In this legal thriller with “bedrock authenticity” by a New York Times–bestselling author, a Manhattan prosecutor risks his life to catch a serial killer (Kirkus Reviews).
A veteran assistant district attorney, Butch Karp knows that sometimes a prosecutor has to make a deal. The Manhattan courts are backed up worse than Midtown at rush hour, and that means plea bargains. Burglary gets knocked down to trespass, attempted homicide down to simple assault, but Karp has one ironclad rule: In his office, nobody gets away with murder. That rule is about to get put to the test.
All over Manhattan, the city’s drug kingpins are getting shot in the head and dumped in the streets. Is it a turf war, or has someone in the NYPD turned vigilante? When a cop asks Karp to help kill the investigation, Karp is forced to make an impossible choice between his principles and the city he loves.
Based on the personal experience of legendary prosecutor Robert K. Tanenbaum, Reversible Error takes readers on a tour of the grittiest corners of 1970’s New York. “You can smell the Big Apple starting to rot,” writes Kirkus Reviews “as Tanenbaum bores into its mealy core for another uncommonly intelligent legal/cop entertainment.”
Reversible Error is the 4th book in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“Reversible Error blends dirty politics, women’s rights, sadism, murder, and betrayal with skill and style.” —Orlando Sentinel
“Sizzles and explodes. . . . A gut-wrencher that takes Tanenbaum to the summit.” —Booklist
“Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi are the most interesting pair of characters in the suspense genre today.” —Chicago Tribune
Like a canvas by Bosch, the frenetic 10th installment in the popular Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series (Irresistible Impulse, etc.) is all foreground, a three-ring circus of mayhem and mystery. Here Tanenbaum pits Deputy DA Karp, his detective cronies Raney and Fulton and his security-expert wife, Marlene, against an amorphous army of Palestinians terrorizing New York. When Arab youths are implicated in the murders of two elderly Jews, Karp finds himself having to placate local Arab and Jewish leaders and at the same time convince the brass that the crimes point to a conspiracy. Meanwhile, a Mexican hit man linked to two jailed drug dealers is threatening to shoot up the metropolis and murder Karp's rival, Homicide Bureau head Roland Hrcany. Back home, Marlene is caffeinating herself to delirium to balance work and family. Then the teenage sister of one of the Arab suspects, on the lam after stabbing a pimp, lands improbably in a shelter for battered women run by Marlene's friend. Should Marlene inform Karp, or protect the girl? As always, there's much to cheer in Tanenbaum's work: quirky characters, snappy cop-talk, even a slam-bang car chase through a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, and the rousing action resonates with deeper themes as Karp, a lapsed Jew, tentatively accepts his ethnicity. But the constant jumps between subplots are wearying, the large casts of racist cops and racist terrorists run together and the resolution is strained as absolutely everyone is tied together into a too-perfect knot. Mystery Guild selection. FYI: Media-alert readers will recognize Tanenbaum as the lawyer for a teenage defendant on trial in Delaware for killing her newborn baby.