128th out of 149 books — 68 voters
Irresistible Impulse (Butch Karp #9)
by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Goodreads Author)
National bestselling author Robert K, Tanenbaum brings Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi back in his latest thriller of street justice and courtroom intrigue!Butch, the chief of the Manhattan District Attorney's Homicide Bureau, faces the toughest legal challenge of his career, facing off against one of the most brilliant defense lawyers in America in a murder trial laced with...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 1998 by Signet
(first published November 1st 1997)
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This is one of the earlier Karp\Ciampi novels and not really one of the best. We have the introduction of a recurring character- Tranh, which was pretty interesting since he plays an important part in later novels. Once again, Marlene is out avenging women who have been wronged and there are just too many incidents of violence against those who would abuse women (no less than five separate incidents) .. Essentially, these incidents, which SHOULD add to the novel instead distract..
I love Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi and their children. The dialog between Butch and Marlene makes me laugh out loud sometimes. The situations are great genre reading, plenty of twists and turns and surprises and tension. This is an earlier book in the series, and it was fun to go back and revisit it several years after having read it the first time – which to me is the sign of a solid entry in the entertaining fiction category!
A P.I. who solved victims' problems in unusual, sometimes unethical and illegal ways. The family dynamics was unorthodox yet worked well in the story. Sweety, the dog, added to Marlene's arsenal of misfits. Butch, the "follow the book" husband seemed an odd choice for a ballsy "break the rules when needed" woman. I loved Marlene's independence and aggressiveness. This was a good book to read and an unexpected twist near the end, surprised me.
The back of the book tells about what Butch and Marlene are working on: "two wildly different cases are about to collide" and I thought, "Yeah, so what else is new?" But it was a new twist because they trucked along as their own separate cases until the very end. It was a good read with familiar characters and the addition of a new one--Tranh, whom I think will make a great addition in future stories. I'm finding Marlene's behavior a little tedious with her constant rush to break the rules and f...more
Another delightful adventure with Butch & Marlene, #9 in the series, and they have yet to disappoint me in any way. Beautifully written. "Roland couldn't teach a cat to lap cream" for example. Plenty of interesting characters and lots of suspense. Tanenbaum/Gruber make a fine team. They send me to the dictionary (which I appreciate) more than almost any other author.
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...moreMore about Robert K. Tanenbaum...