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No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1 | [Robert K. Tanenbaum]

No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.
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Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

©1987 Robert K. Tanenbaum (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-23-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 11-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up No Lesser Plea in three words, what would they be?

    A nice introduction.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I wouldn't say on the edge but it kept my attention.


    What three words best describe Traber Burns’s voice?

    Interesting at best.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No escape.


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to Tanenbaum before and decided to start the series in order. No Lesser Plea is nice first book. It sets the characters well. I mostly likely will listen to a few more books then decide if I will continue with the series. Tanenbaum and Burns may grow on me but at this time they aren't my favorite.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-29-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This Blew My Socks Off"

    I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard and so often while listening to a book that is a mystery/thriller. And then, to be brought to tears.

    Such extreme emotions and it's all part of a terrific legal thriller.

    5-stars all the way. Now, I'm going to look for more books by the author.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    ming 10-28-14
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    "Star and Stop Rollercoaster - mostly coasts"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ugh.. There is way too much distractions with office relationships. When it appears that it is going to pick up steam it just dies and goes back to office chit-chat.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author unless his next books pull back on the sex and off-color stuff


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 12-08-14
    karen United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of the best!"

    I was so delighted to see this whole series on Audible -- at least it appears the first 15 are here, those that Michael Gruber either wrote, or co-wrote, depending on who you believe. The books with Gruber are excellent, just excellent -- action packed, filled with moments of pure hilarity followed by white-knuckle situations, all played out with very likable characters, and best of all, so filled with inside stories of what goes on in the legal system it's impossible to put down.

    This is the first of the series, where Butch and the love of his life, Marlene Ciampi meet -- a good introduction, because the series gets even more interesting later, after they're married and have a child who turns out to be a language prodigy, speaking any number of languages fluently, including Chinese. Her unique abilities lead the books in whole new directions and every one of them are just marvelous.

    I read the whole series when they started to come out in the 1980's. I loved them so much I packed and moved my creased and tattered paperbacks every time I moved for decades. Now that I can get them on Audible -- or on Kindle, I see -- I can finally let the paper versions go.

    As I listened to this one again, I was reminded of how little things have changed in the world of criminal justice since the 1980's. The same people are still committing the same crimes, being put into the same criminal justice systems, with the same woeful result. As Butch Karp remarks, "The criminal justice system is not just, but it most certainly is criminal." Yes, it was in 1988, and still is today -- which makes for some really good books, if nothing else.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 10-21-14
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2010

    Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

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    I found Tanenbaum's first Carp novel more a development of interesting characters than the development of a engaging plot. Still, I enjoyed the listen.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-31-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "A Decent LIsten"

    Traber Burns is totally competent. He manages to stay invisible while bringing out the idiosyncrasies of each character in this ensemble… The guy has the spoken-artist chops for this Audible major league.

    I don't know why it took me so long to try a Tanenbaum novel. If No Lesser Plea's typical… it's sure been my loss. This is a fine legal/thriller. The characters are sufficiently complex even when improbable. Even the toss-away folks in this book grabbed my attention. Tanenbaum has the pace of a NASCAR driver. He wails around the curves of internal action without losing traction.

    How much did I like it? I'm off to download another Tannenbaum.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    JD 12-09-14
    JD 12-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Yawn. All character development with no plot"
    Would you try another book from Robert K. Tanenbaum and/or Traber Burns?

    Probably not - there was too much focus on developing an uninteresting protagonist and not enough on the plot. This was ironic given that he dedicated the book to someone and thanked them for telling him to focus more on Carp (the protagonist). I guess it's what some people like, but wasn't nearly enough to keep me interested. I made it halfway thought before I gave up.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was ok, but he might as well have been reading the nutrition facts on a box of raisin bran.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vicki Perez 01-23-15
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    "Entertaining but, lots of filler"

    The basic story was fine but, interwoven in this story was too much nonsensical filler. I don't think big drunken orgies have to be a part of a good murder/suspense book.

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    Gloria 01-21-15
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    "Love Butch and Marlene"

    The story was a bit gritty for me at times. I kept wondering how 1973 felt about it. Overall, however, loved the story and either loved or hated the characters, as appropriate.
    Laughed so hard at times my family looked askance at me :) Told them, 'You had to be there' Potential listeners, 'you have to be there!'

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    Michele Abington-Cooper Keatchie, Louisiana, US 01-11-15
    Michele Abington-Cooper Keatchie, Louisiana, US 01-11-15
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    Great story and narrator. Parts are extremely funny. Others entirely too realistic and make one worry about our legal system

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