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One Dog Night (Andy Carpenter) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 5, 2011
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Praise for David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter Mysteries
“Readers who enjoy a juicy courtroom mystery like the best of Perry Mason will find welcome surroundings in Dog Tags. What sets Rosenfelt apart from his legal compatriots is an underlying sense of laugh-out-loud humor mixed with suspense.... Rosenfelt’s love of furry friends shines in the story, creating a read that will appeal to the pet lover in everyone.”
“A funny, warmhearted mystery, New Tricks moves quickly and playfully—almost puppylike—through mounting crimes, a long-distance love affair, and a secret science project that threatens to thwart Carpenter’s best efforts. Three stars.”
“A well-plotted legal thriller packed with fistfights, shootings, explosions, murder, and gritty courtroom drama. . . New Tricks is a treat for dog lovers, but it’s also a great way for mystery lovers to spend time with a terrific storyteller.”
Praise for David Rosenfelt’s Thrillers
“An absolutely irresistible hook… No one who picks up this greased-lightning account will rest till it’s finished.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on On Borrowed Time
“The author of seven Andy Carpenter novels offers yet another outstanding stand-alone novel, sure to please his many fans. Anyone who enjoyed Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island will love this mind-boggling tale.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on On Borrowed Time
“Dynamite thriller . . . Rosenfelt’s sly humor, breathless pacing, and terrific plot twists keep the pages spinning toward the showdown.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Down to the Wire
“This fast-paced and brightly written tale spins along. . . . Don’t Tell a Soul is a humdinger.”
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
About the Author
DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar and Shamus Award–nominated author of eight previous Andy Carpenter novels and three stand-alones, most recently On Borrowed Time. He and his wife live in Southern California with their twenty-seven golden retrievers.
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Marcus Clark, a very tough, very scary man who often investigates for Andy, and who is probably my favorite of all the series' minor characters, reveals a little more about himself to Andy on trip to Vegas. Edna, Andy's barely working secretary, and Hike Lang, the extraordinarily pessimistic lawyer who currently assists Andy when he does take a case, are also in the novel. Willie, a former client and Andy's partner in the Tara Foundation, which finds good homes for dogs, makes very minor appearances.
Of course, Tara, Andy's golden retriever makes several appearances. I'm an animal fanatic, so I consider Tara the central figure in each book in the series, no matter how much or how little she is in it. Once again she has a dog friend visiting her, this time her friend is Bailey of whom Andy comments: "Becky says she's a mastiff...but I think she might be a horse. I even think I might have bet on her once."
In this outing, Andy's client is Noah Galloway, who is arrested for locking 27 people in an apartment building, which he set on fire. Twenty-six of the people died. The fire occurred six years prior to the arrest. Defending Noah is challenging, in part because he admits he committed the crime and wants to be punished for it. As usual, Andy calls upon his detective and newspaper editor friends, as well as on his FBI friend for help. As usual, he gets by with some legal maneuvers that judges would probably not allow in the real world.
I do miss the song game that Andy used to play with Sam, and more participation by Willie. Also in this book a few of the same lines were used by more than one character, and they have been used in previous books. It would give the series more sparkle if the dialogue continued to be humerous, but was little more diverse and maybe a new element or two were added to the Carpenter formula. So a three and three-quarters stars. But I'll be buying the next Andy Carpenter for sure. If you've never read the other books in this series, you may want to start with the first one: "Open and Shut".
The case burns out to be bigger, much bigger, than one episode of mass murder. Andy soon finds himself meeting with scary gangsters, dealing with the FBI, and following a trail of blackmail and executions to a frightening denouement.
There are some very humorous situations...
Sam Willis, Andy's accountant and computer hacker supreme, has always wanted to get out in the field and brandish his gun. He gets his wish in this book.
Andy needs a whole crew of crack hackers for this case, so Sam puts his star students on it – four elderly Jewish computer whizzes.
Marcus, Andy's muscle, tosses thugs through the air and consumes enormous quantities of food, as usual. It's always a pleasure to watch Marcus in action.
The plot is clever and complex. And Andy's wisecracks and oddball humor keep the mood light, despite the high body count. My only complaint about these books is that they're so much fun to read, they go too fast.
The Kindle version had a few spelling mistakes here and there and STILL NO CHAPTERS.
Carpenter finds the informant too convenient with too much detailed information - Galloway doesn't remember so how did he "confess" to the crime? Why the six year wait?
As with all Rosenfelts books so much more is going on behind the scenes. Back are Laurie Collins, Sam, Hike, Marcus and Pete Stanton. And Tara takes center stage as Galloway was her owner - the one who left her at the shelter for Andy to adopt.
Rosenfelt never takes a straight line to the truth. You might find yourself wishing he would hurry, until you realize you have to wait for him to write another book. Highly recommend.