by Rosenfelt, David

When a transport carrying dozens of dogs to the northeast turns up with a murdered driver, defense lawyer and dog rescuer Andy Carpenter navigates a tricky moral line to represent the chief suspect, his wife's Marine ex.

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of several stand-alones and many Andy Carpenter novels. He and his wife live in Maine with twenty-five of the four thousand dogs they have rescued.

New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter has a soft spot for strays-both his clients and the dogs who end up at his rescue organization. In his seventeenth outing, however, he's not as sympathetic to his client as is usually the case. That's probably because Dave Kramer is his wife's handsome, still-single ex-boyfriend. Dave is accused of killing the truck driver who had been hauling 70 dogs from overcrowded shelters in the south to the northeast to find new homes. Kramer had been arguing with the driver but claims to be innocent of the crime. Curiously, there are fingerprints in the truck belonging to a man wanted by the FBI. So irreverent Andy finds himself in the middle of a case of international intrigue. The dogs in this realistic series aren't anthropomorphized crime solvers, but they can be very cuddly, and they always show the reader that, for all his wisecracking, Andy has a heart of gold. Series fans will welcome this latest installment, and those unfamiliar with Andy and his crew will be delighted to have so much catching up to do. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Paterson's laziest lawyer is dragged back into the courtroom for a 17th time in his most reluctant role yet: as defender of his wife's ex-boyfriend. The police arrest Dave Kramer for the best of all possible reasons: He confesses to killing Kenny Zimmer. Two years earlier, well after he'd broken up with Laurie Collins, Kramer, an ex-cop-turned-private eye, had beaten up Zimmer, who admitted to assaulting the 15-year-old daughter of Kramer's client but had laughed off Kramer's attempts to find evidence against him. The police declined to press charges; Kramer lost his license; and bad blood continued until the day Kramer says Zimmer asked him to meet at a rest stop to discuss their ongoing issues, invited him inside the truck he arrived in, and pulled a knife on him, provoking Kramer to shoot him in self-defense. Unfortunately for Kramer, the police can find no trace of either a knife or the third party Kramer insists must have removed it from the truck. Fortunately for Kramer , dog-loving attorney Andy Carpenter (Collared, 2017, etc.) has already spent several hours at the scene because he agreed to take in the 61 rescue dogs Zimmer was transporting north in the truck. Will Andy oblige Laurie by agreeing to defend the former boyfriend who dumped her? If you know the answer to that question, you won't be very mystified by the murder either, especially since Rosenfelt obligingly keeps cutting away to a series of dark vignettes showing a quartet of rogue government operatives plotting something big and nefarious in New Jersey's heartland that's somehow connected to the mass exodus of rescued dogs. Rosenfelt, like Dick Francis, keeps coming up with inventive ways to ensnare his hero in cases involving animals. But this time, the mystery, fueled by his persistent fondness for implausible government intrigue, is thin, and the hero, presumably because he's defending his beloved wife's ex, is less funny than usual. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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