Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi

29 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,542 ratings

No Lesser Plea Publisher's Summary

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

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  • Book 1

    • No Lesser Plea

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 1
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 223
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 196
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 194

    Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp has been around New York long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But he still believes in justice. So when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi to unleash the full force of their relentless energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth to put the killer away for good. They will accept no lesser plea.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Lesser Plea

    • By Hill on 11-23-14

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  • Book 2

    • Depraved Indifference

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 2
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 84

    Butch Karp has never shied away from a difficult case, and when Croatian terrorists hijack a plane and kill an NYPD bomb squad cop in a bomb blast, he’s eager to prosecute the high-profile killers. But Karp’s aggression puts him at risk when his investigations uncover messy government secrets. Certain elements of the FBI and CIA don’t want the trial to go forward, and are willing to go to extremes to sabotage Karp's case.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • ROFL!

    • By Ted on 02-11-15

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  • Book 3

    • Immoral Certainty

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 3
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 66
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Butch Karp's career prosecuting New York's worst criminals takes a chilling turn when a series of ghastly child murders opens a window into the city’s hellish underworld. Karp and love-interest Marlene Ciampi pursue a psychopath known to his young victims as the Bogeyman, but what they find is more threatening than a lone predator. To stop the evil they unearth will take more than just courage in the courtroom; the two will need to follow a sinister trail into New York City's darkest corners, where the law is powerless to protect them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • One of Tanenbaum's best

    • By shelley on 04-08-14

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  • Book 4

    • Reversible Error

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 4
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    Assistant District Attorney Butch Karp is finally recognized for his heroic service to New York City when a group of politicians back him for the top job as Manhattan's district attorney. But a series of cases involving vigilante murders begins to reveal the true motives of those civil servants standing by his side. It's Karp versus the dirty city in one of Tanenbaum's most revealing and caustic legal thrillers - a stunning indictment of civil corruption and overreach.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another Good Installment In The Series

    • By Lia on 10-06-16

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  • Book 5

    • Material Witness

    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    When he goes undercover to bust mobsters who have infiltrated the sports world, Butch Karp glides effortlessly from the criminal courts he dominates as a prosecutor to the basketball court. Police have found the body of a pro basketball star in a car on the edge of the city, the glove compartment stuffed with cocaine. The investigation leads to a sophisticated ring of sports fixing and drug trafficking, and Karp's own background as a college basketball standout helps him close in on the crooks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, well told!!

    • By Carol on 08-22-15

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  • Book 6

    • Justice Denied

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 6
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    A Turkish diplomat in New York City is gunned down in broad daylight, and all signs point to an ancient blood feud. The suspected gunman is Armenian. His alleged motive is to avenge the slaughter of Armenians by Turks generations before. But prosecutor Butch Karp has never accepted the easy answer, and he soon realizes the facts of this murder are more complicated than they seem. To close the case, Karp and his investigator wife, Marlene, must infiltrate a cross-section of New York society, while fending off crooks and madmen from every corner of the Big Apple and the world beyond.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I must be easy to please

    • By Hill on 12-08-14

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  • Book 7

    • Corruption of Blood

    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    After many years working on some of the toughest felony cases in New York, prosecutor Butch Karp takes on one of the most notorious homicide cases in modern history when the US Congress invites him to become legal counsel to the Congressional committee charged to reinvestigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Teaming up with his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, and two loyal assistants, Karp knows the only way to determine what occurred is to let the facts and the evidence lead inexorably to a just result.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good Idea---Horrible Execution

    • By Roman on 06-24-15

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  • Book 8

    • Falsely Accused

    • The Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi Series, Book 8
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    In the eighth story of the popular Butch Karp legal thriller series, Karp and his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, struggle to protect the abused and wrongly accused from powerful enemies. This time, famed prosecutor Butch Karp is on the side of an unjustly accused plaintiff, the chief medical examiner of New York City, who was fired and accused of gross incompetence. Karp may be in private practice now, but he still knows the ins and outs of the New York City brass, and his investigation into the wrongful termination soon reveals rot that goes all the way to city hall.

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  • Book 9

    • Irresistible Impulse

    • Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, Book 9
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Back as head of the district attorney's homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthys uburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer's showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail Karp's prosecution - even if it means igniting a race war.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So far the best

    • By Hill on 12-14-14

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  • Book 10

    • Reckless Endangerment

    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: James Daniels
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi discover themselves working on two sides of the same case when a set of double homicides rocks downtown Manhattan. A bloody warning scrawled on the wall above a murdered elderly couple sends the Jewish community reeling into a tension-filled confrontation with the city's Arab population. In neighboring Brooklyn, a 16-year-old Arab runaway seeks refuge in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, where she becomes caught up in the ugly world of prostitution and drugs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Coming of age

    • By Hill on 12-17-14

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  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

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  • Book 14

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  • Book 15

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  • Book 16

    • Hoax

    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    The shooting death of a rap mogul is the first link in a sinister chain ensnaring New York District Attorney Butch Karp. With his wife and daughter on a New Mexico retreat, Karp is left to fend for his teenaged sons and himself. Descending into the hip-hop underworld to prosecute a killer, Karp comes head-to-head wih Andrew Kane, a powerful would-be mayor whose corrupt web of influence leads Karp to unveil a shocking church sex-abuse scandal.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good Writer - Forced Plot

    • By Ted on 11-18-17

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  • Book 17

    • Fury

    • Butch Karp - Marlene Ciampi series
    • By: Robert Tannenbaum
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    In Brooklyn, a female jogger is brutally raped; the assailants are convicted and later exonerated by the Kings County DA. Now the guilty are filing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the city of New York, the police, and the two assistant DAs who tried the case. While the cops and the criminal justice system are under media assault and opportunist political demagoguery, Karp has suspicions that there is corruption within his own office.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Every stereotype imaginable

    • By Margaret on 04-20-18

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  • Book 18

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  • Book 19

    • Malice

    • A Novel
    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    New York District Attorney Butch Karp, recovering from an assassination attempt that came within a few millimeters of killing him, takes on a shadowy cartel that uses terrorists to further its criminal empire while sliding the United States toward a fascist state that the cartel controls.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Tedious

    • By John Buckley on 10-27-08

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  • Book 20

    • Escape

    • By: Robert K. Tanenbaum
    • Narrated by: Charles Leggett
    • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 63

    Escape is a classic encounter between the forces of good and evil in human form that asks, and answers, questions of how to deal with supposedly "God-inspired" acts of murder and mayhem. In a riveting trial of garish courtroom confrontations, newly elected New York District Attorney Karp battles the "insanity of the insanity defense", as he tries to make Jessica Campbell, a rabble-rousing political science professor at NYU, pay for the murder of her three children. While Campbell claims that God told her to "send her three children to Him," it is up to Karp to prove that she was fully aware of the nature and consequences of her actions.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank you, Mr. T.

    • By margaret mccrary on 05-11-08

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