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Leader of the Pack

(Andy Carpenter #10)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,679 ratings  ·  272 reviews
Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him ...more
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published June 17th 2012)
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May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2018-completed
From the cover of my eBook: ”Rosenfelt walks a line between pulse-pounding suspense and laugh-out-loud humor . . . One of the best in the business.” –Associated Press

I have only said this myself through each of my last 9 reviews of Mr. Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series. And I will say it again: What they (AP) said.

The suspense is of the white-knuckles variety, and the witty humour arrives just in time to save those knuckles from cracking under the pressure of intensity. And then there’s Tara, An
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not at all believable but good fun.
Steven Walle
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The Leader of The Pack is an Andy Carpenter novel. Andy Carpenter is a very rich lawer who gets to pick and choose his cases because of his wealth. He would much rather be betting sports, eating pizza and drinking than work. He is drawn back into a case he lost six years previous causing his client to go to prison for life. He gets tangled up with the bad doings of the mob trying to exonerate his client.
This book had much humor and was a delightful read.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Freda Malone
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Without giving it away, this is another good 'Andy' courtroom read. Plenty of twists and turns and focuses on the local Mafia Dons, Solarno and Desimone.

There wasn't much of Edna (Admin assistant) in this one and I was thankful for that. Sam's (the sing song lyrical accountant) life's in danger in this story but we are still not seeing his lyrics in print again, so disappointing. Marcus (bodyguard) is still one big bad dude and is always looking out for the team. Laurie (Andy's love) doesn't ha
Better than the last one, about the same as the rest of the series. Well read & very twisty. This is the last I can get at this time. It was a fun series to listen to - legal murder mysteries with dogs & a fun, self-deprecating hero. The other characters are all memorable, if somewhat overblown, too. They're fun reads.
Kristen N.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
David Rosenfelt is a briliant writer of mystery. I love a good mystery, but have a hard time finding many that just grab me. Leader of the Pack is the 10th book in the Andy Carpenter series, but can be enjoyed as a stand alone if you so choose. Andy is a rescuer of Golden Retrivers and lawyer who is well off enough to pick when he takes a case. Leader of the Pack is full of twists and turns to keep you guessing. I was so rivited with the 10th book in the series I will defenantly be starting from ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, mystery, suspense
No one combines humor with suspense quite like David Rosenfelt. In this installment in the Andy Carpenter series, Andy discovers some new evidence that allows for a retrial of one his clients, now imprisoned for six years. Though his father is in the mob, Joey insists he never entered the family business. Much happens in this mystery: murders, drug running, kidnapping, near murders, rescues, a trial, and therapy dog visits, among other things. But don’t forget the humor that is liberally sprinkl ...more
Erin L
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal
It's interesting as I power read (listen) my way through this series trying to catch up that I find I'm not as bored with the plot and characters as I would be with some other series. I'm still enjoying this. Andy and Tara still make me smile and Marcus still makes me laugh.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: courtroom
Andy doesn't have to take cases, but he does have clients in prison. And he does want to make things right by freeing his client and exposing a major conspiracy. Joey DeSimone is a special case involving a disaster in South America.
Pamela Kramer
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give this more than 5 stars!

"Leader of the Pack" by David Rosenfelt is the tenth (that's right, tenth!) entry in Rosenfelt's "Andy Carpenter Mystery" series. And it's every bit as clever, funny, suspenseful, adventurous, funny, witty, funny, unique, funny, entertaining, enjoyable, and funny as the first one, "Open and Shut." It's really funny.

Rosenfelt's -- and therefore Andy's -- brand of self-deprecating dry humor is the single characteristic that sets these novels apart from thos
Paul Pessolano
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
“Leader of the Pact” by David Rosenfelt, published by Minotaur Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is the ninth novel of David Rosenfelt featuring Andy Carpenter.
Andy is an attorney that has inherited a fortune. He only works cases when he wants to, and only those that interest him. These cases are usually cases that would be unwinnable.

Six years ago Andy defended Joey Desimone and lost. Joey has now spent six years in prison. Joey was accused of killing Richard and Karen Solerno. Joey was hav
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hey, what a glorious happy ending! Though the villains are able to execute the means they are foiled from achieving the end due to last minute deductions by Andy Carpenter, the rich and therefore lazy lawyer who is once again forced to take on a case.
What difference does it make that the successful execution of the means by the villains results in 20,000 or more deaths and more than 200,000 displacements in Peru. It is still a happy ending as the villains are prevented from making a few dollars
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
#10 in the Andy Carpenter mystery series. Started out reading #5 but couldn't find anything in between so thought I would give it another try, only #10 was available. Andy Carpenter, lawyer, millionaire and part owner of a dog rescue organization has found himself looking back at cases that he lost in court. One case that has stuck with him is Joey Desimone, (mafia) family ties and convicted of a double homicide. Andy never felt he was guilty and after digging into the case 3 years later as a fa ...more
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was thrilled to be able to spend some time with Andy Carpenter and Laurie once again. It turns out that even though Andy has lost a few cases he doesn't forget his clients and he periodically goes to visit them in jail. His client, Joey Desimone has ties to a mafia family which certainly weighed into having him convicted. After serving six years in jail, Andy still believes strongly that Joey is innocent of the double murder that he is accused of. Laurie has talked Andy into using his dog, Tar ...more
June Ahern
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
It is my first read of David Rosenfelt and the book was entertaining enough that I might take another stab at one of his other novels. It's about, Andy Carpenter, a lawyer rich enough not to have to work, but driven enough (or egotistical enough) to work a case or two.

His client, Joey who comes from a Mob family but hasn't gone into it and has already done a number of years for double homicide or which he claims innocence (don't they all?). Andy can't let the client do time for what he also fee
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5* When one still has 60 pages of the current book to read, it is not a good sign to find one's mind wandering and starting to fantasize about the next (hopefully, better) book one is going to read. Except for the last 20 or so pages, where an interesting twist is introduced, this book felt like it was phoned in. The usual characters receive very little time or development here-- if this is your first Andy Carpenter book, you might be wondering what the history and personalities are for folks ...more
I absolutely adore the Andy Carpenter series and reading this tenth installment makes for a lovely way to spend an evening. The series title character continues to be as charming and hilarious as ever as the main narrator for the series - and his faithful assorted cast of characters (girlfriend, Laurie, partner-in-business Willie, accountant Sam and more) all make memorable appearances here, too. It’s like catching up with old friends! And while the mafia plot runs toward the predictable side of ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
With this latest instalment in the series we rejoin Andy Carpenter et al in their latest quest for justice. This time around it’s Joey Desimone who brings Andy out of his voluntary semi-retirement. Andy defended Joey when he was accused of a double murder. Through a curious set of circumstances Andy becomes privy to information that may prove Joey truly is innocent. Andy needs to follow that information, which as usual, lands him in some sort of trouble. This time is with “the mob”.

As with many
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Leader of the Pack by David Rosenfelt.

The two reasons why I keep coming back for another Andy Carpenter mystery actually isn't the mystery. It's Andy's love for Tara his dog and his sarcastic humor. This story was no exception to those reasons. Humor throughout the book kept a smile on my face. I so enjoyed Andy & Tara's walks together while conversing about his case. Andy would give Tara a run down of the situation and Tara might move her head in a direction as Andy decidedly took that as T
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This was not one of my favorite Andy Carpenter books, but I still enjoyed it. It had Rosenfelt's trademark dry humor, fast pace, and of course, Tara, so I was not disappointed. However, I could not get past Andy watching a news segment about a disaster in Peru and having the "aha" moment all of a sudden. It didn't seem like there was enough there to have that type of moment and it was a bit far-fetched. This by no means will detract me from continuing to read the series, as this is one of my fav ...more
Michelle Johnson
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quick read. I enjoyed Andy’s narration, self-depreciating humor and quit wit. His relationship with his Golden Retriever, Tara, is amusing and likable. I accidentally chose book 10 out of the series to read first. I now want to go back to the beginning. Mystery is my favorite genre but I like that this mystery also included a lot of humor.
Dave Hoff
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A Golden Retriever and a Defense lawyer. The dog is used to befriend old senile invalids and a very old mob guy discloses some information to the dog about a 6 yr. old case the lawyer had lost. Rest of book about murders, gun & drug running. falling in out of the mob members. book good, but fell apart at the last I felt.
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining. Andy at his best. Marcus at his most talkative.
Julie  Durnell
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Always a fun read! Interesting plot with New Jersey mob family.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great story with the very likable Andy Carpenter and his crew ... some interesting and unexpected twists and turns.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leader of the Pack is Andy Carpenter story with two different twists. The first is that there is no new dog. The canine focus is on Tara who debuts in her new role as a therapy dog, bringing comfort and evoking warm memories for the elderly around New Jersey. The second twist you will just have to read for yourself... The plot of Leader of the Pack revolves around a former client whose trial for murder Andy lost years ago. Spurred by guilt or compassion, Andy continues to visit Joey in prison ju ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Rosenfelt has scored big with this one. In sddtition to Adny and Laurie, Vince, Pete, Sam and Marcus and Hike- Andy does his best to get a man formerly charged and found guilty of murder to have a 2nd trial based on new evidence. There is chicanery involved, and lots of twists and turns in this own, the FBI are invovled as well a other countries. There is connedction to a militia group and unexpected cheating and lying and lots of actions and Any Carpenter is again witty and caught in the ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun romp with Andy Carpenter and his faithful band of helpers and his trusty dog. He revisits a case he was involved in years before. The man he defended was convicted and Andy believes new evidence suggests that he may be innocent. He comes upon this when he takes his dog to the hospital to be a therapy animal and hears some information from a patient.
The more he looks into the case the more he is convinced to help get the man a new trial and free him. He discovers the victim of this m
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love the characters in this book. This is an Andy Carpenter book and you can't help but enjoy his wry sense of humor. Andy is back in court having winning a new trial for mobster Joey Desimone. It all started with a therapy visit to Nicky Fats, a member of the Desimone crime family who while suffering from dementia lets slip that he was at fault for Joey's conviction. That starts Andy and his merry band of friends down a very dangerous path. Great read!
Andy Carpenter series, book #10. I really enjoy this series. In this one Andy is visiting a former client, Joey, who was sentenced to prison for killing his girlfriend and her husband. Joey convinces Andy to visit Joey's demented uncle Nick. In a rare moment of lucidity, Uncle Nick indicates that Joey is innocent. The statement intrigues Andy and he decides to research it but everyone in his wake keep dying.
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