Author: David Rosenfelt
Series: Andy Carpenter Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Andy Carpenter stumbles upon a new client and a new case that goes down a road no one would have ever imagined.
Andy Carpenter is spending less time in the courtroom these days and more time working on his dog rescue organization with his friend Willie Miller. When Willie calls him saying the alarm in the foundation has gone off and a dog has been stolen, they work urgently to retrieve their four-legged friend. Fortunately, all of their dogs are equipped with GPS trackers. Following the GPS, they arrive at a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey and find their dog next to a dead body. It is obvious the murder has just occurred. Now they question if it is a coincidence or if the dog theft could be connected to the killing. All this leads Andy to his newest client, the man accused of the murder. Andy doesn’t intend on representing him but he wants to know why the dog was stolen and hopes he can get some answers. The more he looks at things the less he believes his client is guilty and the more terrified he becomes. The murder might be one small piece in the puzzle but unless Andy can uncover the truth in time, many more lives could be in danger.
I have had this sitting on the shelf for a few months and finally decided to pick it up and now I wish I would have picked it up sooner. This is the 13th Andy Carpenter novel, I haven’t read them all, only a few, but this isn’t the type of series you have to read all to enjoy each individual story. I really enjoyed this. The story was fun with bits of humor sprinkled throughout at just the right moments. I’m not sure how much of a part the dogs played in the other novels but here their role was small. It was enough to tie the events together to get the mystery going and the suspense up a notch. Andy is a good lawyer but an even better person. His drive to help rescue dogs leads him to his newest client but he eventually helps so many more, and all because a dog he cared about was taken. If more people took better care of their animals and cared for them and others in this way the world would be a better place. In this story there is the addition of Ricky, Andy’s new adopted son. I think that takes away from his time with Tara, his dog that has been more prevalent in previous stories, but it does give a side to him that we need to see as his character develops more. David Rosenfelt has built a good thing with his Andy Carpenter series and I can see it going for a long time.
There are moments of harsh language that would not be appropriate for young readers.