Deck the Hounds
by Rosenfelt, David

"Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn't usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help. It's just Andy's luck that things don't end there. Soon after Andy's encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken. Andy's wife Laurie can't resist helping the duo after learning Andy has met them before... it's the Christmas season after all. In a matter of days Don and his dog Zoey are living above Andy's garage and become two new additions to the family. It's not until Andy accidentally gives away his guest's name during an interview that things go awry; turns out Don is wanted for a murder that happened two years ago. Don not only claims he's innocent, but that he had no idea that he was wanted for a crime he has no knowledge of in the first place. It's up to Andy to exonerate his new friend, if he doesn't get pulled into the quagmire first. David Rosenfelt's signature wit, charm, and cleverness are back again in this most exciting installment yet" -

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

Those new to Rosenfelt and his lawyer hero shouldn't be fooled by the title of this mystery; the book doesn't center on dogs or Christmas, and, despite the punning title, it's not a cozy, either. What readers will find in this eighteenth Andy Carpenter novel is a feel-good tale in which Carpenter is reeled into not only letting a homeless man, Don Carrigan, stay in his home, but also defending the man when he is accused of murder. All Don, a veteran with PTSD, wants is to get out of his cell and be reunited with his dog, leaving Carpenter (who loves dogs, too) to take care of the details, which only get more intricate and surprising as the case unfolds. Fans who are familiar with Carpenter know that his wisecracks mask a determination to find justice; there is plenty of smart-alecky talk here, as expected, but the tale is also rife with exciting showdowns, plot twists, and, yes, a little holiday warmth, after all. Fans of legal thrillers that freely move in and out of the courtroom should definitely get acquainted with Andy Carpenter. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

His wife and chief investigator Laurie's hyperextended Christmas season brings Paterson lawyer Andy Carpenter a new dog, a litter of new puppies, and a new murder case. Very shortly after Andy, moved by the Christmas spirit and his insatiable attraction to every pooch he meets (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, 2016, etc.), gives some money to homeless Iraq War vet Don Carrigan and Zoey, his canine companion, the target of his charity is attacked by a man he and Zoey handily repel. Sgt. Nathan Robbins, who responds to the scene, does nothing but confiscate Zoey, who's bitten the assailant. Andy, seeking to fill this uncharitable vacuum by actually doing something to help, makes matters worse when he gives his friend Vince Sanders Don's information for a human-interest story in Vince's paper. The unexpected result is that Don's arrested for the robbery and murder of wealthy Short Hills businessman Steven McMasters, a man who'd seem to be far outside his orbit if the cops hadn't fo und a cap with Don's DNA at the murder scene and a ring stolen from McMasters in the locked locker at the soup kitchen Don frequents. Since Essex County prosecutor Raymond Tasker also has an informant who testifies that Don confessed to him, a guilty verdict looks like a foregone conclusion. But fans will know not to count out Andy, ebullient as ever as he struggles to link McMasters's murder to a rash of sniper killings in the area. Middling for this irresistible series, whose hero's old friend asks him at one point: "Are you ever going to stop being a pain in the ass?" Goodness, let's hope not. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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