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Dead Center (Andy Carpenter #5)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,607 ratings  ·  125 reviews
After Laurie Collins left him and headed west, New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't expect to ever see her again. So he's shocked when his ex-girlfriend appears on TV--and then calls him pleading for his help. Two coeds in Wisconsin have been found brutally stabbed to death. As the town's acting police chief, Laurie had to arrest a young college student with a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 1st 2006)
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Jim
Another fun one, although not quite as tight as the previous ones, either. Still entertaining, though. I'm going to listen to the next.
Victoria
This fifth installment to the Andy Carpenter series was pretty good, I guess, - but definitely not my favorite of the series. It was still a fun and entertaining read, but it never reached the same level as the previous novels. I liked the weird cult aspect and the ending was certainly a surprise, but there was something missing from this one... maybe because it took place in Wisconsin rather than New Jersey... or maybe because the usual, complete cast of characters wasn't present. My only other ...more
Lisa
After being a little disappointed in the last David Rosenfelt - Andy Carpenter Series I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Although some of the same patterns were there as in previous books this one had me captivated until the very end. And though I had some good guesses for this "Who Done It" I was never really ready to commit to any of them. Just when I thought I might know new developments would arise and I found myself questioning it all over again. So with renewed excitement I have now d ...more
Evelyn
Andy Carpenter, a New Jersey attorney, travels to Wisconsin to help his ex-lover Laurie Collins, the acting chief of police in her hometown. She has arrested a young man for murder but she believes he is innocent. She wants Andy to represent him as his lawyer.

Andy Carpenter is a unique and very entertaining character! This is the fifth book in the series. This book has it all with its lively, witty dialogue, interesting characters and a well-paced plot. Andy is also a pet lover! Highly recommen
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Jill
One gets the impression that this plot was designed to showcase funny remarks about Wisconsin, and if you’ve ever lived there (as I have) you will get a big kick out of this book. Even aside from the jokes about winters and cheese, however, these humorous mysteries from Rosenfelt never fail to entertain me. I don’t see a Pulitzer in the author’s future, but I do see a lot of loyal readers like myself who love having a witty, diverting read.

Rating: 3.5/5
Mary
I received my books from the Library by mail and have read this one already. It was very good, but I should have read Sudden Death first. They were out of sequence, but DR is just a good writer it did not make a difference. Again, Andy, Laurie & Tara did a great job keeping my interest. These books will never go into my not-interesting-enough-to-finish folder. I started reading Sudden Death and am enjoying this one also.
Karen
Andy is trying to come to grips with the fact that Laurie has moved to Findley Wisconsin and he will never see her again when he sees her on a news broadcast talking about two Co-eds that were murdered in her little town. When she calls Andy for help, he is one the road with Tara faster than flies on a dead body.
Laurie is now the acting Chief of Findley Police. The young man accused Laurie feels is innocent and asks if he will talk to the boys father. After the meeting Andy decides to become inv
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Ruth
Mar 13, 2008 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a mystery and laugh
Recommended to Ruth by: My sister
His books are terrific. I heard about him from my sister. She saw an interview with Janet Evanovich who said that she loves his books. Well, any true Jersey girl will love to read his books and the references to NJ. I also love his sense of humor and "song talking". Try it, you won't be disappointed.
Jennye Woolf
So I have read enough of these to figure that I ought to say something about them. The books are a really fun read, the mysteries are engaging and they are the reading equivalent of a witty Law and Order episode. They aren't great art, but they are well written enough that they provide a few hours of fun escapism with a legal mystery bent. They kept showing up on my "you might like" list from the library e-site, so I figured I would give them a try and the library was right - I do like them. But ...more
Andrea
Just what I've come to expect from this series - interesting plot spiced with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor.
Ruth
Good. 3.5 Love the sense of humor.
Alicia
Just completed this next installment of Andy Carpenter's journey. Laurie and Andy being separated is very sad. I read the newest book first so I know this will not last :) This is a pretty good book. I was saddened by the deaths that occurred but I see this is a common themes in this book. It is always someone working on the case or close to Andy. This crime occurs where Laurie is now acting chief. She calls him to have him represent the college student that is accused. Woven in is a city that i ...more
Kat
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Nancy
Apr 26, 2013 Nancy added it
After Laurie Collins left him and headed west, New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't expect to ever see her again. So he's shocked when his ex-girlfriend appears on TV--and then calls him pleading for his help. Two coeds in Wisconsin have been found brutally stabbed to death. As the town's acting police chief, Laurie had to arrest a young college student with a carful of bloodstains who argued with one of the victims just before her death. Yet Laurie strongly believes that the suspec ...more
Carly
**edited 01/24/14
A relatively entertaining audiobook (narrated by the inimitable Grover Gardner, no less!), but with a host of plot-related flaws. Right off the bat, I felt that the main character, Andy Carpenter, suffered from a bad case of Mary Sue disease: wealthy, powerful, popular, and irresistible to women,he is also a media darling and (at least, so we are told) a fantastic defence lawyer. We are introduced to him when he is still reeling from the loss of his romantic interest and has bee
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Sandy
After Laurie Collins left him and headed west, New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't expect to ever see her again. So he's shocked when his ex-girlfriend appears on TV--and then calls him pleading for his help. Two coeds in Wisconsin have been found brutally stabbed to death. As the town's acting police chief, Laurie had to arrest a young college student with a carful of bloodstains who argued with one of the victims just before her death. Yet Laurie strongly believes that the suspec ...more
Pattianne
Dead Center - Andy Carpenter Series #5 - New Jersey - Laurie is in Wisconsin, needs Andys help, but stays behind when Andy leaves.

After Laurie Collins left him and headed west, New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't expect to ever see her again. So he's shocked when his ex-girlfriend appears on TV--and then calls him pleading for his help. Two coeds in Wisconsin have been found brutally stabbed to death. As the town's acting police chief, Laurie had to arrest a young college student w
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Janis Gilbert
After Laurie Collins left him and headed west, New Jersey defense attorney Andy Carpenter didn't expect to ever see her again. So he's shocked when his ex-girlfriend appears on TV--and then calls him pleading for his help. Two coeds in Wisconsin have been found brutally stabbed to death. As the town's acting police chief, Laurie had to arrest a young college student with a carful of bloodstains who argued with one of the victims just before her death. Yet Laurie strongly believes that the suspec ...more
LJ
DEAD CENTER (Legal Thriller-Wisconsin-Cont) – G
Rosenfelt, David – 5th in series
Mysterious Press, 2006- Hardcover
New Jersey Attorney Andy Carpenter misses his former girlfriend, Laurie Collins. Laurie has moved back to her home town of Findlay, Wisconsin and is acting police chief. Laurie calls and asks Andy to come and defend a college student accused of murdering two girls and burying their bodies behind his house. Andy agrees but finds investigating the case complicated because the girls are f
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Spuddie
#5 Andy Carpenter mystery. Andy is a lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey but in this installment is off to the midwest in response to a call from his ex-girlfriend Laurie who is now the acting police chief in her home town of Findlay, Wisconsin. The son of a childhood friend has been accused of murdering two young college women, one of them the girl who just broke up with him. Andy, who has finally made up his mind to start to come to terms with life sans Laurie, is reluctant to take up the case prim ...more
Johnsergeant
Sep 08, 2007 Johnsergeant marked it as to-read
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Narrator: Grover Gardner

What the Critics Say

* Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2007

"Written with flair and humor, this is perfect light reading." (Publishers Weekly)
"Those who like the added complexity of character-driven mysteries will find much to enjoy in this award-winning series." (Booklist)
"Grover Gardner's narrative style is clear but low-key, a style that fits Andy Carpenter, Rosenfelt's series hero....His reading perfectly evokes the suspense and drama of a crim
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Christy
Another good Rosenfelt book with Andy Carpenter, Laurie Collins, and Tara. Andy goes to Findlay, Wisconsin at the request of ex girlfriend Laurie now acting police chief in her home town. She has arrested a teen named Jeremy for killing his ex girlfriend and another girl part of a secretive town call Centurion and the strange religion that revolves around a mysterious wheel and someone called the keeper. It was a very satisfying read and most of all I am happy Laure and Andy will continue to see ...more
Alan Livingston
This was perhaps my favorite book in Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series so far. While there is still a general tone of predictability to the plot, this novel's setting and characters are particularly intriguing and believable.

There is one undertow of an absence of believability in the main character, the one the author describes as his "alter ego". Obviously a fictional creation, this man has more sex than any late-30's male on earth. I want to tell the author, "OK, I get it, he and his girlfrien
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John Winkworth
My second read of Andy's exploits, this time in the "frozen tundra" as the author describes Wisconsin. Same basic cast of characters which is a good thing. I still like the court room details. The story moves along and I stayed awake through most of it, as I recall.
Jeanette
Another great job by Rosenfelt. Who knew getting out of your element could be so thrilling? Andy Carpenter, lawyer extraordinaire, has done it again. Andy relocates from Patterson, NJ to Findlay, Wisconsin to take a case at Laurie's request. The case seems fairly cut and dried; the accused - a young college student has been charged with brutally murdering his girlfriend and her best friend and burying them in his back yard. But of course, things are not always what they seem on the surfarce and ...more
Marcia
Currently at #5 in the series and haven't had a miss yet. Complete with a road trip to Wisconsin, snow, cold, brats, and, yes, plenty of cheese, this installment where the why and the who share equal billing in the solving of the crime was a favorite.

I've always considered myself a semi-hermit; I have my small group of friends and no desire to expand that circle. Yet events caused me to meet and get to know Calvin, and though it may sound corny, that relationship has enriched my life. How many o
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Cheap and Lazy
This review is for the Audible version of the book. This is my first book by David Rosenfelt (even though it's the fifth book in the Andy Carpenter series). I didn't expect to laugh out loud on the Stairmonster listening to it. This is a wry, main-character-driven mystery told by the mc. While the other characters added interest, as did the romantic element, only Andy and the mystery plot felt truly developed. It also seemed to me that the author spent just a bit too much time being cute/funny, ...more
Cynthia K
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Linda
Dead Center by Rosenfelt is a story told by Andy, a lawyer from New Jersey. Andy is in love with Laurie who has left Andy to return to her home town area of Cheese County where she is now serving as the acting Chef of Police. This is a light mystery with a touch of cultism in “The Centurions” a town and religion that controls the inhabitants and excludes any outsiders. Following an unexplained death, the twists and turns of investigations bring Laurie and Andy back together to solve this local m ...more
Kristy Budner
Another Andy Carpenter lawyer series and yes, he solves all the crimes. Almost a loose end but if you know Andy, that just doesn't happen. The narration again excellent by Grover Gardner; I really can't imagine anyone else for the part.

A little more far-fetched than usual but always with surprises and all the returning cast of characters are there. A good, easy read.

I have to say that I can't imagine not reading these books in order. I started with the first and will go in order until the last
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