Escape : Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi

  • by Robert K. Tanenbaum
  • Narrated by Charles Leggett
  • Series: Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi
  • 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Escape is a classic encounter between the forces of good and evil in human form that asks, and answers, questions of how to deal with supposedly "God-inspired" acts of murder and mayhem. In a riveting trial of garish courtroom confrontations, newly elected New York District Attorney Karp battles the "insanity of the insanity defense", as he tries to make Jessica Campbell, a rabble-rousing political science professor at NYU, pay for the murder of her three children. While Campbell claims that God told her to "send her three children to Him," it is up to Karp to prove that she was fully aware of the nature and consequences of her actions. Meanwhile, an Islamic terrorist, The Sheik, and his homegrown suicidal "jihadis" hatch a plan, a spectacular outrage to occur in Manhattan's heartland, that if successful could destroy the economy of the United States and the world. Standing between the terrorist Sheik and his diabolical scheme are Butch's wife, Marlene Ciampi, a private detective focused on protecting women from abusers; the couple's daughter, Lucy, who has joined a secretive anti-terrorist organization; and a wonderfully eccentric-but effective-group of crime fighters as has ever graced the pages of a book.

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What the Critics Say

"Tanenbaum keeps the suspense level high." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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Thank you, Mr. T.

This was a very involved book with 3 plots weaving together into what I thought was a wonderfully done novel. It was deep & moving and made me think about many issues. I enjoyed the book and the narrator did a wonderfull job. The characters flowed nicely and I thought the narrator was easy to follow. I will look forward to the next Butch Karp novel as he and his family and their characters and assorted friends are always up to someting interesting.
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- margaret mccrary

I really wanted this to be better

I like long unabridged books. I like series and Have really enjoyed the characters in the Tanenbaum books in the past. This is the second book with the new ghost writer that I have read and the second time I have been disappointed. (look up Robert K Tanenbaum on the web if you don't know the story)
It is not that the book is bad, it isn't. It is ok and I didn't want to quit listening. The reader is fine, not great but not bad. The story moves very very slowly because the author starts the action and then tells the character's backstory and then continues the action.
Once a character mentions an event he says happened "yesterday" and I thought that is seemed like weeks, not one day, due to all of the backstory and unrelated stuff stuck in.
Also. where are the characters I had really enjoyed in the past?
The twins are barely there.
Marlene shows up briefly.
Lucy, my favorite character, is there with no detail or depth, just skimmed over.
I won't say don't read this. Just be warned.
I am not sure I will buy another Tanenbaum book, and that is a shame, from a former fan.
Instead I think I will look up the former ghost writer's books and buy them.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.