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Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Diza. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie ...

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Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Diza. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene—Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won’t get thrown into the “system.” This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.

David Rosenfelt has done it again. Told with his characteristic humor and wit, Hounded is at once a heartfelt story about family and a page-turning legal thriller.

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In Edgar finalist Rosenfelt’s heartwarming 12th Andy Carpenter mystery (after 2013’s Unleashed), the DA and his partner, Laurie Collins, agree to foster eight-year-old Ricky Diaz, a murder victim’s son, and his dog, Sebastian. Then Andy’s friend and respected Paterson, N.J., police captain Pete Stanton is arrested for killing Ricky’s father, Danny, an ex-con turned police informant. Danny had reported Pete for dealing drugs, and the case solidifies when investigators find $100,000 worth of heroin in Pete’s home. Pete believes that several apparently natural deaths are really contract murders, and Andy, certain that Pete is being framed, plans his friend’s legal defense while searching for the killer. Meanwhile, Laurie asks Andy to consider adopting Ricky and Sebastian, who have adjusted to life with them and their dog, Tara. Despite a few plot holes, this is an entertaining, feel-good read, populated with Jersey gangsters, ruthless criminals, and likable protagonists. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be charmed by wise-cracking, canine-loving Andy. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250024749
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Series: Andy Carpenter Novel Series , #12
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 542
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of five stand-alones and twelve previous Andy Carpenter novels, most recently Unleashed. After years living in California, he and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty-five golden retrievers that they’ve rescued. Rosenfelt's hilarious account of this cross-country move, Dogtripping, was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2013.

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Pete Stanton figured he was the poorest person in the room.

Of course, it was always possible that he was wrong. Maybe the servants had been allowed to attend, since it was their boss who was being eulogized. Having had no experience with servants, Pete was not in a position to venture an educated guess about that. And if he asked the guys at the precinct, chances are they wouldn’t know either.

One after another the speakers spoke about what a wonderful woman Katherine Reynolds was, and what a caring and compassionate life she led. She was a philanthropist, and a litany of charities that benefitted from her largesse were cited. Jokes were told about her eccentricities and unique character traits, but all were gentle and ultimately meant to praise.

This was a memorial service, not a roast. The deceased had died weeks earlier, and the funeral had been small and private. This was a chance for everyone else to pay their respects.

Based on the speeches, Katherine Reynolds was a woman without a flaw, and Pete figured that’s how it should be. If you’re not coming back, you should get a good send-off.

Pete looked over at Katherine’s husband, Carson Reynolds, stone-faced as he listened, dabbing occasionally at his eyes. He was trying to read something in Reynolds’s face, but there was nothing there to read. Certainly Pete had no way of knowing that Carson Reynolds was the happiest man in the place.

The happiest woman, also undetected by Pete, was actually sitting just three rows away from him. Her name was Susan Baird, and she herself was less than a year a widow. Having known Katherine Reynolds quite well, she knew that at least seventy percent of the spoken praise was total bullshit, and the rest hyperbole. But her death moved Baird up the ladder from mistress to girlfriend, so she was fine with whatever might be said at this service.

Pete had already decided that there was nothing for him to learn when he felt his cell phone vibrate. He saw that it was a text message from Danny Diaz, and it was marked “urgent.”

He got up and left the service.

No one seemed to notice or care.

“We have to leave,” Danny Diaz said.

He was trying to say it as casually as he could, but he knew that his son, Ricky, would see through it. Ricky was just eight years old, but it had been at least three years since Danny was able to fool him.

“Where are we going?” Ricky asked.

“I’m not sure. On a trip, like a vacation.”


“Now. Right now.” He was trying to keep his voice calm; there was no reason to transfer his anxiety to his son.

“We going to see Mom?”

Danny didn’t know how to respond to that; he certainly didn’t want to get Ricky’s hopes up if things didn’t work out. “I’m not sure yet, Rick. You know where your suitcase is?”

“In the closet.”

“Okay. Well, put as many of your clothes in it that can fit, all right? Can you do that for me right away?”

“Can I take some toys?”

“Just a couple. We want to keep room for clothes.”

Ricky pointed. “Can Sebastian come?”

He was referring to their six-year-old basset hound, sleeping soundly on a doggie bed against the wall. While Ricky was sensitive to increased energy levels in the house, Sebastian was unmoved by it, or pretty much anything else.

Danny had forgotten about Sebastian. “We’ll come back for him,” he said, with no conviction whatsoever.

Ricky saw through the lie and shook his head. “I’m not going without Sebastian.”

“Okay. Sebastian can come.”

Ricky began to gather his things, throwing a couple of Sebastian’s toys into the bag as well. He instinctively knew that they were not coming back, though he had no idea why. Danny went down the hall to his own room to do the same.

Ricky heard the doorbell ring, and for some reason it worried him. Moments later, Danny came into the room. “You okay in here?”

“Yeah, Dad. Who’s at the door?”

“I’ll see. But meanwhile, you stay in the room, and don’t make a sound, okay?”


“Just do this for me, Ricky. Not a sound, and don’t come out until I tell you to.”


But Danny was gone, closing the door behind him.

It was probably just three minutes, though it seemed much longer, before Ricky heard the two really loud sounds. They sounded like firecrackers, the ones he heard last July Fourth, when he and his mom and dad had gone to the park. These sounds were so loud that they even woke up Sebastian, who looked around, puzzled, and then nodded off again.

Another five minutes went by, and Ricky didn’t hear anything, though he had his ear pressed against the door. His father had told him not to come out of the room, but that was an edict that couldn’t last forever, could it?

So Ricky waited five more minutes, and then opened the door slowly, and went to the top of the steps, looking down. “Dad?”

No answer, no sound, no sign of his father. So he took another few steps down, calling out again, but not getting a response.

So Ricky went down a little farther, and peered around the landing. He was only eight years old, but what he saw then would stay with him if he lived to be a hundred.

And like any eight-year-old would do in that situation, he ran back upstairs, and started to cry.

Copyright © 2014 by Tara Productions, Inc.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    Another Good Andy Carpenter Tale But The Story Is Too Similiar To Previous Tales

    Having just finished Rosenfelt's excellent Without Warning, I was eager to continue with my favorite fictional lawyer Andy Carpenter. While Andy, Laurie, and Edna are off at a crossword puzzle tournament, Pete Stanton is at the scene of a murder. Danny Diaz an ex-con is gunned down at his own front door. Diaz had texted Pete to come as soon as possible, but Pete gets there too late. It isn't too long before Pete is charged with Stanton's murder and he grudgingly must ask Andy to represent him.

    As always Andy must assemble his team of Sam, Hike, Laurie and the indestructible Marcus to help him. There is very compelling evidence against Pete and all that Andy has is that some mysterious heart attack victims that Pete was investigating may factor in to someone trying to frame Pete.

    Andy is still his wisecracking self, though it seems a little less than previous books. The story is pretty good but it seems like the same tale has been repeated by Rosenfelt throughout the series and with Pete now on trial, just about every character has been framed for murder in the previous books (Willie, Laurie, Andy, Sam). Also, how Andy goes about his investigation and the actual trial (while the prosecution presents its case, Andy has no specific defense planned) has happened too many times the same way in previous books. While readers new to the series will find this an excellent book, this book was just too similiar to previous stories that I give it between 3 and 4 stars.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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