Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi
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  • 1
    No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    No Lesser Plea: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    Lesser Plea

    A nice introduction.

    Reviewed on November 23 2014 by Hill (Bedford, TX, United States)
  • 2
    Depraved Indifference: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 2 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Depraved Indifference: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    Butch Karp has never shied away from a difficult case, and when Croatian terrorists hijack a plane and kill an NYPD bomb squad cop in a bomb blast, he’s eager to prosecute the high-profile killers. But Karp’s aggression puts him at risk when his investigations uncover messy government secrets. Certain elements of the FBI and CIA don’t want the trial to go forward, and are willing to go to extremes to sabotage Karp's case.

    Entertaining

    This was a better listen than I was expecting from a number of the online reviews. Most of those were critical of the lack of realism in the plot. T..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 22 2016 by Ian C Robertson (South Australia, Australia)
  • 3
    Immoral Certainty: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 3 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Immoral Certainty: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 3

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    Butch Karp's career prosecuting New York's worst criminals takes a chilling turn when a series of ghastly child murders opens a window into the city’s hellish underworld. Karp and love-interest Marlene Ciampi pursue a psychopath known to his young victims as the Bogeyman, but what they find is more threatening than a lone predator. To stop the evil they unearth will take more than just courage in the courtroom; the two will need to follow a sinister trail into New York City's darkest corners, where the law is powerless to protect them.

    One of Tanenbaum's best
    Reviewed on April 08 2014 by shelley (Raleigh, NC)
  • 4
    Reversible Error: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 4 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Reversible Error: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 4

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    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.

    More Fun with B and M

    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 th..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2016 by Ian C Robertson (South Australia, Australia)
  • 5
    Material Witness | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Material Witness

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    When he goes undercover to bust mobsters who have infiltrated the sports world, Butch Karp glides effortlessly from the criminal courts he dominates as a prosecutor to the basketball court. Police have found the body of a pro basketball star in a car on the edge of the city, the glove compartment stuffed with cocaine. The investigation leads to a sophisticated ring of sports fixing and drug trafficking, and Karp's own background as a college basketball standout helps him close in on the crooks.

    Great story, well told!!

    This audiobook kept my attention all the way through. Exciting story with lots of twists and a great use of characters.

    Reviewed on August 22 2015 by Carol ()
  • 6
    Justice Denied: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 6 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Justice Denied: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 6

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    A Turkish diplomat in New York City is gunned down in broad daylight, and all signs point to an ancient blood feud. The suspected gunman is Armenian. His alleged motive is to avenge the slaughter of Armenians by Turks generations before. But prosecutor Butch Karp has never accepted the easy answer, and he soon realizes the facts of this murder are more complicated than they seem. To close the case, Karp and his investigator wife, Marlene, must infiltrate a cross-section of New York society, while fending off crooks and madmen from every corner of the Big Apple and the world beyond.

    I must be easy to please

    Probably not. The Karp series is like eating a cheeseburger. Great when your hunger but I don't want to eat the same burger twice.

    Reviewed on December 08 2014 by Hill (Bedford, TX, United States)
  • 7
    Corruption of Blood | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Corruption of Blood

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    After many years working on some of the toughest felony cases in New York, prosecutor Butch Karp takes on one of the most notorious homicide cases in modern history when the US Congress invites him to become legal counsel to the Congressional committee charged to reinvestigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Teaming up with his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, and two loyal assistants, Karp knows the only way to determine what occurred is to let the facts and the evidence lead inexorably to a just result.

    Good Idea---Horrible Execution

    Yes, of course. I have read and listened to many of Tannenbaum's books and, this one notwithstanding, have enjoyed them immensely.

    Reviewed on June 24 2015 by Roman (Manhattan Beach, CA, United States)
  • 8
    Falsely Accused: The Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 8 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Falsely Accused: The Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    In the eighth story of the popular Butch Karp legal thriller series, Karp and his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, struggle to protect the abused and wrongly accused from powerful enemies. This time, famed prosecutor Butch Karp is on the side of an unjustly accused plaintiff, the chief medical examiner of New York City, who was fired and accused of gross incompetence. Karp may be in private practice now, but he still knows the ins and outs of the New York City brass, and his investigation into the wrongful termination soon reveals rot that goes all the way to city hall.

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  • 9
    Irresistible Impulse: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 9 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Irresistible Impulse: Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
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    Back as head of the district attorney's homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthys uburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer's showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail Karp's prosecution - even if it means igniting a race war.

    So far the best

    I think I would. This book was the most interesting to me of this series.

    Reviewed on December 14 2014 by Hill (Bedford, TX, United States)
  • 10
    Reckless Endangerment | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Reckless Endangerment

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By James Daniels
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    Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi discover themselves working on two sides of the same case when a set of double homicides rocks downtown Manhattan. A bloody warning scrawled on the wall above a murdered elderly couple sends the Jewish community reeling into a tension-filled confrontation with the city's Arab population. In neighboring Brooklyn, a 16-year-old Arab runaway seeks refuge in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, where she becomes caught up in the ugly world of prostitution and drugs.

    Coming of age

    Recommend? Yes of course. I have found that writers who write series such as the Karp series take a few books to really develop the characters and the..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2014 by Hill (Bedford, TX, United States)
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  • 16
    Hoax | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Hoax

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    The shooting death of a rap mogul is the first link in a sinister chain ensnaring New York District Attorney Butch Karp. With his wife and daughter on a New Mexico retreat, Karp is left to fend for his teenaged sons and himself. Descending into the hip-hop underworld to prosecute a killer, Karp comes head-to-head wih Andrew Kane, a powerful would-be mayor whose corrupt web of influence leads Karp to unveil a shocking church sex-abuse scandal.

    Loved it!

    This was the second listening, and it still was fresh and spellbinding. 1 star off on performance as the narrator tended to use the child voice for ev..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 12 2015 by Diana Angle ()
  • 17
    Fury: Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi series | Robert Tannenbaum

    Fury: Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi series

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    In Brooklyn, a female jogger is brutally raped; the assailants are convicted and later exonerated by the Kings County DA. Now the guilty are filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of New York, the police, and the two assistant DAs who tried the case. While the cops and the criminal justice system are under media assault and opportunist political demagoguery, Karp has suspicions that there is corruption within his own office.

    Riviting Characters & Story

    This edition of the Butch Karo / Marlene Ciamoi series is the best yet. in their continuing series. Every page is fascinating with twists and revela..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 13 2015 by Dave Deno (LA)
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    Not Available on Audible.com Why not?

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  • 19
    Malice: A Novel | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Malice: A Novel

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    New York District Attorney Butch Karp, recovering from an assassination attempt that came within a few millimeters of killing him, takes on a shadowy cartel that uses terrorists to further its criminal empire while sliding the United States toward a fascist state that the cartel controls.

    Tedious

    I'm seldom disappointed in my Audible selections so this is an exception. The book is very difficult to follow due to the many characters-many of whom..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 27 2008 by John Buckley (Cumberland ,RI)
  • 20
    Escape | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
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    Escape is a classic encounter between the forces of good and evil in human form that asks, and answers, questions of how to deal with supposedly "God-inspired" acts of murder and mayhem. In a riveting trial of garish courtroom confrontations, newly elected New York District Attorney Karp battles the "insanity of the insanity defense", as he tries to make Jessica Campbell, a rabble-rousing political science professor at NYU, pay for the murder of her three children. While Campbell claims that God told her to "send her three children to Him," it is up to Karp to prove that she was fully aware of the nature and consequences of her actions.

    Thank you, Mr. T.

    This was a very involved book with 3 plots weaving together into what I thought was a wonderfully done novel. It was deep & moving and made me th..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 11 2008 by margaret mccrary ()
  • 21
    Capture | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Capture

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
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    When a promising actress from Spanish Harlem dies from a gunshot wound in the Tribeca penthouse apartment of an eccentrically famous Broadway producer, it is up to New York D.A. Roger "Butch" Karp and his hard-charging, crime-fighting wife, Marlene Ciampi, to champion the murdered actress's cause. Karp decides to personally prosecute the case and expose the "Big Lie" defense.

    Horrible

    After many years of listening to books, I came across an author and a reader that made me quit listening half way through Part 1. The characters are ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 11 2010 by Ken Garelick ()
  • 22
    Betrayed: A Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi Novel | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Betrayed: A Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi Novel

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    When Dirty Warren, the criminal-court newspaper vendor afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, is charged with murdering socialite Rene Hanson, Marlene Ciampi investigates. Marlene’s findings throw doubt on the case, but she is ignored by power-hungry and press-happy Westchester County DA Harley Chin, who is intent on doing whatever it takes to convict Dirty Warren, with the encouragement of powerful political forces.

    Narrator ruins book

    Mel Foster obviously didn't do any research on the previous novels as he mis-pronounces names. His delivery is bipolar as he swings from a wooden to m..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 27 2015 by Russ ()
  • 23
    Outrage: Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi Series | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Outrage: Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi Series

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
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    Months after a brutal double homicide in uptown Manhattan shocks the city, sensational newspaper headlines herald the arrest and indictment of Felix Acevedo, a shy Bronx teenager who confessed to the horrific crimes. But downtown, in the district attorney’s office, Butch Karp is seething. No sooner does he bask in the relief of successfully closing the case on murderous imam Sharif Jabbar than he is thrust into the center of a high-profile prosecution that threatens the integrity of his office.

    Tanenbaum has 'jumped the shark'

    If you're not famililar with that term, then this review won't make sense. I have LOVED the Butch Karp series but the last two have just gone too far..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 03 2011 by Meggin (Reno, NV, United States)
  • 24
    Bad Faith: A Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Mystery, Book 24 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Bad Faith: A Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Mystery, Book 24

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    In Bad Faith, two gripping story lines that could have been torn out of today’s headlines meet at the intersection of religion and medical ethics. In the first, Butch battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. Meanwhile, a beautiful but deadly Russian incarcerated assassin, Nadya Malovo, works with Karp from behind bars to prevent a violent attack on New York City. But she harbors a secret vendetta....

    A Good Listen, but not a Great One

    Robert K. Tanenbaum is one of my favorite authors. He delivers a good story in Bad Faith. However, his longer books (Malice, Betrayed, Escape) are tru..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 13 2012 by Kathleen (HOPKINS, MN, United States)
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    Tragic | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Tragic

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    Prizefighter tough. Street-hustler smart. Pit-bull vicious. Longshoremen’s union leader Charlie Vitteli is like a cold-blooded villain straight out of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Busting heads on the docks of New York as a brash union organizer, taking no prisoners as the newest president of the North Ameri­can Brotherhood of Stevedores, Vitteli clawed his way to the top of the heap - and no one’s going to take him down now. Not if they value their lives.

    Don't buy this audiobook.

    Honestly, I don't really know if the story was good or bad because I couldn't get past the first chapter. The narrator is one of those readers who ha..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 14 2013 by Elaine Pfleiderer ()
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    Fatal Conceit | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Fatal Conceit

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
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    After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.

    Fatal not hardly

    This is very possible the best of the Karp series. Robert Tanenbaum put together an outstanding story line. I really do believe this is the best of th..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 17 2015 by Hill (Bedford, TX, United States)
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    Trap | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Trap

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    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    When a tremendous blast rocks an old school building in East Harlem during a meeting of the New York Charter Schools, killing six and wounding a dozen others, it's initially blamed on a natural gas explosion. However, as Butch Karp digs a little deeper, he discovers the explosion was the work of a mysterious serial arsonist in the employ of the teacher's union president, who is angry at the unqualified successes of the charter school movement in New York City and worried for the corrupt public school system.

    This might be a good book - But

    I can't believe - With the amount of really good narrators - We are still subjected to breathy older dramatic narrators. And Scott Brick....

    ..
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    Reviewed on October 04 2015 by John (tallevast, FL, United States)
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    Infamy: A Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller, Book 28 | Robert K. Tanenbaum

    Infamy: A Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
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    When a former army veteran suddenly murders a colonel in New York, he claims that he had to do it because he was being used in mind control experiments. Surprisingly, a top Wall Street criminal defense lawyer, one with ties to the White House, decides to defend the killer, arguing that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress from his tours in Afghanistan and that it's his patriotic duty to assist him.

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