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Tanenbaum returns with Karp and Ciampi - two ADA's in the NY prosecutor's office, also a couple out of the office. In this installment of the long running series drug dealers are being killed across the five buroughs. The questions are simple - by whom and who is set to gain from the murders?
Ciampi is working a serial rape case. She is sure there is a pattern and just as sure he will escalate. But rape isn't a priority in the DA's office and she wants to pursue the pattern angle of the crime. Finally one of the victims presents her with the opportunity to explore the pattern angle.
At the same time the drug killings become too close to home for the NYPD. Is a cop killing drug kingpins? Why?
And Karp is being wooed to be the next DA by powerful men with the money to make it happen.
The story-lines dovetail nicely and the wrap up is perfectly imperfect.
This book dates the series as Ciampi continues to drink and smoke during her pregnancy. Otherwise this is a great listen- you feel like you are sitting in a chair in the corner of the room watching those with the best intentions battle the bureaucracy of the DA's office where you never get everything you want but you can still 'put asses in jail'.
Another solid delivery of the story by Traber Burns
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Another in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series, this one is perhaps not as interesting as the previous three, but still fun. I like the direction the series is taking (into the politics of the DA system, a system that is completely foreign to the way we practice in Oz). Butch is on the cusp of the big jump into the political arena, but is he cut out for the half-truths and even more deals than he has to do just to get through a regular day?
I also like the slowly evolving relationship between the genders (pitched in and at an age when equality hadn't become the byword it now is). Karp is a big goofball, but not dump; perhaps the opposite of dumb. He's tough and sharp (in a good sense) in Court. Ciampi is smart, not yet a feminist (in the modern sense), but militant and sexy at the same time. She's on the verge of motherhood. How will that change her career path? Will it change it at all?
Then there's the surrounding entourage of quirky dingbats that populate the DA's office in NY in the aftermath of the Knapp Commission's drive to identify and eliminate systemic corruption in the NYPD. They're forever getting into one scrap after another (Guma's play on the Judge had me in stitches, for example), but all to the betterment of the overall plot, both funny and serious.
Finally, Burns is by now the voice of them all.
I look forward to the next installment of fun with a spoonful of the seedy underworld to help it go down; deep.
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