the trail.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Another good Andy Carpenter"

    Solid story with good characters. This author and Andy Carpenter are the reason I own a dog.

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    PAR-TEE 03-18-13
    PAR-TEE 03-18-13

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    "Enjoyable Read..."

    I enjoy the trials and tribulations of Andy Carpenter. Along with a good mystery he makes me laugh and look forward to the next book... A light, enjoyable winter/summer read... Recommended to those who like sarcasm, wit, and humor with the drama of a courtroom battle while solving a mystery.

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    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 11-06-12
    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Enough Already !"

    This is not my first Rosenfelt book, but for some reason I listened to another. The sarcasm is just too much ... way too much. About one fourth of it might be OK, but I doubt it. If you love constant sarcasm, He is your author. Not for me.

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    Linda 09-17-12
    Linda 09-17-12
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    "Fun, as always"

    This series has the great combination of suspense and humor, plus it features a dog! David Rosenfelt's work is much more enjoyable to listen to than to read hard-copy; the humor comes across better - especially because of the skill of the narrator.

    This is a great choice for dog loving fans of who-done-its!

    Linda in Delaware

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