Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter Series #8)

Dog Tags (Andy Carpenter Series #8)

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by David Rosenfelt
     
 

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A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner—an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief—is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and

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A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner—an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief—is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with. Andy will have to call upon the unique abilities of this ex-police dog to help solve the crime and prevent a catastrophic event from taking place.

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Series fans and newcomers alike will welcome Rosenfelt's eighth comic legal thriller to feature Paterson, N.J., defense lawyer Andy Carpenter (after New Tricks). Billy Zimmerman, an ex-cop and Iraq war vet who lost a leg to a suicide bomber, has used Milo, a German shepherd and a former police dog, as his partner in snatch and run crimes. When a snatch that goes badly awry results in a murder charge for Billy and impoundment for Milo, Andy takes on Milo as a client. Andy, whose courtroom antics always delight, makes his bid for Milo's freedom before formidable Judge Horace Catchings. Billy's case presents greater challenges, with tendrils reaching back to Iraq and involving payoffs, hit men, and even a possible national security threat. Oddball regular characters, like Willie Miller, who tries his hand at detecting, and Marcus Clark, "the most-menacing-looking human being" Carpenter has ever seen, add to the fun.
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"Is the client at least a human this time?" asks North Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter's partner. No such luck.

Billy Zimmerman and Milo, a German shepherd, were in the police force together. Then Billy went to Iraq without Milo and lost a leg in a suicide bombing that killed 18 people, including the new reformist oil minister. Now Billy and Milo are together again, this time as thieves. On the night when they're preparing to nab a crucial batch of papers from Major Jack Erskine, who returned from the Iraq disaster with both legs but no friends, something goes wrong. When the smoke clears, Erskine is dead, Billy is bending over him, the police are bending over Billy, Milo has hidden the papers someplace only he knows, and some well-armed bad guys are determined to get Milo to share his secret even as they cover their murderous tracks with more murders. The setup is a natural for Andy Carpenter, a sucker for hopeless cases and canine clients. And it's a pleasure watching Andy's ebullient maneuvering in Milo's defense. Once he gets custody of the dog, however, the case bogs down in low-impact courtroom wrangling, rumors of far-reaching terrorist plots and government cover-ups, and intercut scenes showing sinister assassins winnowing the cast of faceless co-conspirators. Worst of all, Milo gets upstaged by threats that "the world could blow up any minute."

Despite the clever title, dog lovers are well-advised to tune out after the first half of wisecracking Andy's lumpy, overscaled foray into international intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446551502
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Series:
Andy Carpenter Series, #8
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
177,837
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 4.28(h) x 1.00(d)

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Dog Tags


By Rosenfelt, David

Grand Central Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Rosenfelt, David
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780446551526

IT FELT SO MUCH LIKE BEING A COP. The fact that the two occupations were so similar was an irony that was never lost on Billy Zimmerman, who was certainly in a unique position to know. Until three years ago, he was a cop. Now he was a thief.

And at times like this, he was damned if he could tell the difference.

Much of the similarity was in the waiting. Back then he might be assigned to follow someone, to simply watch and see where they were going, and to move in if they did something illegal. If things got hairy, there was an unlimited supply of backup to call upon.

In his new occupation, there was just as much downtime, but now it was spent waiting for a potential victim to make a mistake, to reveal a vulnerability. Of course, being a thief came with more built-in pressure. If you failed a mission as a cop, the captain got pissed off. Fail as a thief, and it’s a warden you’re dealing with.

And calling in backup was not a viable option.

Standing outside Skybar on River Road in Edgewater, New Jersey, Billy was hopeful that something good was about to happen. It was Friday evening, and his target had been standing outside the building for twenty minutes, frequently checking his watch, and obviously waiting for someone.

Billy noticed the man held his right arm tight in against his ribs, as if pressing something against himself. He seemed to exert a constant pressure, which could be extremely tiring. This was no anonymous target; Billy knew him very well, and he had no doubt that there was something valuable inside his jacket, something he wanted to completely control.

Which made it something that Billy wanted.

Billy looked toward his partner, Milo, a classic, powerful German shepherd. Milo stood to the left of the club, near the curb, thirty feet away. A casual observer might have observed that Milo was wearing a leash around his neck, with the other end tied to a signpost. A more keen observer might have noticed that there was no knot on the leash; it was simply wound loosely around the post.

Milo could free himself whenever he so chose, and he was planning to do so as soon as Billy gave him the sign.

Milo, more than anything else, made Billy feel like he was back on the force. They were partners then, before Iraq, before the sixteen-year-old girl who calmly blew herself up and took Billy’s left leg with her.

Getting Milo back was the best thing that had happened since, and not just because of his particular, immense talent. Billy loved Milo, and Milo loved him right back. They were a team, and they were friends.

And for now they both waited for the moment they knew was coming.



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David Rosenfelt is the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures and lives in Southern California.

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Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
Having read a couple of one-off tales by the same author it is good that his Andy Carpenter character is back. This time Andy is defending an ex-cop and Iraqi war veteren(Billy) who turned thief after his leg was blown off. Billy is accused of shooting his ex-commander while commiting a robbery. Billy had in fact robbed a man(Erskine), using his trained police dog Milo to steal an important envelope that the man was giving to a group of men. After Milo got the envelope from Erskine, one of the men shot Erskine and fled. Billy tried to save Erskine but was left on the scene as the suspected murderer. The police arrive on the scene and arrest Billy and then a special unit tries to grab Milo. Andy and Laurie happen to pass the scene and try to find out what is happening with the dog. There are told to back off. Later Andy meets up with Pete Stanton and learns that Billy is a friend of Pete and as a personal favor he wants Andy to get Milo out of police custody. In a typical hilarious Andy Carpenter court scene, Andy must defend Milo and get him out. Once he does he learns that there are many forces involved including the military and the Feds. Andy then takes on Billy's murder case. As he has his team investigate (the hulking Marcus, the computer geek Sam, and his buddy Willie), Andy learns there is a huge plot going on leading back to the explosion in Iraq where Billy lost his leg. Other soldiers that were on the scene in Iraq with Billy are now missing or turning up dead. Also, there is a possible hit man that may be after Milo and Andy so he and Laurie are in danger at every turn. The book is loaded with Andy's wit and usual self-effacing humor. The courtroom scenes may not be as intense as some of his prior tales but they are always a lot of fun.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt always finds unique ways to have his protagonist Andy Carpenter defending a canine. And Dog Tags is no exception. This time Andy represents a German Shepard which was part of a robbery duo and his master is in jail. Afraid that the dog will be killed, Andy gets a judge to release the dog to him and then the action begins. Seems that the dog took and hid an important envelope stolen from the victim (who was murdered) and someone will go to any length to get it. Rosenfelt's style of writing is addicting and the usual set of characters are there to help Andy. I always look forward to these stories.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Andy Carpenter is sure he knows everything about himself; he wealthy enough to choose who he will represent, he loves his girlfriend Laurie Collins and he is a dog lunatic especially where his beloved Tara is concerned. He is not sure how he would rank those in importance but he is pretty sure Laurie would win this competition but Tara is a sweetheart. What Andy also knows is he really does not like to work much but keeps getting called on to do just that and when the case also involves a dog that needs him as a client more than the two legged he is all in. His current case is a true puzzle and one he is again reluctant to be part of until he finds out there is a four-legged client that needs him. Milo a magnificent German Shepherd that was a K9 dog with the police force until he hit the ripe old age of 7 and was retired and adopted by his former partner, Billy Zimmerman. Billy is a former cop and wounded Iraq veteran who right now Billy is being charged with murder while Milo is being held under FBI guard. Andy not being sure who he should go to first is not the issue - Milo wins and whatever it takes to get him out of the pound and into Tara, his animal rescue organization it shall be done. But after Andy meets Billy Zimmerman and hears the story Billy has to tell he finds both dog and owner become his clients. The more Andy looks into this case the more strange it becomes and the more tangled with branches of the government he never heard of. Billy had been tossed aside after he returned wounded from Iraq by the police force and taking care of himself and his dog was literally hand to mouth existence. Billy had become a good thief with Milo doing what he did as a K9 dog and taking the goods from the bad guys only this time the contents stayed with Billy and Milo and that was all they were doing that night. However, the case being built against him by the police is that the murdered man was Billy's former commanding officer that caused Billy's injury and this was all about rage and revenge. Billy says no, the FBI yell conspiracy, the police say guilty and Milo is keeping his information to himself. One thing is for sure whatever was in the envelope that Milo snatched for Billy that night was important enough to make even the worst of society go digging into the dirt for the evidence. The longer this case goes on the more it appears to Andy to have nothing to do with this one particular murder but a string of events that were started years ago in Iraq and even more to do with money and the ability the rich have for getting richer by whatever means are necessary. Thankfully Andy made his money the old fashioned way, he inherited it and hopefully nothing will ever turn him from grateful to greedy about it which is why he is determined to reunite Billy and Milo. Andy knows Billy and Milo are unfortunately involved with one piece of a huge puzzle that Andy does not responsibility for but he knows he also does not want Billy going to jail for a crime he did not commit. You don't have to be a dog lover to adore this series but it does make us dog lovers grateful that David Rosenfelt is able to write this wonderful mystery series where the dog is believably always the main character. This particular book lays out the plot about a subject we listen to on the TV and makes it seem like we are all part of one huge puzzle and someone is manipulating the pieces.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Billy Zimmerman was at one time a police detective; a soldier in Iraq who returned home a hero minus a leg. Unable to return to his civilian job, he became a thief. His accomplice is Milo, his former K-9 German Shepherd police partner. On Billy's signal, Milo retrieves an envelope from a man and runs off with it. Lawyer Andy Carpenter's friend Pete asks him to get Milo out of police custody. He speaks to Billy who hires him as Milo's lawyer. Andy makes a strong presentation to free Milo who stays at his house as someone wants the envelop Milo took. Andy also represents Billy who is in jail because he was seen with the gun after the victim with the envelope was killed by the person he was talking to in a car. The case goes badly for Billy because Andy only has hunches that the killing goes back to a suicide bomber in Iraq who killed eighteen people including two American businessmen. The more research Andy conducts, the more he believes that Billy's case involves Army and Wall St. top brass. The Pentagon, FBI and other Homeland Security agents are very interested in Andy's information. Readers will enjoy the antics of Milo and Andy as the lawyer tries to gain the trust of the K-9, but being a cop the dog distrusts attorneys. Andy needs Milo to take him to the concealed envelope. The courtroom scenes are fantastic as Andy mounts a defense with little evidence and plenty of theories that all seem cockamamie to him. With a message to care for of our vets (and not just politically shrill), there is plenty of action in and out of the courthouse, and a strong cast. Dog Tags is stupendous thriller. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good. I love the german shepherd because they are my 2 nd favorite breed my firsth is labrador retriever this book i for young adults!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks with z and gets tired
AndyAC More than 1 year ago
Having read all of David Rosenfelt's books, and having a special fondness for the Andy Carpenter series, I can only say, they're all such fun. One feels that they're reading about a good friend; sometimes my husband! "Dog Tags" is no exception. It's a fast-paced, intelligently written book. The mystery is there, it keeps you guessing, yet, it's just a fun read. I found myself reading some of bits aloud to my husband (who, really is literate.....really, but hates to read)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. My first Andy Carpenter series. I really liked reading a crime drama that has a dog that you can really love. I thought the characters were interesting and fun and very likeable. I plan on reading more of David Rosenfelt's books.
Emily L More than 1 year ago
Another great Andy Carpenter mystery!
beaglemomJB More than 1 year ago
Along with the collection of well-drawn, entertaining characters, especially Milo the german shepherd, the expertly crafted plot and Rosenfelt's humorous style make putting this book down difficult. These stories never disappoint and leave me reading only to find out that my predictions are right. The foreshadowing and evolution of the increasingly complex story line do not give too much away. I like the way the Iraq War and greed on Wall St. are intertwined in a nefarious conspiracy As a dog lover I enjoy the way Andy relates to the dogs in his life.
Lynnette_Phillips More than 1 year ago
Andy Carpenter takes on only cases that appeal to him and being the dog lover he is he can't resist defending Milo, the police dog slash canine thief. Milo has been locked up under armed guard for working with his best friend Billy, an ex-cop and Iraq war veteran turned thief. Billy Zimmerman has been arrested for murder but feels Milo needs Andy's services more than he does. After Andy wins Milo's release he convinces Billy that he's being set up by the powers responsible for the explosion in Iraq that took his leg...or maybe it's the FBI that's plotting his confinement. Anyway, Billy needs an attorney whether he wants one or not. Andy assembles a defense team made up of his ex-cop girlfriend, Laurie, who becomes his lead investigator and Hike, his gloomy law partner. Also indispensable is Sam, computer guru and Andy's accountant and Willie, Andy's former client and now partner in his dog rescue foundation, who enthusiastically helps wherever he's needed. Then there's Marcus who becomes Milo's bodyguard and Laurie's investigative staff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'He stepped in softly,' Ok...Hm..
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Will and can u make more my name is will and look at my rat -(c:>
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CSNookMN More than 1 year ago
David Rosenfelt continues the series in the style that is his own. It is another page turner with intrigue and some one-liners that make you laugh out loud. I couldn't wait to finish to learn how the story ended, but I didn't want the great writing to end. Onto to book #9.
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