Assistant District Attorney Butch Karp is finally recognized for his heroic service to New York City when a group of politicians back him for the top job as Manhattan's district attorney. But a series of cases involving vigilante murders begins to reveal the true motives of those civil servants standing by his side. It's Karp versus the dirty city in one of Tanenbaum's most revealing and caustic legal thrillers - a stunning indictment of civil corruption and overreach.
©2013 Robert K. Tanenbaum (P)2013 AudioGO
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
Another in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series, this one is perhaps not as interesting as the previous three, but still fun. I like the direction the series is taking (into the politics of the DA system, a system that is completely foreign to the way we practice in Oz). Butch is on the cusp of the big jump into the political arena, but is he cut out for the half-truths and even more deals than he has to do just to get through a regular day?
I also like the slowly evolving relationship between the genders (pitched in and at an age when equality hadn't become the byword it now is). Karp is a big goofball, but not dump; perhaps the opposite of dumb. He's tough and sharp (in a good sense) in Court. Ciampi is smart, not yet a feminist (in the modern sense), but militant and sexy at the same time. She's on the verge of motherhood. How will that change her career path? Will it change it at all?
Then there's the surrounding entourage of quirky dingbats that populate the DA's office in NY in the aftermath of the Knapp Commission's drive to identify and eliminate systemic corruption in the NYPD. They're forever getting into one scrap after another (Guma's play on the Judge had me in stitches, for example), but all to the betterment of the overall plot, both funny and serious.
Finally, Burns is by now the voice of them all.
I look forward to the next installment of fun with a spoonful of the seedy underworld to help it go down; deep.
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