Irresistible Impulse (Butch Karp Series #9) [NOOK Book]

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Book Nine of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp goes up against a formidable defense attorney in a case that threatens to divide the city against itself Back as head of the district attorney’s homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthy suburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer’s showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail ...
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Irresistible Impulse (Butch Karp Series #9)

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Overview

Book Nine of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp goes up against a formidable defense attorney in a case that threatens to divide the city against itself Back as head of the district attorney’s homicide bureau, Butch Karp comes up against one of his most bizarre cases yet. A series of racially motivated murders in Harlem prove to be the work of a wealthy suburbanite out to relive a twisted episode from his childhood. The killer’s showboating defense attorney will stop at nothing to derail Karp’s prosecution—even if it means igniting a race war. But while Karp relentlessly pursues the guilty, his wife, Marlene, risks everything when standing up for victims of domestic abuse and crosses into vigilantism. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert K. Tanenbaum including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
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Editorial Reviews

LA Times Book Review
Tanenbaum knows the workings of the New York D.A.'s office like the back of his hand.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The workaholic marriage between New York DA Butch Karp and streetwise security agent Marlene Ciampi once again takes center stage in Tannenbaum's snappy, electric ninth novel to feature the latter-day Hepburn and Tracy. A suspicious death certificate raises a red flag in the DA's office, but the ensuing investigation of the doctor involved takes a back seat to the high-profile Rohbling case, which Butch wants to prosecute personally. This cuts into his family time with his daughter Lucy, who's having problems at her Chinatown school, and with Marlene, whose agency is trying to protect cellist Edith Wooten from an obsessed fan. Clever readers will spot this music-lover almost from his first appearance, so the suspense here is all Hitchcockian: since we know there's a bomb in the briefcase, we wonder when it will go off. Tanenbaum concentrates on how these contrasting cases affect Butch and Marlenetheir careers, their marriage and their relationship with Lucy. He links the two main plots together cleverly and adds an ingenious subplot when Marlene hires a Vietnamese immigrant who isn't afraid to get rough or break the law in the line of duty. Tannenbaum's authentic background detail and his likable characters provide irresistible entertainment. Mystery Guild main selection; Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild selections; audio rights to Books on Tape. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Legal eagles Butch Carp and Marlene Ciampi, fresh from their courtroom adventure in the best-selling Falsely Accused, here find their jobs and lives threatened.
Kirkus Reviews
A serial killer who preys on elderly black women is only the main course in this smorgasbord of homicides—some proposed, some already disposed—for Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi.

Back in the D.A.'s office as chief of the Homicide Bureau after his stint as a defense attorney (Falsely Accused, 1996), Butch insists on trying confessed killer Jonathan Rohbling himself because of his past successes against the insanity plea that's bound to be lodged by high-powered Lionel T. Waley—even though Butch knows his continuing administrative responsibilities, not to mention his newborn twins, will mean stretching himself perilously thin. Nor is there any rest for equally workaholic Marlene, whose feminist security agency Bello & Ciampi (which specializes in protecting women menaced by stalkers) is growing faster than she can shout "Drop the weapon!" In fact, the men stalking Bello & Ciampi's latest clients—tennis pro Trude Speyr, cellist Edith Wooten, and Marlene's returning client Carrie Lanin (whose stalker, just released from prison for stalking, is back on the trail)—are so persistent and so violent that neither Marlene nor her latest subordinates (a rolling-stone security guard she hires through normal channels, a Vietnamese stone killer she takes on unofficially) have time to shout out much of anything before the weapons come out on both sides. If this feast of felonies sounds a little rich, it is: The Rohbling trial, though continually engaging, isn't a stout enough beanpole to hang the whole book on, and Butch and Marlene's growing suspicion that the same perp he likes for a sneaky drug homicide is her top candidate for the most elusive of her stalkers doesn't close the circle very convincingly either.

Fans hooked on Tanenbaum's mastery of detail and his gripping way with every single plotline won't care that this time his three-ring circus lacks a true headliner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453210260
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Butch Karp Series, #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: B&N epub
  • Pages: 445
  • Sales rank: 87,393
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Robert K. Tanenbaum is the New York Times–bestselling author of twenty-six legal thrillers featuring Butch Karp and his crime-fighting wife, Marlene Ciampi. Before publishing his first novel, Tanenbaum had an accomplished legal career. He served as bureau chief of the Criminal Courts, ran the Homicide Bureau in New York City, and was deputy chief counsel to the Congressional Committee Investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. He has also served two terms as the mayor of Beverly Hills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    some favorite characters introduced

    Imagine reading Dumas's TWENTY YEARS AFTER or even THIRTY YEARS AFTER before first tackling THE THREE MUSKETEERS. As I read more of these fascinating entertainments about two lawyers, their marriage and their growing family, I feel that there is little need to do them in sequence. For it is also fun to read a relatively early story in which the 'converted' Viet-Cong Tranh is introduced as well as is the much tried former top Jesuit priest who becomes Marlene Ciampi's confessor. *** Always didactic, this entry in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi detective series shows why it is not a good idea for a senior administrator like Butch to immerse himself for months on end in one criminal trial. By comparison with some of the later stories, IRRESISTIBLE IMPULSE is also more tightly and less complexly plotted. It is possible to keep track of all of the characters. Moreover clues as to the real identities of the true bad guys are fairly out in the open. A grand read when you have nothing too serious to do. Unless you consider some dialog about sin and repentance 'too' serious.

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