Bad Faith (Butch Karp Series #24)

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In Bad Faith, two gripping story lines that could have been torn out of today’s headlines meet at the intersection of religion and medical ethics. In the first, Butch battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents. Meanwhile, a beautiful...
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In Bad Faith, two gripping story lines that could have been torn out of today’s headlines meet at the intersection of religion and medical ethics. In the first, Butch battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents. Meanwhile, a beautiful but deadly Russian incarcerated assassin, Nadya Malovo, works with Karp from behind bars to prevent a violent attack on New York City. But she harbors a secret vendetta against Karp for interfering in her past crimes, and can’t be trusted…
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Those who prefer subtlety should avoid bestseller Tanenbaum’s 24th thriller featuring New York County DA Roger “Butch” Karp (after 2011’s Outrage). When Karp decides to prosecute Nonie and David Ellis for reckless manslaughter because they denied their 10-year-old son appropriate medical care on religious grounds, he incites the wrath of the Rev. C.G. Westlund, “God’s emissary at the End of Days Reformation Church of Jesus Christ.” Meanwhile, evil Nadya Malovo (aka Ajmaani), who’s in custody, is providing federal officials with inside information about a series of planned terror attacks at the same time she’s plotting an attack to seek revenge on Karp and escape her captors. Karp displays his ingenuity in and out of the courtroom, while his attorney wife, Marlene Ciampi, shows her grit digging into Westlund’s sordid background. Daughter Lucy’s linguistic skills and intelligence provide a key break in this relatively lackluster installment. Agent: Mike Hamilburg, Mike Hamilburg Agency. (June)
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“ONE HELL OF A WRITER.” —New York Post
Mark Lane
“Butch Karp is the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature. . . . Tanenbaum is a phenomenal attorney and a remarkable storyteller: It is almost unfair to the rest of us. . . . Outrage grabs you at the outset and astonishes at each page . . . Riveting.”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Lane
“Butch Karp is the best fictional prosecuting attorney in literature. . . . Tanenbaum is a phenomenal attorney and a remarkable storyteller: It is almost unfair to the rest of us. . . . Outrage grabs you at the outset and astonishes at each page . . . Riveting.”
Kirkus Reviews
The latest installment in Tanenbaum's long-running Karp-Ciampi series (Escape, 2008, etc.). An ailing young boy dies after a con man talks the 10-year-old's parents into turning to faith instead of medicine. A female Russian assassin who infiltrated Islamic terrorist groups for the government has her own deadly agenda. So does Grale, king of the Mole People, an underground army of homeless people. It's all in a day's work for Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, star husband-wife duo of the New York District Attorney's Office. This installment is centered on Karp's negligence case against David and Nonie Ellis, who put their faith in the slick Rev. C.G. Westlund to save their suffering son Micah from a rare cancer. The preacher, who recently escaped trouble in Memphis, pressured Nonie into putting him and his "church" down as insurance beneficiaries, but if Karp gets the parents convicted, there will be no payoff. Meanwhile, the Russian, Nadya Malovo, who is supposedly working for Karp, is plotting to kill him and his family, holding a grudge from incidents in previous books involving his nemesis, Andrew Kane. Nadya and Grale have a history as well. A book is in trouble from the start when its terrorism plot is second or third in importance. As celebrated as Tanenbaum is as a trial lawyer, he is unable to make the legal case at the heart of this story--or any of the narrative odds and ends surrounding it--fresh or suspenseful. The dialogue is stiff, the dramatic scenes unintentionally cartoonish. The book has its share of entertaining oddities, but they aren't enough to make it more than a run-of-the-mill thriller.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620640647
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Butch Karp Series , #24
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 824,077
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Tanenbaum has been bureau chief of the New York Criminal Courts, where 250 new cases arrive daily, and he ran the homicide bureau for the New York District Attorney’s office and deputy chief counsel to the congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Most recently, he has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. His previous works include the novels Outrage, Betrayed, Captive, Escape, Malice, Fury, and Hoax and true-crime books The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer and Badge of the Assassin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    True fans will appreciate this one.

    Truly enjoyable. Have been a fan since book one. Was so curious as to how the Nadya Malovo story line would conclude and as expected, Mr.Tanenbaum does not disappoint.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Love Butch Karp

    This story is typical Tanenbaum, full of colorful people. It kept my interest. But, as much as I love Butch Karp, I would have liked more of the family in it. I like the books that feature more of the twins and Lucy and Marlene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Kept me turning the pages until the very end. Must check it out.

    I have read all Robert K. Tanenbaum's books and they just get better all the time. His stories are so up to date and believable.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Excellent, better than the last few

    The whole crowd is back in this book, including a major presence of the underground world. The story moved right along, and it was highly visual. I could see a great, of somewhat disturbing, movie in this book. A winner for fans of the extended Karp family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    A very good book!

    This book had a twist on medical fraud that I didn't expect.

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    Posted July 5, 2012

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