Legal thriller features dogs, kids and gangsters
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.