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Unleashed (Andy Carpenter #11)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,597 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, is stunned to receive a phone call out of the blue from Barry Price, a high school friend he hasn't spoken to in years, pleading for help with something too frightening to discuss on the phone. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and lawyer Andy Carpenter's legal expertise—and he needs them immediately. But when Sam almost runs over ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published July 23rd 2013)
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Jim
Another fun addition to the series. Grover Gardner does a great job reading it, as usual. If you've enjoyed the previous twisty tales, you'll like this one, too. No gore, if there is any cussing, I missed it. Sex is alluded to, but never graphic. Golden Retrievers are around, although they do not take a very active role in the story.

If you haven't read any other books in this series, you could probably start with any of them. There is some reference to earlier books, but they all stand alone ama
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Simonne
Aug 07, 2013 Simonne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read every Andy Carpenter book and I'm sorry to say this will be my last. Oh I still like Andy and his wise cracking ways but the stories are all beginning to be very much alike. Andy doesn't want a case. Andy gets a case. It's always much bigger (national threat) than just a murder. Andy plays give and take with the FBI. Marcus does a few nunns (I don't think I spelled it right and I can't be bothered to look it up). And the books are very slim and quite honestly not worth the money. I thi ...more
terpkristin
Not my favorite Andy Carpenter book by a long shot. It felt light on "Andy action" and law stuff and actual crime investigation. It was also very light on dogs. It doesn't seem to be shorter than any of the others, but where previous books had a lot of investigation and a lot of courtroom stuff with just a little "other" stuff, this one seemed the other way around. Also, like the last one, there seems to be a little...forcing....of current issues (this time, terrorism) into things. I don't know, ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jun 21, 2014 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Unleashed” by David Rosenfelt, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – June 24, 2014

This is the eleventh book in the Andy Carpenter series.

Andy Carpenter is an attorney who is independently wealthy and has no desire to practice law; in fact he abhors the thought of taking on clients. However, he always finds himself, reluctantly, taking on cases.

In “Unleashed” he receives a call from Barry Price, referred to him by friend Sam Willis, asking for his help. Unfor
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Freda Malone
My least favorite in the series, but after 10 books, I figured Rosenfelt would have a couple like this one. It just felt less creative in the forensics and solving the crimes and conspiracy theories. Andy didn't seem to work that hard this time around. The crime was solved without him really having to do very much thinking or investigating. Nothing real mind blowing but I'm a loyal fan and I can't expect every single Andy Carpenter novel to be exceptional. I did like the story line and character ...more
Rob1109
Nov 03, 2014 Rob1109 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first David Rosenfelt novel. I was hooked from the first chapter. This was about to be a 5 star rating...until the end.

I absolutely love Mr. Rosenfelt's style, If you are a fan of Harlan Coben, you'll love David Rosenfelt. This book was soooo close to being perfect!

The writing style is easy to read. It's a fast moving book, about 305 pages. I finished it in 2 days
The character development is wonderful.
There are numerous plot twists and turns.
The story keeps moving your fwd. A literal
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Gloria Feit
Dec 27, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy Carpenter has had any number of bizarre cases, but none more out of the ordinary than the one in this novel. He represents not one client, but two, for the same murder. He becomes embroiled in a major terrorist plot. And loses witness after witness or potential informant in his defense of his clients, when each is murdered with a single bullet to his head. And, of course, a golden retriever (not Tara) plays a key role in the plot.

It all begins when Andy’s accountant and computer guru (and e
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Betty
Apr 16, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am slowly reading Andy Carpenter series and am enjoy them so far. On the way to fly with an old friend Sam hits a dog and caring for it misses the plane. It later crashed an all are kill. Andy accepted the widow as client.These books have two parts to them At first we learned about the story and is usually a thriller made lighter by the humor. Tara his golden retriever is all of them and another dog. The story has lot of surprises. The second part is Andy's defense of his client. This defense ...more
Christine
Sep 18, 2013 Christine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Lawyer, Andy Carpenter does not want to work. He does not have to work. But, every once in a while he reluctantly gets drawn into a case. When Andy’s accountant and friend Sam Willis received a call from Barry, a high school friend (who just happened to marry Sam’s crush) Sam agreed to talk to Andy about taking his case. Barry ended up mysteriously dead, Sam narrowly escaped death and it seems like everyone who knows anything is dropping dead too. This was too tempting for Andy to ignore so he a ...more
Ruth
Oct 07, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago, my sister told me that she heard an interview with Janet Evanovich. We had loved her Stephanie Plum novels that made us laugh out loud. The interviewer asked her who she liked to read and she said David Rosenfelt, another NJ author. Well, since we are Jersey girls we decided to check him out and he got at his first book! I have read all of his Andy Carpenter mysteries and all but one of his thrillers. (I have not read any of his non-fiction at this point.)

Andy is a sarcastic lawyer wh
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Carol
Aug 07, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unleashed by David Rosenfelt is the second book that I have read by him. I read Dog Tags and really enjoyed it although it seemed to have a slow start. This time, I was hooked into the story quickly because I felt at home with the main character, Andy Carpenter, a semi-retired attorney. I didn’t like the beginning so much because it was late into the book that I could finally connect it to the story. I think that the story really starts on page five.

Andy’s accountant and friend, Sam Willis gets
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Andrea Larson
Aug 24, 2013 Andrea Larson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Loved the humor, the two seemingly unrelated stories that gradually came together, the suspense, and the incredibly lovable characters.

Independently wealthy Andy Carpenter doesn't really want to take on a murder case, but when his friend Sam begs him to help out a former flame, and it appears to be a,way to keep Andy's forever love, Laurie, from leaving to go to Wisconsin, he relents. Though he finds it difficult to defend Denise Price for the murder of her husband, Barry Price
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Nancy
Jul 29, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads program.
I have read and enjoyed all of the books in this series. To me, they are the perfect combination of humor, courtroom procedure and detective fiction.
The last two books have moved into the thriller category, a direction I'm not entirely happy about. It seems awkward to fluctuate between the humor and the life and death situations and terrorism in the plot. That said, I will continue to read this series because I like the character
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Sandy
If you've read any of the previous books in this series, disregard this review & just get it, ok? Or you probably already have. You know what to expect: a clever, intricately plotted legal thriller infused with well written, oddball characters spouting hilarious dialogue.
In this outing, Andy Carpenter's friend & accountant Sam Willis asks him to get off the couch & meet with an old high school classmate of Sam's. Barry Price is now an uber-successful businessman who may be in need of
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Yasmin
Sep 02, 2013 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading/listening to an audiobook written by David Rosenfelt. The subject matter/genre was interesting enough as were the quirky,eccentric characters and a dog named Crash. Actually, Crash was probably my favorite character in the book as I'm a dog lover. Unfortunately, the audiobook narrator made my listening experience an annoying one. I didn't care for his voice, although now that I think about it, he probably exhibits the right amount of quirkiness for portraying the c ...more
Lynn
Jul 26, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I received a copy of this book in the monthly drawing. I found the book very interesting and enjoyed reading it. It is listed as #11 in a series. I will probably try to find the other books and read them.

The book is well written and the characters as well developed. It is obvious there is an established background for this book but it is not necessary to know it to enjoy the book.

Andy Carpenter is an interesting protagonist and the other characters are worth finding out about.

The mystery is well
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Minty McBunny
Another solid entry into a fun & action packed series. There were a few loose ends left in this story which frustrated me, but Andy is always a winning protagonist.
Terri Boland
Aug 31, 2015 Terri Boland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book from this author and series. Thought it was a good easy summer read. Like the character and storyline.
Jonnalyn Gates
Im not really a mystery fan. Fortunately I was intrigued by whether the original suspect did it or not because I had some misgivings. The book flowed but did not have me sitting on the edge of my seat wondering who did it. I think it was because the there was not much of a story on the victim so I was not emotionally involved enough to care that they were dead. It was okay but not enough to make me love mysteries or bad enough to make me dislike them more. Im still where I started kind of on the ...more
Marilyn
Jul 30, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love characters who are smart, witty and masters at their craft. Add the love of a dog, a dash of a love story and I'm in. Reluctant Defense Attorney had me laughing out loud at some of his quips. The story is told in first person, providing the reader with the opportunity to get inside of Andy's head as he defends the ex-girlfriend of his accountant, as bodies start to pile up. The twists and turns will keep you riveted until the last page. This book is number 11 in the series, so it appears ...more
Roberta
Sep 03, 2015 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, dogs
I liked this book more than Bury the Lead. I like the dogs and there was a little more doggy smell to this book. In addition to cameo appearances by Tara, Sam's dog, Crash, plays a role in the story line. And I appreciate the fact that Mr. Rosenfelt knows his dogs so well.

The author also knows his courtroom and knows when he is pushing the envelope. There is also the trade-mark dry humor and sarcasm. Conversations sound right, the writing style is easy to read, and the story is fast-paced. Ther
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Jill
Dec 17, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book #11 of the stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever Tara.

Andy hates to work and has enough inherited wealth to avoid it, but somehow cases keep falling into his lap. In this instance, his computer expert Sam asks Andy if he would take a case from Barry Price, the guy who married Sam’s high school sweetheart Denise. Andy says “I’m retired.” But the next day, Price is dead, Denise is arrested, and now Sam begs
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Eric
Jun 09, 2014 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I enjoyed nothing else in this story, it was a description of getting a batch of terrorists into the US by way of Bottineau, North Dakota. I must admit the author was touch sketchy on some details there, but it was nice. I've not looked lately whether there is a paved runway that might handle a Dornier jet, or not. Plus, I wonder whether it would have really been that easy for them to get into Canada in order to do the "sneak" across the prairies to show up and be whisked away. In any case, k ...more
Victoria
Like the previous ten books in the Andy Carpenter series, this one makes for a fast-paced and fun read. Rosenfelt balances the thrilling action with his usual humour and fun banter between the series-regular characters. This time, Andy finds himself with an unwanted client at the behest of friend and computer-guru, Sam. Sam’s high school sweetheart has been charged with the murder of her wealthy husband. But his death soon proves to be just one amongst many - a part of a high-level plot set to u ...more
Joan Toplicar
Jul 28, 2013 Joan Toplicar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read each of these as they come out because I thoroughly enjoy them. Lovable dogs, colorful characters, legal and criminal minutia all related to some current topic. This one had more humor than mystery and suspense. i did not figure it out as one reviewer said, but found it lacked the drama and edge that other cases have had. I read it the day I got it and eagerly await the next installment.
Jen
Aug 27, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Andy Carpenter is always entertaining, but the plot for this book was ridiculously predictable, not to mention disappointing. Lots of one-and-one-half page "chapters" that were basically just words to be skimmed over, without much relevance. Also, the inability of the copy editor (or proofreader or whomever's job it is) to catch simple mistakes like where repartee between lawyer Bader and Judge Hurdle results in the next sentence being about "Judge Bader", or the deceased Kyle Austin is mentione ...more
S. Redstone
Oct 04, 2013 S. Redstone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only mystery about this book is how anyone published it. I can read about twenty-five pages, and if it doesn't hook me, I stop. First two pages great. Then, doom. No mystery. No character development. Disjointed. Boring. An example, he took two paragraphs to let us know the contents of a lifeless character's glove compartment in the car. Duh! Like mundane.
Linda Lou McCall
Dec 26, 2014 Linda Lou McCall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this series several years ago and ended up listening to all of the books available in audio format - back to back. However, the best way to really enjoy them is to do one every 6 to 12 months, so you forget why you liked the books so much in the first place! Once again, here we get a great crime mystery and likeable characters, combined with humorous writing and smart dialogue. Narrator Grover Gardner continues to provide the perfect delivery. I sincerely hope that when the t ...more
Denise
Jul 26, 2013 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Andy Carpenter series and waited anxiously for the book to come out. What disappointed me was as soon as the judge adjourned court in the preliminary hearing I knew exactly what would happen after that. I didn't know the words that would be spoken but I knew how it would end and sure enough the end was typical.
Jinny
Jul 29, 2013 Jinny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Andy Carpenter book is the perfect summer fix!

This case hit close to home for Andy. . . one of his assistants (Sam) is accused of murder.

The "big story" behind it all was well plotted (money laundering, arms dealing, etc.), with the stock cast of characters adding their usual charm and humor.
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“Most dogs, when you hold a leash up, go nuts and run to the door. Crash, on the other hand barely looks up from his spot on the couch. His expression is saying, What the hell are you doing with that thing? 8 likes
“I have a lot of money, many millions some earned and more inherited. What I don't have is a desire to work. I'm not sure where I left it, but it's been missing for a while, and I haven't searched real hard.” 5 likes
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