Fatal Conceit (Butch Karp Series #26)

Fatal Conceit (Butch Karp Series #26)

by Robert K. Tanenbaum
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Fatal Conceit (Butch Karp Series #26) by Robert K. Tanenbaum

A CIA chief dies under suspicious circumstances before he can testify about a controversial government cover-up involving a terrorist attack on the US mission in Chechnya. Butch Karp is on the case in this exciting installment to Robert K. Tanenbaum’s bestselling series.

When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan separatists who aided the Americans at the mission and who have firsthand knowledge of the terrorist attack? Karp must also find his missing daughter, who has been taken hostage by the terrorists.

After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451635614
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: Butch Karp Series , #26
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 19,942
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of thirty-two books—twenty-nine novels and three nonfiction books: Badge of the Assassin, the true account of his investigation and trials of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers; The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer; and Echoes of My Soul, the true story of a shocking double murder that resulted in the DA exonerating an innocent man while searching for the real killer. The case was cited by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren in the famous Miranda decision. He is one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, having never lost a felony trial and convicting hundreds of violent criminals. He was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside strangler case in Los Angeles and defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case. He was Assistant District Attorney in New York County in the office of legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the DA’s legal staff training program. He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also served two terms as mayor of Beverly Hills and taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tanenbaum attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship, where he earned a B.A. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Visit RobertKTanenbaumBooks.com.

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Fatal Conceit 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ybdude1936 More than 1 year ago
the usual Tanenbaum formula building up Butch Karp and his family. Lucy is kidnapped by evil Afghan terrorists and the book goes on and on and on about Butch extricating his daughter from the bad guys. Naturally there are the really erratic creatures in most of the books of this series, the street and under the street people. They add a little color. I have read virtually all of the Karp series and it's getting old now. This one I could have done without. If Tanenbaum writes another I'll probably first read the blurb on the back to see if it offers anything new. If not I won't buy.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The reader has to suspend disbelief in this latest Butch Karp saga just to enjoy the usual highlight of a Robert K. Tanenbaum novel: the courtroom trial. What leads up to this well-portrayed event is another matter, requiring a stretch of the imagination. It seems that the premise involves the President’s national campaign manager and his national security advisor taking part in what might be termed a rogue operation leading to multiple cover-ups and even murder. We meet the two men as they sit in an office watching in real time an attack on a State Department mission and a group of clandestine secret American agents that includes Butch’s daughter, Lucy, by unknown elements in Chechnya. Fearful that the incident would have negative implications on the President’s reelection a week before the election, the men choose to do nothing to assist the besieged Americans, even ordering an overhead drone to fire upon them to remove any possible witnesses. Enter a hero general, now Acting CIA Director, who decides he is going to testify before a Congressional committee on what really happened. So they arrange his death to look like suicide when they fail to blackmail him into toeing the party line. There are other subplots including a maudlin love story, but these merely add up to providing more fodder for a potboiler. Needless to say, Butch hones in on the pair after obtaining reams of evidence sufficient to provide a well-conducted trial that as usual is the highlight of this author’s novels. Customarily, one can count on the author to be meticulous where the legal aspects are concerned. However, in this story, we find Butch properly having the defendants arrested in D.C. with a local policeman on hand, but we next find them indicted and on trial in New York City, but no mention of extradition or its waiver. Oversight or just plainly ignored? The plot captures the imagination, but I found it hard to overlook some of the novel’s more troubling aspects. But it is well-written and fun to read, so it is recommended.
Jazzydes More than 1 year ago
My enjoyment of this book was limited by the extreme political overtones and bias of the writer. I loved this series at first, but, in my opinion, he is getting more and more extreme. Everyone is entitled to their views, but I don't want or have to pay money to read something with such extremely partisan views.
GRACIE9492 More than 1 year ago
BRILLIANT! I read 4-5 books a week and I turned right around and read this one again! The most unique group of characters--fully realized--add to that the suspense and you want to read it again making sure you didn't miss anything. Brilliant--just brilliant!
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Loved this book
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Great mix courtroom drama. Family intertwined several plotlines pulled togeather. I loved this book. Couldn't put it down
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