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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter books just keep getting better
David Rosenfelt's series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter just keeps getting better and better. Having just finished his newest book in the series, Dog Tags, I have to say it was non stop entertainment. Andy is his usual wise guy but slightly self deprecating self surrounded by a cast of characters that while larger than life are still believable . And this one has a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE CHARMING THIEF
I just finished listening to DOG TAGS written by David Rosenfelt and narrated by the very talented Grover Gardner and once again these two men provided me with hours of amusing entertainment. A crime has been committed and there's a dog named Milo involved,so it's a safe bet that Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter's life is headed for calamity in one form or another. Milo,...
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter books just keep getting better, August 18, 2010
David Rosenfelt's series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter just keeps getting better and better. Having just finished his newest book in the series, Dog Tags, I have to say it was non stop entertainment. Andy is his usual wise guy but slightly self deprecating self surrounded by a cast of characters that while larger than life are still believable . And this one has a dog, Milo, in one of the starring roles. Most readers probably know that Rosenfelt is a self proclaimed dog lunatic who has rescued over 4,000 Golden Retrievers in real life and lives with 27 Goldens. In his series, Andy is also a dog lunatic and seeming Rosenfelt's alter ego. Dogs usually feature somewhere in his novels and in Dog Tags a dog is actually a main character. However the novels are not dog stories but legal thrillers with a great sense of humour with a dog or two added. If you have not discovered Rosenfelt's books you are "in for a treat". Start with Open and Shut, which sets up how Andy inherits his money allowing him to pick and choose cases that have appeal to him, and you will want to read them all. I love this series!!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this series keeps going to the dogs..., August 17, 2010
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H. Bala "Me Too Can Read" (Recently moved back to Carson, California, or as I call it... the center of the universe) - See all my reviews
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Trial work? No, trial FUN. What you need to know about Andy Carpenter: He's a defense attorney, and he hangs his shingle in Paterson, New Jersey. He's obnoxiously sarcastic. He loves dogs. And DOG TAGS finds our series protagonist yet again defending a dog in court. This time it's Milo, a clever German shepherd who used to be a police dog but now is a thief. When Milo and his owner's latest caper goes horribly awry and ends with a murdered corpse, Milo is captured by the police and Billy Zimmerman, Milo's owner, arrested for the murder. Except that Milo and Billy aren't guilty. Well, they're guilty of the robbery attempt, but not of the murder. So Billy Zimmerman, an Iraq war veteran and a former cop, calls in a favor from his ex-partner Pete Stanton. Longtime readers of this series will know that Pete is a good pal of Andy's, and you can probably work out the chain of favor-calling here. Andy, a first-rate dog lover, isn't about to let the clever German shepherd Milo languish in stir for one second longer. And, I guess to cleanse the palate, he also ends up defending Billy.

What I like about David Rosenfelt: He isn't your average writer of stuffy courtroom thrillers (for one thing, his courtroom thrillers have never been stuffy). He has a terrific sense of humor. He loves dogs. His Andy Carpenter books read like a blend of Stephen J. Cannell and Erle Stanley Gardner (if Gardner had written Perry Mason as a wiseacre). Andy himself isn't a danger fiend. He's sort of a coward when it comes to that stuff. But he surrounds himself with a cast of quirky characters, several of whom can most definitely handle themselves in iffy situations. This time out, Rosenfelt occasionally strays from Andy's first person narrative as plenty of alternate chapters catch us up with the various villains of the piece as well as with Willie Miller. Willie is Andy's friend and his partner in the canine-friendly Tara Foundation. Willie is also a falsely accused ex-con who spent seven years in prison until Andy proved his innocence. So Willie's been around. He has a personal stake in this one and pretty much takes on Marcus Clark's buttkicking role (although Marcus does make an appearance here and once again cleans out Andy's fridge).

Andy is such an engaging and layered character. He's never gonna stop cracking wise and trying to put on a show in court, that's in his DNA. Occasionally, he doesn't even mind that his investigations achieve ends thru, er, legally-challenged means (okay, he's got a hacker as a friend). But the guy does foster a core of straight arrow ethics, and, by gum, he loves dogs. Andy Carpenter is guaranteed to leave you with a smile and, now and again, with a "Tsk tsk" or a shake of the head. He and Paul Levine's Solomon vs. Lord are my favorite lawyers in fiction currently going.

Andy's simple case of murder inevitably escalates to something more sticky, as the Feds put up barricades, as does the U.S. Army. Somewhere, a merciless hit man is taking out Andy's prospective witnesses. And everyone is keeping their eyes on Milo the clever German shepherd, who made off with a mysterious envelope. Andy finds himself having to engage Milo in "trust sessions" in hopes that Milo would lead him to the envelope. Meanwhile, the glorious Tara, Andy's beloved golden retriever, just takes it all in.

At least, Andy isn't fretting about Laurie anymore. Laurie, still recovering from her traumatic shooting (in NEW TRICKS), had quit her small town Sheriff gig in Wisconsin and had moved back to Jersey, living with Andy and now teaching a criminal course at university, so it all feels a bit like when this series first started (except that, y'know, things have happened, characters have gone thru a developmental arc). As a bit of a subplot, Andy also gets a new attorney associate named "Hike" - to do the paperwork, sit in as second chair, and act as all-around gofer. Hike is a gloomy Gus, extraordinarily pessimistic, just in case you were thinking that Rosenfelt might deviate from introducing eccentric characters.

David Rosenfelt uses a larger canvas for DOG TAGS, and Andy Carpenter finds himself once more tilting at windmills. Bullets fly, biting sarcasm drops frequently, assassins assassinate, lawyers argue, Willie cracks skulls, Edna shirks work, Andy gets on Larry King, and Milo and Tara are damn adorable (but it's Milo who saves the day). Read this book.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars David's Best Ever!, August 20, 2010
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David Rosenfelt may not be as widely known as Lee Child or Michael Connolly, but he certainly deserves to be. Mr. Rosenfelt is a very modest guy, so when he stated recently that he believed his newest book, "Dog Tags," was his best ever, I was more anxious than usual to get my hands on a copy. Having read it in just over a day, it's enough to say that he was totally right. While I have read, and greatly enjoyed, all of Mr. R's books, this one is, most certainly, his best.

All of the characteristics that make Mr. Rosenfelt's books, particularly the Andy Carpenter series, so delightful to read are present in "Dog Tags." Andy himself, as a dog-loving, reluctant but brilliant criminal defense attorney, with a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor, is in rare form. And the characters who surround him, including his smart, sexy and take-no-nonsense girlfriend, Laurie, Andy's irrepressible colleague Willie, computer-hacking-CPA Sam and the newly-introduced, perpetually unhappy associate attorney, Hike, are as charming and likeable as ever. And, of course, there are the usual unsung Rosenfelt heroes: Tara, Andy's lovable Golden Retriever, and Milo, the "dog thief," who, well, I won't ruin the story by saying more about his exploits.

So this book is vintage Rosenfelt, but the author takes the drama up a couple of notches, with more complexity, and more bad guys, than in his prior stories. We are left guessing at who the Ultimate Bad Guy is until the very end. The murder trial itself, which plays a big part in this tale, is entertaining and informative. Courtroom story junkies will find the trial itself worth the price of admission.

I'd be remiss if I didn't comment favorably on the gentle humor that runs throughout this book, as it does with all of the Andy Carpenter books. It's not easy to tell a crime story, involving numerous unsavory characters, with humor and lightness, but Mr. Rosenfelt is, as always, up to that task. It's especially evident in this book. All in all, a great read!

Ralph
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story keeps you guessing, reading and amazed all at the same time, October 3, 2010
Andy Carpenter is sure he knows everything about himself; he wealthy enough to choose who he will represent, he loves his girlfriend Laurie Collins and he is a dog lunatic especially where his beloved Tara is concerned. He is not sure how he would rank those in importance but he is pretty sure Laurie would win this competition but Tara is a sweetheart. What Andy also knows is he really does not like to work much but keeps getting called on to do just that and when the case also involves a dog that needs him as a client more than the two legged he is all in.

His current case is a true puzzle and one he is again reluctant to be part of until he finds out there is a four-legged client that needs him. Milo a magnificent German Shepherd that was a K9 dog with the police force until he hit the ripe old age of 7 and was retired and adopted by his former partner, Billy Zimmerman. Billy is a former cop and wounded Iraq veteran who right now Billy is being charged with murder while Milo is being held under FBI guard. Andy not being sure who he should go to first is not the issue - Milo wins and whatever it takes to get him out of the pound and into Tara, his animal rescue organization it shall be done. But after Andy meets Billy Zimmerman and hears the story Billy has to tell he finds both dog and owner become his clients.

The more Andy looks into this case the more strange it becomes and the more tangled with branches of the government he never heard of. Billy had been tossed aside after he returned wounded from Iraq by the police force and taking care of himself and his dog was literally hand to mouth existence. Billy had become a good thief with Milo doing what he did as a K9 dog and taking the goods from the bad guys only this time the contents stayed with Billy and Milo and that was all they were doing that night. However, the case being built against him by the police is that the murdered man was Billy's former commanding officer that caused Billy's injury and this was all about rage and revenge. Billy says no, the FBI yell conspiracy, the police say guilty and Milo is keeping his information to himself. One thing is for sure whatever was in the envelope that Milo snatched for Billy that night was important enough to make even the worst of society go digging into the dirt for the evidence.

The longer this case goes on the more it appears to Andy to have nothing to do with this one particular murder but a string of events that were started years ago in Iraq and even more to do with money and the ability the rich have for getting richer by whatever means are necessary. Thankfully Andy made his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it and hopefully nothing will ever turn him from grateful to greedy about it which is why he is determined to reunite Billy and Milo. Andy knows Billy and Milo are unfortunately involved with one piece of a huge puzzle that Andy does not responsibility for but he knows he also does not want Billy going to jail for a crime he did not commit.

You don't have to be a dog lover to adore this series but it does make us dog lovers grateful that David Rosenfelt is able to write this wonderful mystery series where the dog is believably always the main character. This particular book lays out the plot about a subject we listen to on the TV and makes it seem like we are all part of one huge puzzle and someone is manipulating the pieces.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun Tale of Everyone's Favorite Lawyer, September 28, 2010
Having read a couple of one-off tales by the same author it is good that his Andy Carpenter character is back. This time Andy is defending an ex-cop and Iraqi war veteren(Billy) who turned thief after his leg was blown off. Billy is accused of shooting his ex-commander while commiting a robbery. Billy had in fact robbed a man(Erskine), using his trained police dog Milo to steal an important envelope that the man was giving to a group of men. After Milo got the envelope from Erskine, one of the men shot Erskine and fled. Billy tried to save Erskine but was left on the scene as the suspected murderer.

The police arrive on the scene and arrest Billy and then a special unit tries to grab Milo. Andy and Laurie happen to pass the scene and try to find out what is happening with the dog. There are told to back off. Later Andy meets up with Pete Stanton and learns that Billy is a friend of Pete and as a personal favor he wants Andy to get Milo out of police custody.

In a typical hilarious Andy Carpenter court scene, Andy must defend Milo and get him out. Once he does he learns that there are many forces involved including the military and the Feds. Andy then takes on Billy's murder case. As he has his team investigate (the hulking Marcus, the computer geek Sam, and his buddy Willie), Andy learns there is a huge plot going on leading back to the explosion in Iraq where Billy lost his leg. Other soldiers that were on the scene in Iraq with Billy are now missing or turning up dead.

Also, there is a possible hit man that may be after Milo and Andy so he and Laurie are in danger at every turn.
The book is loaded with Andy's wit and usual self-effacing humor. The courtroom scenes may not be as intense as some of his prior tales but they are always a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogged Determination, October 7, 2010
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This legal-thriller-cum-amusing-background series, featuring the talented but not so enthusiastic defense attorney Andy Carpenter, once again demonstrates his love of canines. The plot starts off with Andy representing a German shepherd, Milo, being held in the dog pound under police guard, with Andy seeking a bail hearing. It seems that the dog is owned by Billy Zimmerman, an ex-cop who lost his leg while serving in Iraq and is now accused of murder. In fact, Andy gets to represent both master and dog before it's all over.

As the story develops, in order to survive after his return from Iraq and not being able to get his old job back as a Paterson, NJ, detective, Billy had trained the dog to jump up and snatch valuables which he could then convert to raise funds to survive. One night, Billy and Milo observe someone handing over an envelope to another person. Milo snatches it and runs away, later burying it. Meanwhile, the man who handed over the envelope is shot and killed. Billy, who had served under the man in Iraq, is accused of his murder.

Andy is begged initially to free the dog from the pound, and as that case develops he takes on Billy's as well. Complication upon complication then compound the plot, with all of the usual characters in the series, plus the dog, playing vital roles in what has become the trademark characteristic of an Andy Carpenter trial: a hopeless case to somehow salvage, and often a national catastrophe to prevent. The novels are always written with humor and a light touch, and this entry is no exception. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best David Rosenfelt book to date, September 13, 2010
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I admit to being a big fan of David's books. Perhaps its his quirky sense of humor or the fact that we both love dogs, specifically Golden Retrievers. His newest book has attorney Andy Carpenter defending Milo, a former police dog and his owner. Of course, there's a murder; but what's different about this book is that Rosenfelt has tied his story into Iraq and national defense. There were some parts of the book that were so funny that I laughed out loud while reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stupendous thriller, August 26, 2010
Billy Zimmerman was at one time a police detective; a soldier in Iraq who returned home a hero minus a leg. Unable to return to his civilian job, he became a thief. His accomplice is Milo, his former K-9 German Shepherd police partner.

On Billy's signal, Milo retrieves an envelope from a man and runs off with it. Lawyer Andy Carpenter's friend Pete asks him to get Milo out of police custody. He speaks to Billy who hires him as Milo's lawyer. Andy makes a strong presentation to free Milo who stays at his house as someone wants the envelop Milo took. Andy also represents Billy who is in jail because he was seen with the gun after the victim with the envelope was killed by the person he was talking to in a car. The case goes badly for Billy because Andy only has hunches that the killing goes back to a suicide bomber in Iraq who killed eighteen people including two American businessmen. The more research Andy conducts, the more he believes that Billy's case involves Army and Wall St. top brass. The Pentagon, FBI and other Homeland Security agents are very interested in Andy's information.

Readers will enjoy the antics of Milo and Andy as the lawyer tries to gain the trust of the K-9, but being a cop the dog distrusts attorneys. Andy needs Milo to take him to the concealed envelope. The courtroom scenes are fantastic as Andy mounts a defense with little evidence and plenty of theories that all seem cockamamie to him. With a message to care for of our vets (and not just politically shrill), there is plenty of action in and out of the courthouse, and a strong cast. Dog Tags is stupendous thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE CHARMING THIEF, August 18, 2013
This review is from: Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter) (Mass Market Paperback)
I just finished listening to DOG TAGS written by David Rosenfelt and narrated by the very talented Grover Gardner and once again these two men provided me with hours of amusing entertainment. A crime has been committed and there's a dog named Milo involved,so it's a safe bet that Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter's life is headed for calamity in one form or another. Milo, it seems, is a trained thief and his latest heist has been interrupted by a murder. Now Milo now finds himself "in jail" under the watchful eye of a 24 hour guard. Everyone from the Feds to some hired shooters is interested in recovering Milo's "haul" which he hid prior to his "arrest". Also under arrest is Milo's owner, partner in crime, Iraqi war casualty and maverick ex-cop Billy Zimmerman.

For those dog lovers out there, be advised that there is a minimal amount of "dog action" in this particular chapter of the Andy Carpenter series but nevertheless, Rosenfelt has created an intriguing mix of multiple murders, government cover-ups, a mélange of greedy conspirators, a hit man called "M", and spirited courtroom exchanges, providing a perfect balance of the sublime and the ridiculous. Of course, Grover Gardner's narration is spot on as he gives voice to Andy's off beat personality and droll humor with observations such as "One of my many strengths is not talking to upset women" or "the average dog I know is paws and shoulders above my species".

Andy's pals Marcus, Sam, Willie and Pete all aid and abet Andy in arriving at a solution to this case, and for the moment they're all living happily ever after.....until Andy's next "dog in jeopardy case". If you're in the mood for some "listening lite" this could be right up your alley. 3 ˝ stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise, April 28, 2012
This was my first Rosenfelt book and I enjoyed it from stem to stern. No strain, just good dialogue and internal musings. Humor is classy. Andy Carpenter, the self-depicted lazy defense lawyer, loves dogs and shelters Milo, the retired Army canine when he might be in trouble with the law. My only complaint is that there wasn't enough of Milo, but then that was my reason for picking up the book in the first place. I find the combination of dog-and-lawyer irresistible. There never was a doubt Andy would get Milo and his owner, former soldier Billy Zimmerman, out of trouble, but the process is vastly entertaining. The supporting cast is a monster-like side man who says little but eats like a vacuum hose, and Willie Miller, who with Andy runs a dog shelter. Not least is Andy's girl friend Laurie, a cop who has a deal to say in the story. David Rosenfelt goes on my list of authors to browse for.
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