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Dead Center Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews
Book 5 of 14 in the Andy Carpenter Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reissue edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446614513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446614511
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In David Rosenfelt's "Dead Center," Andy Carpenter and his beloved dog, Tara, leave their comfort zone in Paterson, New Jersey to spend time in Findlay, Wisconsin. Andy has been licking his wounds after the love of his life, Laurie Collins, dumped him to return to her hometown of Findlay, where she has become Acting Chief of Police. For the last few months, Andy has been hanging out with Tara, appearing on cable television as a legal expert, and spending time at a dog rescue operation that he runs with his partner, Willie. He also loves to socialize with his immature friends at a sports bar, sit on his couch and watch any game that happens to be on, and place the occasional bet with his bookie. In short, he has a rather pathetic and predictable life.

Laurie changes all that when she asks Andy to come to Wisconsin to defend Jeremy Davidson, a young man accused of brutally slaying two coeds. Although Laurie is technically on the side of the prosecution, she is convinced that Jeremy is innocent. After much soul-searching, Andy agrees to take the case.

David Rosenfelt has a reputation for seamlessly combining hilarious and sarcastic humor with engrossing mysteries. Andy is an appealing protagonist and narrator, a self-deprecating nebbish, and a compassionate and quick-witted criminal defense attorney. He is New Jersey's answer to William Bernhardt's Tulsa-based Ben Kincaid. Since Andy and Laurie make such a perfect couple, the reader roots for them to rekindle their romance.

The plot revolves around a town that is inhabited by a religious cult whose leader discourages dissent. Is it possible that the members of this cult would resort to violence to protect their secrets?
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There are wonderful characters who get under your skin and you can't read too many books about them. Such are the charcters, Patrick Gennaro from the series written by Dennis Lehane, character Myron Bolitar from the Harlan Coben series and finally Nelson DeMille's character, John Corey. And I was delighted several years ago when I chanced upon a new book, Open and Shut, by the then new to me author, David Rosenfelt. From this book and author I was able to add a new and fun character, Andy Carpenter, whom I equally enjoy and love to read about. And after reading Rosenfelt's four earlier books which featured this character, I recently read Dead Center, another good addition to this series.

Andy, an irascible lawyer from NJ travels to Michigan to solve the murder of two young women. It doesn't hurt that Andy's old girlfriend is the acting chief of police and he is able to reestablish their former relationship which he so much wants and has missed. But while Andy is snoopping around, Andy finds himself hitting a brick wall asking questions among the members of a bizarre religious community and suddenly he is dead center for trouble.

While not my favorite book in the series, thsi one was still a good and worthwhile read. I continue to enjoy the main characters and supporting cast, many of whom appeared in earlier titles. As I look forward to new books by authors Lehane, Coben and DeMille, I eagerly await David Rosenfelt's next book to see what Andy and his friens are up to.
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New Jersey Attorney Andy Carpenter misses his former girlfriend, Laurie Collins. Laurie has moved back to her home town of Findlay, Wisconsin and is acting police chief. Laurie calls and asks Andy to come and defend a college student accused of murdering two girls and burying their bodies behind his house. Andy agrees but finds investigating the case complicated because the girls are from a nearby town. The town is a closed community where all residents are members of a secretive faith, lead by "The Keeper."

This series is starting to wear a bit thin with me. I love animals but Andy's relationship with his dog Tara, gets to be a bit much. Andy is supposed to be a brilliant lawyer but often has the street sense and personal self confidence of a doorknob. My other biggest complaint is Rosenfelt's device of killing off a critical secondary character in each book. It became a cliché of his writing with the last book; now I find myself identifying the "dead" character almost from the beginning. For all that, I'm not ready to give up on the series. I enjoy Rosenfelt's balance of humor and suspense, his dialogue and very strong sense of place. I just want Mr. Rosenfelt to grow in his writing and be better than he is. In the meantime, I'll accept the books for what they are--a light, entertaining read.
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This book is such a great read....like I said in my title, a great addtion to this wonderful series. I could not put it down. There were the ususal laughs, Mr. Rosenfelt has a great sense of humor, the regular characters are great, and the "bad guy" characters involved in the story were just creepy enough to make you wonder who did what to whom. I thought I had it all figured out, but the story took a little twist at the end that surprised me.

If you have not read any of this series, it would be okay to start with this one, not like with some series that you have to start with the first book to know what is going on. Of course, if you do start with this one, be warned, you will want to go back and read all the others, they are addictive.
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