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Dead Center (Andy Carpenter #5)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,388 Ratings  ·  191 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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Dead Center by David Rosenfelt.

Andy Carpenter and his significant other, Laurie Collins, are separated...but that's soon to change. Laurie is currently the acting Chief of Police in a small town in Wisconsin and she needs Andy's help. There have been two brutal murders of college students. Both these girls lived in a strange cult-like community.
Andy hears Laurie's request and he and Tara are packed and ready to go. Andy is there in no time after alerting his usual back up especially Marcus Clar
Freda Malone
Mar 29, 2015 Freda Malone rated it liked it
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Minty McBunny
Sep 20, 2015 Minty McBunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, september-2015
I have read an awful lot of terrible books lately, so I decided to go back to a series which has never disappointed me, and once again it did not.

Andy Carpenter, Laurie, Marcus, Kevin, Sam et al... are entertaining as always here, the fresh setting of Findlay provides some ripe comedic situations, and while the plot isn't the most innovative, the witty dialogue and clever writing keeps the story zipping along and makes the whole journey an enjoyable one.
Jul 22, 2016 Joe rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Picked this up as a "gamble, give it a try" at my local library and so glad I did. Turns out it was the earliest in the series the library had in stock and it started me with # 5 in a series of 14. Always love when this happens, esp. when I enjoy the character and now will be on the search for #1 and go from there. Meet Andy Carpenter. New Jersey lawyer, recently inheriting a 22 million dollar inheritance, from his father but still in the lawyer game, only much choosier about the cases he takes. ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing
Andy and Tara are distressed as Laurie has moved to Wisconsin. Some time later Laurie asks Andy to come and consult on case she feels person arrested is not guilty. Andy runs into a town who religious beliefs are contray to the normal belief. This belief makes in investigation difficult as he not welcome to interview witnesses. There are a number of twists and turns in the story. The ending might surprise you.
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
Another fun one, although not quite as tight as the previous ones, either. Still entertaining, though. I'm going to listen to the next.
Jan 24, 2014 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
**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
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
May 01, 2013 Victoria rated it liked it
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
Diane Groves
Apr 09, 2016 Diane Groves rated it really liked it
This is the 5th in a series about a wise-cracking lawyer with a golden retriever sidekick. The dog hasn't solved any crimes yet but it could happen. Good stories with very funny dialog.
Jul 25, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: This is the fifth installment in the Andy Carpenter series and for me, the funniest! I laughed more while reading this one than the preceding four! Of course, there was excellent material for humor, given his relationship (or lack thereof) with Laurie. This series is a winner in my book. Always enjoyable, always a good mystery. Perhaps a few more dead bodies than I typically prefer, but not so much that it detracts fro ...more
I jumped into this series at book 5 (because my library didn't have book 1) but I didn't feel like I was missing out too much. I suspect the book would have been richer with more background on the secondary characters like Marcus the big, scary, introvert bodyguard; or Kevin the hypochondriac, detailed-oriented lawyer assistant; or Sam the computer whiz; but the character of Andy Carpenter is fully rounded with great self-commentary. He is such a wiseacre that he perhaps undermines his own inves ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, funny
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
May 15, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
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
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.
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Normally I read a book, think about it overnight, then write a review. I'm not doing that this time as there really isn't much to think about.

This book is mildly amusing, reasonably fast paced & the only interesting character (other than Andy himself) (view spoiler)

If you want to read something entertaining by Rosenfelt, read his bio on GR. Now that had me chuckling!
Apr 19, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Wealthy defense attorney Andy Carpenter can pick and choose his cases so he wants a case to raise some emotions. A young man allegedly stabbed two girls and his former girlfriend Laurie believes he is innocent and asks Andy to take the case. Andy journeys to Wisconsin and has problems getting anyone to talk about the case because the 2 dead girls were members of a strange religious cult. The cult believes a large wheel is the voice of God and a leader called the Keeper interprets the ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
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
Mar 13, 2008 Ruth rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 16, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
Enjoyable. I like the main character, his wit, and his love for his dog.

My biggest complaint is that I never knew what Marcus looked like. Time and time again it's suggested that there's something remarkable about him, but we're never told anything specific. Perhaps he was described the first time he was mentioned. If so, it didn't mean anything to me at the time and so I don't remember what was said.

This is actually a complaint I have about many authors. They will describe characters the first
Feb 10, 2016 Peggy rated it really liked it
I listened to this audiobook. Andy Carpenter is a New Jersey lawyer who is very wealthy after winning a huge case. This gives him the luxury of taking few cases, only ones he finds interesting. His girlfriend Laurie has moved to Wisconsin to be the acting police chief in her small hometown. When two young women are murdered, Laurie asks Andy to come to defend the young man accused of the crime. The murdered girls are from a nearby small town that is a closed society in a religious cult community ...more
Mary Ann
Sep 07, 2015 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
The author takes some playful jabs at Wisconsin. Did you hear the one about the Wisconsin resident who froze to death at a drive in movie? He went to see “Closed for the Season.”
I know he is dead on because I grew up in Upper Michigan which is more like Wisconsin than Michigan. I know about the desolation, the hunting,the lakes, the low wages, the Packer mentality.
But despite the Wisconsin setting, this is a good Andy Carpenter mystery. He makes as many jabs at himself as he does at Wisconsin
Aug 12, 2014 Jennye rated it liked it
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
May 02, 2011 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
Just what I've come to expect from this series - interesting plot spiced with a healthy dose of sarcastic humor.
Teena in Toronto
Nov 17, 2015 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Andy is trying to move on after Laurie, his investigator and girlfriend, moved four months ago to become a police officer in a small town in Wisconsin she grew up in. Then he gets a call from her ... a young local has been arrested for murdering his ex-girlfriend and her friend and Laurie wants him to be his lawyer. Andy and his dog, Tara, head to Findlay to see what he can do.

The two women who had been murdered were from a religious neighbouring town that likes to keep their affairs private. Ne
Kevin Bachovchin
Aug 12, 2015 Kevin Bachovchin rated it really liked it
Dead Center is the 5th book of the Andy Carpenter series. Two young girls have been brutally murdered in a peaceful suburb and Andy, at the request of his ex-girlfriend Laurie Collins, comes to Wisconsin to defend the suspect, who Laurie strongly believes is innocent. The books in the series are all pretty similar and the mysteries aren't overly complicated, but I find it enjoyable to listen to the audiobooks. The characters are interesting and likeable and there are always some good laughs alon ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Good. 3.5 Love the sense of humor.
Apr 24, 2014 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, owned
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
Mar 10, 2016 BeParticular rated it liked it
The change of venue was okay, but certain aspects bugged the heck out of me. I cannot stand when an author has a character act in a way that is completely unbelievable. Andy Carpenter has repeatedly had his own life threatened and has had numerous associates murdered. Yet he constantly puts himself in dangerous situations without having his cell phone and without notifying anyone of his whereabouts. Then Marcus turns up to save the day (multiple times). Right. Think I'll take a break from this s ...more
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