Book Nine of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp goes up against a formidable defense attorney in a case that threatens to divide the city against itself
Back as head of the district attorney’s homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthy suburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer’s showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail Karp’s prosecution—even if it means igniting a race war. But while Karp relentlessly pursues the guilty, his wife, Marlene, risks everything when standing up for victims of domestic abuse and crosses into vigilantism.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert K. Tanenbaum including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
“Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi are the most interesting pair of characters in the suspense genre today.” —Chicago Tribune
“Continually engaging, gripping.” —Kirkus Reviews
Robert K. Tanenbaum is the New York Times–bestselling author of twenty-three legal thrillers featuring Butch Karp and his crime-fighting wife, Marlene Ciampi. Before publishing his first novel, Tanenbaum had an accomplished legal career. He served as Bureau Chief of the Criminal Courts, ran the Homicide Bureau in New York City, and was Deputy Chief Counsel to the Congressional Committee Investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. He has also served two terms as the Mayor of Beverly Hills.
The workaholic marriage between New York DA Butch Karp and streetwise security agent Marlene Ciampi once again takes center stage in Tannenbaum's snappy, electric ninth novel to feature the latter-day Hepburn and Tracy. A suspicious death certificate raises a red flag in the DA's office, but the ensuing investigation of the doctor involved takes a back seat to the high-profile Rohbling case, which Butch wants to prosecute personally. This cuts into his family time with his daughter Lucy, who's having problems at her Chinatown school, and with Marlene, whose agency is trying to protect cellist Edith Wooten from an obsessed fan. Clever readers will spot this music-lover almost from his first appearance, so the suspense here is all Hitchcockian: since we know there's a bomb in the briefcase, we wonder when it will go off. Tanenbaum concentrates on how these contrasting cases affect Butch and Marlene--their careers, their marriage and their relationship with Lucy. He links the two main plots together cleverly and adds an ingenious subplot when Marlene hires a Vietnamese immigrant who isn't afraid to get rough or break the law in the line of duty. Tannenbaum's authentic background detail and his likable characters provide irresistible entertainment. Mystery Guild main selection; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild selections; audio rights to Books on Tape.