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Enemy Within [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert K. Tanenbaum
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July 30 2002

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum ratchets up the suspense with an authentic and morally complex mystery set deep inside the New York City police department.


When a black man is shot multiple times in the back on the streets of New York by an NYPD golden boy, chaos erupts throughout the city. And in an election year -- a year of secret handshakes and politically motivated favors -- no one feels the pressure more than the men and women who vow to protect and to serve. For Butch Karp, chief assistant district attorney for New York County, bullet holes aren't the only holes in this volatile case, nor in a second shocking puzzle...

A slow-witted young man faces the death penalty for murdering a Jewish diamond merchant. Karp is quickly learning that politics mean a lot more than justice when it becomes apparent certain higher-ups would rather whitewash the truth than lose the Jewish vote. Add a serial killer who is murdering the homeless to Karp's daily grind, and it's clear he is surrounded by high-profile time bombs that are promising to blow the city to its core.

To make matters worse, Karp's wife, Marlene Ciampi, has become independently wealthy thanks to the Internet stock boom and has decided to enjoy her newly acquired fortune through manic shopping sprees and free-flowing alcohol. Plus, his daughter, Lucy, is skipping school to feed the homeless not far from where the slasher stalks his prey. Desperate to stop the violence before it touches his family, Karp must wade through a system of corruption and conspiracy that threatens to silence his pursuit of the truth...forever.


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From Publishers Weekly

Lawyer and law professor Tanenbaum (Reckless Endangerment) brings back his husband-and-wife team of chief ADA Butch Karp and former gunslinger Marlene Ciampi to fight corruption while bringing up their "mutant offspring" in the whirlwind of IPO-era New York City. Opening with two shooting cases Karp suspects are being rammed through "the system" for purposes of political expediency (it being an election year for the DA), the bedraggled-but-upstanding Karp finds himself in a dire situation involving allegations of racism, police conspiracy and potentially misguided use of the newly reinstated death penalty. His spitfire Italian wife, Marlene from Queens, having hung up her guns for a quiet job with a corporate security firm, is swept away on a tide of newfound paper wealth when her company issues a sky-high IPO following a suspiciously well-timed VIP rescue in Kosovo. Meanwhile, their eldest, wayward genius Lucy (who can absorb languages like a sponge), has gotten herself involved in a dicey situation through her charitable work with the homeless when a serial killer begins targeting her charges. Tanenbaum weaves these three main plots (with several subplots attached to each) in a somewhat bewildering pattern of grotesque social inequalities and dirty city politics; while the problems of Karp and his daughter are clearly on a collision course, Marlene provides a form of comic relief via her demented trajectory of reckless spending and alcoholism. The overall story line is more than a bit far-fetched, but fans of Tanenbaum's characters, sharp dialogue and grasp of the intricacies of New York's legal system will not be disappointed.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Tanenbaum's new Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi novel opens with a bang. Two NYPD cops on a stakeout spot a snitch at the wheel of a stolen SUV. After a high-speed chase with bullets flying, the snitch is dead, and the hero cop who did the shooting insists it was self-defense: the snitch tried to ram the police car. It's an election year, so everyone but Karp is inclined to accept that explanation. Politics colors other cases too: the trial of a young black street hustler for the murder of a Jewish diamond merchant, and the search for a murderer who's stalking homeless people. Karp and Ciampi's daughter, Lucy, is doing volunteer work with "the unhoused," and Karp is afraid she'll be caught at the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Marlene is celebrating the money she's made on technology stocks. She's officially out of the security business until a plea for help from a female rock star drags her back. Vintage Tanenbaum, sure to appeal to fans and likely to increase their numbers. Mary Carroll
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1.0 out of 5 stars Enemy Within Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read constantly and I read many police/lawyer/crime novels. I was very disappointed with this one. Aside from the crucial chase/shooting scene, the book was so dull that I stopped reading it after 84 pages. It is so filled with mind numbing descriptions and conversations that I had to force myself to plow through the dialogue. Being a detective myself, I was also put off by the author's obvious feeling of superiority to cops that seems to permeate his writing. In addition, the author, being a lawyer, talks too much without making a point. I have read other novels written by attorneys and have enjoyed them, so I am not just attorney-bashing here. This is the first and last Tanenbaum novel for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DIRT IN THE DA'S OFFICE Feb. 19 2002
Format:Hardcover
I DON'T REMEMBER READING ANY OF THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THIS SERIES SO THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL NEW TO ME.THE AUTHOR WORKED IN NYC AS HEAD OF THE HOMICIDE DIVISION SO I THINK HE KNOWS THE INS AND OUTS OF THE DA'SOFFICE.THE SHOOT OUT WITH THE DRIVER OF A STOLEN CAR STARTS THE PLOT. THE COP CLAIMS SELF DEFENSE BUT THE VICTIM HAD 10 SHOTS IN THE BACK WHILE HIS CAR WAS FACING THE POLICE CRUISER. AS A FAVORED COP HE IS NO BILLED BY THE GRAND JURY WHICH WAS PRESENTED WITH A CLEANED UP VERSIONOF THE CRIME.KARP IS THE HEAD OF THE HOMICIDE DIVISION AND SUSPECTS A COVER UP.HIS WIFE MARLENE IS A HIGHER UP IN A PRIVATE SECURITY AGENCY. LUCY IS THE 17 YR. OLD DAUGHTER WHO IS GIFTED IN LANGUAGES BUT HATES AND SKIPS SCHOOL DOING HER GOOD WORKS IN THE SOUP KITCHEN OF A CHURCH WHERE SHE IS ENAMORED OF A YOUNG PRIEST. THEY HANG OUT WITH THE HOMELESS MEN TRYING TO MAKE THINGS BETTER WHILE LOOKING FOR THE SLASHER WHO KILLS THE HOMELESS MEN.THE STORY IS LONG AND AT TIMES BELABORED AS PERSONAL GOALS AREJUGGLED AROUND WITH DRINKING PROBLEMS, SUDDEN WEALTH, TOO MUCH TIME SPENT AT WORK AND LUCYS OBSESSION WITH HER RELIGION, SAINTS AND HER FEELINGS TOWARDS THE PRIEST WHO IS 10 YEARS HER SENIOR BUT SEEMS RATHER IMMATURE AT TIMES AND DISTRACTED WITH SOMETHING HE DOES NOT SHARE WITH ANYONE.THE COPS ARE LOOKING FOR A HOMELESS MAN BUT HE HAS DISAPPERED SO LUCY ET AL GO DEEP UNDERGROUND IN THE NYC SYSTEM OF OLD DRAIN PIPES AND SERVICE TUNNELS, TRYING TO FIND CANMAN TO SAVE HIM. NEARLY EVERYONE DOWN THERE GETS KILLED OR CLOSE TO IT.THE MYSTERYS ARE SOLVED, THE DA'S OFFICE IS CLEANSED AND KARP AND MARLENE TAKE UP A NEW OCCUPATION.I WOULD SUPPOSE A NEW BOOK WILL COME OUT IN THE SERIES BUT I AM NOT INTERESTED IN READING ANOTHER BELABORED BOOK.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.... Jan. 15 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is so boring, that I had to plow through it..I have enjoyed his previous books but not this one...it's like one big lecture, and no excitement..Marlene is over the edge...next time I will definitely check his out at the library....and if it is good I will then consider purchasing the next one after that one...the only reason I finished this one is because I had invested dollars from my "book budget"....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Always a good yarn... Oct. 29 2001
Format:Hardcover
is what you will get with a Tanenbaum novel. Enemy Within captured my imagination and attention a little less than earlier books in the series.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still quite taken with the Karp daughter, Lucy, although the freedom she is granted to move about any and all dank corner of NYC, making friends of the homeless, is a little bit of a stretch. Some old friends from the series return, although their bits are far too small -- Hrcany, Guma, Newberry and one of Tanenbaum's best, Tran. Butch himself is
worrying his way through middle age, and is believable in his motivation and his frustration at the lack of normalcy in either his work or family life. (Oh, if only he realized that this is true of everyone in their 40's!)
The sour note is the author's decision to drive Marlene to drink. And spend. And drink. And spend. And drink. And, having tried to fit this zany, opinionated Italian lady into that mold, Tanenbaum does not do the reader any favors by asking us to believe that she can then shake herself out of it without professional help, simply because she is motivated to take down some bad guys and stop ignoring her daughter and help resolve the murders she is involved in.
Marlene takes the book from 4 stars to 3. Is it time for a change in the series? Perhaps so, the DA's office has been thoroughly dismembered in the series, perhaps Butch needs a judgeship. Perhaps Marlene needs to have at least one child learning disabled, so she can devote her considerable skills to something that matters.
Still, the series that best showcases all the slices of life that are NYC, continues to appeal, even when exploring the wildly rumored underground terrors that haunt the city and maintain the myth.
Perhaps best purchased used or borrowed from the library!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than a lot of others Oct. 27 2001
Format:Hardcover
This may not be the Butch and Marlene story that Tanenbaum has written, but mediocre Tanenbaum is better than the best of John Grisham. Marlene goes on a tangent that is one of the best parts of this book when she gets filthy rich and cannot get enough shopping or enough vintage wine. Lucy is her mother's daughter all the way. Butch is really left more confused than usual, but manages to cope. If you are not yet a Butch and Marlene fan, start with the first and read them in order. Wouldn't you love to see Cher play Marlene in a movie!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Has Robert Tannenbaum Totally Lost It??
I sometimes wonder if people actually read the same book I did after glancing at some of the reviews on this site, but with this book I can't believe what I was reading with the... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2001 by "gameman007"
3.0 out of 5 stars Butch Has Problems
We once again check out an instalment in the lives of Butch Karp, Chief Assistant District Attorney and his wife, Marlene Ciampi, a director of an international security agency. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2001 by Untouchable
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Tanenbaum's best but still good
At his worst, Robert K. Tanenbaum is a good read. At his best, he is a fabulous read. The Enemy Within is neither his worst nor his best. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2001 by Renee V. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Another month in the life of the Karps.
This volume, and the last one, are not as good as prior volumes, though all are quite well written. I've read about Marlene and Butch since before they were married. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2001 by David N. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But...
I am a die-hard Tanenbaum fan. I wait for my yearly Butch and Marlene fix like a heroin addict awaits that tiny sting of the needle. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by "jacy3"
4.0 out of 5 stars A sassy, streetwise and suspenseful thriller.
"Enemy Within" is Robert Tanenbaum's thirteenth novel in the Butch Carp-Marlene Ciampi series. Butch is now the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Manhattan. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2001 by E. Bukowsky
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating legal thriller and police procedural
Butch Karp and his wife Marlene are not the typical married couple and their children are anything but average. Read more
Published on July 23 2001 by Harriet Klausner
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