Silent Bite
by Rosenfelt, David

"Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are finding that all is not calm or bright in Silent Bite, the latest Christmas mystery in this heartwarming series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt. Lawyer Andy Carpenter can finally take a breath; he's back on dry land after a family Caribbean cruise forced on him by his wife, Laurie, to get into the Christmas spirit. Of course the family's first stop is to the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization that has always been Andy's true passion. But when Andy arrives, his partner, Willie Miller, needs his help. Willie's old cellmate, Glenn Anson, has been arrested for murder. Andy doesn't necessarily believe in Glenn, but Willie does. And Andy believes in Willie, which is why Andy decides to take the case. Once again David Rosenfelt puts readers in the Christmas spirit in a tale that is equal parts mystery and holiday cheer"-

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of more than twenty Andy Carpenter novels, including One Dog Night, Collared, and Deck the Hounds; its spinoff series, The K-Team; 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.

Rosenfelt has written nearly two dozen novels starring laconic lawyer Andy Carpenter, and if we've seen this plot and these characters before, it won't deter the author's fans. He begins with a short, violent chapter: a misanthropic radio personality is shot. Then we accompany Andy and his wife, Laurie, to pick up their pooch. The kennel master gives Andy what he dreads most: a job. Two ex-gang members have been killed, and a man who is clearly innocent has been charged. Will Andy defend him? We know the answer. What follows is a trip into the gang world, which Rosenfelt handles in a low-key, realistic manner. The world is haunted by a mastermind named Luther, who turns out, when we meet him, to be something of a paper tiger. The matter goes to trial, and the reason for the radio guy's and the gang members' murders is revealed in a whodunit manner that won't surprise anyone who's been paying attention. But it's sarcastic Andy, not the plot, who is the real lure here. We love him because he isn't afraid to stall the action for a disquisition on M&M's. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Andy Carpenter celebrates Christmas by defending a guy accused of killing two guys whose testimony once helped convict Andy's client of manslaughter. Six years ago, Anthony Birch decked Melvin "G-Bop" Garza, a Blood Dragon gangster who took a swing at him in a bar fight, and Melvin went down for the count. Tony had expected Frankie Zimmer and Raymond Hackett, his own gangbangers in the Fulton Street Boyz, to have his back, but they both testified against him, and he did three years. Emerging from prison, he got a job as a car mechanic and ended up buying the shop from its retiring owner. All would be well if only Frankie Zimmer hadn't been shot with a gun buried in Tony's backyard, wrapped in a handkerchief with Tony's DNA. Worse still, a bunch of dogwalkers soon find the body of Raymond Hackett, also shot in the back of the head by the same gun. The case, as usual for Andy, looks impossible unless he can persuade the jury to look past the evidence prosecutor Stan Godfrey is methodically laying out and get them to buy the alternative theory that Tony's been framed for a pair of murders that are actually linked to Luther Ro man, the Blood Dragons' badass leader. With indomitable investigator Marcus Clark handling the spadework, Andy's confident he can go up against the fearsome Luther. But can he produce enough evidence to exonerate his client before every other possible suspect has been murdered? Though there's precious little Yuletide cheer, Rosenfelt springs a climactic surprise worthy of Santa. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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