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First Degree Audiobook

First Degree

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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards, David Rosenfelt's debut novel, Open and Shut, was widely praised by listeners and critics. Rosenfelt returned with this riveting mystery, First Degree, featuring irreverent and dynamic lawyer Andy Carpenter.

When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

Soon Laurie's facing conviction for the grisly murder and Andy must desperately try to save her. All he had wanted was a case to sink his teeth into. Now he gets one that's a kick in the head - and the heart.

Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.

©2004 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rosenfelt should win a unanimous verdict: first-rate." (Publishers Weekly)
"As satisfying as the nuts and bolts of the case are, it's the sheer likability of Andy and the odd assortment of his friends and staff that lifts the story from merely enjoyable to genuinely delightful." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Fun and entertaining."

    A good listen. Plot good with interesting twist. Interesting in light of recent new story of Orange County woman framed by couple angry with her. A believable story plot that keeps the interest.

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    Norman D. Harrison 508 northpark las cruces New Mexico 88005 03-22-17
    Norman D. Harrison 508 northpark las cruces New Mexico 88005 03-22-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Great as usual"

    I wouldn't have a life without having a Rosenfelt book to listen to. Thanks David
    Keep them comin!!! Or I die no really just more of your bad? humor

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    Tawnykt Nassau, Bahamas 02-12-17
    Tawnykt Nassau, Bahamas 02-12-17
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    "Whats not to like about Andy Carpenter?"

    I read the first book and loved it, anxious to read more. A knitting project encouraged me to download book to from audible. I was simply shocked when I heard the narrator's voice. The actor does a wonderful job but the voice is too old! (Sorry Grover!) I also had a big problem with the ending. Don't get me wrong, I heartily enjoyed 99% of the book. I still recommend it with those caviots.

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    kapablekeri 01-28-17
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    "Love these"

    These are great books - I find them humorous- they make me laugh and I enjoy the story lines

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    M B Snow 10-24-16
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    "Dog loving Groucho Marx, Esquire"

    David Rosenfelt's witty and engaging writing paired with perfectly delivered narration by Grover Gardner make for an entertaining reading/listening experience.
    The characters and plot line are well developed and kept me engaged in the story throughout.
    I began the series with Who Let The Dog Out. A good stand alone read but there are several references letting me know there was prior history so I started at the beginning. So much falls beautifully into place.

    So far with three of the books read I would say the quality is consistently crafted.

    If you love animals, charitable champions to the underdogs, and a witty sense of humor, you will enjoy this series.

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    "a lawyer crime series that makes you laugh LOUDLY"

    I love these books. the caring and the off beat characters keep you entertained

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    JLT 10-04-16
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    The voice of the reader is very annoying. I only listened to about 3 minutes of the story and that's all I could take.,

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    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-02-16
    rebecca pittsburgh, PA, United States 10-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best crafted novels! And funny! I laughed throughout the narration."

    This is an extremely well crafted book with plot twists and turns and a whole lot of humor. I highly recommend that you read the first book in the series and then read the rest of the books in order. Every book has surprises that one cannot anticipate and incredible humor and wonderful development of characters. The narrator does a wonderful job with the voices.

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    Sherrie Ganier 09-29-16
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    "Smart and funny, but...."

    Is it ok to say 'we had a great jury - 6 men, 3 blacks and 2 Hispanics.
    Are the blacks and Hispanics not men or women? unicorns or tadpoles or what?
    Stings.

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    Kenneth 07-28-16
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    "Great book!!!"

    The author is clever and very funny. I have laughed out loud many times and look forward to his other books.

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