If you haven't read this series yet then start at the beginning so you will know how Andy got his millions, then from there it's how he got this cast of characters together and in Laurie's instance, lover. Centering around a dog of some kind Andy is a lawyer that ends up with the most bazaar cases even though he doesn't need the work usually a Judge assigns his cases. So get on the band wagon and read this series!
Andy Carpenter is a dog-loving multi-millionaire defense attorney in my hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. He has a sarcastic wit and crime-solving buddies that include his long-distance girlfriend, his partner attorney who dispenses free legal aid from a Laundromat, a computer hacker, a big, quiet, scary dude named Marcus, an FBI-agent, a reporter at the local paper, a local cop and a couple who run a local dog rescue organization. Throw in a crotchety judge named "Hatchet" who starts this story in motion by summoning Andy to chambers to assign him the responsibility of representing a puppy in a custody battle between the wife and son of the puppy's murdered owner.
Hatchet: "I assume you have a satisfactory place to keep you client?"
Andy: "My client?"
He nods. "The dog. You will retain possession of him until the issue is resolved."
"I'm representing a dog in a custody fight? Is that what you're asking me to do?"
"I wouldn't categorize it as 'asking,'" he says.
"I already have a dog, Your Honor."
"And now you have two."
The faced-paced story moves quickly from there through another couple of murders, an attempted murder that leaves Andy's girlfriend seriously injured, Andy's investigation and the concluding courtroom drama.
Anyone who loves who-done-its, courtroom scenes and strategies and dogs should enjoy this book (and the entire series). The named places in Paterson is a bonus for me as I try to remember and visualize them.
If you like the Andy Carpenter character, this is his typical humor within a complicated mystery. I enjoy all the characters in this series and they are all well paced pretty quick reads.
Good mystery that moves along quickly. Love the dog involvement and the Andy Carpenter character. Can read his books out of order and still develop a connection to the character. Keeps you guessing to the end. Intend to read more of them.