Robert K. Tanenbaum is an author of crime novels and is an attorney who has never lost a felony case. He is the creator of a series of novels featuring Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, lawyers for the New York District Attorney's office. He has been homicide bureau chief for the New York District Attorney's Office.From 1976 to 1978 he served as a Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination. He is also a former two-term Mayor of Beverly Hills, having served on the Beverly Hills City Council from 1986 to 1994. During 1988 he appeared in the documentary, The Men Who Killed Kennedy. Most recently, he has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Tanenbaum was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the University of California and received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. Tanenbaum is a legal expert and media commentator. He conducts continuing legal education seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.
In all but Tanenbaum's last seven novels, he credits Michael Gruber, his cousin, as a collaborator, and Gruber is generally considered as being Tanenbaum's "ghost writer." Wendy Walker and Espey Jackson are acknowledged in Malice.
2004 Hoax - Karp battles Andrew Kane, the powerful would-be Mayor of New York. Jojola and Ned introduced.
2005 Fury - An Al Qaeda plot to bomb Times Square on New Year's Eve. Introduces Karp's distant relatives in the Brighton Beach-based Russian mob.
2007 Malice - An international conspiracy to assassinate a United States Senator, and to use a University supercomputer for criminal purposes is foiled by Karp and friends. Introduces Sons of Man and the Sons of Liberty Breakfast Club.
2008 Escape - The Sons of Man collaborate with a new terrorist commander, "The Sheik".
2009 Capture - The Sons of Man continue to try to control the world working with "The Sheik". Ned proposes marriage to Lucy.