A little slower than some of the others in this series but still good
It was bad news when New York's top celebrity athlete was blown away in his white Caddy with a huge stash of coke. Those bullets buried his good name in the dirt along with him. That's when Assistant DA Butch Karp grabbed control from officials all too eager to muddy the case into oblivion for political reasons. On his side were his very pregnant wife/partner, Marlene Ciampi, taking the kind of risks even the police wouldn't touch, and a burnt-out, juiced-up cop who'd already seen his best days. Against him was an accumulation of mobsters, hitmen, city big guns and big shots, all operating together as an eneterprising terror team. As Karp and Marlene got deeper into this money-and-murder investigation, even they realized that blowing the whistle on the movers and shakers of New York law enforcement might be the last breath either of them would ever take.
Masterful entertaining thriller. One of Robert K. Tananbaum's very best. He keeps getting better.Sexy, intriguing thriller. Good book -- not to be missed.
"Material Witness" is one of the earlier books in the Karp/Ciampi series. It is fast moving, unpredictable and funny. Read it.
I like the ongoing characters and the views on practical aspects of American justice system. As well, the mysteries are intriguing.
From the Publisher
Manhattan prosecutor Butch Karp is back - playing the game he both loves and hates by rules he knows are made to be broken. Karp's game is convicting killers, and he brings to it all his mean street smarts and hard-won wisdom in the often perverse ways of the New York City judicial system. And his very pregnant wife-partner Marlene Ciampi is out there taking risks and following leads even the cops are not eager to track. But now Karp is into another city game as well. Marion Simmons, star forward of the New York Hustlers pro basketball team, has been found in his Caddy Coupe de Ville with two bullets in his head. It's up to Karp to see if it's really the open-and-shut case of a drug kill that the city's big brass and behind-the-scenes power brokers desperately claim it is. Trouble is, Karp has just resigned his job as chief of the Criminal Courts Bureau because he suspects the D.A. and some other movers and shakers of New York law enforcement of conspiring to destroy a case for political reasons. But Karp, committed to the investigation, can't let go and continues on as a free-lancer. So it doesn't take long before he and Marlene are tangled in a maze of lies - and every foul move in the book - to muddy the terrible truth about the savage death of Simmons. Also on the case is Harry Bello, a burnt-out cop whose best days are a thousand bottles in the past, and a list of suspects that include a Jamaican mobster who literally likes to take apart his enemies, a pair of out-of-town hit men who unstintingly do what they do best, a high society blonde beauty with a taste for black athletes, and a line-up of city big guns and big shots playing together as an all-star terror team. As Karp and Marlene move into the middle of a money-and-murder game, even they realize that blowing the whistle may be the last breath either of them will ever take. Robert K. Tanenbaum has been hailed as a master writer of crime thrillers. With this exciting, lightning-paced, suspenseful nove
Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi novel.