Open And Shut

Open And Shut

Paperback - 2003
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"There is nothing like a golden retriever. I know, I know, it's a big planet with a lot of wonderful things, but golden retrievers are the absolute best. Mine is named Tara . . . The only problem she has ever caused is that I spend so much time with her in the mornings that I am almost invariably late for work."

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But Andy prefers the company of his best friend, Tara, to the people he encounters in the courtroom. Tara, a golden retriever, is clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of PassaicCounty. However, just as it seems Andy has everything figured out, his dad,New Jersey's legendary ex-D.A., drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed . . . and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall. Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons-and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2003
ISBN: 9780446612531


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Dec 13, 2017

This is the beginning of a new reading relationship for me. Thoroughly enjoyable; I will definitely be following up with the subsequent novels by this author. There is a golden retriever in this story -- how can anyone say no to that! Great plot development, likable characters, and enough twists that putting the book down was almost impossible. I definitely wanted to keep turning the page!

Apr 14, 2014

A super quick and riveting read. I think I found a lawyer I really love!

Jun 12, 2012

This novel is the beginning of a great series! Andy Carpenter is a talented lawyer who also loves dogs. In this first story, he inherits a fortune from his dead father and has to sort out the truth about his father's life and death while defending a black man on death row. Wonderful characters and a dog that'll capture your heart.

Nov 22, 2011

Fast-paced who-dun-it. I will definitely be reading more "adventures" of quick-on-the-quip lawyer/"detective", Andy Carpenter. Very fun read.

Aug 11, 2011

I really like the character in this book and the way the author writes. There are more in the series and someday I'll check some more of the books out!


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