I have read several Butch Karp novels, and this one is in a class by itself. Even if you don't like serial mystery stories, you will like this one. Be patient with its extremes and prepare for a thought-provoking experience.
A well-designed maze....great book!
Fast paced and exciting book featuring Karp and Ciampi.
Big City politics and crimes against children
Another excellent book in the Butch Karp series.
The three infant deaths in Manhattan in a week all share in common that an outsider found the abandoned corpse of an unwed mother. By the third death, the media leads a public frenzy seeking to lynch someone for the rash of infanticides. The police catch all three "monster moms". They turn out to be a fourteen year old African-American who thought she had a stomach ache, a sixteen year old Puerto Rican who claimed the child was caused by rape, and a white adult who seemed retarded. The obvious target of the New York County DA is sixteen year old Lourdes Bustamente, who appears to be the only one with premeditated causes. The case is assigned to Butch Karp to prosecute.
Meanwhile Butch's wife attorney Marlene Ciampi is thinking of retiring from her work of legally protecting battered women after a recent incident turned ugly. However, a case in Delaware to defend a woman accused of murdering her infant lures Marlene back into the courtroom.
Tanenbaum's Butch Karp series is one of the best in today's mystery fiction. A richly plotted, tough and funny crime series. I highly recomend it.
Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi are at it again. Although not as riotously action-packed as some these duo have experienced at the able hands of Mssrs. Tanenbaum & Gruber, the plots and sub-plots keep your interest to the last page. Good fun!
The nightmare begins when there is a death of a newborn from negligence - the public screams for blood and Deegan orders prosecution of the baby's 15 year old Hispanic mother. Butch Karp, chief assistand district attorney for New York County has his hands full...a good book.
A rash of baby killings positions a pair of married lawyers on opposite sides of the moral and legal fence in the latest multifaceted installment of this legal-thriller series (after Act of Revenge). Tanenbaum brings back assistant district attorney Butch Karp and feisty spouse Marlene Ciampi when three infanticides involving young unwed mothers are discovered in New York City. City politics and legal circumstances force Karp to prosecute a young Hispanic girl who appears to be the most culpable of the three. While Karp is embroiled in his case, lawyer Ciampi is busy with her own challengeAprotecting battered women from violent ex-husbands. When she is forced to shoot a man after he guns down his wife and then aims the weapon at his own daughter, Ciampi realizes she has had enough and decides to retire. Shortly afterward, however, a lawyer friend convinces her to represent a young woman in Delaware who is accused of killing her newborn baby. Contrived though the plot may be, it provides an apt vehicle for Tanenbaum to dissect the legal and moral mechanisms of the two cases, while exploring their effects on his protagonists' professional and personal lives. An intriguing subplot involves the couple's deeply religious daughter, Lucy, a linguistic prodigy. When the parents of her wealthy friend Caitlin are killed in cold blood, Lucy's instincts help identify the murderer. The resolution of Ciampi's case seems a bit na?ve and optimistic, but Tanenbaum rises above the inherent manipulation in the story lines with his usual combination of intelligent, wry dialogue, a well-designed maze of political and moral traps, and the charming and incendiary chemistry between Karp and Ciampi. For those who prefer their legal thrillers with plenty of spice and a high IQ, Tanenbaum remains an essential addiction. (Aug.)
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I don't think R. K. Tannenbaum has written anything I didn't really enjoy. Each of his books can stand alone, but for purest enjoyment, find a copy of his first "No Lesser Plea"; start there and read them in order. He has created a marvelous cast of characters and it's great fun to follow along as he develops them.
I was disappointed in this one. I really like Marlene's character and her husband Butch's too. However, her overly religious daughter Lucy, got on my ever-lovin nerves! I didn't really like the premise - throw-away babies. The book revolves around teens who dispose of their newborns in the garbage and the prosecution of said mothers. Both Marlene and Butch are trying cases (separate cases in separate states) and the cavalier attitude of everyone (lawyers, cops and defendants) towards these poor babies was deeply disturbing. I thought the ending was poorly done and was disappointed in the outcome of Marlene's case. Though I did like the way Butch handled his.