Le­gal thriller fea­tures dogs, kids and gang­sters

Calgary Herald New Condos - - Books - OLINE H. COGDILL

David Rosen­felt deftly works in wry hu­mour, a love of dogs and New Jer­sey gang­sters in Hounded, his highly en­ter­tain­ing 12th le­gal thriller fea­tur­ing at­tor­ney Andy Car­pen­ter.

Andy, who lives com­fort­ably but not out­landishly on an in­her­i­tance, likes to joke that he doesn’t take on new clients, pre­fer­ring to spend time with his girl­friend and business part­ner Lau­rie Collins, and their golden re­triever, Tara. But this case is per­sonal.

Po­lice Capt. Pete Stan­ton asks Andy to care for Ricky Diaz, whose fa­ther, ex-con­vict Danny, has been mur­dered, and also to house Ricky’s bas­set hound, Se­bas­tian.

Two days later, Pete is ar­rested for killing Danny, who had re­ported this highly re­spected cop was deal­ing drugs. Andy be­lieves his good friend is be­ing set up, and he works as Pete’s de­fence at­tor­ney, en­list­ing his wide cir­cle of em­ploy­ees to prove his case in court. Pete’s ar­rest seems linked to his in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of David Rosen­felt Mino­taur sev­eral prom­i­nent res­i­dents.

Rosen­felt cre­ates be­liev­able char­ac­ters and bal­ances a hard­hit­ting le­gal thriller with wellplaced wise­cracks in Hounded. He con­tin­ues to ex­plore Andy’s per­son­al­ity, al­low­ing him to change and grow in each novel.


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