But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed...and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall.
Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons - and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.
Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.
©2002 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
"As soon as readers finish this remarkable first novel, they will begin clamoring for a second Andy Carpenter adventure." (Booklist)
"Brisk dialogue, careful plotting, and solid spadework." (Kirkus Reviews)
A good page turning book, Keeps your interest from start to finish.
Good narrator. Have enjoyed other books that he has narratored.
No, kept my interest thoughout the book
Have enjoyed other books by David Rosenfelt.
The story is presented in a logical order and the characters are richly developed. Andy Carpenter, the criminal defense lawyer, is similar in character, wit, and synicism to Nelson Demille's New York City detective John Correy. Open and Shut is an entertaining book that keeps you captivated, entertained, and ammused throughout the entire book.
Andy Carpenter. He was witty and engaging during the entire ordeal.
No extreme reactions, just a constant interest in the next plot twist.
Very good listen!
Grover Gardner is the perfect guy to read Rosenfelt's books. I have read them all. These are not outstanding books, but always entertaining and very funny.
Good ending, as usual.
They are all wonderful reads.
Keep them coming.
Listen to all the books in the series, this was one of the top five. Andy Carpenter keeps me laughing, and I love dogs as much as he does. Continue to like the narrators voice--pleasant to listen to.
An inveterate audio book listener.
Maybe a crime novel shouldn't be characterized as a fun listen, but I'm focusing on the hero of the story who is self deprecating and has a witty thought or remark for almost every situation in his life. These types of books are enjoyable when doing my chores around the house or spending time on my hobby. A book that is crafted well enough to keep your interest and provide a few chuckles, but you won't have to refer to your dictionary every couple of sentences. Call me shallow, but I will look for more of David Rosenfelt's books. I just think Andy Carpenter is a hoot!
The first of 3 Andy Carpenter novels, so far. I heard the others first, in comparison this begins with the most and best witty comments (his style resembles something between Dave Barry and Hawkeye in MASH). He does a fine job of explaining the lawyering (maybe like Michael Connelly in the Lincoln Lawyer) and setting the stage.
He's rich, has a wife and girlfriend, loyal friends, and a Golden Retriever so there's a strong sense of well-being projected throughout; i.e. the threats against him just aren't very gut-wrenching and it stays more a feel-good book than other courtroom drama books. The standard plot line involves rushing underprepared to court to defend a possibly innocent client. The major conflict and climax of the books involve the trial and last minute theatrical discoveries, though there's a lengthy catharsis after.
His later books probably have better surprises or less telegraphing and better courtroom drama (he is especially weak in a couple cross-examinations here). But this had the most quips, delivered very glibbly, and was very enjoyable from beginning to end.
I really enjoyed this mini mystery, the narrator was great and couldn't stop listening. I highley recommend it.
This writer has a unique sense of humor and combines that with a mystery. I really enjoyed this book and will try another of Rosenfelt's books.
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