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Product Details

  • Series: Andy Carpenter (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250024722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250024725
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unlike Rosenfelt’s supercharged stand-alones, books in the Andy Carpenter series are more leisurely, character-driven pleasures. With more than 10 in circulation, Rosenfelt has had plenty of time to hone his protagonist’s wiseass humor and refine his oddball cast, which, alongside millionaire defense attorney Carpenter, includes four octogenarian computer whizzes, a taciturn bodyguard, and a brainiac accountant. Despite Andy’s intention to abandon law (he regularly disses his profession) and devote himself full time to his three loves—PI Laurie Collins, his golden retriever, and the Tara Foundation, a dog-rescue center (a real-life project the author founded)—he can’t get away from the system. Once again, the action involves a dog. When Sam Willis, Carpenter’s accountant and friend, hits a stray dog on the road, he misses a plane trip with a high-profile investment counselor. The accident was fortunate for Sam (who adopts the dog) because the plane crashes. Later, Sam’s would-be companion is found to have been poisoned, Sam is jailed for the murder, and Andy has no choice but to step in. Suggest this entertaining caper to fans of David Handler’s Hoagy and Lulu books. --Stephanie Zvirin

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“Rosenfelt very well could be the funniest American author alive today…He's charming, likable, self-deprecating, self-aware and utterly hysterical.”—Associated Press

“Rosenfelt demonstrates again that he’s a master storyteller in this immensely enjoyable new Andy Carpenter novel. His writing is crisp, his plot unfolds at a rapid clip and his characters are people you’d like to hang out with. Surprises in the plot and gripping courtroom scenes make it difficult to put down.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on Unleashed

“Unlike Rosenfelt’s supercharged stand-alones, books in the Andy Carpenter series are more leisurely, character-driven pleasures…Rosenfelt has had plenty of time to hone his protagonist’s wiseass humor and refine his oddball cast, which, alongside millionaire defense attorney Carpenter, includes four octogenarian computer whizzes, a taciturn bodyguard, and a brainiac accountant. [An] entertaining caper.”—Booklist on Unleashed

“A fun mystery…surprising enough that I gasped in public.” —New Jersey Star Ledger on Leader of the Pack

“Andy is as effervescent as ever, and the courtroom byplay is consistently entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews on Leader of the Pack

“Rosenfelt walks a line between pulse-pounding suspense and laugh-out-loud humor…One of the best in the business.” —Associated Press on One Dog Night

“A blessed anomaly in crime fiction . . . Rosenfelt peels back the layers of puzzlement ever so skillfully, tantalizing us throughout until, finally, both Andy and the reader are enlightened…A gem.” —Booklist (starred) on One Dog Night


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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. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By V. Kennedy on July 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Criminal defense attorney Andy Carpenter, through his accountant, Sam Willis, is drawn into defending a woman accused of murdering her husband by using botulism. Both the woman and her husband, Barry Price, are old high school friends of Sam's.

Nothing is quite as it seems, and the more Andy and his friends investigate the case, the more complicated and dangerous it becomes.

This was my first reading adventure in the "Andy Carpenter Mystery Series". And this book, book eleven in the series, has convinced me that I should read more of David Rosenfelt's works. The story's fast paced, humorous and keeps you turning the pages. I'm not always a fan of mysteries containing a lot of humor-or what the author perceives as such. It takes true talent to keep humor going throughout a long story and the author does a great job of it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Newman VINE VOICE on August 6, 2013
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I have read every Rosenfelt Andy Carpenter tale and the author never seems to run out of fresh ideas and intrigue to keep wisecracking Andy busy. This book is no exception. Andy is getting ready to see Laurie off for a trip to her hometown in Wisconsin when he is interupted by one of his law partners, Sam Willis. Sam was late for a meeting with his friend Barry because he accidently struck a dog (a golden retriever at that) on his way to Barry's house. Barry and Sam were supposed to take Barry's private plane to Maine. Barry was on a schedule and could not wait for Sam and left. It boded well for Sam as Barry's plane crashed killing Barry and had Sam not been late, he would have been on that plane too.

It is later learned from the coroner that Barry was poisoned prior to crashing and the poison had incapacitated him probably causing the crash. Barry's wife Denise is the main suspect for administering the poison. Sam was very close to Denise, having been her high school sweetheart. Sam asks Andy to defend her and he grudgingly agrees. As Andy starts investigating leads, key witnesses seem to be murdered. The author keeps throwing out hints that this is all tied to a big terrorist plot.

With mounting evidence pointing to Denise as Barry's murderer and no substantive proof for her defense she decides to blame Sam for Barry's murder and pretty soon Andy has to defend Sam for the murder. Rosenfelt does his usually masterful job keeping the story flowing and keeping the reader engaged as it seems that Andy is racing the clock to come up with something to keep Sam from spending a long time in jail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terri Seymour on September 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend this book. Rosenfelt continues the Andy Carpenter story, but you could follow the story line even if this is the first book of his that you read. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Sarabasha on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rosenfelt has said that after the fourth or so Andy book he was done with the series but the popularity and his publisher wanted more. This latest book shows that he is really dashing these off.
I have read every Andy book so am disappointed in this one. It had lots of potential but falls short of the mark.
The chapters are shorter than usual and that's saying a lot. It did not start to come together until more than halfway through. Laurie, Marcus and Andy going into an armed camp without back-up was stupid and beyond what I could go with. Also Andy defending Denise when he wasn't sure if she murdered or not goes against Andy's own rules.
I love the characters but the story deserves more time to develop
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on November 24, 2013
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I have enjoyed every one of the Andy Carpenter books and was looking forward to this one. Great story, good dog plot with Crash. It did not disappoint until the end of the book!! I found the ending to be weak and wondered if it was rushed to make a deadline. I am going to reread parts of it to see if I missed anything, but when I got to the end I felt that there should have been more.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on July 27, 2013
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I have bought all ( or at least most) of the series of books david rosenfelt wrote with andy as the lead character.
I love all the books. I have been reading them all summer.
all the characters are strong and have a place in the books.
I don't have one favorite over another.
Im not sure which order they come in.
I have not been unhappy with any of the outcomes.
I would like it if amazon would put them in order so I know which ones I need to read.
If you love dogs and good stories you will love this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ConGal on September 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I flew through this book in two days! I've read all of the Andy Carpenter books and this one won me over just like all of the previous ones. The balance between tension and humor is perfect as usual. I'm a huge fan of David Rosenfelt and only wish that he could write the next installment immediately! It's always a litte sad when the story comes to an end. I think that I'll need to go back to the first book and start them all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reacher on August 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Andy Carpenter series has become repetitive and predictable. The girlfriend sex fixation, the same tired setups. I have read that he wanted to quit writing these, but the publishers demand more. Carpenter makes a point of saying he hates being a lawyer, and since falling into wealth,doesn't need to do it. Who wants to read a book about someone who dislikes his work, or has become too fat and lazy to bother?
Rosenfelt's last few stand alone novels have been quite well crafted, and show what he is capable of. I am looking forward to the next one.
This series, while funny and enjoyable for 4-5 books, has run its course. Put it down like the old dog you love, but is now suffering and in pain.
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