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)
This is well worth the credit to listen to. Although not the deepest of fiction (what do you expect, really?), it certainly is a valuable choice.
The characters are real people, people that could live next door. There is certainly enough humor and sass to keep the story light. But there is also mystery and intrigue, how is it all going to come together in the end? I found it very entertaining.
The narrator is wonderful. I find that narrators who make a huge effort to have huge changes in their voice fail. Grove Gardner does not do that. There are subtle distinctions, but not enough to sound fake.
So this book is slightly more than beach fare, but not heavy enough to bore you. I also appreciate that this Andy Carpenter, although irreverent at times, is not loose-moraled. He shows respect for his parents, loyalty to loved ones (he doesn't take advantage of either an estranged wife or the new girlfriend), and is a good frend (even if only because of superstitions).
Enjoy this book. I look forward to reading others in the series.
I am asking other customers who listened to this book the same question I asked Customer Support. Did you notice the missing content at around 3 hours 40 minutes, 40 seconds? At this point the characters are in a deposition ten days before the trial, then the story abruptly jumps to the trial with no transition or explanation.
Specifically, the audio matches the Kindle version from page 127 where the chapter ends with (audio 03:40:43): "I return the smile. 'Then we'll just have to talk to him on the stand.'”
The audion version immediately jumps in time to the trial, with, "Wallace finishes just before lunch, and Laurie, Kevin, and I have two hours to decide whether I should give my opening statement now or wait until after the prosecution's case is finished and it's time to present ours."
Unlike the audio book, the Kindle print version takes a couple of more pages to explain the transition from deposition to trial: "TEN DAYS FLY BY AS IF THEY ARE TEN MINUTES, AND THE next thing I know the bailiff is intoning, 'In the matter of the people versus William Miller, the Honorable Justice Walter Henderson presiding …'” These pages are in the Kindle version but not in the audio book.
I pointed out to Customer support on Dec 10, 2012 that the story seemed to skip in chapter 4. Steven Lloyd in Customer Support finally got back to me on January 22 (yes, over 6 weeks later!) and informed me that the audio file was complete. He even said the publisher verified that it was complete. Since it still made no sense, I purchased the Kindle version and compared for myself, finding the above discrepancy.
On January 22, 2013 I again emailed Steven Lloyd and also to Customer Support with the specifics I found, including times and page numbers. I have heard nothing further from Audible on this matter, so I am asking other listeners to point this out to Audible Customer Support. They do not seem to hear me.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This is the book that starts it all. Grover is a great reader, and David's book just needs an audience. That is exactly what we've done. The whole family is gathered to listen together. What a treat!
This is the first book. Try not to listen out of order. It will help the characters develop if you listen in order.
All Andy Carpenter series books are great and worth the listen. I have listened to all books in the series and love them all. The mix of wit, humor and drama are excellent. Just carefull when listening while working out you may laugh while lifting.
David Rosenfelt comes up with a very enjoyable wise cracking lawyer named Andy Carpenter. Grover Gardner does such a good job telling the story I actually believe he is Andy Carpenter. I wanted to get my daughter hooked on audible books and this was the series that did it for her. She is actually two books ahead of me now. I am holding off on the last two books because - then the series would be over. My daughter being younger doesn't have that same self control. But - writing this review now has convinced me my next listen should be an Andy Carpenter book.
I can't say enough good about this Andy Carpenter series. I could listen to them over and over. Good humor, light mystery, great narrator and kept me very interested. The only thing negative I can say is they aren't long enough and there isn't enough of them.
I liked this who-done-it mystery. The main character Andy Carpenter has a bit of a Woody Allen sense of humor. Plus his best friend is a dog he rescued from the pound, which made him more likable even though he was a defense attorney. It had a nice flow and didn't get too bogged down at any point in aging introspection. Just right. I recommend it and I will be looking for this author again.
It's a decent enough read, although formulaic and requires nothing from you but your auditory system. I prefer my books have a little more surprise, although his books, thankfully, have very little in the way of graphic blood and guts. Probably my bottom line is that I actually got through the whole book and don't begrudge the money spent, so in my book (ha, ha) it is a success.
Interesting quirky sense of humor and attitude reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan character especially with the same narrator. Grover Gardner does an excellent job of presenting this irreverent style of writing. Flows well and doesn't contain inappropriate language or content. I only wish it had been longer.
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.
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