Material Witness (Butch Karp Series #5) [NOOK Book]

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Book Five of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp goes undercover to take on mob ties to professional sports


When he goes undercover to bust mobsters who have infiltrated the sports world, Butch Karp glides effortlessly from the criminal courts he dominates as a prosecutor to the basketball court. Police have found the body of a pro basketball star in a car on the edge of the city, the glove compartment stuffed with cocaine. The investigation leads to a ...

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Material Witness (Butch Karp Series #5)

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Overview


Book Five of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp goes undercover to take on mob ties to professional sports


When he goes undercover to bust mobsters who have infiltrated the sports world, Butch Karp glides effortlessly from the criminal courts he dominates as a prosecutor to the basketball court. Police have found the body of a pro basketball star in a car on the edge of the city, the glove compartment stuffed with cocaine. The investigation leads to a sophisticated ring of sports fixing and drug trafficking, and Karp’s own background as a college basketball standout helps him close in on the crooks. But while Karp obsesses over a case that fulfills his childhood dreams, his wife and crime-fighting partner, Marlene, and unborn child will fall into mortal danger.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert K. Tanenbaum including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

 

A novel of murder, political coverup and corruption, by the author of Reversible Error and No Lesser Plea. When New York's top celebrity athlete is shot to death, Assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his wife/partner, Marlene Ciampi, take on an accumulation of mobsters, hitmen, big city guns and big shots.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ex-New York DA Tanenbaum's gritty thrillers take full advantage of his own experience in the judicial system. Here he brings back NYC assistant DAs Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, last seen in No Lesser Plea , for a fifth go-round. Now married, they are expecting their first child. While Marlene is on pregnancy leave, Butch gets into a hassle with his superior and resigns from the DA's office. Unofficially, then, they become embroiled in a murder case in Queens, the shooting of a pro basketball star in a car whose glove compartment contains a large package of high-grade cocaine. The tangled case brings them into contact with Mafia hitmen and loan sharks, and includes revelations of point-shaving, arson-for-hire and a political corruption scheme that involves numerous high-ranking New York pols. In order to break the case, Karp ends up as the 12th man on a pro basketball team, a return to the injury-shortened athletic dreams of his college days, while Marlene trundles off to see a Jamaican druglord in Brooklyn. Tanenbaum knows his criminal procedure cold and is briskly efficient in propelling his complicated plot. Though the novel is generally laced with a nervy, street-smart cynicism, there are some absurdities: the idea of a 30-something lawyer on a pro hoops team is nothing less than preposterous, and it takes an equally unlikely coincidence to bring Marlene into the mortal danger that Tanenbaum concocts for her. These cavils aside, this is a consistently entertaining thriller. Major ad/promo. (June)
Mary Carroll
In Tanenbaum's fifth Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi adventure, Ciampi, eight months pregnant, reluctantly takes maternity leave from the office of the Manhattan District Attorney just as the body of New York Hustlers basketball star Marion Simmons is discovered in a Queens parking lot. Prospective papa Karp soon resigns as head of the DA's Criminal Courts Bureau when a procedural error by one of his trainees leaves a woman dead. He goes undercover as "twelfth man" on the Hustlers' bench, while Ciampi scales the elevator shafts in their Little Italy loft, rehabilitates an alcoholic cop, and sets up furtive meeting with a Jamaican drug lord. Simmons' death is one small piece of a much larger conspiracy involving drugs and arson, adultery and real estate, major-league malfeasance and laundered Mob money. Karp and Ciampi succeed in identifying the guilty parties through plot devices that require stupendous leaps of faith; still, when they're not playing Superman and Wonder Woman, Tanenbaum's twosome relies on research and surveillance by ordinary mortals (among them, the bibulous policeman and their DA's office sidekicks). On balance, Tanenbaum's edgy exploration of a two-career, Italian-Jewish marriage, and Ciampi and Karp's credible relationships with secondary characters give "Material Witness" a satisfying ring of truth despite the plot's convenient coincidences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453210093
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Butch Karp Series , #5
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: B&N epub
  • Pages: 306
  • Sales rank: 36,914
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Robert K. Tanenbaum is the New York Times–bestselling author of twenty-three 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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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    Former New York Assistant District Attorney Robert K. Tannenbaum

    Former New York Assistant District Attorney Robert K. Tannenbaum's descriptions of the streets of New York are fantastic. He knows the hallowed or not so hallowed halls of justice, the subways, Manhattan, as well as the outer borough neighborhoods. Through main characters ADA Butch Karp and his lawyer wife, Marlene Campi, the author makes caustic observations about the New York judicial and the criminal justice systems.

    The author paints a unique married couple in Butch and Marlene. They take risks others would not; make choices that don't make a whole lot of sense to sensible people...and the reader is asked to accept that. After all, it's Butch and Marlene. That's who they are. Some of the things they do are hard to swallow. If you can accept that about Butch and Marlene, then you're in for a great fictional ride.

    A top MBA celebrity player is found murdered in his white Caddy with a glove compartment full of cocaine. Butch, who was a star basketball player in college (sidelined into law due to an injury) joins an MBA team undercover and goes after the killer. Meanwhile, back at their loft in lower Manhattan, a very pregnant Marlene is about to take incredible risks with the help of her washed up, drunken cop friend as she charges head long into the case. Working as a team (and sometimes fighting like cats and dogs) they discover a conspiracy with mobsters, political big wigs, and movers and shakers who have killed and are willing to kill again to maintain the status quo which amounts to a gravy train.

    Nike Chillemi (I'm having trouble with the Pen Name)

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