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)
As another reviewer said the book is missing part. I would also like to point out that this unabridged version is 20 minutes shorter than the copy of the book that is available on overdrive. (That version is also read by Grover Gardner.) While there is often 2-3 minutes difference in book lengths 20 minutes is a lot.
I am glad the first works of this series has been added. I have really enjoyed all the Andy Carpenter stories and it is great to get the 1st one to fill in some background. The narrator has just the right voice for this story, just enough deadpan for the smart a-- Andy.
There is missing content in the recording. About 12 minutes into Chapter 4, the story jumps ahead by a couple of weeks, going straight from a pre-trial deposition to the trial itself.
The story starts off a bit slow but picks up after the first chapter or so. Then it's fairly entertaining!
There are no narrative pauses between paragraphs, scene changes, etc. Sometimes there is a scene change and the narrator continues as if it were the same sentence. This can be a bit confusing.
Andy, the main character, has a realistic view of himself as the plot moves along. He provides a good sense of the world of attorneys while he struggles to find out whether or not his client is innocent. The narrator clearly is a master at his job. His characters are easily distinguished and you're fully concerned with the outcomes of their lives. This is a very humorous novel and well worth the 6 1/2 hours you need to hear the book in its entirety.
Loved this book, the narrator had great timing and was perfect for the fast quips! There's not many times I've laughed out loud while listening/reading but I did several times with this book. The story was decent but the main character is such a goof, loved him! Will read more in this series.
I really enjoyed this book and I found I couldn't stop listening even after I had finished my drive. The story was great as was the humor. Grover does an excellent job of narration.
I'm onto his second in the series now.
Lehua of Pacifica
I didn't notice until I started listening that the reader is a big favorite of mine,. Grover Gardner is the narrator for my beloved Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri. As with the Inspector, Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter is a good fit for Mr. Gardner.
Gardner's talent probably prejudiced me in favor of this one, but it was a good story. Good pacing, few diversions, and interesting characters. The premise was a stretch but not enough to spoil the story for me.
Where have I been that I haven't heard of this author before? I love the slightly sarcastic attitude of the main character. He is funny, smart, and a bit of a wise guy. The narration is excellent. I will definitely get another in this series.
You know, it's not the most mysterious mystery, and it's not a deep book. But the main character is funny, and the book's read well.
A great throwaway summer read!
This series is just wonderful - incredible wit, superb dialog and the narration is perfection.
Although I read them out of order, it doesn't matter - each one stands alone very well.
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