Friday, October 7, 2016

UNLEASHED by David Rosenfelt [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library audio book [2014]

Description: Defense attorney Andy Carpenter's accountant Sam receives a call from a high school friend Barry, who needs help.  Sam is delayed in getting to his friend's house, and Barry leaves on a private plane without him.  The plane crashes, Barry's wife is accused of murdering him, and Andy takes the case.

Plot:  Andy defends Barry's wife.  Things don't look so good, but a twist takes the case in a new direction.  There is a sub-plot that becomes related to the main plot later in the story.  The sub-plot was a little distracting at first, because listening on audio didn't give me any visual clues that a new chapter was addressing the sub-plot.  At first the two plots seem unrelated and when a sub-plot chapter began, it took me a few seconds to realize it was the sub-plot.

Characterization:  Andy Carpenter is wise-cracking and really funny.  I think I laughed at least 2-3 times in each chapter.  He has a very dry sense of humor.  The other characters all have individual personalities and add quite a bit to the story.

Setting:  New Jersey.  Nicely described, I was able to picture every scene.

Other:  The audio book was narrated by Grover Gardner and he definitely added to Andy's characterization.  Great narrator!

Overall:  This is the eleventh book in this series.  All have a dog in them.  Even the dogs have individual, well-developed personalities.

Grade: A-

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