Friday, November 4, 2016

HOUNDED by David Rosenfelt [Book recommendation]

Book obtained from: Library audio book [2014]

Description: This is #12 in the Andy Carpenter mystery series [I've read this one and one other].  In this book, Andy's friend, police captain Pete Stanton, is accused of killing an informant who he has befriended.

Plot:  A police informant who Captain Stanton has befriended is killed, leaving his 8yo son and basset hound behind.  Pete calls Andy [defense attorney] and Laurie [investigator and former police officer, and Andy's girlfriend] to take custody of the boy and the dog so they don't end up “in the system”.  Andy prepares for Pete's defense while searching for the real killer.  The sub-plot with the drugs was somewhat odd and a little distracting.  It did figure into the main plot and was required for the resolution, but I'm not sure it was entirely believable.

Characterization:  Andy Carpenter is really sarcastic and funny.  The other characters have their own individual personalities and are well done.

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

Other:  The audio book was narrated by Grover Gardner and he is awesome as narrator for this series.

Overall:  I figured out whodunnit at exactly the same time as Andy did, which was odd but satisfying in a way.

Grade: B+

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