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Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter #8)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,805 ratings  ·  219 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
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
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.
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
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
I really liked the story of Billy and Milo. It was a really touching story. It was also well written.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Natasha  Briggs
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Spinster by: previous books by the author
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Only way to improve the series is to throw in a cat or two. :)
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
Paul Pessolano
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
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
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
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
Mary Gramlich
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
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
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
I am of two minds about this book. A part of me liked the fast pace, careful plotting, and North Jersey locations I'm familiar with; another part of me got irritated with the flat characters and predictable, nonstop wisecracking.

It's a quick read and entertaining. If that's what you're looking for, this lawyer-detective story will fill the bill. However, if you're looking for moral compass or well developed characters, skip it. The falsely-accused defendant, around whom the story revolves, is n
The most recent in the Andy Carpenter series. Billie Zimmerman is a former policeman and owner of his K-9 partner, a German Shepherd named Milo. Billie is also a veteran who has returned from the Iraqi war w/ one less leg and no job. Milo is trained to grab items from a person's hand, i.e. a gun or wallet and this is a handy skill for robbers. Billie spots his retired ex-CO, who he believes was responsible for the explosion that cost Billie a leg, waiting for someone to exchange something valuab ...more
Shazza Maddog
Mr. Rosenfelt came recently to speak at our main library and was an amazingly engaging speaker. And, after the talk, I figured I ought to read a couple of his books. So. Dog Tags.

Billy Zimmerman is an Iraqi veteran. Discharged from the MPs having his leg blown off in Iraq, he returned to the States only to find out that he'd no longer even be able to be a beat cop, despite his speed and agility with his prosthesis. Retiring, along with his dog, Milo, who'd served with him in Iraq, Billy takes up
I've read a number of the books in the Andy Carpenter series, though not in order, and I enjoyed this one quite a bit. In fact, I think this might be one of the few series that gets better or at least maintains its quality as it goes on. Carpenter is tasked with defending a German Shepherd, Milo, who is a former police dog and has remained with his former officer in retirement. The officer, Billy, is also retired, after an injury while serving in the military, and has used his partner's training ...more
Just happened upon this book while trying to find something interesting on audio. Wow, I'm so glad I did! Apparently this is part of a series and it's #8, but I wasn't confused about the characters because I started with this one. The story is about a defense attorney, Andy Carpenter, who among other things loves dogs. Loves them so much he has a side business rescuing, caring for and adopting out dogs. In this book, a German Shepherd former police/military dog witnesses a murder and his owner, ...more
Lynnette Phillips
Dog Tags plot yields all the twists and turns critical to great legal suspense combined with wit, banter and gripping courtroom scenes. Andy Carpenter takes on only cases that appeal to him and being the dog lover he is he can’t resist defending Milo, the police dog slash canine thief. Milo has been locked up under armed guard for working with his best friend Billy, an ex-cop and Iraq war veteran turned thief.

Billy Zimmerman has been arrested for murder but feels Milo needs Andy’s services more
I never read this series until last year and it immediately became an instant favorite for me. I love Andy's wisecracks and the fringe characters, but what I love most is Andy's love for his dog.....or any dog for that matter! And the stories are always first rate. This one starts out with Andy petitioning the court for the release of Milo, a former K9 dog, who was retired into the hands of Billy Zimmerman. Billy was a former standup cop who volunteered for service in Iraq, and then got his leg ...more
I really like this series, but this one wasn't one of the best. I'm not fond of books that switch back and forth between third-person and first-person narration, and it's especially confusing on an audiobook with a single voice for both perspectives. (This story could easily have been told all in first person, like the others, by having the other characters report to Andy what happened to them.) I also didn't enjoy the international conspiracy aspect of this novel -- I prefer mysteries where the ...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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