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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451193288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451193285
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Like a canvas by Bosch, the frenetic 10th installment in the popular Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series (Irresistible Impulse, etc.) is all foreground, a three-ring circus of mayhem and mystery. Here Tanenbaum pits Deputy DA Karp, his detective cronies Raney and Fulton and his security-expert wife, Marlene, against an amorphous army of Palestinians terrorizing New York. When Arab youths are implicated in the murders of two elderly Jews, Karp finds himself having to placate local Arab and Jewish leaders and at the same time convince the brass that the crimes point to a conspiracy. Meanwhile, a Mexican hit man linked to two jailed drug dealers is threatening to shoot up the metropolis and murder Karp's rival, Homicide Bureau head Roland Hrcany. Back home, Marlene is caffeinating herself to delirium to balance work and family. Then the teenage sister of one of the Arab suspects, on the lam after stabbing a pimp, lands improbably in a shelter for battered women run by Marlene's friend. Should Marlene inform Karp, or protect the girl? As always, there's much to cheer in Tanenbaum's work: quirky characters, snappy cop-talk, even a slam-bang car chase through a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, and the rousing action resonates with deeper themes as Karp, a lapsed Jew, tentatively accepts his ethnicity. But the constant jumps between subplots are wearying, the large casts of racist cops and racist terrorists run together and the resolution is strained as absolutely everyone is tied together into a too-perfect knot. Mystery Guild selection. (June) FYI: Media-alert readers will recognize Tanenbaum as the lawyer for a teenage defendant on trial in Delaware for killing her newborn baby.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Interesting characters and great plots.
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VERY long winded, very confusing, too many characters introduced in the beginning that it's hard to keep straight who-is-who.
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I'm an enormous fan of the Butch and Marlene series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C Jones on August 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Three young Arabs seriously wound a Jewish elderly shopkeeper and murder his wife. Why? Because they have been ordered to by Ibn-Salemeh, a powerful Arabian megalomaniac. The reason is to start a holy war in New York City pitting the Jews against the Arabs, in what the Arabs hope will make themselves into martyrs. Deputy D.A. Butch Karp is assigned to the case. His job is to solve it, while keeping racial tensions from exploding in the city. More murders are to follow, all related to the Arabian cause. Even Mexican drug lords get tied into the crime spree, as the Arabs do much of their underground business with them to finance their holy war. Sound exciting? It could be, however, Tannebaum's lack of literary skills sure puts a damper on what could have been a good book.
First of all, Tannebaum introduces too many characters too soon in the story, and then he neglects to develop those characters. As you read, it becomes difficult to remember who is who and what their role in the story is. I found myself frequently having to flip the pages backwards to refresh my memory of people and events. Also, there is no distinguishable characters in this book. Personalities are rather bland and the dialogue used is in monotone voices.
As one reader pointed out, there are mistakes in the book that don't correspond with the book's time frame of 1981. The reader was correct in those errors he pointed out. Another one to add is that there is a scene where two girls sit down and watch the video Purple Rain. That movie wasn't released in theatres until 1984. While those mistakes may not bother some readers, I think it is important to note the carelessness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frank's Daughter on August 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For those who have followed the trials (literally) and tribulations of Butch Karp and his one-eyed, gun-totin', walk-on-the-wild-side wife/lawyer/partner in crime Marlene Ciampi, "Reckless Endangerment" should prove to be as endearing a story as the titles preceding it. Read in order they paint an interesting hindsight picture of the late seventies and early eighties as Robert Tanenbaum relates the gruesome, thrilling and sometimes hilarious life and times in the NYPD Homicide Bureau. In this episode, Marlene and Butch's daughter, Lucy, really takes top billing. The polyglot (she has learned Mandarin, French, Tex-Mex Spanish, and some Arabic) kid, along with her shady Vietnamese mentor/babysitter, Tran, leads her parents and the cops around the Big Apple in search of Arabs, Jews, and a sadistic/wounded/crazy Mexican killer-child named El Chivato among others. The escapades often reach the height of unreality but who cares?? The ending was a bit! too pat, but I did not want the story to end. So, Mr. Tanenbaum, give up the law career and write full time, okay?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tanenbaum scores again with the further adventures of Ass't DA Butch Karp, wife Marlene and daughter Lucy.
For the latest hardcover, Act Of Revenge, from HarperCollins, Publishers' Weekly opined this dysfunctional family will provide wonderful sequels for years to come.
If you haven't read Tanenbaum, you are missing a great series. Get started!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Untouchable on August 2, 2001
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You've really got to keep your wits about you when you're reading this story. There are about 5 different threads of storylines that are gradually woven together tighter and tighter until something just has to give. And when it does, the effects are devastating.
It's New York City, 1981 and the racial tensions between the Arabs and the Jews are simmering. A plot is being hatched and put into place by a small Arab group to start a holy war by bombing the Jewish part of town. Separate to this, yet delicately connected are a couple of Mexican brothers who have been arrested and charged with murdering an undercover officer during a drug bust. This is where Deputy D.A. Butch Karp comes into the picture, he's interested in getting a conviction, you see. Marlene Ciampi, Butch's wife is a private detective, specialising in protecting abused women and is also tenuously drawn into the picture after an Arab girl flees the family home. Now just add a murder or two, stir and let the fun begin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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I happened on this latest installment of Butch Karp's adventures by Robert Tanenbaum more or less by accident and was surprised by the amazing characters. The book was hard to put down and I am now looking forward to going back and reading all the other books in the series. What a great discovery! I note that the reader reviews are not at all consistent, and tend to be either 'love it' or 'hate it.' Well, put me down in the 'love it' category. I liked Butch and Marlene, and their strong relationship. Lucy and Tran were my favorites, though. I also enjoyed El Chivato as one of the most colorful killers in my recollection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1999
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As with all of Tanenbaum's books, I find it hard to put down once started. The fast pace, comedy and surprises around every corner make Butch and Marlene two of my favorite fictional characters. Lucy is every bit her mothers daughter, I would never want Tran on my bad side and who wouldn't want a loyal and obediant dog like Sweetie! The great mix of characters and their personalities in addition to great storylines, makes Tanenbaum number one in my "book".
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Robert K. Tanenbaum is one of the country's most successful trial lawyers -- he has never lost a felony case. He has been Bureau Chief of the New York Criminal Courts, ran the Homicide Bureau for the New York District Attorney's Office, and served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Congressional Committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. His previous works include the novels Fatal Conceit, Bad Faith, Tragic, Outrage, Betrayed, Capture, and Escape; and three true-crime books, Echoes of My Soul, The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer, and Badge of the Assassin.

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