Audie Award Winner, Mystery, 2014
Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane. Barry was in far more serious trouble than either of them knew, and for Sam and Andy, the trouble is only beginning.
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"An exciting intrigue story of twists, turns, and the rehabilitation of a loyal canine friend, Unleashed (audio) is a treat for mystery lovers and dog lovers alike!" (The Midwest Book Review)
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
I love everything about this series, the narrator's voice, the author's sense of humor. It is like candy for my ears. I am certain that I will always buy books by this author. I enjoy them immensely.
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
Grover Gardner brings all the interesting characters to life in this series. Andy Carpenter is one of my favorite protagonists of all the many cozy mysteries I've read. Treat yourself to a fun "who done it".
The reviews for Unleashed sucked me in...a crime story with humor, wit and a dog--how can that go wrong. ‘Unleashed’ is my first Andy Carpenter book, but not my first crime story with a dog as a character.
Unfortunately, Carpenter’s humor is no more than constant wisecracking to the point of distraction. It’s sophomoric and superficial from a character who thinks he’s funny, but is just incessantly annoying. This book did not even make me smile, although it did make me shake my head.
The legal/courtroom action is amateurish and was clearly written by someone who is not informed; at one point, two individuals are independently accused, jailed and on trial for the same crime in the same courtroom!
When Carpenter and his bodyguard go to a hideout to confront the suspected perps, they decide it’s OK to kill the two unsuspecting guards outside the hideout. Um, that is first degree murder, perps or not!
And then, when they enter the buildings, Carpenter goes through this ridiculous little girl routine about the dangerous gun he’s carrying and of course freezes when it’s time to use it, although he’s saved by his police officer wife who shoots the perp--in the shoulder of course!
Over and over the author uses the dated, hackneyed and inappropriate phrase ‘getting lucky’ to refer to Carpenter’s having sex with his wife.
Oh, and his crack hacker team is a group of octogenarians which alone defies reality, but there is insufficient character development to justify this ridiculous farce.
Finally, the author uses the two dogs as mere foils, giving neither one personality nor substance.
All in all a very disappointing book, my last by David Rosenfelt.
However, there are several great, witty and even dog-centric detective/crime novels, two of which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud:
1. The ‘Chet and Bernie’ mystery series by Spencer Quinn, wherein the story is narrated in first person by the dog, usually revealing the limitations of dog-think...often hilarious.
2. ‘The Walt Longmire mystery series’ by Craig Johnson. This series is about a modern day sheriff in Wyoming, but it’s not at all ‘cowboy’ The dog in these books is a minor character, but the books are indeed funny, witty, often brilliant. Definitely the most literate detective/crime novels of any I've read, Grisham included.
3. ‘Suspect’ by Robert Crais. Another detective novel, this time with a K9 Malinois Shepherd as the co-protagonist. In this case the author is actually into dogs and did major research on the training and use of K9 dogs, which is reflected in the story. A lot of the book is from the dog’s point of view and is both informative, entertaining and endearing. Crais is a superb crime writer.
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