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Enemy Within (Butch Karp #13)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Acclaimed "New York Times" bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum ratchets up the suspense with an authentic and morally complex mystery set deep inside the New York City police department.
When a black man is shot multiple times in the back on the streets of New York by an NYPD golden boy, chaos erupts throughout the city. And in an election year -- a year of secret hand
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Atria Books
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Apparently I haven't read one of these in two years, and I had forgotten how good they are. This is the third from last of the Butch Karp--Marlene Ciampi series ghostwritten by Michael Gruber, one of my favorite authors. You can get a list of the whole series (15 books) on Gruber's Wikipedia page, and I would recommend starting with the second one (he hadn't really figured out the characters or the tone in the first) and reading them in order. Unlike most series, the main characters in this one ...more
Man, here's a lawyer who hates police. Makes me wonder about his real life court cases. The story was a little far fetched for me - a teenager permitted to wander New York amid the worst parts of the city; her mother who is an alcoholic and spend thrift but who can stop both by herself; the father/dad who is so tied up fighting dragons that he can ignore the chaotic family events for the good of the DA's office? Here's another case of requiring a 6th star to fit in between 'I didn't like it' and ...more
Kathy kennedy
I think this is the 13th in the series. Story relies on information developed in prior novels. I will go back and read some of the earlier ones. This plot involved politics inside the DA's office of NYC with an election upcoming. Issues include cops and racial tensions. Subplot involving the daughter was a bit of a stretch, but it was an enjoyable story.
Another fine story with Butch, Marlene & Co. (#13), although not quite up to the usual standard because there were a couple of things I found hard to believe: (1) Marlene falls into alcoholism, which seems to me out of character; and (2) At the beginning Lucy knows about three dozen languages, and in the process of this novel she learns German and Russian. I'm wondering what languages (other than French, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese, for situational reasons I knew about) she chose to p ...more
Pretty good. As usual the Karp family members each have their own adventures going which in this case dovetail together in the end.
The old favorites are back for another round. Lucy questions her piety and her purpose in life as well as having a crush. Marlene gets rich, goes on a serious bender and threatens her employer. Tran has a weakness beyond caring too much for Lucy. Butch tries out life Marlene-style and finds that slippery slope isn't for him. We find out Father Dugan has an adventurous side and Sweetie proves to be more mortal than Stephanie Plum's hamster Rex. A great read but you probably need to have read some ...more
This began in rather a ragged way, taking its time before getting to Butch Karp or any of his family, otherwise I would have given it five stars. These characters are like old friends, and it is great to read more about them--even Marlene unable to handle sudden wealth. Butch is less than the perfect DA, showing some chinks in the armor. Lucy and Tran get together and we find out a weakness in his background as well. Great crimefighting--always a terrific story.
I've read several of the Butch Carp books,and enjoyed them all.His wife is the one who kicks ass though!If someone fucks with her family,she just has her Vietnamese mobster buddy wipe them off the face of the planet!Or she does it herself.Good reading.
This was the third book I've read from Robert Tanenbaum, all with the same characters - Butch Karp, Marlene Ciampi and the most interesting of all, daughter Lucy. I'm excited to see there are 14 more! Glad I've got a library card.
I enjoyed the story, but I had a hard time behind the circumstances of the wife becoming an alcoholic. It made for good drama, but it seemed far fetched to me. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story.
Like all his books to many characters that go in and out of the story. Parts of the book were good when I wasn't trying to recall a character.
Vicki Papworth
No. 13 of Butch & Marlene
A good read. Lots of twists!
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Robert K. Tanenbaum is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five legal thrillers and has an accomplished legal career of his own. Before his first book was published, Tanenbaum had already been the Bureau Chief of the Criminal Courts, had run the Homicide Bureau, and had been in charge of the training program for the legal staff for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He als ...more
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