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Bad Faith (Butch Karp #24)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  482 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
A parent’s worst nightmare sets the stage for the exhilarating new thriller in Robert K. Tanenbaum’s New York Times bestselling Butch Karp series. New York District Attorney Butch Karp has no qualms about putting David and Nonie Ellis on trial following the excruciating death of their young son, Micah. To him, the case is cut-and-dried—reckless manslaughter. Helpless ten-y ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published June 1st 2012)
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Vannessa Anderson
Bad Faith was a great read and had everything you would want to read in a crime thriller!

New York is about to be blown up, again, and to prevent this, Butch Karp has to work with mastermind criminal Nadya Malvo to get the answers he needs to save the city. Meanwhile, Marlene Clampi Karp is peeling away the layers to learn the true identity of the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord. McCord learns the names of children who are about to die then approach their parents and convince them that pray
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal, crime, nyc
#24 in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series. The new business centers around the death of a young boy whose parents refused medical treatment for him on religious grounds (and coercion by their pastor). Karp argues that this isn't religious freedom but parental neglect and brings charges of reckless manslaughter against the parents. In old business, terrorist Nadya Malovo returns and with the help of the Sons of Man (Malice - 2007) intends to free Andrew Kane (Hoax - 2004) and murder Karp. Also ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-vernie
"Woop, woop, oh boy, oh boy...." Dirty Warren might just be our favorite character among the interesting and adventurous friends of the Karp-Ciampi clan. Really enjoyed this book as it focused on controversial topics and prompted a lot of discussion between us as we read. Parental rights vs. parental neglect, religious belief vs. criminal acts, justice system failures vs. vigilante justice....and the list goes on. Along the way are the characters you love to hate, the serial killers you somehow ...more
Alison Sullivan
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Walt by: POWELL'S SAILY DOSE
Those who prefer subtlety should avoid bestseller Tanenbaum's 24th thriller featuring New York County DA Roger 'Butch' Karp (after 2011's Outrage). When Karp decides to prosecute Nonie and David Ellis for reckless manslaughter because they denied their 10-year-old son appropriate medical care on religious grounds, he incites the wrath of the Rev. C.G. Westlund, 'God's emissary at the End of Days Reformation Church of Jesus Christ.' Meanwhile, evil Nadya Malovo (aka Ajmaani), who's in custody, is ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Nostalgic for the good old days? Don't start this book, trying to read it will just make you feel bad. Once upon a time, long, long ago, this series developed a fascinating cast of characters, interwoven investigations, prosecution prep and courtroom drama, with a consistent touch of paranormal/mystical/religious action.

Now, wooden characters developed by lengthy descriptions rather than activity, cartoonish evildoers, pathetically stupid Islamic terrorists, thwarted by well meaning and not ver
Lydia Lewis
I haven't read Tannenbaum in a while. I used to love this cast of characters, but this one just didn't do it for me.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started reading the Butch Karp series decades ago, and was hooked. But lately, the author has lost something. He created an intriguing cast of characters with Butch, Marlene, their kids, Tran, John Jojoba, David Grale, and more. However, when every character reappears in every book, there is less room for plot development, and too much time spent playing with stereotyping. In this book, Tran and Jojoba, both dark characters, are reduced to wisecracking sidekicks. The excitement of the plot poi ...more
Ordinarily anything out of the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series is a 4 or 5 star review from me, but I'm starting to fade on the counter terrorist angle that has been emerging lately...I much prefer the legal thriller part of the recent novels that have been ripped from the headlines...they provide a legal philosophy and a moral philosophy that is presented in both an educational manner and entertaining...In this one we have a clash regarding religious liberties and child welfare...the terror an ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Catching up on this series over Christmas break

I loved this novel! Tanenbaum keeps stunning readers with new and shocking plots for Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi and family. This novel brought back his "Mole People" characters from past books. And he brought them back with a vengeance. If you are a reader of this series, keep reading; if you're not a fan yet, go start with the first book! You will not be disappointed.
This one (#24) is considerably better than the previous one in this series (#23). Plot and pacing are good, and although the writing strikes me as sappy occasionally, the characters, most of whom have appeared in previous episodes, are well drawn. There are two interwoven plot lines here. One is the continuing saga of a vicious terrorist conspiracy; the other centers around a con artist posing as a faith healer. One more book (#25) and I'll be caught up.
Susan J Forsyth
Bring back Michael Gruber

Who you ask? Gruber was the primary author of the Butch Karp novels until we got to the early 20s of the series. All the wonderful character development is gone in the newer ones. Still an interesting story, but the vocabulary shoes from big words and thoughts about philosophy and the soul. Please bring the original ghostwriter back to these factories
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a bookmobile book Though this is one of my favorite series, I didn't think that it was as good as usual. I have another one on nook--when I get to it. This involved children with incurable disease, crooked minister, a new arch enemy, Lucy, but not her mother or brothers, and more of Butch Karp than sometimes. It was still quite entertaining.
Marilyn Tafro
I love all the books in this series. Butch Karp is a wonderful character as the Manhattan District Attorney and there are so many other wonderful characters also, from Dirty Warren, Booger, David Grale to Tran, not to forget Lucy and Marlene. I missed the twins in this book, but I am sure they will be back in the next.
Nancy Banfield
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series. Two main stories. Enjoyed part where religion and medical care crossed leading to court room - that is where Tanenbaum shines. But part on terrorism was not as enjoyable or believable. Looking forward to reading "Tragic" next in this series.
Fredrick Danysh
New York District Attorney puts a couple on trail after they deny medical care for their child and the child dies as a result. During the investigation it is discover that the couple's reverend stood to gain financially with the child's death.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual very good read with our old friends Butch, Marlene, the kids, Ray and Fulton. This time it's the continuing story of the terrorist Malovo while concurrently addressing the issue of the death of a child by an evangelist. Good read.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although there was some of the terrorist plot stuff that's not my favorite, I thought the trial stuff made the book worthwhile reading. After reading the ending of this book, I am hopeful there will be no more terrorist stuff, at least for a while.
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the series and relate well to the main characters. Painful topic (child death) but it had twists & side plots enough for even the most knowledgeable mystery lover to keep reading on...recommended.
John Hanscom
More like 3 1/2. It was an exciting enough story, but is the gazzillionth in a series, and sort of assumed the reader had knowledge of things in past books. It was not bad enough to be confusing; it was more I felt left out as others sahred "insider information."
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ronald C.
Characters, other then the Karp/Ciampi family, get more and more bizarre. As usual, there are two different story lines, one being the courtroom drama and the other, the terrorist plots. It is still a good read.
Marylee Raymond
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful Marlene Ciampi mystery.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aarf-yuck-ugh
Too much dialogue, different stories--all over the place.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great vacation read. Really enjoyed the mixed up story that ppulls together. Will read more of his books.
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kept me spell bound for the duration of the read. my first tanenbaum novel, well definitely be reading more.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Series jumped the shark.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2012 must be the year of the religious writers, which does not a good novel make. Even when wound around the fear of terrorism there is no saving grace if you will. 0 of 10 stars
Author seems to be in a bit of a rut with these characters.
Can't go wrong with one of Tanenbaum's thrillers! Always enjoy his eclectic cast of characters.
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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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