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Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter #8)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,197 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner--an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief--is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have b ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published August 25th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Freda Malone
Aug 18, 2015 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the way David Rosenfelt writes his stories. I like that he incorporated canines and keeps Andy Carpenter on his toes. The stories are starting to feel similar now (this is the 8th book in this series) and there is a certain uniformed dialogue. It begins with Andy refusing to take a case, ends up taking the case, puts his team and himself in danger, digs deeper to exonerate his client, and by some miracle is able to not only solve the crime but gets his client a huge amount of mone ...more
Minty McBunny
Apr 10, 2015 Minty McBunny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, april-2015
Rosenfelt is nothing if not reliable. Each time I pick up a book in the Andy Carenter series, I am treated to a fast-paced, entertaining, witty & enjoyable legal thriller with a side of dog-lover. This book was better than the previous one in the series, not as great as some, but certainly a good yarn. I enjoyed it a great deal.
Nov 10, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
Re-readable & I have. One of my favorite author's. In print or audio he's interesting, amusing & doesn't write nearly fast enough. This series is his most popular. Reader, Grover Gardner, is Andy Carpenter the same way Lew Cariou is Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly's series. Perfect voice to character matches in interesting, often compelling, storylines.Recommended! 2010 ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle, library, x2014
Books in the Andy Carpenter series never disappoint especially when a dog is at the center of the action. Milo, a German Shepherd, more than earns his doggie treats in this one!

Opening Lines
It felt so much like being a cop. The fact that the two occupations were so similar was an irony that was never lost on Billy Zimmerman, who was certainly in a unique position to know. Until three years ago, he was a cop. Now he was a thief.

Andy on sports...
My attitude toward sports has evolved as I've grown
Feb 16, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I think this is his best although the first "dog" named books he wrote infuriated me because he is supposed to be this big time dog lover and was writing of "chewies"- leather pieces that eventually dry out and shrink in a dogs intestines and can kill it mercilessly with an agonising death so most dog lovers hate them and he keeps writing about using tennis balls to play with a large dog, which , if they bounce back hard on a grab like my German Shepherd did once, they stick in the throat and ca ...more
Mary Gramlich
Oct 03, 2010 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing
This story keeps you guessing, reading and amazed all at the same time

Andy Carpenter is sure he knows everything about himself; he wealthy enough to choose who he will represent, he loves his girlfriend Laurie Collins and he is a dog lunatic especially where his beloved Tara is concerned. He is not sure how he would rank those in importance but he is pretty sure Laurie would win this competition but Tara is a sweetheart. What Andy also knows is he really does not like to work much but keeps gett
Dec 27, 2014 Jmlwallis rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story of Billy and Milo. It was a really touching story. It was also well written.
May 25, 2016 Paula rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Stars
I chose this randomly when looking for something to listen to at work. (My library does online audiobooks).

This is the first Andy Carpenter book I've read and it was brilliant. The reader definitely helped as the accents were well-done and the timing perfect.

To the book itself... This is book 8 in the series. I knew ZERO about the characters before this, but I missed nothing. They were all introduced and the basics covered in a casual yet entertaining way (he earned his money by rollin
This is terrific detective fiction. It is written in a James Patterson type style with short 3 to 4 page chapters, but it is consistently intelligent, funny and engaging. And it has dogs!
Andy is a lawyer with a lot of money, a great sense of humor and a lazy streak. He would prefer not to work but when he gets called about a dog being kept under 24 hour guard in a small run he decides to take the case. His client's name is Milo and he was involved in a crime in which a murder was committed. Milo
Apr 30, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, dogs
What I like most about this series is what is NOT in the books. The dogs don't talk (even to each other), they are not the detectives who solve the mystery, and they don't act like people (playing pool or wearing deer stalker hats. I hate it when that happens.

The story is complicated and convoluted with only just enough dog in the book, this time with Tara taking a back seat to guest-dog Milo. Although the picture of a German Shepherd on the dust jacket looks just like the bad photos my mother
Sep 21, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it
Billy Zimmerman was a police officer in Paterson NJ and then he put his career on hold to fight in Iraq. He lost a leg when a young girl, used as a suicide bomber, blew up and killed several people including an Iraqi official who was to investigate and remove oil industry corruption.

After Zimmerman's recovery and return to the States he tries to go back into the police force but is rebuffed and told all he could have is a desk job. That is not good enough for him so he leaves the police force.
Arthur Okun
Feb 12, 2016 Arthur Okun rated it really liked it
Quote from David Rosenfelt:"I've got a thing about dogs, I am totally
and completely crazy about dogs.Maybe it's because I've spent a lot
of time dealing with the criminal justice system,but the average dog
I know is paws and shoulders above MY Species"
A veteran from the was in Iraq lost his leg. Billy Zimmerman was a former cop
but with one leg he was out---and his military life was also gone. So he and his military trained police dog turned to a thievery.However,Milo,this beautiful police dog and
Dan Downing
Jan 23, 2016 Dan Downing rated it really liked it
It is difficult for me to remember just how good Rosenfelt and his Andy Carpenter stories are. With four on the shelf and three on the 'to be read' platform, I have been avoiding this title since 2010; I honestly have no idea why. Having read it, my problem will be holding off on the other two.

Rosenfelt has surrounded Carpenter with a cast of characters all of whom have been fully realized at some point, although while they all may appear here, not all are given starring roles. This is as it sho
Aug 15, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
If a client has a cold nose and four legs Andy Carpenter just can't help himself. He has to get involved to help. Pete comes and asks Andy to help a friends dog get out of the pound. Andy finds Milo a police trained German Sheppard behind bars with an armed guard. What would a dog need with an armed guard is a question that Andy asks only to find out that Milo and his owner are in deeper trouble than what is on the surface.
Billy Zimmerman, Milo's owner, is an ex-cop who while serving in Irag los
Connie D
Feb 06, 2016 Connie D rated it really liked it
This is a humorous, fast-paced mystery, filled with a variety of canine and human sidekicks, evildoers, and heroes. It's the 8th in the series and the first I've read, but reading it out of order is no problem.

As usual, I don't like to give any of the story away, but Andy Carpenter defends both a man and his canine partner for crimes, murder and theft respectively. It's a much more complicated than "simple" murder and involves a suicide bomber in Iraq, hit men, conspiracies, and so on. I didn't
Another fun legal mystery. This one stars a retired cop, a dog. Fun & interesting. Well read, perfect to listen to while mowing & weeding. On to the next. Only 2 more to go.
Feb 28, 2016 Opa rated it really liked it
It has been fun binge reading Rosenfelt's books. I am not done yet. Thank you Cathy for turning me on to this author.
Natasha  Briggs
Jun 25, 2015 Natasha Briggs rated it really liked it
Milo is an ex police dog with quite the story. He and his owner Billy,an Iraq war vet witness a killing and their lives change for good after that.

Milo becomes such an important part of the police investigation that he gets his own personal bodyguard around the clock. Billy enlists the help of an attorney Andy Carpenter to try and get them out of the sticky situation they are in. Milo gets locked up and Billy gets charged with murder. Andy now has o figure out how to free Milo and get Billy off
Aug 06, 2011 Spinster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Spinster by: previous books by the author
Shelves: mystery
Only way to improve the series is to throw in a cat or two. :)
Bruce Nordstrom
Oct 25, 2015 Bruce Nordstrom rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I feel sort of disappointing with my reaction to this book. I needed so leisure reading after a couple "heavies," and this dog story sounded like a natural.

But I could not finish it. The plot--Twisty. Intricate. Constantly changing. Crimes might not have been committed. Very interesting theft: The dog stole my envelope!

There is nothing there to taste. Characters are not described. Nor are locations. People come in, and say things, and who cares? I was bored by page 100, and by 150 I decided I go
Sep 27, 2014 Kathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Billy ex-cop and Iraq war veteran returns home and is able to adapt his retiring German Shepherd police dog Mylo. Together they commit petty thefts - the dog grabs things and runs. They get mixed up in a theft which turns into murder and something far bigger than Billy imagined. The murder was committed by someone else but Billy is charged with the crime. Billy goes to jail and the dog is impounded with a police guard. Billy hired attorney Andy Carpenter to get the dog out of "jail". Later Andy ...more
Teena in Toronto
Dec 16, 2015 Teena in Toronto rated it liked it
Billy is an ex-cop and Iraq war vet, who lost his leg in a bombing. Since he has been back in the States, he hasn't been able to get a job so turns to stealing along with his ex-partner, his dog Milo. One night, Billy's ex-boss in Iraq is murdered and Billy is found next to the body and his fingerprints are on the gun. No one believes Billy when he says he had tried to save the victim and he is arrested. Milo had run off and was put in a shelter when he was found.

Andy is a dog-loving lawyer. His
Paul Pessolano
Feb 04, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
Billy Zimmerman has returned for Vietnam. Three years ago he was on the police force, but Billy lost his left leg to a bomb and has now turned thief. The real "thief" turns out to be his best friend, his dog Milo.

Billy and Milo find themselves both in jail when their plans go bad.

Andy Carpente is asked to represent Milo. Andy is an animal lover and very concerned over the fate of Milo, especially since Milo is being guarded around the clock.

Andy finds that Milo, in attempting a robbery, got his
Jun 17, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
From the quote on the back, "I've got a thing about dogs; I am totally and completely crazy about them... maybe its because I've spent a lot of time dealing with the criminal justice system, but the average dog I know is paws and shoulders above my species. " And I completely agree of course, which should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. Even better, this is the 8th in the series, and I plan to go back and get them all.

Of course, this won't appeal for everyone. The main character is
Jul 27, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
This is the last book in the Andy Carpenter series at least until later this year and I have to say that I liked them all. Another fun and easy read. As I've said before they can be read individually of each other and I think they may be even better that way because Rosenfelt's character build in each story can be a be a bit redundant reading them as a series. That said I found that this book perhaps did not do that as much. I also have to say, and I'm not sure if I'm just having a brain cramp, ...more
Shells Walter
Mar 09, 2011 Shells Walter rated it it was amazing
Andy Carpenter is back in Rosenfelt's new book, Dog Tags. In the lastest installment of this lawyer series, Carpenter is asked to defend a specific kind of client, a dog named Milo. Milo is a German Shepard who has special abilities that was trained by an ex-cop turned thief Billy Zimmerman who is concerned that either someone will take Milo because he is so trained or Milo will be put down. Both Zimmerman and Milo are so called 'arrested' for a murder/theft that occurred one night. It is now up ...more
I just finished listening to DOG TAGS written by David Rosenfelt and narrated by the very talented Grover Gardner and once again these two men provided me with hours of amusing entertainment. A crime has been committed and there’s a dog named Milo involved, so it’s a safe bet that Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter’s life is headed for calamity in one form or another. Milo, it seems, is a trained thief and his latest heist has been interrupted by a murder. Now Milo now finds himself “in jail” under ...more
Jun 22, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt got off to a slow start for me and but after I got to know the characters, I sat back enjoyed the story. I didn’t like that he didn’t know that chocolate is bad for dogs and also wondered about the Iraq war vet who stole for a living. I know it happens in real life but does the main character have to agree that this is acceptable?

Milo, a retired German shepherd retired from the police forces because of age, sees a murder and is danger of being put down if his Iraq war
Oct 18, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Dog Tags is author David Rosenfelt’s eighth comic legal thriller in this series and it picks up several months after New Tricks ended. Andy Carpenter is a defense attorney who can afford to be picky about the cases he chooses to take on because he inherited a rather large sum of money when his father died. He has also made a small fortune on his own by taking on a few high profile cases over the years. When his detective friend Pete calls him in to check out an ex-cop/ war veteran friend of his ...more
Melanie (aka Serial Reader)
Andy Carpenter, lawyer for the dogs, and his investigative team get involved with a german shepherd named Milo and his owner Billy Zimmerman, a former cop/military police officer turned thief. Billy goes down for an apparent homicide with the only apparent witness to the crime, Milo. The story has twists and turns and lots of players, one who happens to be noticeably out of the picture. Kevin, Andy's second chair, has gotten married and is off to Bangladesh with his wife, so Andy hires another l ...more
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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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