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(Butch Karp #27)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  68 reviews
In the next courtroom drama in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series, Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi get tangled up in a web of misdirection and must unravel it in time to solve a mass murder.

When a tremendous blast rocks an old school building in East Harlem during a meeting of the New York Charter Schools, killing six and wounding a dozen others, it’s initiall
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
While I always enjoy catching up with Marlene and Butch and their kids who are all growing up, Tanenbaum's books are becoming rather perfunctory. This time out, a dear friend is murdered when a car bomb blows up at a book signing for her book about the Holocaust. There is a good chance it was done by the Neo-Nazis who deny the Holocaust. But Butch believes there is something more involved and boy, is he right. While Rose Lubinsky was a Holocaust survivor who carried a lot of guilt around, she wa ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is sort of a two part book, the first is the crime and the second is the trial. NY DA Butch Karp and is drawn into a political fight between the head of the NY teachers union and is local DA and the leader of a charter school movement over a bill up before the NY government which would expose he union head long time fiddling with the union monies. When the fight turns deadly when threats and bribes fail Butch is drawn into the investigation. Add to this a small group of Neo Nazis who are ha ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always I live this series. This series although as stated before I have read out of order is best read in order as this is a building story with tons of reoccurring players. This one just like the other deals with some of the horrors of our time. This one with Jews, skinheads, race and unions. All very hot button topics and sometimes hard to fathom and for me hard to understand. Pride in who you are is all over this book and on the other side of pride is greed! Enjoy!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Good story. I didn't realize it was a series. I would like to read more! ...more
Gloria Feit
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The customary courtroom drama in the Butch Karp series takes up about half of this novel, but it isn’t as dramatic as most of the prior episodes. Although the legal description is proficient, it is highly technical in nature and less dramatic than many of the previous legal battles, which are always a highlight of a Robert K. Tanenbaum story. This tale is a mixture of a Karp family saga, hate crimes, deranged arsonist and bomber, religious beliefs combined with Nazi sympathizers and events durin ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is exactly the kind of Butch Karp book that got me involved in the series in the beginning. I love the way Karp puts his case together, revealing one piece of the puzzle at a time until he has the defendant locked up tight for a guilty verdict (this isn't a spoiler, if you've read any of these books, you know it will happen). The usual danger to his family was present, but it took up only a small portion of the book, and was resolved relatively quickly. There is one scene in this book that ...more
Eric Doyle
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I wish this book was as good as the rest of the books in this series, sadly it's not even close. The plot seems flat, and the natural charm and integrity of the main characters don't work as well in this book as the rest of the series.

If you love this series don't read it until they release the next book that I hope is far better than this one. I will be annoyed that this book sucked for about a year until I get my next fix.
Cecily Kyle
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Reminded me a lot of James Patterson's style of writing but I felt like I wasn't invested in the story as much as I would like to have been. A little to heavy on the race issues and that just doesn't hold my attention the way some other subject matter is able to.
I also have not read any others from this series so I feel like there would be more of an impact if I had gotten to know the MC over time like intended.
Decent read just not really my thing.
John of Canada
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cliché ridden, eye rolling moments throughout.Tanenbaum could have substituted a T for the C in the title and it would have been a better fit.The court room scenes were the reason it even got two stars.Hiring an editor would go a long way to improving his books.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Wow - what a shill for charter schools. I cringed every time one of the characters went on an anti-union/pro-charter rant. The story was heavy handed even for Tanenbaum and felt rushed.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Terrible book - a political diatribe against public schools.
Mar 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
can't take 300 pages of anti-union ranting. ...more
Naima Holloway
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Tannenbaum never disappoints!
I enjoyed the Holocaust element and Giancarlo & Zak (they're not mentioned often enough).
I am on to the next in the series!
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Robert K Tanenbaum writes another awesome book with Trap.

I applaud him for taking on the teachers unions and the anti-school choice zealots. I further applaud him for taking them on while taking on Nazi's, white supremacists and haters of the Jewish faith. He gave us a history of charter schools and the Jews in such a compelling and fact based manner. In light of what's happening today in our streets and educational politics, that he did it so effectively in 2015 was downright prescient. Those
Roger Smitter
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Trap, Tanenbaum puts the legal process at the core of the story. Reading this Tanenbaum novel reminds me so much of what has attracted and sustained my interest in courtroom novels. We experience the legal process from the defense lawyer's perspective. The novel ends with an engaging view of the courtroom process.

Tanenbaum creates a setting that most of us would say is not fertile ground for a courtroom procedural novel. The murder in the novel grows out of the rise of charter schools in New
Rex Fausett
My rule is - read until page 30 and if it isn't working for me, take it back to the library. In this case I was tempted to give it away at about page 10. I hate being lectured. The language used here is clumsy and when the word 'belied' was used incorrectly I had to go and have a lie down and a cup of tea. And this is number 27? I note other reviewers, some of them loyal readers, have dismissed the book as well. ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Neo-Nazis are protesting a book about the Holocaust when three women die in a firey explosion, one who is a leader of a charter school movement. The leadership of the teacher's union have taken ever means possible to silence her. This is a tale of corruption, arson, and murder set in New York City. ...more
Chuck Ledger
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Been awhile since I read one of these. Was like running into an old friend that you haven't seen in a few years. ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read but not as great as the earlier Butch and Marlene books. Enjoyed the twins update but Lucy was sadly missing.
Doug King
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Typical Butch Karp courtroom drama.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story with good characters. As always, a fast pace.
A. Dewitt
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Would not recommend! Repetitious, pretentious, not a fan.
Phoebe Mrozinski
Jul 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this in a little free library. I loved the incorporation of what is means to be Jewish in the modern day and though the trial was expertly thought out
Sharon Bodnar
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good drama with a nice blend of Holocaust survivors, charter school supporters and white supremacy. Like the main characters a lot
Thomas F. Marsh
May 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
Hadn't read about Karp and Marlene for awhile. This book gives a lot of Jewish history which I enjoyed. The plot involving charter schools was also interesting. A good read over all. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
#27 in the Roger “Butch” Karp and Marlene Ciampi series (#12 actually written by author Tanenbaum after the first 15 were ghosted by Michael Gruber). Thankfully, Tanenbaum has gotten away from the Sons of Man and the global terrorism theme. Here the theme is praise for the Charter School system and the villains are intent on bringing it down.

NYC DA "Butch" Karp & Marlene Ciampi series - At a book signing for Holocaust survivor Rose Lubinsky at the bakery owned by Moishe and Goldie Sobelman, a ca
Randy Mahar
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Have to start with this, I love Robert K Tanenbaum books. In fact his true story book "Fatal Conceit", is one of the better books ever read by me. Should be a must read. But we aren't here to talk about that one. Trap feels like a 300+ page commercial for a couple issues close to the authors heart. As quick as I say that, I will also add it's a very good read. The usual excellent courtroom scenes, the logic followed by Butch and his staff all very compelling. I like that we get a glimpse of Guma ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-vernie
"Woop, woop, oh boy, oh boy...." Dirty Warren continues to amuse us as we follow the interesting and adventurous friends of the Karp-Ciampi clan. Another tale of innocent lives ended or destroyed as a result of the quest for power and the tales of deceit that unfold as a result. A quick moving story from the start as it begins with Butch's sons kidnapped by a man seeking revenge against Butch. More characters you love to hate, the criminals/killers you somehow understand and still like, the crus ...more
Zak is trying to decide whether to go through with his bar mitzva when a unhinged young man kidnaps him, his brother Giancarlo and their elderly friend, Goldie Sobelman. Fortunately, they are able to free themselves. The state of New York is considering a bill that will enhance charter schools. The New York City teachers union is fanatically against the bill, but for all the wrong reasons.

Graft and eventually murder by public officials- it's thrilling ride. At the end you may already know the ki
Margaret Bryden
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Very Mild Spoilers*
I think the plot, the main issues at hand, the character development is great. It was an entertaining read (with causes that are close to many of my friend's hearts, which made it even more interesting to me, personally). I really enjoyed the way the book was written and how it exposed courtroom drama. However, I did find it highly improbable that the court would allow the main character to prosecute a case that was so connected with his family, which included his spouse bein
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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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