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Act of Revenge (Butch Karp #11)

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“Tanenbaum is one lawyer who can write with the best of them.”
—Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood Hills

“Tanenbaum is one hell of a writer.”
New York Post

“He has become a master of this genre, and Act of Revenge may be his most exciting and best effort to date.”
—Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

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ebook, 560 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published May 5th 1999)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.5* of five

This is a thriller written by a lawyer. Wait! Come back! It's not boring like most lawyerly fiction is!

Butch and Marlene, Tanenbaum's married sleuths, are back again and they're in fine fettle. I liked them when I first encountered them in No Lesser Plea quite a long time ago. They're a little Nick-and-Nora-y, but they strike out into new territory because she's got one helluva scary job: She's a protection specialist for abused women in jeopardy.

Wait! Come back! It's not lik
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm distressed to find that there are only two books left in this series that I haven't read. (The series has continued with other ghost writers after Michael Gruber stopped writing them in 2003, and I'm not especially interested in the newer ones.) This one is typical of Gruber's efforts, in that it involves multiple plots, apparently unrelated, which gradually gel into a single and complicated conclusion. We have Italian mobsters, Chinese gangs, Vietnamese gangs, the politics of the NY DA's of ...more
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The eleventh Karp/Ciampi adventure. Set as usual in New York, this mystery focuses on Chinatown, with Italian mob figures thrown in. Lucy (their child language prodigy) and Vietnamese uncle/gangster Tran are my favorite characters in this series, and are prominently featured here. And snippets of "the good old days" in labor-management relations. Written really by Michael Gruber, the language and plot are of a relatively high order especially when compared to the four most recent installments. A ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story of various crime in the New York City's District Attorney office featuring ADA Butch Karp, his wife, and an extensive cast of characters. Skillfully blends Chinese, Vietnamese, Italian, and Jewish cultures. Fast paced and enjoyable to read.
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book with the multiple items that eventually all tie in. I had not read the previous books in the series but felt I was given enough to understand the history of Karp and family. Definitely reading the rest.
Mark Shannon
Prosecutor Roger,"Butch", Karp and his security-savvy wife Marlene Ciampi have a wide range of criminal activities to occupy them in this legal thriller. First, there's the matter of the double homicide witnessed by their teenaged daughter Lucy. Then a high-ranking member of a New York city crime family is murdered behind the wheel of his car. Then a woman fleeing to a woman's shelter hires Marlene to look into the death of her father, a wealthy lawyer who was the last person to leap from the to ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful romp with Butch and Marlene, #11 of 24. These people are like old friends by now. Oh, there are evil bad guys doing things that take a while for our heroes to figure out, and even a rather severe concussion for Marlene and some danger to their children. Along with that, though, the family squabbles and pleasures of their rather uncommon lives are quite enjoyable to keep up with. One of the best parts for me was listening in on Marlene's conversations with her dog, Sweetie, a v ...more
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Butch and Marlene legal thriller. Never fear, all their usual friends, family, and coworkers are in here too. This book stuck to the formula of several seemingly unrelated events that eventually tie together. However, early on in the book the characters were starting to ponder that they may be related and the plots lines weren't as convoluted and confusing as they usually are. That is definitely a big plus. This book took me a long time to read because this is a busy time for me, n ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 "A good crappie book"
This was a clever and titillating book. The characters were stereotypical but I ignored that because the story flowed well. I've only read this book in the series so I feel like I missed some character development. The precocious genius daughter was definitely a good character but who wouldn't want Tran as a servent/sidekick. I'm not sure if I'd recommend it but it was entertaining
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, thriller, nyc
#11 in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series.

Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi legal thriller - Butch investigates the killing of a Bollano family capo; Marlene investigates the 25 year old suicide of Little Sally Bollano's father-in-law; daughter Lucy witnesses a Chinatown killing
Vicki Papworth
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thriller
No. 11 of Butch & Marlene
Paul Parkinson
Couldn't get past the 2nd chapter. So far, doesn't fit in with Connelly, etc.
Kristi Snapp
Hard to keep reading. Good night time reading when you want to go to bed. He thoroughly builds his story.
Michael edwards
A moderately engaging peek into the Asian gangster sub-culture and Italian mafia in NYC before the Internet era. Wife Marlene Ciampi and Vietnamese "fixer" Tran are the most compelling characters
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series, and this was a good addition
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another gem
Joe O'Connor
Good; Continuing characters: Prosecutor Butch Karp and family; Too long story of interactions between Chinese gangsters, Mafia, and the Karp's daughter.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story moves, good complicated plot.
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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 ...more
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Butch Karp (1 - 10 of 29 books)
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