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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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    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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    Amazon Customer Western USA 07-19-16
    Amazon Customer Western USA 07-19-16
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    "A lot of fun."

    Memorable characters, easy to root for, and well suited to the narrator. Written in a glib, fast-moving first person.

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    Michelle Pogodzinski 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely loved it!!!"

    Funny and thrilling! I really enjoyed it. I will be looking at more books in this series. Great!!

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    "love these books. every one"

    great story. great reading. love the characters and the plots. love the Jersey setting. a wonderful listen for any occasion.

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    Amazon Customer 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It was a good book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the detective followed his instinct to take the case despite what his girlfriend told him.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, this is my first time.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Guilty Shall Speak


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

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    M. L. Miller Minneapolis, MN USA 06-09-16
    M. L. Miller Minneapolis, MN USA 06-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    I usually don't read or listen to books twice. However, I am so addicted to this the sense of humor and the narrator 's performance that I am going through the series again.

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    Hilaryous 04-12-16
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    "Mysteries Can Be Fun!"

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sarcasm and wit with their mysteries. It was a good story, intriguing mystery, and fun because of the never ending sarcasm. It was original, creative, witty and fun sarcasm, not dark, mean spirited sarcasm. Have fun! I didn't give the story 5 stars only because it's not a high literary novel like a Tale of Two Cities or Les Miserables haha. Sorry David Rosenfelt. But still thoroughly enjoyed. Also Grover Gardner was delightful.

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    Lindyks3 03-29-16
    Lindyks3 03-29-16
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    "suspenseful and fun!"

    loved it ! the entire Andy Carter series is wonderful. I'm reading the whole series.

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