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Enemy Within (Butch Karp #13)
by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Goodreads Author)
When a black man is shot multiple times in the back on the streets of New York by an NYPD golden boy, chaos erupts through the city. And in an election yeara year of secret handshakes and politically motivated favorsno one feels the pressure more than the men and women who vow to protect and to serve. For Butch Karp, chief assistant district attorney for New York County, ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published July 30th 2002 by Pocket Star Books
(first published August 1st 2001)
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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
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
Chief assistant District Attorney Butch Karp has a load of problems on his plate. It is an election year and his wife becomes independently wealthy through her stock sales of an internet company. A black man is shot in the back by a poster child policeman. And a young man with limited intellectual capacity faces the death penalty.
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.
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...
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