by Rosenfelt, David

"The ever-charming David Rosenfelt is back with Muzzled, where reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter and his beloved golden retriever, Tara, are back on the case as a favor to a friend. Reluctant New Jersey lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn't call many people friend. So when one comes to him for help, he's more than willing to listen, and do what he can. Beth reunites lost dogs with their owners. Over the years, she's helped Andy reunite countless dogs from the Tara Foundation-the dog-rescue foundation that's Andy'strue passion-with their owners. A particular case is weighing on Beth. Months of searching for a stray's owner led to a gruesome discovery: the owner had been murdered. Andy is happy to help, of course the Tara Foundation will find the stray a new home. But that's not why Beth is there . . . the "murdered" owner contacted Beth, and he wants his dog back"-

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of more than a dozen Andy Carpenter novels, including One Dog Night, Collared, and Deck the Hounds; the Doug Brock thriller series, which starts with Fade to Black; and stand-alone thrillers including Heart of a Killer and On Borrowed Time. Rosenfelt and his wife live in Maine with an ever-changing pack of rescue dogs. Their epic cross-country move with 25 of these dogs, culminating in the creation of the Tara Foundation, is chronicled in Dogtripping.

Lawyer, dog lover, work hater, and star of Rosenfelt's popular crime series, Andy Carpenter is back. As usual, the narrative is jump-started by a dog. A dog-rescuer friend of Andy's gets a call from a man who says, You've got my dog. I want her back. But the caller supposedly died and was maybe murdered. Since Andy does criminal-defense work whenever he gets off his duff, and since he heads a dog-rescue foundation of his own, it's a no-brainer for the friend to call Andy, who meets the guy and finds out that he loves his dog and isn't so dead after all, prompting Andy to investigate. So begins a complex plot that involves stock fraud, the Russian Mafia, and money laundering. In the end, we might have preferred less of that and more of the riveting courtroom scenes that don't arrive until the 200-page point. Then there's the matter of Andy. Sure, we love the guy, but he protests too much about his ordinariness. Still, sometimes it works. When he has a tough guy accompany him to a dangerous meeting, it's because Andy's closer to Mr. Rogers than Mr. T. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Paterson's laziest lawyer, Andy Carpenter, is dragged from sort-of-retirement back to sort-of-work by one of the world's most unlikely dog lovers. Weeks after three top employees of Pharmacon—Alex Vogel, Stephen Mellman, and Robert Giarrusso—are blown up aboard Vogel's boat off Long Beach Island, speech therapist Beth Morris, whose obsessive hobby is reuniting lost dogs with their owners, gets a phone call from Daniel Simmons claiming ownership of Lucy, a yellow Lab Andy's Tara Foundation has been sheltering. That would be perfectly normal and even great news if Beth didn't recognize Simmons' voice as that of Alex Vogel. At a hastily arranged reunion with Lucy, Vogel admits he escaped the blast that destroyed his boat after the two colleagues who'd been planning to launch a new company with him had already been shot. Not surprisingly, he's arrested for their murders, leaving Andy with an awful lot of circumstantial evidence to explain. Since Rosenfelt obligingly identifies the real killers as Charlie Phillips and Orlando Bledsoe and since Vogel had recently been dating Carla D'Antoni, the late girlfriend of premier New Jersey mobster Joseph Russo Jr., the only mystery is what pharmaceutical secret provided the motive for the murder. And even that secret is broadly hinted when Pharmacon Founder and CEO Eric Buckner tells Andy that the company's on the verge of releasing Loraxil, a medication for antibiotic-resistant infections. The resulting complications will appeal mainly to readers sheltering in place over their fears of other infections today's headlines might have told them about. One of Rosenfelt's least suspenseful cases despite its unsettlingly serendipitous relevance to the COVID-19 pandemic. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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