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Absolute Rage

(Butch Karp #14)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  55 reviews
"While New York City sizzles beneath a blanket of early summer humidity, the Karp family is happily taking refuge in their renovated farmhouse on Long Island's north shore. Karp's battles against the City's corrupt politicans are never-ending. His wife, Marlene, is training guard dogs on their picturesque acreage; Lucy is enjoying her summer break from Boston College and ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published August 1st 2002)
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Nancy Zorn
Oct 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm not sure how the title relates to the story, but it's what I felt by the time I finished reading this book...all 452 pages. It was nearly 100 annoying pages before the family was murdered. (Couldn't they have killed everyone and just called it a day?) Boring details about a West Virginia mining union. I kept thinking those details must figure prominently into the story...nope. Then there's D.A. Butch Karp and his annoying family. The eighteen year old daughter who speaks 48 languages. Twin ...more
Nancy Ellis
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book, not only in the series, but also in the genre. Previous books have included more humor, poking fun at characters, places, etc., and have also generally mainly focused on two or three of Butch's family members. This one, however, involves every family member and several colleagues and friends, old and new, in a darker and much more somber story line.

Marlene has left her bodyguard work in NYC and has purchased a farm away from the city where she is breeding and training mastiffs
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
It's been quite sometime since I encountered the Karp family and I'm happy to find them pretty much where I left off despite missing a few books between here and there. Naturally, there have been changes in their lives but Butch Karp is still the moral, law abiding DA, his wife Marlene is now running a dog training program and willing to cross the line to achieve her own form of moral justice. They're still struggling to balance this with the love they have for each other and family life. Their ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great short book in this series. Marleen and Butch and family may face its most trying time yet. Of all places in the backwoods of West Virginia!
S. Lynham
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Every one of the books in this series are fun to read...Butch and Marlene are a very unusual pair...Butch, the highly moral and upstanding D.A. and Marlene, the very different woman who is awesomely good at bending, even breaking, the rules Butch lives by as well as the law.....the characters who fill the pages of this series are interesting and well-developed...I like how the series also includes a lot about the personal lives of all of the characters...every time you pick up the next book in ...more
Carl Alves
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
In this novel Marlene Ciampi gets sucked into a neighbors hard luck story about a family feud in West Virginia. Marlene packs up the entire family and brings them down to the coal town using her legal background. Her actions brings them into serious danger not just for her but for her family. As a result, she brings in a Vietnamese thug to take care of the bad guys.

I wasnt buying into the story line in this novel. The feuding families idea felt flat to me. Marlene bringing her family into danger
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite Butch Karp/Marleene Ciampi..."fair and square" Butch attacks the villians above the board, while "slightly bent" Marlene attacks the villians from below...the villians are behind the brutal slayings of family members the Karps befriend over the summer out on the island...the family is involved in unoin work in the coal mines of W.Virginai...many of the characters in the Karp circle emerge for a fun ride!!!
Katy M
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm giving this a 3 because I honestly don't know how I feel about the books. Maybe in a couple of days, I'll havemore coherent thoughts and I'll edit this. But, in the meantime, I liked the action and how the story unfolded. While I do feel that the book could be a little shorter, for the most part, I think it had really good pacing. I like Butch. He's a good, solid, dependable, ethical guy. I more or less like the twins, but sometimes GC is a bit much. I love Lucy. But, I hate Marlene with the ...more
Rita Berk
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Continuing character, DA Butch Karp, is getting older. His daughter is getting married and his twin sons are in high school. Karp gets involved in a case of a serial rapist/murderer when an innocent young man is accused. His wife, Marlene, helps uncover the real culprit. Descriptive crime scenes are quite bloody and disturbing.
Ronna Gangluff
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute Action!

This story starts out on a mysterious note and moves swiftly into action. A story for both sexes. Interesting to the last word. The characters are believable and relatable.
James Hein
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great series and this one taught me something about West Virginia :)
Jorn Barger
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bad: stereotyped dumb hillbillies vs slick NY supremacists
Good: spectacular ending with vietcong sappers and a saint
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had previously read book.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Author just pushed too hard by adding more and more story lines.
Lindsey Lobin
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
It started out okay, it was an interesting story line.. but then bizarre stuff that would obviously never happen started taking place and it look a long time for any action to actually happen.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
i am too old to read confusing words.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
The first hundred pages of this book were boring-- at first. Then, I realized that the author had done such a superb job of introducing his characters and then was allowing his characters to drive the story that I decided that I was really quite impressed. Often, if you read my reviews, and I'm not certain too many folks do, I am complaining about a lack of characterization even in the midst of a page-turning plot. This time, we get a lot of character intro and then a decent plot. Sadly, I felt ...more
I became introduced to Tanenbaum and his fascinating characters, Butch Karp, his wife Marlene, and their three extraordinary children, when I picked up a copy of Malice in the cruise ship library during my recent vacation, so I was delighted to find this book on the swap shelf at the Hospital this week. It turns out that this is a prequel to, perhaps a few times removed, for Malice, but the characters are just as delightful, as is the story.

In this novel, Butch Is still an assistant district
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actually ghosted by one of my favorite current writers Michael Gruber. I'm distressed to find that I have only one more to read in this series before Gruber quit and it was continued under other ghostwriters. His last book was appropriately titled "Resolved" in 2003. This one is typically tight, typically convincing (in spite of the highly improbable story-line) and eminently readable until the last page. The series characters are just as multifaceted as usual, and every improbable detail of the ...more
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Legal Thriller Fans
I had ignored Tanenbaum's (or is it Gruber's) Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi suspense series for a few years. A few months ago, I picked up "Resolved", enjoyed it immensely and was intrigued by its many references to the previous story Absolute Rage.

As in most of these novels, the plot starts out in mundane ways and keeps getting more and more unreal but by the time you are at the point where believability is totally threatened, the story has you hooked.

In this case, a family Marlene and Butch
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
"While New York City sizzles beneath a blanket of early summer humidity, the Karp family is happily taking refuge in their renovated farmhouse on Long Island's north shore. Karp's battles against the City's corrupt politicans are never-ending. His wife, Marlene, is training guard dogs on their picturesque acreage; Lucy is enjoying her summer break from Boston College and playing the part of the dutiful daughter, assisting with the running of the business and tending to her rambunctious twin ...more
Jul 22, 2011 added it
NY Assistant DA Butch Karp has a wife who was a lawyer and was also involved in some questionable activities and is now raising guard dogs. They have a daughter in college who is a whiz at languages and twin boys of 10 who while they look alike, have totally different personalities. Butchs wife Marlene and the kids meet a neighbor on the beach and strike up an acquaintance with Rose and her daughter who plays with the twins. Roses husband is a union organizer in a small town in rural West ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-cop, 2016
Its been a while since I've read a Butch and Marlene book. They are often ridiculous, with far-fetching plots and Absolute Rage certainly fits that description. While they aren't always the tightest plots, one thing this series brings is fun. There is something I just love about Marlene's vindictive justice and Butch's conformity to the letter of the law. His battles with political correctness, office politics are always front and center. All the while his wife is off breaking every law she can ...more
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Barbara ★
I enjoyed this even though it starts out as a rich-people, family-themed beach read. Once the Heeney's are murdered, the story really gets going and it's action, action, action.

The premise is an old mining town in West Virginia is run by the Union leader and not the town itself. The police, judges, lawyers, hell everyone, is bought and paid for by the union. So whatever they say goes. Red Heeney is running against the Union head and when it appears he might actually win, the Heeney's are
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an older series with the characters Karp/Ciampi (Karp is an assistant DA and Ciampi is a former attorney now raising dogs). I have not read another book in this series.
In this book the Karp family is vacationing on Long Island and meet another family (Heeney) that they befriend. When that family returns to a small WV mining town they are murdered. The mining town has problems with the union and the company that owns the mine. The Feds bring in Karp to help find out who murdered the
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal, thriller, nyc
#14 in the NYC ADA Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series.

NYC ADA Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series - Marlene Ciampi, against her better judgment ("Don't get involved, tattoo it on your forehead, Ciampi!") falls for a New York neighbor's sob story about a long-simmering family feud in a West Virginia coal town. The sudden savage murders back in West Virginia of the neighbor and her daughter and her labor-agitator husband bring both Marlene and her husband, Butch Karp, down to the boonies in
Mary Holland
One of the problems with a long-running and successful mystery thriller series is the author's need to generate a bigger bang each time. Tanenbaum/Gruber moves the action out of New York to Long Island where the Karps are vacationing, and to Kentucky where the story takes an abrupt turn into local union politics and strip-mining. Through a batch of unbelievable legal shenanigans, Butch Karp is appointed a special investigator for the governor of Kentucky, while Marlene is involved in the defense ...more
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
When I first started this, I was completely ready to hate it. First, I'm starting mid-series- which is always a bit dangerous. Second, it's an adult book and I don't go for the adult drama much.

But this one was actually really good. I kept waiting for a crazy plot twist or something really outrageous. And, don't get me wrong, there are a few outrageous things - but in all, I absolutely enjoyed the story. The crime, the people - all the POV's were easy to maneuver and the story clipped along
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another book I plucked from the ex's garage sale finds. I loved it. A book with only marital sex and not too much detail? Check. A teenage girl who is religious? Check. A mom who has violent tendencies who is friends with a former Vietcong soldier/commander? Check. An Appalachian feud? Check. These characters are human, in other words, and well-fleshed out. I can't wait to read more books with these fascinating 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 Attorneys Office. He also ...more

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