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Publisher's Summary

In the next courtroom drama in the New York Times best-selling Karp-Ciampi series, Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi get tangled up in a web of misdirection and must unravel it in time to solve a mass murder.

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. Also involved in the planning and cover-up is a major law enforcement player and a political hack who panders to the union for financial support and gets caught up in the homicidal scheme.

At least that's the conclusion Butch Karp is operating under when he indicts the pair for murder. But is it a trap? Is there another motive behind the attack that could derail the case? How will Karp discover it, and can he do so in time to bring justice to the murdered and maimed? It all ends in the kind of dramatic courtroom showdown that New York Times best-selling author Robert K. Tanenbaum is best at and that Booklist called "positively balletic."

©2015 Robert K. Tanenbaum. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 10-04-15

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....

Also - The beginning of this book is a little cheesy... Both leave me no desire to continue

J

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Engaging

The story is engaging. As usual Mr Tanenbaum has a way of telling a full rich tale. The narrator is flawless in his delivery with a pleasing melodic voice that transitions easily to the different characters.

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Great story, reader a little stiff

I like the newer stories by Robert Tanenbaum, but I really miss the heavier involvement of Karp's wife and children. In this one they really are just cameos.

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Great

This is another great Butch Karp story I love court cases and all of the characters

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Narrators a mess

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

NO. the narrators take away from the story. Very unpleasant to listen to.

How could the performance have been better?

Change narrators they sound as if they are gargling

Any additional comments?

thidid the 3rd book where the narrations are horrible sounding