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I thought this was a really good story. Lots of tension and fast paced. Although one of his earlier books which I had read many years ago, it was well worth the $ to hear it again.
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I found this to be one of the more realistic of the Karp/Ciampi series as compared to some of the newer novels. I've always enjoyed Tanenbaum's books and style of writing. This book as with almost all contains everything I look for in a good thriller. I also like his twisted ending where one of the "good guys" ends up being a "bad guy".
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Although Immoral Certainty is one of Robert K. Tanenbaum's older Butch Karp novels it is well worth a listen by fans, or even listeners new to the series.
First published in 1991, this book goes back to the earlier days of the Karp-Ciampi association. Admittedly, this oddball couple may be an acquired taste. But their sizzling relationship is buttressed by a deep respect for each other's legal abilities. The author's own experience and understanding of the arcane world of the legal system enables him to lift improbable plot into the realm of logic and feasibility.
In fact, as Tanenbaum points out, the art of successfully nabbing criminals consists in a large part of the attending to boring minutiae by the foot soldiers of the prosecutorial staff. In the writer's own words, "The law radiates tedium the way a ballet does grace or an orchestra harmony." Fortunately for the listener, Tanenbaum sweeps us through the crucial humdrum of a criminal trial and highlights the nexus, so we all can delude ourselves, briefly, that we are as clever as a Butch Karp or a Marlene Ciampi. He connects the dots for us even as we are seduced by his seemingly far-fetched plots and sub-plots.
In this book, Marlene becomes acquainted with firearms and we are introduced to her bewitched fascination with their violent potential. "I don't know," she says after an initial visit to the firing range, "it had an effect on me I didn't expect." It turns out she's a natural. It is one of the ongoing talents of her character that becomes both useful to her and repelling to this listener.
Tanenbaum's characters are always interesting, although occasionally conveniently naïve. An example is the schoolteacher Anna who buys her sociopath boyfriend's explanation that the reason he uses a variety of credit cards with other people's names on them is because they are "corporate cards." True, the author says she has a reasonably sharp brain that is disengaged in the boyfriend's company "in favor of another set of organs entirely." But Anna is not unattractive and this descent into bimbo-ism stretches the imagination.
Yet overall, the writer pulls this intense story together. Tanenbaum is always engaging.
Traber Burns was very good with the delivery of the story
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