New Tricks (Andy Carpenter Series #7)

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Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone ...

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Overview

Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie—and only some high-risk new tricks will save those he cherishes most.

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  • David Rosenfelt
    David Rosenfelt  

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"A taut thriller full of whiplash plot twists and wisecracking dialogue."
Booklist
A cracking good yarn...Andy's offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on.
People
"A funny, warm-hearted mystery, NEW TRICKS moves quickly and playfully - almost puppylike-through mounting crimes, a long-distance love affair and a secret science project that threatens to thwart [Andy] Carpenter's best efforts. Three Stars."
Booklist (starred review)
"A cracking good yarn...Andy's offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on."
From the Publisher
On PLAY DEAD: "Riveting...alive with reliable Rosenfelt wit and heart."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A taut thriller full of whiplash plot twists and wisecracking dialogue."—Entertainment Weekly

"A cracking good yarn...Andy's offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on."—Booklist (starred review)

"A funny, warm-hearted mystery, NEW TRICKS moves quickly and playfully - almost puppylike-through mounting crimes, a long-distance love affair and a secret science project that threatens to thwart [Andy] Carpenter's best efforts. Three Stars."—People

Publishers Weekly

In Rosenfelt's excellent seventh legal thriller to feature Paterson, N.J., defense attorney Andy Carpenter (after Play Dead), Andy takes on another canine client-Waggy, a Bernese mountain puppy, who's somehow connected to the murder of Walter Timmerman, "a semi-titan in the pharmaceutical industry." Andy represents the dog in a custody battle between Diana, Walter's widow, and her stepson, Steven, who's a suspect in his father's shooting. Shortly after Andy picks up Waggy from Diana, she dies in a bomb explosion at her house. When Steven's arrested for Diana's murder, Andy agrees to represent him. After Andy's police chief girlfriend, Laurie Collins, who's visiting from Wisconsin, is shot and wounded while playing with Waggy and Tara, Andy's golden retriever, Andy realizes Waggy was the real target. Rosenfelt injects this clever installment with courtroom twists, a peek into some scary DNA research and a romantic surprise. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Cohabitating with his golden retriever, Tara, and yearning for his love, Laurie, a Wisconsin sheriff, Patterson, NJ, lawyer Andy Carpenter gets mixed up in a seventh canine crime (after Play Dead). And what a case it turns out to be. Ordered by a judge to represent Waggy, a Bernese Mountain dog, in a custody battle, Andy becomes entangled in murder, DNA, adultery, spies, explosions, and much more. Andy must figure out who is behind the killings, who is innocent, and why everyone wants Waggy. VERDICT Rosenfelt's newest entry in his Andy Carpenter series is a winner. In the same vein as Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar or Robert Crais's Elvis Cole, Rosenfelt's Andy has some great one-liners that complete his rich-lawyer, dog-loving persona. This hard-to-put-down read will please not just mystery fans (especially those who enjoy canine mysteries like Spencer Quinn's Dog On It) but others seeking the perfect summer escape. Put on the list of good reads.—Marianne Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD


—Marianne Fitzgerald
Kirkus Reviews
Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter's well-attested love for dogs (Play Dead, 2007, etc.) moves him to the edge of a weird case of murder, then to its center. The shooting of pharmaceutical semi-titan Walter Timmerman in a seedy New Jersey neighborhood way outside his orbit has landed the Passaic County justice system with two problems: identifying and convicting his killer, and resolving a custody battle between his wife Diana and his son Steven over Waggy, his Bernese mountain dog. Shortly after Andy's nemesis, Judge Henry "Hatchet" Henderson, appoints him Waggy's custodian and legal representative, the case takes an even more unexpected turn when an explosion kills Diana. The police arrest her stepson, apparently ending the custody battle without removing Waggy from Andy's household or Andy, who volunteers to represent Steven, from the case. As the evidence against Steven mounts-an explosives expert for the Marines who'd been repeatedly disinherited by his father, he was in the neighborhood of both crime scenes minutes before both murders-Andy learns that the custody case won't die either. Walter's friend Charles Robinson, a fellow mogul who raises show dogs, files a suit claiming that Walter would've wanted him to have Waggy, who's the subject of both an ongoing lawsuit (albeit with a revolving cast of claimants) and repeated murder attempts. What's going on here?The motive depends on a great central concept, and Andy and his crew of regulars are as engaging as ever, but the case itself is an unholy mess of coincidences and multiple malefactors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446505888
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Andy Carpenter Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 120,488
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID ROSENFELT is the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures and lives in Southern California. For more information, visit his website: www.davidrosenfelt.com.

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

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    If you are looking for a page turner, you found it. I read it really fast. It's funny and you do laught. The plot, although implausible, is fun. He's lost me a few times with his "song talking" because I'm back in the Sinatra age and those few things confuse me. But, I couldn't put it down and it sure is escapist reading great for the beach or on a plane. Captivating....sure. If you are looking for a fun read, you found it and it's Jersey....like Evanovich or Harlan Coben. I'll keep buying him.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    New Tricks may be a new book but it is a good, old-fashioned great read!

    Returning in the latest installment of this series is Andy Carpenter the lawyer that has found himself billed as both the "Lawyer to the Dogs" as well as a dog lunatic. Yes he has represented his fair share of canines and yes he does love dogs especially his own and absolutely he is trying to keep his rescue foundation thriving, but this is not a title he appreciates since he is trying to practice law with clients that do not have four legs. But Andy finds himself again being assigned to represent a dog in a custody case after its owner is unceremoniously murdered in the wrong part of town and his new wife and son are fighting over custody. This on the surface appears to be a simple enough case but of course it is not because that would make Andy's life uncomplicated which it is anything but since he inherited millions, the love of his life, Laurie, moved too many states away and his dog Tara started questioning his every move.

    Before the dog in question, a hyper Bernase Mountain Dog and descendant of a Westminster Best in Breed named "Waggy", is even in the car the widow is blown up in her house right after Andy walks out. With a blink of an eye the widow's step son and other litigant for Waggy's custody is arrested by the police for her murder as well as his father's. That would seem enough for anyone to deal with but wait that isn't the half of it as Andy decides the son didn't do it and takes it upon himself to represent him against the murder charges. Of course he still has to keep the dog safe even with the bodies piling up and the distraction of his girlfriend Laurie in town for an extended visit. Before too long though this case becomes even more personal as Laurie is mistakenly shot and critically wounded when the gunman tries to kill Waggy. Andy has so much going on in so many directions that he is having trouble sorting through the good from the evil but Laurie will recover, Waggy will find the right home and Steven his client will get off on the charges. Or so this is how it plays out in Andy's head!

    With help from Laurie's investigator Marcus, his partner Kevin and the sprinkling of various branches of law enforcement here and there Andy works through the details to get to the answers which never seem to add up. For every answer there is a wall thrown up that throws off the direction he is pursuing but he however does know that the one common factor is Waggy Nothing seems clear except it all revolves around Waggy and while this dog is valuable due to its lineage is that enough for someone to want it dog dead? Andy doesn't believe it is but trying to figure out the dog's value and get his client off on the murder charges is more than enough for today so let's see what tomorrow has in store.

    This book is absolutely a delight from page one. I did not expect to dislike it as mystery's are always fascinating but this angle of man, dog and client is wonderful as well as it is entertaining. I do not believe you need to be a dog lover to fall for Andy and his troop of characters because there is enough for everyone all around with a mystery, a little love angle and some very interesting people who Andy has surrounded himself with. Wonderful does not begin to describe this book and if you don't own it you absolutely should!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2009

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    Readers will appreciate David Rosenfelt's terrific legal thriller

    In Paterson, New Jersey, someone murders pharmaceutical VIP Walter Timmerman. A custody battle over the late man's Bernese mountain puppy Waggy pursues between his widow Diana and his son, Steven. A judge directs lawyer Andy Carpenter to represent Waggy's interest.

    Andy, who already has a canine roommate Tara, picks up Waggy from Diana. Just after he leaves with the dog, a bomb explodes in Diana's house killing her. The police who already suspected Steven in his father's homicide, arrest him for Diana's murder. He hires Andy to represent him. Soon afterward, Andy's girlfriend, visiting Wisconsin police chief Laurie Collins, is shot while playing with the two dogs; leading to the attorney to conclude someone wants Waggy dead with Laurie accidentally getting in the way.

    Having defended canine interests in court before (see PLAY DEAD), defense attorney Andy Carpenter does not blink when he is ordered to serve as Waggy's lawyer. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Andy brings his client home and never slows down even with super spins and twists. Readers will appreciate David Rosenfelt's terrific legal thriller as DNA plays a major role in the attempts to kill Waggy and anyone protecting the canine.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    I have just discovered David Rosenfelt in the last month or so and I have already purchased seven of his books. I started with number 1 and am working through. He is funny, loves dogs and writes a good story. I would recommend him to everyone who likes to read and loves animals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Since I'm an aminal lover, this is a very entertaining book. Love his laid back style of story telling. He keeps you interested.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    Highly Recommend

    Once again David Rosenfelt has a winner! You never know what the next page brings. Suspense, great humor and a page turner.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Dogs, mysteries, legal escapades -- New Tricks is great fun!

    Attorney Andy Carpenter is a wise-cracking, dog-loving, and long-distance relationship balancing, trust fund baby. He makes the most of his time now that he has the luxury of choosing his cases. In his own words: "I've been on a three month vacation from work. I find that my vacations are getting longer and longer, almost to the point that vacationing is my status quo, from which I take infrequent 'work breaks.' Two things enable me to do this: my mostly inherited wealth and my laziness."

    When Carpenter's assigned to represent a dog in a custody dispute, the case gets complex quickly. Carpenter narrowly misses being killed and the dog's claimants quickly drop in number. Acting as an amateur sleuth and lawyer, Carpenter finds himself in the middle of a complex and dangerous plot involving the dog, a drug company, and a struggle for a huge fortune. Carpenter faces the absurd, the dangerous, and the crazy with a keen sense of humor -- and takes on the challenge of unraveling the mystery behind the Bernese mountain dog and finding him a home.

    Witty, fun, and a good read, New Tricks is sure to appeal to folks who enjoy legal thrillers, mysteries and dogs.

    ISBN-10: 0446505889 - Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 1, 2010), 384 pages

    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Going to the Dogs

    This is the first novel I have read from David Rosenfelt and it won't be the last. I am a true dog lover and this book with Tara (attorney Andy Carpenter's Golden Retriever) and a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy named Waggy met my canine quotient.

    Andy Carpenter becomes the trustee of a Bernese Montain Dog puppy named Waggy when his owner is shot and then the owner's wife is blown up. Andy ends up representing the son, who has been accused of killing his father and stepmother, and it's not long before Andy believes that someone is out to kill Waggy.

    People are dropping like flies and it's up to Andy to figure out whodunit before Waggy bites the dust.

    Andy's snappy dialogue and repartee with his wife and friends is reminescent of Earl Emerson's books with Attorney Thomas Black.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

    Good Stuff

    Fresh writing, odd characters and dogs. Throw in an explosion, a murder or two and what more do you need? This is a fun read that is well written, witty and exciting. If you don't read it in one sitting, you'll spend the day waiting to get back to it. A really good read.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Fun Andy Tale with Andy trying to save an Innocent Man and a Dog

    This is a great tale that keeps you guessing until practically the last page. Andy must defend a client he knows for sure is innocent but cannot use any of the proof that his client is innocent because of the way it was obtained. Andy must summon all his witty, retort led courtroom acumen to take other tacks in winning the freedom of his client (Steven). Steven is accused of murdering his father and there is a ton of "circumstantial" evidence linking him to the crime and practically nothing to prove that he didn't do it.

    Also, Steven's step-mother is killed and the culprit seems to also want a purebred litter of a champion, pup to also die. Everthing seems to point back to DNA experiments that Steven's father was working on. Such experiments seem to have aroused the interest of the FBI (the author has to always figure a way to get Cindy Spodek into his tales) and an international hitman.

    It is up to Andy to get his client off, protect the dog and his own life. To do it he calls on his usual cast of characters (Laurie, Kevin, Sam, Pete and the indestructible Marcus).

    The book goes at a fast pace and is hard to put down. Probably the best Andy Carpenter tale since his initial appearance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    really good book for dog lovers.

    I really liked this book, because it featured dogs promenintly in the plot. Although this writer wrote previous books, I read this one 1'st. It might be helpful to read his previous book, to get a feel of the characters, but it's not a necessity.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Woof, woof, woof!!!

    Always excited when David Rosenfelt has released another book. Great escapist fiction, with lots of smiles throughout, and always a cohesive mystery tale. Love his supporting cast of characters and his sense of humor. While I might not remember the core story a month later, I definitely enjoy his books as I'm reading them. This one did not disappoint, and I eagerly await the next.

    Mysteries are not at the core of my reading, but DR makes it worth straying from literary fiction.

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  • Posted September 27, 2009

    Great for Dog lovers

    If you like dogs and good mysters this is for you. An enjoyable read with many twists and turns. This is the second or third of his books I've read. As soon as I knew he had a newbook, I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2009

    Not worth the price of hardcover.

    It feels like the only that changed was the type of dog in this story. I wait till it comes out in paperback not worth the hardcover price. I wouldn't continue with this series.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    love this series

    David Rosenfelt brings back attorney Andy Carpenter in "New Tricks", his fifth book in the series. Andy, the dog lover that he is, is told by the courts to decide where a cute little puppy belongs. Not an easy task when murder happens and Andy and his sarcastic nature decides to investigate further. His romance deepens with the love of his life Laurie. Rosenfelt has developed a great cast of characters and keeps me entertained and laughing with each new Andy Carpenter story.

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  • Posted August 21, 2009

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    Love it!

    I expected more of a 'dog book' but this was fantastic! The author's humor adds so much! I love this book

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