Manhattan’s homicide bureau chief investigates a murder at the UN in the New York Times–bestselling author’s “most powerful thriller yet” (Vincent Bugliosi).
While on his way to the UN, a Turkish diplomat is gunned down in the street. All signs point to an ancient blood feud, and the NYPD quickly tracks down their lead suspect: an Armenian nationalist they believe was out to avenge the Armenian genocide. He fits their suspect profile perfectly—so perfectly, in fact, that Chief Butch Karp is beginning to doubt the story.
With the help of his crime-fighting wife Marlene Ciampi, Karp digs into the diplomat’s death, uncovering a deadly web of corruption far more sinister than even he could have imagined.
Written by legendary prosecutor and New York Times–bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, Justice Denied exposes the kind of dirty dealing that goes on in the shadow of the UN.
Justice Denied is the 6th book in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“Tanenbaum’s experience as a New York City assistant district attorney serves him well in this gritty tale of intrigue.” —Chicago Tribune
“Scrupulously realistic.” —Joseph Wambaugh, author of The Onion Field
“A highly satisfying tale.” —Library Journal
Readers who think ``Maltese Falcon'' early on in Tanenbaum's latest thriller featuring 1970s Manhattan assistant DA Butch Karp (last seen in Material Witness ) won't be alone. As Karp and his fellow prosecutors work a rash of brutal crimes revolving around a fable jewel-encrusted icon, he and his ADA wife, Marlene Ciampi, acknowledge the parallels to Spade's case and even banter in Bogart/Lorre voices--a self-conscious moment that sounds the only false note in this otherwise seamlessly intricate novel. A hit on a Turkish diplomat launches the brisk plot, which soon finds Karp pitted against colleagues as he begins to doubt the guilt of the accused, an Armenian supposedly avenging Turkish atrocities of decades past. Playing hardball bureau politics, Karp, Ciampi and other series folk tie in parallel cases involving art fraud in high and mafia circles, and rape/homicide in a biker gang. The investigation offers bracing doses of Armenian lore and art-scam lowdown, as well as tough street action nicely balanced by smart courtroom drama in a subplot in which Karp tries an aging black mugger for murder. Though former Manhattan ADA Tanenbaum moved to Beverly Hills long ago, his New York is still as fresh as today's police blotter--and for any crime fan to miss it would constitute felonious neglect.