From bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt comes a new series – a spinoff of the much beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries – about a dynamic new investigative team featuring a determined former cop and his loyal German Shepherd.
Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force. Not ready to give up the life yet, they come up with a proposal for fellow former cop, Laurie Carpenter, and her investigating partner, Marcus. Laurie and Marcus – who help out Laurie’s lawyer husband Andy on cases – have been chafing to jump back into investigating on their own, so they are in.
They call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon. Their first job as private investigators comes to them from Judge Henry Henderson, who's known as a very tough but fair judge, and they've all come up against him in court at one time or another. Though it's hard to believe, Judge Henderson is being blackmailed and extorted, and he doesn't want to involve the police--he needs the K Team to figure out why.
This strong series launch from Edgar finalist Rosenfelt, a spin-off from the author's Andy Carpenter series (Dachsund Through the Snow, etc.), stars Carpenter's wife, Laurie Collins, who has left the Paterson, N.J., PD to form the K Team, which includes a former police colleague of Laurie's and his canine partner. Their first client is Henry Henderson, a judge whose professional reputation is beyond reproach, who has received an anonymous letter advising him that he will be called on to do something that he has already been well paid for and that refusal to play ball will result in exposure. As proof that his adversary means business, Henderson has also received a bank statement someone has created in his name for a Cayman Islands account. The jurist has no idea who's behind the extortion or their motive. The K Team's quest for answers leads them to a cleverly conceived conspiracy and a number of corpses. This is a promising start to what's likely to be a long-running series. 75,000-copy announced first printing.
The K Team
I have always enjoyed the Andy Carpenter books and read nearly all of them. However, this book was a very big disappointment. The main character is a sad paper doll caricature of Andy and is not nearly so humorous. The plot did not move well, and the other characters also seems stilted and not believable. I could not even finish the book even though I tried numerous times to finish it. Maybe it would be better if it was told from Laurie’s point of view. I will not be reading another book in this series.