Fury (Butch Karp Series #17)

Fury (Butch Karp Series #17)

by Robert K. Tanenbaum
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Fury (Butch Karp Series #17) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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leonardevens More than 1 year ago
This was not ghost written by Gruber, as all those up thru Resolved, were. It shows it. It is just a repetitive compendium of previous plot lines. It is the last one in the series I will bother with. Lucy with a cowboy, indeed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing to Karp about.
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deepdvr_ca More than 1 year ago
Too bad for the good parts, November 2, 2008
By deepdvr_ca "deepdvr_ca" (Northern, Ca) - See all my reviews

This story about Butch Karp and his wife Marlene and their brood, is a complete and total mess. What was a good story about NYC politics and back room dealings, that are based on a brutal rape, was a good premise. Then we have to have all of these subplots, including a Native American characters "dream" about a terrorist plot with a dirty bomby in Time Square. A visit to "underworld", as a tribute to HG Wells, and I wonder how drunk the author was when he wrote parts of this. I listened to the audio CD and Lee Sellars performance is very good, despite the subject matter. The fact that he takes this ridiculous story into a tease for the next book, makes me want to puke. Completely improbable situations compounded one upon another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've loved the Butch and Marlene series, but with the departure of Michael Gruber, the series has become unrecoqnizable. The plots are farfetched and ludicrous, and the writing is simply dreadful. The finely drawn characters that have grown throughout the series are hideously unrecognizable - it's like watching a dreadful impersonation of dear friends! Karp drinks! Lucy's a bubble-headed slut! Marlene's family history is rewritten! Clay Fulton is reduced to being Karp's driver. Stupenagel is a bimbo. The villians are ugly racist and sexist stereotypes. Minor female characters such as Crystal Vase, the judge, the weak sister DA, and Newbery's girlfriend are depicted with a puzzling grotesqueness that seems hostile to women in general. Some characterizations simply don't ring true as human behavior. I had to laugh at the motive of the Ryder character - all that trouble, just to become an English professor???? And clearly, the author is not acquainted with 12 year old boys - they do not squeal,tumble about on the floor, and believe in Santa. What parents, immediately upon learning of a kidnapped child, would take time for a tender sexual interlude Christmas present exhcange? What parents would purchase their unmarried daughter a hot red negligee? Are we really to believe that these New York SoHo dwellers have to buy black clothes for their commando raid? And at Macy's, yet? LOL! One of the saddest things about HOAX and FURY is the casual way death and violence is treated, after the nuanced and carefully developed moral struggle the characters go through in prior books of the series. Marlene's penchant for violence has divided the family, and has tormented her conscience. The last Gruber-penned book (Resolved), finds Marlene estranged from Lucy and Butch due to an unforgivable act of violence. The travails and death the family experiences seems to 'resolve' the situation and help her rejoin her family. But the New Mexico Art Therapy Lucy and Marlene undergo in Hoax seems to have turned them into strangers. Marlene has become a mooning, New Age idiot who murmurs pop psychology, while Lucy has become an empty-headed little hot-pants. Although we're told they went into therapy to treat the trauma of experiencing violence - by the end of FURY we have the entire family laughing and cracking wise, surrounded by scores of gruesome corpses. Marlene, who used to be sickened by her own violence, is now cheerfully ordering her dog to rip men's throats out, and moves on to kill some more. Tran's men are all killed, we're told. Jojola decapitates several people. Lucy, whose faith can't forgive her mother's violent acts, is now praising her boyfriend for blasting a hole the size of an orange in someone's head - and the whole family laughs. There are many dreadful things about this book, but I think this casual flippancy about violence is one of the most disheartening changes brought by the new author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, for the days when the Butch and Marlene series was filled with characters rather than caricatures, when the author had something weighty to say about the law, religion, or marriage. Oh, for the days when Michael Gruber wrote the books. Is it still a good review to say this entry is less egregiously bad than the last one? While the last book was lost in a morass of copy editing errors and plot implausibilities, this book is simply disappointing because it is crammed with too much and delivers too little. Why does the author feel bound to bring back Dirty Warren and Booger, much less in key speaking roles? Guma was dying of cancer, yet suddenly he's back, as is V.T. Newbury, for no particular reason except that readers hate to see characters die or fade away. Some readers may be offended by characters who embody, at best, simplistic stereotypes and at worst relatively racist stereotypes. You won't find a more venal, less intelligent African American than the bad guys in this group. You won't find a better man than the Taos Indian who communes with nature. Other readers will find their intelligence insulted by cartoon villains who shriek, 'You ruined my plan!' Have we been watching too much Cartoon Network? Or perhaps too many re-runs of The Wizard of Oz? ('Who'd have thought a little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?') Tanenbaum used to be associated with thoughtful, witty, exciting novels about characters you'd like to meet. These last few books are hollow shadows of previous books with little to say that's not predictable or trite. Yes, it's hard to stay married for many years. Yes, there are a lot of bad guys who bend the law for their own benefit, regardless of justice. Yes, it's heart-wrenching yet satisfying to see one's children become independent adults. And for the record, Marlene's dad was a plumber, not a fruit and vegetable man. Whoever writes the current installments might benefit from reading the previous novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I may pick this up again for another try. This writing does not have the flow, style or educated narrative that I have found in all of his other books. It is sophomoric and explanative, not enveloping. The effect is that someone else has written this book.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Acclaimed voice performer Lee Sellars gives a tense, don-t-want-to-miss-a-word-of-it reading of Robert Tanenbaum's 17th thriller featuring Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi. Tanenbaum is once again at the top of his game and on top of the news - he includes a subplot concerning the grabbing of a Karp family member by an Iraqi who plans to blow up Times Square on New Year's Eve. As if that weren't enough to worry about, Karp (now acting District Attorney) is looking at a million dollar suit filed by rapists who were originally convicted but later set free. Karp's sure corruption is rife within his own office as well as on the part of the lawyer who was instrumental in getting the rapists off. The media are on Karp's back, and terrorists trail him. Wife Marlene isn't at home eating bon-bons - she's working to exonerate a college prof accused of rape and she's also pitching in to help Karp who seems assaulted on every front. Tanenbaum has never set such a rapid paced scenario for this pair, and listeners will love it. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Tanenbaum never ceases to keep my interest at a high level in his books. This story was, like all his books,a terrific and nail-biting mystery. He writes and brings his characters to life, much like DeMille used to. I hope Mr. Tanenbaum writes another mystery soon. If I had a choice of one author whose books never fail to be excellent and engrossing, I'ld select the gifted Robert Tanenbaum Please hurry with your next...
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twelve years ago five Bedford Stuyvesant teenage gangbangers were convicted of raping twenty-eight years old new mother Liz Tyler when they caught her jogging from Brighton beach towards Coney Island they left her dead under a pier. After a decade behind bars for four of them, the one who turned witness had died Enrique Villalobos, a lifer at Rikers Island, confessed to the crime as the lone assailant Kings County DA Kristine Brennan admits that the only DNA found at the crime scene besides the victim matched that of Enrique. Politically ambitious attorney Hugh Louis demands the immediate release from prison of the Coney Island Four and persuades the oldest Jayshon Sykes to sue the city for $250 million...................... Since Brennan capitulated, Mayor-elect Denton demands New York's Acting District Attorney Butch Karp to defend the city. Meanwhile, Butch¿s wife Marlene Ciampi, defends visiting Russian Professor Alexis Michalik from the rape charge of NYU graduate student Sarah Ryder. While the married couple struggles with highly visible cases, they hear rumors that murderer David Grale, thought dead, is alive, and that terrorists plan to blow up Times Square at midnight on New Year's Eve...................... The seventeenth Karp-Ciampi legal thriller is terrific when the story line focuses on the two rape cases on the other hand the terrorists and Grale subplots seem cartoonish and unnecessary in comparison. The lead duet remains as fresh and solid as ever as they work difficult cases under the media spotlight and the heated political reactions to the negative publicity of being on the accused side of both fights. Though the ending is obvious, fans of the series will cherish this installment and look forward to the next one, already set up.................... Harriet Klausner