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Publisher's Summary

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan.

But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed...and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall.

Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons - and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.

Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.
©2002 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As soon as readers finish this remarkable first novel, they will begin clamoring for a second Andy Carpenter adventure." (Booklist)
"Brisk dialogue, careful plotting, and solid spadework." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Louise
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 09-23-08

Very Entertaining

I really enjoy this author... I wish the books were longer though. Andy Carpenter his very witty and self deprecating which makes the books very entertaining... Looking forward to more...

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 05-24-17

First book in an enjoyable series

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This is the fist book in a light and fun series about a suddenly wealthy fast talking and likable attorney. Best of all, this attorney LOVES his dog as much as I love mine. The attorney is very quick on his feet and takes on cases which you want him to win. He also wants to do good with the millions of dollars that he has inherited, The books can be read out of order and still be enjoyable, but I believe the reader will get the best out of the series if the books are listened to in order.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite narrator

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I like the story - a mostly straightforward legal procedural - quite a lot, but not narrator Grover Gardner, a personal preference, but his voice sounds so odd to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Missing content

Would you try another book from David Rosenfelt and/or Grover Gardner?

Probably not.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

There's really only one and I didn't really like him. He's a smart ass and that's annoying throughout the read.

Could you see Open and Shut being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

There is significant missing content as pointed out by at least one other reviewer (Pewter) and it detracts. Some plot elements are never explained,e.g., who was the assassin driving the car with secret government license plates? And you really should correct the missing content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gudrun
  • Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • 01-02-14

Loved the main character and his dog

This was a really enjoyable listen. The main character is very likeable and I enjoyed it so much I researched the author to see what else I could read by him. After reading this I also got a dog myself!

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 03-28-13

Okay......

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I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had liked the narrator more. It was a fast moving story, but I could see this being a B TV movie. It had all the necessary points. Court, attorney, the estranged wife and an old murder mystery.

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  • Johanna
  • League City, TX, United States
  • 03-08-13

great for listening

I'm in love with Andy Carpenter. He's a lawyer with a heart. And he loves dogs. Can't be beat.

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Great introduction to a great series

I read this after book #8 of this series, and am glad that while it cleared up some finer points of the 8th book, no harm was done to my enjoyment through reading them out of order.
The protagonist Andy Carpenter is a dog-loving attorney with enough self-deprecating humour that I can forgive him living in a world without all the niggling problems we mere mortals encounter everyday. Then he inherits 22 million $. Thankfully he puts his money to good use to help unfortunate victims of crime.
The who-dunnit part is interesting but not terribly surprising, which doesn't bother me as I listen to books more to have a glimpse into other people's life than to give my brain a work-out.

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  • k.
  • eugene, OR, United States
  • 12-21-11

not a dopey talking dog mystery

love dogs. hate dopey talking dog mysteries. rosenfelt's background in hollywood shows in this absolutely wonderful series. start at the beginning of the series if you can. and if you need a good story that doesn't pander but manages to make you feel better at the end, this is for you

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 12-01-09

Feel-good legal thriller

The more of David Rosenfelt's novels I listen to, the more I like this author. I think "Open and Shut" begins his Andy Carpenter series, which just keeps growing more and more enjoyable and entertaining. All the novels in this series have humor, smarts, and lovable dogs. Anybody who likes legal thrillers should enjoy "Open and Shut," as well as the subsequent entries in this series. Grover Gardner has an odd, almost unpleasant voice; but he has such good acting chops that one rapidly forgives the voice. If you need cheering up, get this book, and look forward to the scene where Andy is defending the prostitute in court. See if you can resist laughing out loud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful