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Dead Center Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Even if Rosenfelt's novels about multimillionaire New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't hit all the right mystery novel notes, the intimacy of their hero's breezy, subjective, present-tense narration would make them ideal subjects for audio adaptation. Adding to the ear appeal of book five in the series is reader Gardner, an inspired match for the amusingly self-deprecating, sarcastic, animal-loving, freewheeling, wisecracking, wily lawyer. The inventive story finds Carpenter being lured by a recently lost love to the snow- and sausage-filled wilds of Wisconsin. There, accompanied by his faithful golden retriever, Tara, he reluctantly agrees to defend a 21-year-old local against overwhelming evidence that he savagely murdered two young women from a nearby hamlet inhabited exclusively by members of a religious cult. Using a voice and sensibility reminiscent of Nathan Lane (complete with verbal eye-rolls), Gardner smartly unfolds Rosenfelt's yarn, in which Carpenter is at his hilarious best—a Jersey boy out of his element in the frosty Midwest, motor-mouthing about having to put up with bone-chilling cold, unfamiliar food, a half-rekindled romance, an impossible defense and a possibly homicidal cult.
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New Jersey defense lawyer Andy Carpenter returns for a fifth outing. When his former lover, Laurie, a police detective who has moved home to Wisconsin, calls to tell him she may have arrested an innocent man for murder, Andy packs his bags and sets off for the Midwest to lend a hand. He quickly finds himself going up against a very shady religious group, but it's his feelings for Laurie that cause him the most distress. As usual, Rosenfelt adroitly mixes drama with humor (the latter, mostly the product of Andy's outspoken, I-don't-give-a-damn personality). With this series, it's the storytelling, more than the stories, that keeps things moving. Andy, who became independently wealthy at the beginning of the series, takes only cases that have some emotional or intellectual appeal. Rosenfelt uses this premise to good advantage. Where most legal-thriller authors explore the crime, Rosenfelt spends more time on the context and on the man investigating the crime. Those who like the added complexity of character-driven mysteries will find much to enjoy in this award-winning series. David Pitt
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Top Customer Reviews
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?Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful series. I'm reading one right after another, and then I'll start over again with #1! Anything DR writes is on my TO READ list.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good book, Andy visits and sees Laurie again. She asks for his help and the story starts with the death of 2 kids and the arrest of andies client. Then the real stories start.Published 1 month ago by J. Palmer
I love everything David Rosenfelt writes - I wish he would write faster!!! My book arrived in perfect condition and much faster than I would have thought.Published 2 months ago by Carolyn Delk
As far as I am concerned, David Rosenfelt can't write a bad book. Even though I favor his "dog" books, I have read almost everything he has written and love all of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Diane Elder
Loved it. Love all his books so far. Can't wait to read the next one. Enjoyable read. Easy read. I hate reviews when I just ramble in order to get the darn review posted with the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Tuccinardi
Love this entire series. The author provides a clever and often amusing approach to the first person narrative. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Hal R. Weinstein