Saturday 17 October 2015

Book ~ "Bury the Lead" (2005) David Rosenfelt

From Goodreads ~ His streak of murder case acquittals made him a regular on cable talk shows. His recent $22 million inheritance bought him a dog rescue operation named the Tara Foundation after his own beloved golden retriever. Yet after turning down cases left and right, Andy Carpenter thinks he's facing a midlife crisis. 

When a friend, a newspaper owner, calls in a favor and asks him to protect his star reporter, Andy is less than thrilled. His new client is Daniel Cummings, a journalist who is being used as a mouthpiece by a brutal serial killer. Things only get worse when Daniel is discovered near the body of the murderer's latest victim. And after Andy himself starts collecting anonymous death threats, he hears the news every defense lawyer dreads ... and moves to within a dangerous keystroke of becoming tomorrow's obituary. 

Women are getting murdered and their hands are cut off.  The serial killer has been calling reporter, Daniel Cummings, and giving  him the information which he writes about.  Vince, the owner of the newspaper where Daniel works, hires his friend, Andy, in case they need legal representation.  When the latest victim is killed, Daniel is found near the body and arrested for her murder.  It doesn't help that this victim had ties to the mob or that the victims' clothes and hands were found in Daniel's possession.  Andy now has to defend Daniel, even though he has his doubts that Daniel is actually innocent.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I liked the writing style as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing.  It was written in first person perspective in Andy's voice.  It is the third in the Andy Carpenter series (and the third I've read) and it works as a stand alone (so you don't need to have read the first one to know what is going on).

I like Andy.  He's smart and shifty and recognizes his weaknesses.  He loves his dog, Tara.  In fact, he and Willie, a former client, have created a dog rescue which Willie runs full-time.  Andy gets help from Laurie, his investigator and girlfriend, Kevin, his associate who also owns/runs a laundramat, and Marcus, an investigator with persuasive reasoning skills.

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