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Play Dead | [David Rosenfelt]

Play Dead

Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.
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Publisher's Summary

Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

©2007 David Rosenfelt; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

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    Loy 12-26-07
    Loy 12-26-07

    Born to read

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    "love the dog"

    just love Andy and Tara, the dog. the stories are down to earth and very entertaining

    waiting for more

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Weeki Wachee, FL, United States 09-06-07
    Andrea Weeki Wachee, FL, United States 09-06-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    As always, love his sense of humor and light mystery. I stumbled upon him 6 months ago and think he's really a good refreshing author. Must read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laudine Prather, CA, USA 07-30-07
    Laudine Prather, CA, USA 07-30-07
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    "Please Mr. Rosenfelt keep Writing"

    I have now listened to TWO of this wonderful Authors audiobooks and I am Totally Hooked. His entertaining, witty and self-effacing character, Andy Carpenter (although the actual main character may be be his faithful companion, the ever Lovable Fourlegged "Tara") has a way of luring you into rooting for his side even though he is one of those dastardly professionals, a Defense Lawyer. Play Dead grabs onto you from the get-go and just won't let loose until the very satisfying ending. I laughed out loud more then once, and was filled with glee over and over. I cried when Reggie was stolen, I cried when the first Verdict was less then righteous, but mostly I was filled with wonder and delight by this amazing story and these fleshed out and funny characters. If you like witty dialouge (and musings) and if you LOVE dogs, you just MUST Listen to this Book. I quarantee you'll be glad you did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 02-12-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 02-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Legal Romp Filled with Laughs . . and Suspense!"

    If you're looking for a really fun (and funny) read that contains serious legal procedure and investigatory work, look no further. This book will catch you from the beginning with its wry humor and engaging suspense. Enjoyed listening to it from start to finish. DON'T miss the "credits" and "thanks" the author extends at the end. Lots of fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-03-12
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 05-03-12 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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    "It Works Wonderfully But Don't Start Here... K?"

    If you've not discovered Rosenfelt before... sad. But don't discover him with this novel, good as it is. Nope, Andy Carpenter, Rosenfelt's lawyer/sleuth is too interesting to miss him developing right from the first in the series, the novel, Open and Shut. Plus, Grover Gardner's so engagingly captured this character and the wry Rosenfelt humor that it will be a pity if you miss what's come before. My recommendation...read Play Dead... but not until after you've enjoyed Open and Shut and the second in this series, First Degree. Maximize your pleasure. I did and now I'm off to find and download the next Rosenfelt novel. Wheeee!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 04-06-12
    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2012

    WildWiseWoman

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    "Great addition to a great series"

    I went back through my library to listen to the Andy Carpenter series from Book One, and I'm enjoying it more than ever. These books are modestly short, and wonderfully relaxing to listen to, and Grover Gardener's easy, youthful voice and vague NJ accent are a delight. This book was a pretty wild ride, but so far (this is the latest one I've heard, although I have 3 more downloaded, I think the David Rosenfelt is a genius at consistency. His plots are always clever, always dog-friendly but not cloyingly so, and his characters are beyond endearing. You have to LOVE these people. Very worth a credit, OR full price, as you can listen again and again. I can't wait to start the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 09-22-09 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Do listen in order!"

    The books are great but you will really want to listen in order. We laugh with Andy Carpenter's jokes and perspective. Fun mysteries are these!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matson 08-18-08
    Matson 08-18-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    I don't even like dogs and I loved this book. Very dry sense of humor. Narrator was great too.

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    Marie Stevens 07-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun"

    Good story; great humor; lots of details.

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    shirley K. Bigham 03-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "caught me by suprise"

    this book was so well written and grabed my attention from the begining. I could not stop until I had all the disks done. I had to get it out of my car and listen to it in the house because I could not wait to listen to it only in my car.m The suspense was intense, and the judicial system irritating, and the outcome fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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