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ISBN13: 9780446612531
ISBN10: 0446612537
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There is nothing like a golden retriever. I know, I know, it's a big planet with a lot of wonderful things, but golden retrievers are the absolute best. Mine is named Tara... The only problem she has ever caused is that I spend so much time with her in the mornings that I am almost invariably late for work.

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But Andy prefers the company of his best friend, Tara, to the people he encounters in the courtroom. Tara, a golden retriever, is clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County. However, just as it seems Andy has everything figured out, his dad, New Jersey's legendary ex-D.A., drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed... and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall.

Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons — and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.

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Attorney Andy Carpenter is shocked when his father, a former New Jersey district attorney, dies, leaving Andy two unexpected legacies: a fortune of millions Andy never knew existed, and the death row appeal of a man framed for a racially motivated murder.

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David Rosenfelt is the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures and lives in Southern California.

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Kathleen Stewart, October 30, 2011 (view all comments by Kathleen Stewart)
Easily, one of the most entertaining crime/courtroom books I've read in a long time. Attorney Andy Carpenter is a likable main character however, slightly irreverent and often speaks before thinking of the consequences. His first person story of defending a death row inmate previously defended by his late father was humorous yet intriguing. The story unfolds throughout the book as the sometimes-brilliant Carpenter uncovers more and more evidence until the entire story is finally revealed in the last few pages. He wonders throughout the book if his father was involved and whether his defendant is really innocent or if he was framed. Along the way, Carpenter experiences love problems, family complications, narrowly misses several attempts on his life, and finds just enough forensic data to help him with his case. It was refreshing to read of police detectives, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys portrayed in a good light. It's an easy, fun read!
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cwelgin, September 26, 2011 (view all comments by cwelgin)
Open and Shut had me laughing hard. I like to read at coffee shops some times. Big mistake bringing this book along. Every couple of minutes I was barking out loud and everyone was looking at me like I was a mad man.

Rosenfelt, an author I had never read before, has a true gem here with 'Open and Shut'. He plots a good traditional mystery around some first rate characters and a wit a mile long. Its been a little while since I read a genre story exactly like this plot wise. It got me to thinking about how in the 80's there were nothing but lawyer mysteries. This is in many ways an homage to that era. (whoops, I have read Rosenfelt before and didn't like what it very much "Dont Tell a Soul" was an poorly plotted thriller with big holes).

The story itself is very simple. Andy Carpenter, a married (though separated) lawyer working in a small suburb outside of Manhattan defends a death row inmate on his last appeal. At the same time, he is looking for the 'real' killer and tries to make amends with his estranged wife.

Some of the reviewers here are tying strings between Rosenfelt and Harlen Coben. I dont buy it. Bolitar and Carpenter are too different. I also dont agree that this book is a pale companion to the Bolitar books. I find it more like a Stuart Woods novel (let me just say I think Woods has been a disaster over the last 15 years, but he started off as a decent writer). It has that jaunty, tongue-in-cheek, in-the-know style.

What got me down a little was how unbelievable some of the courtroom stunts were. This guy should have been dis-bared long ago. Instead he continuously pulls out last minute rescue ploys. Its also on the simpler side. Your not going to be wowed or bowled over by anything here. This is what I would consider an 'All American Stick to the Ribs' starch meal.

If you want a simple easy to read genre tale that feels like it stepped out of the 1980's, this one is for you.
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cwelgin, September 26, 2011 (view all comments by cwelgin)
Open and Shut had me laughing hard. I like to read at coffee shops some times. Big mistake bringing this book along. Every couple of minutes I was barking out loud and everyone was looking at me like I was a mad man.

Rosenfelt, an author I had never read before, has a true gem here with 'Open and Shut'. He plots a good traditional mystery around some first rate characters and a wit a mile long. Its been a little while since I read a genre story exactly like this plot wise. It got me to thinking about how in the 80's there were nothing but lawyer mysteries. This is in many ways an homage to that era. (whoops, I have read Rosenfelt before and didn't like what it very much "Dont Tell a Soul" was an poorly plotted thriller with big holes).

The story itself is very simple. Andy Carpenter, a married (though separated) lawyer working in a small suburb outside of Manhattan defends a death row inmate on his last appeal. At the same time, he is looking for the 'real' killer and tries to make amends with his estranged wife.

Some of the reviewers here are tying strings between Rosenfelt and Harlen Coben. I dont buy it. Bolitar and Carpenter are too different. I also dont agree that this book is a pale companion to the Bolitar books. I find it more like a Stuart Woods novel (let me just say I think Woods has been a disaster over the last 15 years, but he started off as a decent writer). It has that jaunty, tongue-in-cheek, in-the-know style.

What got me down a little was how unbelievable some of the courtroom stunts were. This guy should have been dis-bared long ago. Instead he continuously pulls out last minute rescue ploys. Its also on the simpler side. Your not going to be wowed or bowled over by anything here. This is what I would consider an 'All American Stick to the Ribs' starch meal.

If you want a simple easy to read genre tale that feels like it stepped out of the 1980's, this one is for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446612531
Author:
Rosenfelt, David
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Location:
New York
Subject:
Lawyers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Death row inmates
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fathers and sons; Inheritance; Murder trials; Murder frame-ups; Cover-ups
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Warner Books ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
108-32
Publication Date:
20030501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.72x4.18x.88 in. .40 lbs.

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