Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt

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"There is nothing like a golden retriever. I know, I know, it's a big planet with a lot of wonderful things, but golden retrievers are the absolute best. Mine is named Tara . . . The only problem she has ever caused is that I spend so much time with her in the mornings that I am almost invariably late for work."



Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But Andy prefers the company of his best friend, Tara, to the people he encounters in the courtroom. Tara, a golden retriever, is clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County. However, just as it seems Andy has everything figured out, his dad, New Jersey's legendary ex-D.A., drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed . . . and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall. Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons-and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.
 

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 October 23, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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And since Andy promised his father he’d defend Willie Miller in what looks like an open-and-shut case—the murder of Denise McGregor, whose body Willie was found standing over in an alley behind a bar, whose fingernails were lined with traces of Willie’s skin, and whose blood was smeared on a knif...

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It's no surprise to find Harlan Coben giving a blurb to Rosenfelt's debut mystery, an homage to Coben's popular Myron Bolitar series.

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Examiner

Open and Shut, the first of the wonderful Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt, is where Andy’s story begins.

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Huffington Post

There is no seriously focused threat or challenge to Andy which leaves the listener with Andy's wisecracking, flippant attitude as this story's main propellant.

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the lawyer and his wife are getting threatening messages, someone sets Andy up in court with an accusation that he's a client's pimp, Miller is attacked by two men in the prison yard who tell him to get his lawyer to lay off, and Andy himself is attacked in his office.

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Nelson Carpenter had been the prosecuting attorney in the previous case, so it seems strange that he should ask Andy to now defend Miller.

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Andy Carpenter is really a very nice lawyer, hard as he tries to hide it.

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The truth is the most important thing to Andy and he will continue to risk his life and his father’s reputation in order to protect an innocent man from an execution.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Seven years ago, Nelson Carpenter convicted Willie Miller in the murder of Denise McGregor.

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