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Sudden Death
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon June 14, 2014
Kenny Shilling, running back for the Giants, is accused is accused of killing Troy Preston, wide receiver for the Jets. The evidence is strong against Kenny.

The nice thing about this case is that it gives Andy entry into the inner circle of NFL football. The bad thing is that Andy's not sure Kenny is innocent. He prefers to defend innocent clients.

This is one of Andy's most challenging cases. And his powers of concentration are undermined by his anxiety over his girlfriend, Laurie, who's considering moving back to her hometown. She's the love of his life. He doesn't know how he'll survive if she leaves.

Meanwhile the trial is a welcome distraction. I love David Rosenfelt's court scenes, with their dramatic cross-examinations and flashes of humor. And there are dramatic incidents outside the courtroom too. In this case, murders and attempted murders. There's also a wonderful meeting-of-mobsters scene. As usual Andy is short of preparation time and is investigating and building the defense while the trial unfolds. This adds to the tension. And there’s plenty of opportunity for Andy’s signature wisecracks.

How it all ends is quite astonishing.

I'm finding the Andy Carpenter novels completely engaging, often funny and unfailingly entertaining. This one is no exception.
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on November 21, 2011
Rosenfelt's fourth Andy Carpenter finds the lawyer called to the scene of a standoff with police - in the house is an armed New York Giants' running back and the body of a Jets wide receiver. The accused, Kenny Schilling, asks for Carpenter and Andy is pulled into his defense. The evidence is overwhelming and the standoff adds to uphill battle facing Carpenter in his defense of the football player.

The Jets wide receiver was not only a drug user but also distributes to fellow players and a few others. His supplier has trespassed on the turf of Dominic Petrone - the North Jersey mob boss. Carpenter tries to tie the victim to the violent drug war. But ....

Both running back and wide receiver were named to an All American team in high school. And members of that team are suspiciously dying young. Is there a connection?

In the midst of the story is the fact that Carpenter's long time love, Laurie Collins is trying to decide if she will return to her home town in Wisconsin. Will Andy have only Tara for company?

Rosenfelt writes Andy Carpenter as a witty, wise cracking attorney with more issues that he can count. But you can't help but like him. And want him to come back again and again.
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VINE VOICEon May 9, 2013
What I like about the author is all his stories are well crafted and fast paced there is little navel gazing. I am tired of so many mysteries being hyped as hilarious, wacky, laugh out loud funny etc when the books are totally devoid of any hint of humor. The author's plots are not humorous in and of themselves but the byplay between characters is actually laugh our loud funny. How many book can you say that about? Aside from Andy's dog Tara there are no other dogs involved in the story but that's fine; as long as he keeps a healthy number of his plots actively involving dogs. The author has put together a medley of secondary characters that are second to none. Marcus is in this book. He is a man of few words but the exact person you want on your side in a dark alley. All the secondary characters are well drawn and pull their weight in all the the tales. I would read the books in order but don't worry if you don't it doesn't spoil the fun.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rosenfelt's first three books in the Andy Carpenter series were tightly written capers with lots of humor sprinkled in, and a minimum of overtly obvious suspects and plot twists. I can't say the same for Sudden Death. The red herrings are obvious, as are the suspected culprits. This would have been okay if Mr. Rosenfelt had kept the book as tightly written as the others, but the narrative went on for too long as Carpenter repeatedly went through a litany of thoughts regarding the possiblility of his significant other moving away from him, and his fears of being killed by a noted drug dealer. The humor that was so abundant in the other books in this series is also not as evident, and the text could have used more to compensate for the psychobabble.

Enjoyable, but not as much as the others.
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on August 8, 2014
"Sudden Death" by David Rosenfelt.

This Andy Carpenter mystery had it all. My favorite so far in this series.
The running back for the New York giants, Kenny Schilling, needs Andy's services for his defense and he needs him NOW. Andy has to defend Kenny who is being accused of a high profile murder.

At the same time Laurie, Andy's long time significant other, has dropped a bomb shell in Andy's lap. She is planning on a future...a future that is without Andy. Can Andy find the words to bring Laurie to her senses?

While all this is going on in Andy's life he recognizes his most beloved Tara is showing signs of aging. Signs that are too much for Andy to accept.

The ending came out of nowhere. I totally thought the story was over and then the bottom drops out of the case with a bang.

I listened to this book on CD with Grover Gardner as Andy's voice. A perfect fit.
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VINE VOICEon June 4, 2006
I very much enjoy Rosenfelt's style, which is reminiscent of Robert Parker and Harlan Coben in the style of humor. Real strengths, to me, are the secondary characters surrounding Andy and courtroom scenes which are interesting and yet don't overwhelm the story. I like that Andy isn't as overwhelming macho as some characters, but he's almost too insecure for me. But, I found the story interesting; I liked the twists along the way and didn't see the killer until the end. To me, the weakness is that in each book, he kills off a significant secondary character. Once or twice, I can deal with, but done each time, it become predictable and loses its impact. But that's not enough to keep me from having enjoyed the book, continuing to read the series and recommending it to others.
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on April 14, 2015
When asked if there's violence or sexual content in these books, it's difficult to answer. Yes, is the easy answer, but it is done so carefully, that neither are ever graphic, so I almost want to say there is none. Still, what's a murder mystery without violence? What's a grown-up human relationship without sex? David Rosenfelt manages to have both in his books without gory detail, and leaves just enough to the reader's imagination to make it just right! As for the story, I'm in love with Andy Carpenter and find his humor, self-deprecation and intellect absolutely delightful. I highly recommend his books and suggest you read them in order. Coming into this one, I felt like I was visiting an old friend, complete with the inside jokes and under tones that can only come from history.
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This is another great book with the main character that I have come to know and adore, Andy Carpenter. With his staff, and friends, and of course his best freind of the canine variety, Andy gets involved trying to help a rising football star, charged with a murder that seems open and shut. Of course, there is alot more than meets the eye.

I really liked this book, I am such a fan of Mr. Rosenfelt's and this book meets all my expectations. I had some laughs and even a few tears. There were some twists and turns in the story that I didn't see coming, and trying to figure out the story around the murder, kept me racing to the end. I am looking forward already to Mr. Rosenfelt's next book, I want to know what happens to Andy and the people in his life.

Oh and Tara of course!
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on February 8, 2008
With the 4th book in the series Andy Carpenter's witty observations, love of his dog, relationship with Laurie, as well as his springing rabbits from hats to get his clients off all don't seem as fresh and compelling as they were in the firsr couple of books. The continuing cast of characters are comforting in their familiarity, but Andy and company seem to lack some kind of edge compared to other series. Maybe Laurie returning to her childhood home and Andy seeing other women will add some interesting aspects to the next few adventures. All in all, it is a series worth reading - the last two books just have not been as gripping as the first two novels.
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on August 6, 2013
I read the first three books in David Rosenfelt' s Andy Carpenter series years ago and I loved every page of them -- from the real-life NY/NJ backdrop, to the persistent sports references, to Andy's relationship with his golden retriever, to the compelling courtroom scenes, all punctuated by Andy's dry wit and sense of humor. Sudden Death, the 4th book in the series, perhaps falls a slight notch below the first 3 books; but it's pretty close. I'll definitely be continuing on to the 5th book. I can't get enough of Andy Carpenter, Rosenfelt has kept his character as intriguing as ever in Sudden Death.
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