For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people.
David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs.
Grover Gardner, a Washington, DC.-based actor, director and audiobook narrator, has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, as well as Resident Director at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore.
©2011 David Rosenfelt (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
I wish all narrators could do what Grover Gardner does - he reads the book. He doesn't indulge in idiotic accents or voices, he just reads the book - and he does it well. Since David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter novels are just darned good, that's all we need. This is fun, interesting, and well plotted. Even my non-mystery lover husband listens to Rosenfelt's books and thoroughly enjoys them. I want all of them on on Audible, and unabridged. I will listen and listen again and again - at some point it's a pleasure to listen to a good story with a good reader and "who done it" just plain doesn't matter.
The Andy Carpenter stories are among my favorites. The stories are released fast enough for me. I need more and fast! Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter. I enjoy his interpretations of the other characters as well. Gardner's timing for the jokes is genuis. This story ranks among the top of the series. It gives the brief history of Tara's origins. Andy's antagonistic relationships with the district attorney and various judges are great. His relationship with Laurie, Sam, Marcus, Edna, etc. are the meat and potatoes of the series. His love for Tara is the icing on the cake. Most dog lovers have had a Tara once. The Las Vegas mob connection was a bit far fetched and uncharacteristic of the series. Treking through the desert in Texas was also a ho-hum. Best to stay on the East Coast and Midwest for a realistic setting. HIghly recommended.
This was probably my least favorite of the Andy Carpenter series..........the first one that I didn't give 5 stars. Too many bodies, a plot that was tough to follow, and not enough of the Andy/Tara humor.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
For those who love mysteries that are smart, funny and lighthearted, you will love the Andy Carpenter series by this author. I try to listen/read them slowly, but they are just too good to put down my iPod!
So, if you miss the Dortmunder series by the late Donald Westlake, then this author is definitely for you!
Start at the beginning of the series--the character development is quite interesting and each book has something unique to add to the back story of the main characters.
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