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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (July 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743403436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743403436
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #940,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 21 2002
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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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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By L. Quido on 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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Format: Hardcover
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. Butch finds himself faced with challenge after challenge, both professional and personal.
On the professional front, cases are being assigned priority in the DA's office based on their political appeal rather on their prosecutorial merits. A police cover-up is being rushed through the system, much to Butch's disgust. And a man faces the death penalty for a crime that he probably didn't commit.
The problems on the personal side are just as worrying for Butch. Lucy, his 17 year-old daughter is ditching school and choosing to hang out at the local soup kitchen, helping the homeless. Marlene has just become independently wealthy and uses this newfound wealth to go on outlandish buying sprees by day and drinking binges by night.
Quite a good deal of the book deals with the political aspects of Butch's position as Chief Assistant District Attorney. This doesn't exactly make for edge-of-the-seat thrill a minute drama. Between dwelling on the psychological problems faced by Butch, Marlene and Lucy, there is not a lot of time left to actually expand on the mystery side of the plot, that is, who is the bum-slasher. As a result, the bum-slasher was virtually revealed as an afterthought and just as quickly, dismissed.
This really is an update of the story so far of a day in the lives of Butch Karp and family. Consequently, I would recommend this for people who have read previous books by Tanenbaum and are aware of what has happened in the past.
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