In David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter mystery, Muzzled, Andy and his beloved golden retriever, Tara, are back on the case as a favor to a friend.
Andy Carpenter is a lawyer who would rather not practice law. He'd rather spend his time working with the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, and being with his family and his two dogs, Tara and Sebastian. But when a friend asks him for a favor that involves both dogs and his lawyerly expertise, he can't say no.
Andy's friend Beth has found a stray that seems to have belonged to a murder victim--in fact, the man and two of his colleagues died in an explosion a few weeks ago. But when the murdered man contacts Beth, asking for his dog back, Andy knows there must be more to the story. The man claims his life is in danger, and that's why he disappeared. As much as Andy doesn't want to get involved--anything to avoid a new case--he can't help but come to the rescue of a man who'd risk everything, even his life, to reunite with his dog.
Once again, David Rosenfelt delivers suspense and laughter in equal measure in another engaging mystery from "one of the most unforgettable voices in the genre." (Associated Press)
Happily retired Andy Carpenter can never resist "unretiring" to help someone in trouble, as shown in Edgar finalist Rosenfelt's intricately plotted 21st mystery featuring the Paterson, N.J., defense attorney (after 2019's Dachshund Through the Snow). Beth Morris, director of the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue organization Andy supports, alerts Andy that Alex Vogel, who was reported killed in a recent boat explosion with two other men, is coming by to claim his lost dog. Vogel tells Andy that he's the target of assassins a tale both Andy and the police find hard to believe. When Vogel is arrested for the murder of the two other men, Andy agrees to represent him, because anyone who would risk his life to reunite with his beloved dog can't be all bad. Andy and his crack investigative team must uncover the real killer before Vogel is convicted of murder or murdered himself. The courtroom proceedings fascinate, and a shocking twist will catch readers by surprise. It's a pleasure to spend time with bighearted Andy, a capable, self-aware, and witty lead, and his quirky teammates.