Sunday, May 28, 2023

Review - Dog Eat Dog

Title:   Dog Eat Dog
Author:  David Rosenfelt
Series:  Andy Carpenter #23
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Genre:   Cozy Mystery
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   304
Date of Publication:   July 6, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars


Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, work to free a man who risked it all to help a dog in need

Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his wife, Laurie, enjoy walking their dogs, Tara and Sebastian. By this point in their marriage, it's routine. When out for one of their strolls, their simple ritual isn't so simple anymore. Across the street, a man is mistreating his dog. Three things happen at once: Andy yells, Laurie runs to stop the abuse, and so does a closer passerby, who so thoroughly beats the owner that both are arrested when the cops arrive.

Andy scoops up the dog and takes him to the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization that's always been his true passion. Meanwhile, at the police station, the passerby is identified as Matthew Jantzen, and he's wanted for murder. Andy and Laurie are struck by the fact that Jantzen, a man on the run, would nevertheless intervene to help a dog, and decide to find out more.

Dog Eat Dog, the twenty-third installment in the Andy Carpenter series, features the charming cast of characters - old and new - that David Rosenfelt is known for and the dogs that accompany them.

If lawyer Andy Carpenter could spend all of his time at the Tara Foundation, his dog rescue organization, he would. But, time after time he finds himself drawn into taking on yet another case.

This time around, Andy agrees to help a man named Matthew Jantzen, who is wanted for murder, should be on the run, but when he spies someone mistreating a dog, he steps in and there is his connection to Andy Carpenter. People and dogs and if they are connected in any way and Andy is sure to become involved. The thing is, Andy is retired. Really, he is. But no one believes him, so he defends case after case. 

Matt's newest client is wanted for a double murder, and he claims his innocence. As Matt had saved a dog from being abused, Andy feels compelled to defend him and to help prove his innocence. Not only that, Andy goes a step further by trying to discover the actual killer. Andy is not alone in his. Quite naturally, his wife Laurie, a former cop is involved, as his his tough bodyguard, Marcus. 

In usual David Rosenfelt manner, there is a lot of humor in this book, and Andy Carpenter has become one of my favorite characters. Factor in and the way Andy presents himself in court, and you are in for another great read.

Many thanks to Minotaur Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

I am a novelist with 27 dogs.

I have gotten to this dubious position with absolutely no planning, and at no stage in my life could I have predicted it. But here I am.

My childhood was relentlessly normal. The middle of three brothers, loving parents, a middle-class home in Paterson, New Jersey. We played sports, studied sporadically. laughed around the dinner table, and generally had a good time. By comparison, “Ozzie and Harriet’s” clan seemed bizarre.

I graduated NYU, then decided to go into the movie business. I was stunningly brilliant at a job interview with my uncle, who was President of United Artists, and was immediately hired. It set me off on a climb up the executive ladder, culminating in my becoming President of Marketing for Tri-Star Pictures. The movie landscape is filled with the movies I buried; for every “Rambo”, “The Natural” and “Rocky”, there are countless disasters.

I did manage to find the time to marry and have two children, both of whom are doing very well, and fortunately neither have inherited my eccentricities.

A number of years ago, I left the movie marketing business, to the sustained applause of hundreds of disgruntled producers and directors. I decided to try my hand at writing. I wrote and sold a bunch of feature films, none of which ever came close to being actually filmed, and then a bunch of TV movies, some of which actually made it to the small screen. It’s safe to say that their impact on the American cultural scene has been minimal.

About fourteen years ago, my wife and I started the Tara Foundation, named in honor of the greatest Golden Retriever the world has ever known. We rescued almost 4,000 dogs, many of them Goldens, and found them loving homes. Our own home quickly became a sanctuary for those dogs that we rescued that were too old or sickly to be wanted by others. They surround me as I write this. It’s total lunacy, but it works, and they are a happy, safe group.


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