First Degree by David Rosenfelt

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No one can separate defense attorney Andy Carpenter from his golden retriever, Tara, and she returns his affection, standing loyally beside him through every investigation, no matter how dangerous or puzzling-and he is about to be confronted with one of his most difficult cases yet.

When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy expects is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wisecracking millionaire attorney suffering from "lawyer's block," the case looks like a no-brainer, until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life. Soon Laurie's case is looking bleak and Andy is becoming increasingly desperate. All he had wanted was a case to sink his teeth into. Now he gets one that's a kick in the head . . . and the heart.

About David Rosenfelt

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David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award--nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels, most recently One Dog Night, and three previous stand-alones. He and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty-seven golden retrievers they have rescued and rehabilitated over the years.
Published July 31, 2007 by Grand Central Publishing. 308 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s a resourceful, if quixotic, idea, but it doesn’t prevent ADA Dylan Campbell from dropping the charges against Garcia and arresting Laurie Collins, the Paterson cop who’d served under Dorsey, fingered him to his superiors, then quit the force after a cover-up left Dorsey untouched except for ...

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Andy Carpenter is an interesting character who will certainly have his share of intriguing cases in the future.

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When she is charged with murder, Andy wastes no time in taking the case and investigating, finds himself tracing a story from the days of Vietnam and coming up against the North Jersey mob.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Attorney Andy Carpenter became famous when he appealed the original trial and, won a new trial for a man on death¹s row.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Back from his astounding debut in OPEN AND SHUT, defense attorney Andy Carpenter is going to work on a personal case.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Andy Carpenter, David Rosenfelt's wise-cracking lawyer who first appeared in Open and Shut, is back in another complicated, clever, and funny legal thriller.

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It all starts off with the grisly murder of a cop.

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Attorney Andy Carpenter has been basking in the notoriety he gained by proving a client on death row innocent while living off the millions he inherited from his father.

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