Created by David Rosenfelt
Baby I’m a rich man…
ANDY CARPENTER is just another hard-working criminal lawyer with a gift for gab, living in the Paterson, New Jersey burbs. Then his dad, Nelson Carpenter, an allegedly straight-arrow former DA, ups and dies, leaving Andy $22 million dollars richer.
Well, what more can a poor boy do, ‘cept to find out where the hell that money came from? That’s the premise of Andy’s first recorded case, the Edgar and Shamus-nominated Open and Shut (2002).
Okay, maybe the dead dad with the dark past isn’t the freshest plot at the time (several other recent legal thrillers — including John Grisham’s The Summons and Stephen L. Carter’s The Emperor of Ocean Park — also used it), but Andy’s an appealing character, a wise-ass with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a refreshing lack of respect for wealth and the-powers-that-be.
And he likes dogs. So he’s not all bad.
He’s also a flashy, successful trial lawyer with more than a few tricks up his sleeves, and he proves to be a pretty competent detective, as well.
Not that it seems to impress his wife, a big shot politico’s daughter, or necessarily help him in his on-going relationship with Laurie Collins, an attractive but no-nonsense ex-cop turned private eye.
Still, by the 2003 sequel, First Degree, Andy’s doing pretty okay for himself. His marriage may have finally crashed and burned, but he’s got 22 million simolies in the bank.
So he no longer needs to sustain his legal practice — though he does decide to continue to take cases that interest him. And he’s still got his Tara, beloved Golden Retriever, a house he likes a lot, and an on-going relationship with Laurie that seems to be going places.
Possibly to the dogs.
Because somewhere along the line, the series began to emphasize Andy’s love for all things canine, and the series became much more dog-centric, boasting doggy titles and mutts on the cover, and focussing more and more on what we are told is Andy’s true passion: the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue organization he runs.
Even more troubling? Yes, puppies in Christmas stockingare are cute. Yes, puppies in Santa hats are cute. But two friggin’ Christmas-themed books only a few years apart???
Can a series of TV movies on the Hallmark channel be far away?
- “Written with the skill of a veteran, Rosenfelt’s debut legal thriller boasts fresh characters, an engaging narrator, and a plot that forces readers to keep flipping the pages.
–Booklist on Open and Shut
- Myron Bolitar by Harlan Coben
- Open and Shut (2002) | Buy this book
- First Degree (2003) | Buy this book
- Bury the Lead (2004) | Buy this book
- Sudden Death (2005) | Buy this book
- Dead Center (2006) | Buy this book
- Play Dead (2007) | Buy this book
- New Tricks (2009) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Dog Tags (2010) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- One Dog Night (2011) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
- Leader of the Pack (2012) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Unleashed (2013) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Hounded (2014) | Buy this book | .Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Who Let the Dog Out? (2015) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (2016) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Rescued (2018) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
- Deck the Hounds (2018) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!