WHO LET THE DOG OUT: DAVID ROSENFELT
Who would pay someone to steal a dog? I guess the only one that would know that would be the dog? What happens when a dog is stolen from the Tara Foundation? Breaking into the rescue shelter was good money for the thief but little did he know when he stole Cheyenne that his fate was sealed. With his partner Willie and the GPS in the dog’s neck Andy Carpenter tracks the dog to a house but what he finds will astound readers. Entering the house it is dead quiet but the only witness to what happened to the thief is the dog and she’s not speaking. But, things heat up when Andy finds himself facing the man accused of killing this dog thief and the rest you might say is a series of events that might make you wonder just how he gets away with some of his antics, practicing law when it suits him and why Tommy Infanto inadvertently became his client. But, this case would not only or hopefully clear up why someone would steal a dog, what other factors are involved and why so many others were killed. Gerald Downey is the victim and Andy’s client was heard threatening to slit his throat in a confrontation in a bar. So, how would he get him off when so many heard the threat? But, this is just the tip of the iceberg as Gerald was found with two uncut diamonds leading the Police and FBI to uncover diamond smuggling, money laundering, murder and arms sales run by a man named Alan Divac who just happened to be legitimate on one side and totally dangerous and crooked on the other. Added in we meet Willie Morris, Andy’s partner in the foundation who managed to track down the dog only to find out her name is really Zoe. But, Zoe was owned by a man named Eric Brantley who was into more than most scientists should be as Andy and his new wife Laurie and his adopted son Ricky take center stage we deal with his humor, antic, wisecracks and a new father who wants his son to play baseball even though he would rather play soccer but that’s a whole other story. So, he paid a dollar to get into see his client and then the events that happen and led to the theft of the dog and why will surprise readers and even Andy. Gerry Downey was decapitated and the scene is graphically described. Tommy Infante worked with him and threatened to slit his throat but some say it was a ruse. Others claim that Downey did not give Infante his share from a jewelry robbery. Infante claims that never happened. Eric Brantley is the chemist or scientist that is question as the police for the murder of his partner Michael Caruso who is looking for him.
Dylan Campbell is a smart prosecutor and thinks he has an airtight case. But, anyone that knows Andy and has seen him in action knows that this is probably not true. What I love is that the author does not drag out the trial, does not elaborate on the courtroom scenes and the witnesses are questioned, released and the open and shut case is not quite that as Dylan Campbell just might learn. As the events are revealed there are other players that come to light and Stephanie Manning, Eric’s girlfriend plays an important part as she leads not only the police but a dangerous killer to Eric when he asks her to bring Zoe to where he is hiding and never realizes that she is being watched.
“Blood diamonds (also called conflict diamonds, converted diamonds, hot diamonds, or war diamonds) is a term used for a diamond in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, an invading army’s war efforts, or a warlord’s activity. The term is used to highlight the negative consequences of the diamond trade in certain areas, or to label an individual diamond as having come from such an area. Diamonds mined during the recent civil wars in Angola, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and other nations have been given the label. The term conflict resource analogous situations involving other natural resources.” Wikipedia The diamonds in question and what was being brought in are what are called Blood Diamonds as described above. This is at the basis of what the author wants readers to learn about Alan Divac and another man even deadlier whose main concern was to use the diamonds and eventually take over and control an entire city. Did Gerry have accomplices? Was he killed to send a message to others or was he killed to frighten others or did he kill Gerry because he was enraged?
Infante was arrested and accused of killing Gerald Downey and was connected to Eric Brantley who was connected to the conspiracy that someone else was running. Downey was involved in the diamond smuggling and connected to Brantley. But, my favorite characters are Marcus and Sam who manage to get the job done in their own unique ways. Marcus is terrifying just to look at and when needed never says a word but manages to take down anyone in Andy’s way. Sam can hack into anything and when Andy needs information he’s the go to guy and boy would any writer want him on their research team. Trying to make his case and link Downey to these dangerous people in the smuggling world and pointing the jury in another direction other than Tommy’s would really help Andy.
The trial is fast, swift and the ending will let you know that Andy Carpenter is not only sharp, astute but manages to keep his cool at the right time. Phone calls to Divac from Downey link him to the diamonds. Just who killed Downey? Who killed the Brantley and another guy named Healey? Who created a ruse that someone almost got away with? How did Andy figure it out? What link did it have to a dockworker? An ending that you won’t expect and a team that will let you know that seniors are still in the game and Hilda, Edna his so called assistant, Pete Stanton, Vince the reporter and the rest will keep you guessing until you find out the final result. One man stood to gain from it all. Another wanted domination over a whole town. A professor would pay the ultimate price but when Andy comes face to face with the killer what happens will let you know not to mess with Carpenter. So, if you are going to win a case, need to investigate a murder call in Sam, Hilda and Eli Mandlebaum, Sondra, Laurie, Willie, Hike his partner, Leon and of course Marcus. So, will Ricky play baseball or will he play soccer? Find out when you learn who makes the final kick!
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