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Open and Shut (Andy Carpenter #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,352 Ratings  ·  505 Reviews
Attorney Andy Carpenter's legal maneuvers are legion in and out of the courtrooms of Paterson, New Jersey. A talented lawyer who knows how to play all the cards, he is torn between mending a marriage that no longer works and growing attached to a beautiful, no-nonsense private investigator. Besides his love for sports, Andy also adores Tara, a golden retriever clearly smar ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published (first published 2002)
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This was better than I thought it would be at first. It's got a broad streak of humor which was a bit irritating, then grew on me, perhaps because the reader did it so well. The main character is a lawyer, not the heroic type, but he does stick through thick & thin. The problem was a twisty one & wound up well. While there's certainly room to continue the series, there wasn't any cliff hanger.

I'd like to give this 4 stars because it's the beginning of a good series & I usually bump t
I am not usually someone who likes reading about lawyers and courtroom dramas. My years watching Law and Order was strictly for the investigation and the hunky cops in uniform. I decided to read Open and Shut purely because of the fact that there is a dog character and the author is obviously an animal lover(I mean...27 dogs?! Holy cow). I was quickly hooked by the first few pages. Andy Carpenter is a sarcastic lawyer who often crosses the lines to make a point in the courtroom and he will do an ...more
Rex Fuller
Jul 31, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarcasm is the mode of telling this pretty darn good legal suspense story. Rosenfelt may not be a lawyer, and it shows a little bit. But to quibble about what he gets wrong foolishly ignores the far greater proportion that he gets right. It rings true as the gavel's bang. The main character Andy Carpenter wise-cracks his way through life and into the re-trial of a murder case reversed on appeal. As the story moves into the courtroom the smart-alec tone necessarily and mercifully tones down. The ...more
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt.

Andy's Dad taught him all there was to know about being a lawyer...a good lawyer. Then one day his Dad asked him to defend a man who he had sent to death row 7 years ago for killing a woman. This was indeed one of the strangest requests his Dad ever made but Andy would answer his Dad's request and go and meet this man, Willie Miller.

At the same time Andy's social life is taking some turns he didn't know were coming. His wife who he has been separated from shows
This book is entertaining. I'll give it that much. But there were several things about this novel that just didn't work (at least for me).
I seem to be in the minority, but I didn't like the protagonist, Andy Carpenter. For starters, almost immediately you find out that he is married, but sleeping with a co-worker. He attempts reconciliation with his wife, but you can tell it is a very half hearted attempt. His constant attempts at humor throughout the first person narrative, are at times funny,
OPEN AND SHUT (Legal Thriller) – G
David Rosenfelt – 1st book
Mysterious Press/Warner Books, 2002 – Hardcover
His father, a retired district attorney, asks without an explanation New Jersey Attorney Andy Carpenter to take on the appeals case of death row inmate Willie Miller, whom he had prosecuted. Andy’s father dies a few days later and leaves an inheritance of over $22 million, about which Andy had never known. When he discovers an old photo in his father’s possessions that seems to have a conne
Apr 07, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book one of the Andy Carpenter lawyer series that read like part crime novels and part standup comedy routines.

Evaluation: This is not only a really good crime novel, but a very, very funny book. I read this because I stumbled into the series at the end with the book Dog Tags, and knew at once this series was worth going back to the beginning, in spite of my obsessive/compulsive horror at going backwards in a series. But I love this guy! I can’t wait to read more!
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 27, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book- this is the first in the 'Andy Carpenter series' Andy is a defense attorney and his dad was a former DA.. When Andy's father, a former District Attorney, suddenly dies, Andy never expected to inherit 22 million dollars. Neither did he expect to be seeking a new trial for a man on death row who is there after Andy's father successfully prosecuted him. From there, the story grows and gets better and better.... If you ever read Harlan Coben's "Myron Bolitar" series.. this will 'a ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Aug 31, 2013 Mary Ronan Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am attracted to books that take place in New Jersey. I lived there for a while and I was a newspaper reporter and got around a bit, from Franklin Lakes to Paterson, Teaneck to Loveladies. So when I read Marcia's Goodreads review ( ) of David Rosenfelt's Open and Shut, and realized that the protagonist has a Golden Retriever, I borrowed the book from the library that very day.

When I got the book home I realized that I had already read it and that I enjoy
Aug 20, 2014 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2002-reads

We’ve all heard of an “open and shut” case. That’s when the evidence is so incontrovertible that the accused is convicted without a moment’s hesitation on the part of the judicial system. But what if the “open and shut” case has a crack in it? Is it possible that a person could somehow be wrongly convicted even in the face of overwhelming evidence against them?

That’s the situation that attorney Andy Carpenter faces. His father, a well-respected former district attorney, asks him to ha
Jun 21, 2011 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Rosenfelt writes about a defense attorney in New Jersey. My roommate read this book and then got the audio of book #2, which I listened to with her (breaking one of my "rules" about reading a series in order). So, reading this book, the first in the series, I had the voice of the narrator in my head. Sometimes this is bad, but in this case it was great. I would never had read the lines with the same amount of "smart ass sarcasm" that appear in the book, and I loved that I managed to put th ...more
Full review: Must read Rosenfelt's others now. This was excellent! I really like Andy, love Tara and Laurie. Much pity for many of the other characters for all the greed and victimization. I can appreciate Rosenfelt's theory that though the justice system isn't perfect, hopefully it helps more than it hurts. Though this doesn't consider the fact that you can typically get as much "justice" as you can afford...sad but true. Great writing and an enthrallin ...more
Kevin Bachovchin
When I was browsing the available audiobooks, this book caught my eye because I remembered David Rosenfelt from a book I read 10 years ago, Sudden Death (which is the 4th book in the Andy Carpenter series). I did like that book but for some reason I did not read any more books by the author until this one.

At any rate, I'm very glad I decided to listen to Open and Shut because I really liked it. There are two intertwined plots in this book: lawyer Andy Carpenter defending death row inmate Willie
May 12, 2016 Cherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great. It's entertaining, light and draws you in. Everything else took a back seat today so I could finish it. I'm not sure how I thought Tara the dog would feature in a lawyer mystery, but the one thing that disappointed me about the book was how little she featured. I heard about the series when I read the author's 'Lessons from Tara' and he wrote about how much his readers love the dog in the book, so I suppose I expected her to have a bigger role, somehow. I'm also disappointed that ...more
Arya Moaref
May 18, 2013 Arya Moaref rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Andy has been forced to go on a retrial of a case in which his prosecuted a man who was found guilty of a murder and was put on death row. Andy was now supposed to defend him. When his father finally dies, he starts to put clues together about the incident and starts to realize himself that maybe Willie, the man on death row, actually didn't commit the crime. He is also forced to choose between his ex-wife, Nicole, and ex-girlfriend/partner, Laurie. But he has only been given a small amou
Aug 22, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle, library, x2013
I was drawn to this series because of the mention of a golden retriever. What's not to like about a book that includes a golden? But then I find our lead character, Andy Carpenter, to be not only a smart aleck but (horrors) also a devout New York Yankees and Giants fan. How could I ever warm up to this character? Well, I did and will start down the trail of yet another series....

On sports rivalries: Today, the Yankees are playing the Red Sox. I used to hate the Red Sox, just like I hated the Ori
Jul 25, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up after reading and loving the 6th book of this series. That said I think that I enjoyed the 6th book more than this one but still liked this one a lot and will continue to read the rest in the series in order including probably rereading the 6th one as I was somewhat confused by a couple of the events that happened in the main character, Andy Carpenter's life. I was unsuccessful when I tried to go back to Play Dead to find the answers to my questions hence the reason I will ...more
Sep 14, 2013 Aoife rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-completion
This definitely started out as 2 or 2.5 stars but by the end I feel it can take 3 stars. I really only stuck with this book because it was the last day of my holidays and i wanted something that would be easy to read on the plane and the book itself isn't too big. I'm not a big fan of the style of writing in this book though it irritated me less as the book went on. I felt at the start that I was reading something by somebody who wanted to be an author but who wasn't quite good enough - the voic ...more
Mar 07, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished listening to this book! I really found it hard to find uninterrupted listening time, but when we went on vacation in February, I made it a point to restart it. I really liked it, and the narration was excellent.

Attorney Andy Carpenter agrees to represent Willy Martin, convicted of murdering a young woman, when his case is reopened. As Andy and his team build their defense, Andy discovers a secret his father had kept for almost 40 years. This secret, represented by a photo of s
May 02, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving this 4 stars for the audio book narration and 3.5 stars for the story. However, I will cut Rosenfelt a little slack since this was the first in the Andy Carpenter series and I know they get better.

This is a fast-paced series featuring Andy Carpenter, a wise-ass lawyer in New Jersey, whose best relationship is with his charming golden retriever, Tara. These are good for Patterson and Grisham fans, although they may be a little too much courtroom drama for Patterson readers and not enough
Aug 17, 2012 Lance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, David Rosenfelt's main character, Andy Carpenter, resembles the civilian equivalent of Lt. Daniel Kaffee (portrayed by Tom Cruise) in "A Few Good Men." He's given an impossible case to defend and relies heavily on teamwork to put the puzzle together. His trial skills are enough to keep him on the brink of contempt of court. How boring would he be any other way? I read the entire book in two days. Rosenfelts has an easy-to-follow style and doesn't waste time fluffing up the word count. I a ...more
I really enjoyed this mystery - and am very excited about it being the first book in a currently running series. I really like the narration style - it is clever and definitely funny. The book made me laugh and kept me guessing until nearly the end about how it would all turn out. I really enjoyed reading this - my only complaint is more about my own schedule than the book - I would have loved to have open and shut it in one sitting only! All in all, it is a fast and fun read - and I am really l ...more
Teena in Toronto
Oct 03, 2015 Teena in Toronto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy Carpenter is a lawyer. He and his wife, Nicole, split up six months ago and he's living alone with his dog, Tara. He has recently started dating his investigator, Laurie. Nicole wants to get back together and he's honour-bound to give it a try.

His dad, who is a former D.A., convinces him to take on the case of Willie Miller. Willie is on death row with less than two months to go for the murder of a young woman eight years ago. Andy's dad tells him to file an appeal to have the case reopened
Jan 03, 2015 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another twister from David Rosenfelt.
Jul 08, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Andy Carpenter loves going to the ballfield with his father. It takes him back to being 8 and not a care in the world. When his father dies at the game, Andy's world is shook. Before his fathers death, his dad asked him to take an appeals case of convicted murderer Willie Martin that he prosecuted 7 years ago.
While going through is fathers things, he comes across a picture of his father and 3 other men. Andy is intrigued by the photo since it is one that he has never seem before and the fact tha
Jennine Jones
Mar 04, 2012 Jennine Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you need an author to read just for fun, David Rosenfelt is your guy. After reading something emotional or heavy, sometimes I need something light and amusing. The Andy Carpenter books are perfect. I found myself laughing out loud. I also found myself "song talking" which can be very annoying to your friends. There is no offensive language, gratuitous violence or graphic sex. Just great stories which hold your interest and keep you smiling.
Kristy Budner
Sep 09, 2013 Kristy Budner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! This is the first book I've read by David Rosenfelt and it didn't disappoint. I thought I had it figured out halfway through the book but I only had it partially figured out. Also, I love this narrator, Grover Gardner (I read the audio book). Just downloaded the second in the Andy Carpenter attorney series and I plan to read the whole series. Very entertaining.
Carl Brookins
Jul 23, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent debut novel. Lawyer Andy Carpenter discovers a major secret when his dad drops dead at a baseball game. He's very wealthy. The whys and wherefores amid a legal wrestling match over a man scheduled to die on death row. Is he really innocent? Complicated story with hidden layers and relationships that add significant weight to a good story.
read it!
Feb 23, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an easy fun read if you're looking for a weekend to week-long mystery fiction. I'm glad it's first in a series because I'll enjoy following this character on other adventures. The narrative reminds me a lot of Murder She Wrote: a mystery with clues planted along the way, tied up neatly at the end, short and efficient.
Jul 28, 2014 Sheila rated it really liked it
New series for me. I had always thought this was a cozy, but nope. It was a very good courtroom drama story about a lawyer named Andy Carpenter defending a death row inmate in his appeal. His father was the original prosecutor that got his client Willie convicted for death. I liked this and will read more in the series.
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I am a novelist with 27 dogs.

I have gotten to this dubious position with absolutely no planning, and at no stage in my life could I have predicted it. But here I am.

My childhood was relentlessly normal. The middle of three brothers, loving parents, a middle-class home in Paterson, New Jersey. We played sports, studied sporadically. laughed around the dinner table, and generally had a good time. By
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