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Publisher's Summary

A CIA chief dies under suspicious circumstances before he is about to testify about a controversial government cover-up involving a terrorist attack on the US mission in Chechnya. Butch Karp is on the case in this exciting installment to Robert K. Tanenbaum’s best-selling series.

When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan separatists who aided the Americans at the mission and who have firsthand knowledge of the terrorist attack? Karp must also find his missing daughter, who has been taken hostage by the terrorists.

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.

©2014 Robert K. Tanenbaum (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-20-17

Superb legal and political thriller!

Fatal Conceit is about the use and abuse of raw political power by the president's campaign manager and chief of staff and how it affects the lives (and deaths) of those driven by personal honor and love of country rather that national political election outcomes. Committed leftists will not like this novel because of the realism of the portrayal. For those who like action and suspense there is lots of both inside and outside the courtroom. The major protagonists are prosecutor Butch Karp and his investigator and wife Marlene Ciampi.

Fatal Conceit has been in my Audible library for several months but I delayed listening to it because I doubted I would like it. Author Robert K Tanenbaum has been releasing novels for 30 years, but this is the first one I have listened to or read. It will not be the last! Bob Walter's narration is stellar.

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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 this series. Bob Walter wouldn't have been my first choice as a reader but I came to appreciate his reading.

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Simplicity plot, predictable.

Disappointed, though fairly well character development, following the career of Karp, and family.

It would be interesting to read more how the collaboration between
the whole family would grow, especially the two sons.

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Truth in fiction.

Exceeded my expectations. I've been away from Tannenbaum for a few years. This is his best ever.
I recommend it highly.

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Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Love all of this author's work. The narrator could have been more differentiating with his voices, especially the female voices.

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good read

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This is another in a long line of recent get the Muslim terrorists, but with great courtroom drama to go along with it. Well-paced action with everyone's favorite target, politicians.
One can read many comparisons to our current administration in this book and I think it's pretty deliberate but that makes it that much enjoyable! Narrator also does a great job handling many characters with ease.

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Another good tale of Buch Karp and company

What did you like best about Fatal Conceit? What did you like least?

What I liked best was Tannenbaum continuing his use of the same characters present since the beginning of the series and his use of real current events to enliven the story. What I like least is his consistent error in his references to St. Teresa of Avila. I find her apparitions to Lucy clever and amusing, but the credibility would be enhanced if he discontinued referring to St. Teresa as a martyr. She was a virgin (V); not a virgin/martyr (VM). I also think he could have shaved off a couple of hours by cutting back on a lot of unnecessary and frankly uninteresting details on some of his sub-plots involving secondary and tertiary characters.

What other book might you compare Fatal Conceit to and why?

I would compare it with all the books in the Butch Karp/Marlene Campi series. All of the great characters are present in their typical form.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bob Walter?

Yes, I would. He did an adequate job and also got an extra star from me for not making any blatant mispronunciations which are (regrettably) typical of so many readers---even some of the better ones. Nothing against Mr. Walter, but authors should stick with the same readers when they are writing books that are part of a series. People get used to particular voices and associate them with the respective characters.

Do you think Fatal Conceit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It doesn't "need" one but I'm sure it will get one.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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  • Sylvia
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 09-21-15

Right wing propoganda

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The first half-hour mainly describes a communist-leftist ex-Weatherman who, with his "fellow revolutionaries decided they had a better chance of bringing down the corrupt capitalist system if they worked insidiously from the inside." He then goes on to how "he met the President…a kindred spirit." The book rapidly devolves into a right-wing diatribe that leaves no doubt it is referencing Obama's political rise, presidential campaign, and election. It then weaves in a sinister plot regarding a terrorist attack created by the President's Men. I guess this all links up later, however I couldn't take it after 35 mins. I am not an Obama fan but the snarky force-fed political propaganda is over the top. Odd that none of the Audible reviewers mention this while 22% of the Amazon reviews have my take on this book and gave it a 1-star rating.

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Ridiculous

If I wanted Tom Clancy style ultra right wing politics injected into my life, I would simply watch Fox "News" all day long. The absurd premise of this book that the obviously democratic presidential administration is so corrupt as to commit heinous crimes against the citizens smacks more of the Bush or Trump administration, and even then it's a stretch to assume they would be quite so despicable. Leave the conspiracy theories to the nut jobs for pete's sake.

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great story, thought provoking

great story but finish was a little less than climactic. very thought provoking in today's world of antibiotic resistant bugs.