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Play Dead by David Rosenfelt
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Aug 08, 07

bookshelves: legal_thriller, mystery, new_jersey, contemporary_post_1945, male_author
Read in July, 2007

PLAY DEAD (Legal Thriller-Andy Carpenter-New Jersey-Cont) – G+
Rosenfelt, David – 6th in series
Warner Books, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:9780446582414
First Sentence: “Andy, you’re not going to believe this.”
*** Attorney Andy Carpenter’s love of gold retrievers leads to his taking on a case. Richard Evans is serving life in prison for supposedly murdering his fiancée, dumping her body, as well as his dog, overboard from the boat they were on and then attempting suicide. But five years later, the dog turns up alive and Richard’s sister convinces Andy to look at the case. When someone tries to shoot Andy, he’s even more convinced the pieces just don’t fit.
*** Andy is a delightful character, surrounded by other delightful characters; sometimes almost too much so. Fortunately, it is interesting legal cases, particularly the first one in this book, and trial information that saves this book from being cute. The premise is close to being over the top, but Rosenfelt walks that fine line with the skill of an aerialist. At any point where they story might start to wander off, the action picks up and takes you down a new road. Being from there, I always enjoy his descriptions of New Jersey and the wryness in his character and dialogue are perfect. This was not my very favorite of all his books, but I did definitely enjoy it.

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