Andy Carpenter Series

18 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 22,420 ratings

Open and Shut 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.

©2002 David Rosenfelt (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Open and Shut

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?

    • By pewter on 02-05-13

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  • Book 2

    • First Degree

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Read series in order

    • By A. Wright on 03-11-09

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  • Book 3

    • Bury the Lead

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 645
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 647

    Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf. He's Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt's first novel was nominated for an Edgar Award. Now, in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim...of the most fatal kind.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged version hurts story

    • By J. on 09-30-07

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  • Book 4

    • Sudden Death

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 884
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 496

    Edgar-nominated author David Rosenfelt returns with his hero, Andy Carpenter, who must defend a football player accused of murder. The Giants' running back Kenny Schilling stands accused of killing Troy Preston, a wide receiver for the Jets. As Andy investigates, he finds that Troy is not the only football player who was killed after contact with Kenny...and his snooping starts to set off alarms with a drug king.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Why must it be abridged?

    • By Rob on 05-19-09

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  • Book 5

    • Dead Center

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

    Carpenter, the Paterson, N.J., lawyer whose wealth allows him to work as seldom as he chooses, is recovering from the loss of the love of his life, Laurie Collins, who has moved home to Findlay, Wis., to become the acting chief of police. When Laurie calls Andy for help after arresting 21-year-old Jeremy Davidson for murders that she thinks he didn't commit, Andy can't resist heading off to Findlay with his faithful dog, Tara.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a Hoot!

    • By Samantha on 06-19-06

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  • Book 6

    • Play Dead

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

    Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ

    • By JD on 11-05-08

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  • Book 7

    • New Tricks

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 937
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 932

    Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dog-lovers, rejoice!

    • By Snoodely on 09-18-09

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  • Book 8

    • Dog Tags

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 919
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 905

    A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wanna have some fun?

    • By Tim on 10-13-10

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  • Book 9

    • One Dog Night

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

    For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The wait is over!

    • By Jean-Paul on 08-20-11

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  • Book 10

    • Leader of the Pack

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 941
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 829
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 823

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Monday morning will be a killer

    • By THoward on 10-13-12

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  • Book 11

    • Unleashed

    • Andy Carpenter, Book 11
    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 886
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 881

    Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Over Too Soon

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-29-13

    Regular price: $19.49

  • Book 12

    • Hounded

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 926
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 923

    Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best Andy Carpenter yet!

    • By Joe on 08-10-14

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  • Book 13

    • Who Let the Dog Out?

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132

    Lawyer Andy Carpenter is surprised when Willie Millier, Andy's partner at their dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation, calls to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building. There has clearly been a break-in, and a dog has been stolen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and Funny

    • By John on 08-01-15

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  • Book 14

    • Outfoxed

    • An Andy Carpenter Mystery
    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,007
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

    Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter spends as much time as he can working on his true passion - the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs. Lately Andy has been especially involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable, benefiting both the dogs and the prisoners. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a five-year term for fraud.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Andy Carpenter definitely a fun read...

    • By Kitty on 07-27-16

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  • Book 15

    • The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

    • An Andy Carpenter Mystery
    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 824
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 760
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753

    Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter usually tries to avoid taking on new cases at all costs. But this time, he's happy - eager, even - to take the case that's just come his way. Andy's long-time friend Martha "Pups" Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can't handle, raises them until they're old enough to adopt, and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires the work Pups does as much as Andy does, however.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a fun story!

    • By Kathi on 10-31-16

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  • Book 16

    • Collared

    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 953
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 859
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 857

    Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip, and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Boy, this series just gets better and better!

    • By Kathi on 08-04-17

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  • Book 17

    • Rescued

    • Andy Carpenter Mystery Series, Book 17
    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 482
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 446
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443

    Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on more cases. He’d rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization. However, when a truck carrying more than 70 dogs from the South to the Northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved. Andy is eager to help the dogs, but it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiance. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another winner

    • By kaye on 07-21-18

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  • Book 18

    • Deck the Hounds

    • An Andy Carpenter Mystery, Book 18
    • By: David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires lawyer Andy Carpenter to give the pair some money to help. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. But things soon go awry....

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