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Sudden Death (Andy Carpenter #4)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  1,487 ratings  ·  107 reviews
- David Rosenfelt's previous novel. "Bury the Lead, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 6/04, and was a "Today show Book Club Pick chosen by Janet Evanovich.- "First Degree (Mysterious Press, 5/03) won raves from national publications, including "Entertainment Weekly, and starred reviews from both "Kirkus Reviews and "Publishers Weekly.- The author's debut novel ...more
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Published July 29th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 10th 2005)
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Victoria
The ending to this one sure was a surprise! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, with football playing a large role in it. But the characters were as fun as always and the plot was more of a shock than usual. While I am looking forward to the next two books, the formula of the frame-up defense is wearing a little bit thin... I guess these books aren't really meant to be read back-to-back like this. But, I do like these characters quite a bit, I just hope that the plots start continue ...more
Ellen
"Sudden Death" by David Rosenfelt.

This Andy Carpenter mystery had it all. My favorite so far in this series.
The running back for the New York giants, Kenny Schilling, needs Andy's services for his defense and he needs him NOW. Andy has to defend Kenny who is being accused of a high profile murder.

At the same time Laurie, Andy's long time significant other, has dropped a bomb shell in Andy's lap. She is planning on a future...a future that is without Andy. Can Andy find the words to bring Lauri
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Robin
These are fabulous in audio as Grover Gardner is the perfect voice for Andy Carpenter, and the twist at the end was well spun. Recommend these be read or listened to in order as the character's personal life is well developed over the series.
Jim
Another fun, twisty mystery. I'm glad we didn't get into Kevin's hypochondria any more. That never fit very well.
Kay
I really like this series. Andy Carpenter is one of the most enjoyable protagonists I have come across. He is humble, witty, rich and also perfectly average.

This is the opening to Sudden Death – “I step off the plane, and for the first time in my life, I’m in Los Angeles. I’m not sure why I’ve never been here before. I certainly haven’t any preconceived notions about the place, other than the fact that the people here are insincere, draft-dodging, drug-taking, money-grubbing, breast-implanting,
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Frank
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

The third in this series I have read, and a bit of a disappointment.

Andy Carpenter is the usual wisecracking and breezy self, and the usual cast of characters act in the usual way. But the premise of Carpenter's huge inherited wealth takes away the pressure to win the case [unlike the first in the series.]

There were routine fact details about the initial murder which were left out, like forensic evidence, which could have made conviction more of a pla
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Lindsay
This was an excellent book! Good plot with a twist and the character's sense of humour was right on what this author has led us to expect.

I have already picked up the next one in the series!
Karen
Andy gets an unusual phone call from the PPD. A Giants football player is holding police at bay in his home and the only person that he wants to talk to is Andy.
Andy arrives, goes in to talk with Kenny Schilling's and finds Troy Preston, a Jet's player, dead. Thus the stage is set for another high profile case. As Andy starts collecting the facts about the case, he is pushing some mobsters buttons and when they push back Andy becomes the target of their frustration. Andy isn't sure that Kenny is
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Linda
I'm enjoying this series of books but this one had a great unexpected ending which I always like. I'm always trying to solve and when I don't get it right away I love it.
Elaine
Like the others in this series this one is also worth reading. I thoroughly am enjoying these. Usually legal mysteries are complex but these don't make your brain hurt and are quite easy to follow. They're humorous with a few twists thrown in, and are believable for the most part.

You know that Andy is going to win the case no matter how bleak it looks, no matter how guilty the defendant appears. It's not just Andy but his entire team that pull it together.

The love of his life Laurie has been off
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Freda Malone
Out of all the Andy Carpenter series, I liked this one the best so far. I had been completely fooled about the 'who dun'it' because I forgot a couple of the clues that lead up to it. I was blown away at the ending. I hate it when I'm wrong, but glad that the actual killer was caught. I don't remember reading any books that added football teams and players to a really twisted crime spree and plot, so it was different in a good way. It also included several interesting circumstances, including a w ...more
Kat
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Yankey
This is book 4 in a series. (I'm jumping in a well oiled narrative with a preset history and character development, but enough complimentary information was strategically placed so first time readers could keep up. Protagonist Andy Carpenter. Our Lawyer, multi millionaire, self deprocating, wise cracking, juvenile, creative, and needy lead character, took about 6 chapters to grow on me. The arly scenes weighed too much on Andys internal dialogue as he was the main character in those chapters Whe ...more
Nancy
David Rosenfelt's previous novel. "Bury the Lead, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 6/04, and was a "Today show Book Club Pick chosen by Janet Evanovich.- "First Degree (Mysterious Press, 5/03) won raves from national publications, including "Entertainment Weekly, and starred reviews from both "Kirkus Reviews and "Publishers Weekly.- The author's debut novel. "Open and Shut (Mysterious Press, 2002), was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was praised in the "New Y ...more
Ray
This is the fourth in David Rosenfelt's series featuring attorney Andy Carpenter, a North Jersey trial lawyer, and the fourth Rosenfelt book I've read. Rosenfelt has created a protagonist who has the right blend of character, sarcasm, wit, loyalty, and skill to keep me engaged. He's dedicated to his dog and his friends, and is easy to relate to. I like the way Rosenfelt writes about Carpenter having something in his mind which is the intelligent thing to say, yet when spoken, it's something quit ...more
LJ
SUDDEN DEATH (Legal Thriller-New Jersey-Cont) – G+
Rosenfelt, David – 4th in series
Mysterious Press, 2005- Hardcover
Defense Attorney Andy Carpenter is called to the home of NY Giant’s Kenny Schilling who is in an armed standoff with the police. Andy conveniences Kenny to surrender and agrees to defend him when they find the body of New York Jets Tony Preston in the closet and Kenny insists he’s innocent. Andy definitely has his hands full with a high-profile murder trial, gangsters, a possible se
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Andrea
I really wanted to give this 4 stars, because I love the characters - esp. Tara! - and the breezy, light-hearted, sarcastic writing style. But I kept getting distracted by the terribly sloppy editing. If the trial takes place 6 weeks after the arrest, then why has the jury spent the past 3 months avoiding media coverage? If the trial takes place in September (at the beginning of football season), then why are the Knicks playing in a play-off game at the time of the arrest (6 wks. earlier, in Jul ...more
Deborah Darsie
Andy Carpenter, Defense Attorney for the underdog.

He is reluctant to actively pursue anything, except time with Tara the Golden Retriever, time with Laurie (his girlfriend\investigator) and a motley group of supporting characters.

Muddling thru life until a possible case interests him. Visiting Hollywood with his friend Willie to support the effort to create a 'treatment' of their adventure in the first book.

While out of town, they hear that - Kenny a pro-football player who *seems* too good to b
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Pattianne
Sudden Death - Andy Carpenter Series #4 New Jersey - defends a football player, and Laurie has moved to Wisconsin.

- David Rosenfelt's previous novel. "Bury the Lead, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 6/04, and was a "Today show Book Club Pick chosen by Janet Evanovich.- "First Degree (Mysterious Press, 5/03) won raves from national publications, including "Entertainment Weekly, and starred reviews from both "Kirkus Reviews and "Publishers Weekly.- The author's debut novel. "Open and
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Marcia
Another excellent entry in this series. We delve a little deeper into the insecurities so close to the surface of our seemingly easy-going, wise-cracking attorney, Andy Carpenter.

Two years ago...I moved back to Paterson, New Jersey, to live in the house in which I grew up. Except for rescuing and adopting Tara from the animal shelter, coming back to this house is the single best thing I've ever done. I've hardly changed the interior at all; the house was already perfectly furnished with memories
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Lisa
Of all of David Rosenfelt's - Andy Carpenter Series books I think that this one was the most predictable for me and for that reason it was not as good as the rest have been. In fact I have found a pattern to this series and find myself wondering if I would like them better if I had picked them up separately. There is a definite sequence to the series but would be find as stand alone reads as Rosenfelt lays out the character details in every book. That said I have enjoyed reading them in order bu ...more
Steve Tripp
Good plot, fast paced, very witty writing style from the author. It's no literary work of art for sure but it a great lazy summer read. I'm going to check out more of the series.
Janis Gilbert

- David Rosenfelt's previous novel. "Bury the Lead, was published in Mysterious Press hardcover in 6/04, and was a "Today show Book Club Pick chosen by Janet Evanovich.- "First Degree (Mysterious Press, 5/03) won raves from national publications, including "Entertainment Weekly, and starred reviews from both "Kirkus Reviews and "Publishers Weekly.- The author's debut novel. "Open and Shut (Mysterious Press, 2002), was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was praised in the "New
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Melissa Kayden
This is turning out to be one of my favorite series - the mysteries aren't that complicated but I love the humor interlaced. Tara is always one of my favorite characters too. A fun, fast read.
Marge
Love these books - the end of this one puts a change in Andy's personal life for future books
Erin
Another great book by this author. He is so, so funny. Loved the mystery. A fun read.
Joanne
Meh. Bad Guy is obvious,and I want to shake Andy for dithering about Laurie.
Sheila Beaumont
Like the first three books in this series, this one, the fourth, is a good, solid, twisty mystery that's also funny, thanks to the irrepressibly witty narrator, lawyer Andy Carpenter. And though these aren't really dog mysteries, they are all enhanced by the presence of lovely golden retrievers. This is probably the best in the series so far (I've been reading them in order). Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a suspenseful, thrilling, well-written murder mystery with just the right amount ...more
Melanie (aka Serial Reader)
Sudden Death has Andy defending a client for apparently murdering a star NFL player. It clearly looks like he did it because the body is in the client's house and the client tries to shoot the police. But Andy also needs a distraction from the possibility that Laurie, the love of his life, just might leave him...forever.

The story has a lot more angst and less of the snappy comebacks that Andy's so well known for. Probably because Andy really does have a feeling that Laurie is leaving. Ooohh, sa
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Anne Wall
Well written, easy to listen to
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I have gotten to this dubious position with absolutely no planning, and at no stage in my life could I have predicted it. But here I am.

My childhood was relentlessly normal. The middle of three brothers, loving parents, a middle-class home in Paterson, New Jersey. We played sports, studied sporadically. laughed around the dinner table, and generally had a good time. By
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Other Books in the Series

Andy Carpenter (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Open and Shut
  • First Degree
  • Bury the Lead
  • Dead Center
  • Play Dead
  • New Tricks
  • Dog Tags
  • One Dog Night
  • Leader of the Pack
  • Unleashed
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