First in the New York Times–bestselling series: Two district attorneys go up against a brilliant killer in this “exceptionally good” legal thriller (Publishers Weekly).
The plan was simple: When the manager carries the bags of money out of the supermarket, Mandeville Louis will be waiting with a shotgun. He’ll kill the manager, kill the guard, and cruise away. But when Louis’s driver shows up late, he’s forced to improvise—and the result is a disaster. He storms a liquor store, killing two and leaving a trail the cops have no trouble following. But even behind bars, Mandeville Louis won’t go down without a fight.
An expert in legal procedure, Louis has never met a loophole too small to shimmy through. He’s going to bob and weave his way into a plea bargain and back onto the streets—unless Butch Karp can stop him. A firebrand assistant district attorney who’s just been assigned to Homicide, he wants to make an example of Louis. With the help of the brilliant Marlene Ciampi, Karp intends to break Mandeville Louis—and strike a blow for justice.
Written by a legendary prosecuting attorney, No Lesser Plea is a perfect introduction to this saga of life in gritty 1970s New York.
No Lesser Plea is the 1st book in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi are the most interesting pair of characters in the suspense genre today.” —Chicago Tribune
“An attorney himself, Tanenbaum has infused this book with a strong collection of characters, a raunchy energy that crackles in the out-of-office lawyer talk and a basic sense of outrage at a system that is failing miserably.” —Publishers Weekly
Tanenbaum has written an exceptionally good contemporary novel about the criminal justice system. Set in New York during the early '70s, the book focuses on young, idealistic assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his conflicts with both a single criminal and the politicized bureaucracy that seemingly makes a travesty of justice. In his first murder case, Karp is prosecuting Mandeville Louis, a brilliant killer who has feigned insanity, hoping to protect himself from trial until the court system eventually forgets about him. But the determined Karp refuses to let Louis's ruse succeed. While Karp is trying to put Louis behind bars, he is also caught up in the politics of the D.A.'s office as petty bureaucrats struggle for control of their turf and power. An attorney himself, Tanenbaum has infused this book with a strong collection of characters, a raunchy energy that crackles in the out-of-office lawyer talk and a basic sense of outrage at a system that is failing miserably. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo.
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No Lesser Plea
I liked the way the author intertwined the mystery/thriller and suspense with the delightful undertone of comedy. I enjoyed the book very much!
Hot hooked after the first chapter!!
Tanenbaum knows how to write crime like no other!!!!!!
A MUST READ!!