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Absolute Rage
     

Absolute Rage

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by Robert K. Tanenbaum
 

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As the city sizzles under the early summer sun, New York chief assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his family are happily vacationing on Long Island's north shore. Their reverie changes to horror when they learn that their beachfront neighbors, Rose and Ralph "Red" Heeney — a coal miners' union leader — have been brutally murdered back home in tiny

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Absolute Rage (Butch Karp Series #14) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me and was the first time reading Tanenbaum's work. I have to admit that I wasn't impressed. According to reviews, this was not his best work so I may attempt another of his books in the future. It was difficult to like either of the families portrayed and the plot was definitely lacking and unbelievable. The book would start getting really good and then there would be this boring spot that just lost the momentum of the story. It was like the author was required to have a certain number of pages and just filled in with useless information. Absolute Rage is heading to the donation pile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson Sunday, July 28, 2002; Page BW03 Washington Post The veteran crime writer Robert K. Tanenbaum, in Absolute Rage (Atria Books, $25), also provides plenty of thrills, but his is a larger world that includes not only cops and criminals but also children, dogs, marriages, first love, labor unions and even a battalion of aging Viet Cong. The novel is one of a series that stars Butch Karp, a trouble-prone federal prosecutor from New York, but it is not until page 72 that a crime occurs. Until then, we are getting to know Karp and his family as they summer on Long Island. Such leisurely storytelling may demand more patience than some thriller fans possess, but Tanenbaum's deft writing and offbeat characters kept me reading contentedly. Who needs homicide when there's first-rate prose to be had? Karp is a reasonable sort of fellow and frustrated by political pressures in the prosecutor's office. His more colorful wife, Marlene, is a former lawyer and private investigator who now raises children and dogs, flirts a good bit and keeps her one good eye peeled for trouble (she lost the other one to a letter bomb). Their daughter, Lucy, is a college student, a linguistic prodigy, a devout Catholic and a virgin who finds love as the story unfolds; her brothers, artistic Giancarlo and rough-and-tumble Zak, are 10-year-old twins. When trouble finally interrupts their idyllic summer, it's ugly. A union reformer and his family are killed in a corrupt corner of West Virginia. The governor summons Karp as a special prosecutor, and soon all the Karps are in an alien and dangerous world, confronting corrupt union bosses and malevolent mountaineers, who soon have their eyes on innocent Lucy. All this is not only gripping but richly told. Tanenbaum can evoke young love as persuasively as he does a brawl in a honky-tonk. This is a writer worth knowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Giant margins only four or five words to a line run together words on almost every page hard to concentrate on content I have read 13 other in the series all great what happened here?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Voice artist Lee Sellars gives a finely paced reading to the latest thriller from New York times best selling author Robert. K. Tannenbaum. In this, the fourteenth Karp family tale, the big city swelters in summer heat while the Karps are enjoying a leisurely respite at their Long Island farmhouse. Wife Marlene is training guard dogs, while Karp, New York Country's assistant district attorney, is asked to serve as special prosecutor in a West Virginia murder case. Actually, the victims were summer friends of the Karps: a coal mine union leader, his wife, and their daughter. Karp finds more than killing in the little coal mining town - corruption and black crimes abound. Marlene soon joins her spouse, adding fuel to the already glowing fire of imminent death. Daughter Lucy plays a larger than usual part in this story, while the ten-year-old twins provide mostly background. Fans of Tannenbaum will find much to their liking in "Absolute Rage," and, undoubtedly, eagerly await the next one from this prolific author.