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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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    "Lesser Plea"
    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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    ming 10-28-14
    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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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-29-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2010
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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.

    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 2005

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

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    "More Character Development Than Plot Development"

    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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    karen United States 12-08-14
    karen United States 12-08-14 Member Since 2004
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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.

    4 of 4 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 2011
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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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    James Corona, CA, United States 12-19-14
    James Corona, CA, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Raw Language too distracting"
    What would have made No Lesser Plea better?

    No need to bash the reader with the "F" bomb. Not necessary for the story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert K. Tanenbaum again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    raw language


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

    no, not enough


    Any additional comments?

    clean it up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Bastian Central Valley, UT 12-10-14
    Rusty Bastian Central Valley, UT 12-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow, I am surprised that this book has four stars."
    What would have made No Lesser Plea better?

    The story could have been a good one if it was not completely overcome with sophomoric crass locker room talk. If he would have focused on the story it could have been quite good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert K. Tanenbaum again?

    Not if this is an indication of his writing.


    What about Traber Burns’s performance did you like?

    Yes, the book was very well narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was supposed to be a psychological thriller, not what seems like the talk of high school boys when their parents aren't around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danial Batesville, AR, United States 10-05-13
    Danial Batesville, AR, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "so slow I couldn't finish it"
    Would you try another book from Robert K. Tanenbaum and/or Traber Burns?

    It pushed my "I DONT CARE BUTTON OVER AND OVER!!" It just wasn't what I was expecting and I couldn't finish it.


    What was most disappointing about Robert K. Tanenbaum’s story?

    don't know


    What didn’t you like about Traber Burns’s performance?

    don't know


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Lesser Plea?

    don't know


    Any additional comments?

    don't know

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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