In the fourth book in the series, Andy Carpenter defends a football player accused of first-degree murder. The suspense builds throughout this novel and one of the things I love most is that the humour pops out like a cork in perfect timing to allow the reader to decompress a bit. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, Doug's investigation - and his life - start spiraling out of control. Protagonist: Andy is a wealthy, smart, white attorney of average or below looks. The evidence appears overwhelming, but Carpenter finds other facts indicating that Schilling was framed. I didn't really care about the mystery, the accused, or the story, and I also wasn't heavily invested in the relationships between our cast of characters. My only complaint about this audio book was that it was abridged, which took away some of its color.
But the characters were as fun as always and the plot was more of a shock than usual. Both Carpenter and Rosenfelt appear on the way to long and successful careers in the mystery business. This is one of the few exceptions. Andy has been licking his wounds after the love of his life, Laurie Collins, dumped him to return to her hometown of Findlay, where she has become acting Chief of Police. He doesn't know how he'll survive if she leaves. As both Andy and Laurie wrestle with that dilemma, so does the reader. Andy is the first person narrator and he is a sweet and funny guy, similar to Ben Kincaid in the early William Bernhardt books.
Here, Andy has money to burn, so he's able to do and pay for pretty much anything he wants. In short, he has a rather pathetic and predictable life. A future Andy Carpenter novel may find him toiling for even longer periods of time in the courtroom. In this book, Andy is defending a top Black football player on a murder charge. Stereotypical but it's a fun read. David Rosenfelt has a reputation for seamlessly combining hilarious and sarcastic humor with engrossing mysteries. Anyways, back to the book.
I do love the narrator, and the author's sense Finished, but barely. There is also drama outside the courtroom for Andy and Laurie. And the narrator - perfection. Yes, Laurie is younger, attractive, intelligent, and super fit. This is a special Andy Carpenter, because I actually guessed who done it, before the actual ending.
In A Nutshell:Andy Carpenter is the well educated and well connected white attorney who takes on the hard cases. And his powers of concentration are undermined by his anxiety over his girlfriend, Laurie, who's considering moving back to her hometown. This books involves a Giants football team player who is charged with 1st degree murder of a player of the Jets. I enjoy the humor used to lighten the story line. He is absurdly fu It is not often that I become enamored of a mystery series. Rosenfelt is willing to sacrifice a character whether it be through death, or some other means to further a story or heighten the stakes.
As expected with Andy Carpenter mysteries, entertaining courtroom drama blended with Andy's outrageous but humous antics. It is effective and has proved jarring. Unfortunately, it involves defending a top-signed football player on a murder charge, exacerbated by some foolish moves that have nothing to do with football footwork. Unlike Ben, Andy is a multimillionaire who doesn't need to work for a living. The plot is the biggest problem with 'Sudden Death'. He is more of a normal guy but really good attorney with all the fears, doubts and guilt of most of us. By book 3, you know that the accused is innocent and close to the end of the book Andy will find something to get them off.
Yay another Andy Carpenter novel! It is not often that I become enamored of a mystery series. Altho being murdered was a rough way to go for one in this book. Although the stories are pretty improbable, they are just fun to read. I highly recommend Sudden Death when you're in the mood for a fast-paced, easy read. The upcoming high-profile murder case will be the bench-warming Andy's chance to get back into the legal game. Apparently, several men that Kenny has known through the years have died from various causes - none of them murdered, a very interesting development that cannot simply be dismissed. If you like characters that are not just one dimensional, this is your book.
But when an offensive newcomer, who hints at skeletons in the guests' closets, is found dead under suspicious circumstances, level-headed Meg's to-do list extends from flower arrangements and bridal registries to catching a killer - before the next event is her own funeral. We played sports, studied sporadically. I will I like Andy Carpenter and his very loved companion, a golden named Tara. Andy is dipping into the sports world. During the conference, one of the writers suggests that it would be a more interesting story if Andy had some life-threatening disease.
Dust cover is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. I think his character is better developed in each new book, and I find this series to be thoroughly entertaining! David Rosenfelt's easygoing and amusing writing style makes this novel a pleasure to read. Not inscribed, price clipped or otherwise marked. Many also got to know Tara from Dogtripping, David's tales about becoming a slightly nutty dog rescuer and the dog that started it all. This was such a great break from the usual mystery novel. He is called to a scene where a man is in a house holding off the police and wants Andy to represent him as a lawyer.
You may love it, you may just like it - the bottom line is you're going to spend some pleasant time with a nice guy who's also funny if not a tad too self effacing. How it all ends is quite astonishing. He is called to a scene where a man is in a house holding off the police and wants Andy to represent him as a lawyer. Securely wrapped, dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. I can't wait until the author's next book.