>> Thursday, November 1, 2007
This is the fourth book in the Andy Carpenter series and just as enjoyable as the others have been. I just love books that combine a satisfying mystery story with humor and interesting characters. Andy is still a wise cracking guy who pulls courtroom theatrics. The cast of regulars are there, but don’t overwhelm the new mystery story.
This time around Andy is called to a police stand-off where NY Giants running back Kenny Schilling is armed and holed up in his house refusing to cooperate with the police who want to question him in the disappearance of NY Jets wide receiver Troy Preston. When Preston’s body is found, Kenny finds himself on trial for murder and Andy finds himself with a client he’s not quite sure is innocent.
The story takes some twists and turns, there are a couple of side stories that keep the action rolling in addition to the murder trial itself, but it’s a quick and fun read. Will the real killer be identified?, Will Pete Stanton ever stop finding ways to spend Andy’s money? Will Laurie leave Andy and move to Wisconsin?, Will Edna ever really do any secretarial work? Will Marcus ever utter a complete sentence?
The one question I can answer is that Tara is still the best dog EVER!
I’m beginning to think that my favorite book of all time would be to have Harlan Coben and David Rosenfelt get together and have Myron Bolitar and Andy Carpenter work together on a case or two. Now, THAT would be fun.