Grand Central, 2007 (2007)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
is a fun mystery with a well-plotted story and a main character you can't help but love. Attorney Andy Carpenter, partner also in a dog rescue operation, discovers a golden retriever who is about to be put down. He takes the canine to court and wins a reprieve for him, before discovering that the dog was a witness to a murder five years previously.
ndy then takes on the dog's owner, who has been found guilty of that murder and has spent five years in jail. Andy wins a new trial for the man and calls in all his markers to help in the defense of someone he feels got a bum deal.
ndy is self-deprecating and an admitted coward. This, however, does not affect his '
little grey cells
' as he gathers his team around him and presents the best case he can to the jury at the new trial. The dog plays a goodly part in the defense and is admittedly a real love, exuberant and joyful.
ward-winning David Rosenfelt, is, with the publication of
, now the author of six books. Each and every one is a joy. Rosenfelt's humor as well as his writing ability is evident on every page. Also his love of dogs, especially the golden retriever. Enjoy the mystery but don't skip the acknowledgement page – the author's humility will delight you.
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