Bark of Night

Bark of Night

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When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter's veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found. Andy is furious. Who would want to euthanize a perfectly healthy dog with no explanation? He is willing to whisk Truman away to the Tara Foundation, the dog-rescue organization which is Andy's true passion. They will find a home for Truman. But that's not all the vet tells Andy. Thanks to Truman's chip, it's discovered that the man wasn't Truman's owner at all . . . Truman's real owner has been murdered. It's now up to Andy --with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang --to solve this case. In the latest in the popular Andy Carpenter mystery series, David Rosenfelt's charmingly clever wit and love of dogs are back and better than ever.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250133090
Characteristics: 291 pages ;,25 cm.


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Feb 20, 2020

I've never been to New Jersey, but I just might make the effort if I could have Andy for a pal! He is just so fallibly human, with all our quirks and insights.

'Bark of Night' is another defense case Andy doesn't want to take. Oddly, he finds himself in less peril than usual! The road to the solution and victory for his client is long and winding, but with the help of his people they find their way. I still wish he brought back the "Bubalah Brigade"
5 stars

Jan 14, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyable. Love the humour.

Oct 31, 2019

Another great Andy Carpenter escapade. David Rosenfelt never disappoints in this series with the lawyer (Andy) who has tried to retire since the beginning. He just can’t say no. A fun, easy read.

Aug 24, 2019

How this series entertains me and makes me smile! (And I never have to worry about any animals being tortured or dying.) I love how Andy has such a brilliant legal mind and yet can still be such a goofball. This was one of my favorite parts:

Prosecutor: “I can give you forty years for Gamble, out in thirty. And that’s way too generous.”

Andy: “Stop, I’m starting to get teary-eyed,” I say, dabbing my eyes for effect. “When did you become an old softie?”

Prosecutor: “The offer is good for exactly one week, then we go to trial.”

Andy: I pretend to fiddle with my watch. “Exactly one week,” I say. “Let me set my alarm.”

Prosecutor: “I think we’re done here,” he says.

With a plot that would be terrifying, if true, Bark of Night is a treat for mystery readers and dog lovers, alike!!

Aug 03, 2019

An Andy Carpenter mystery - always a pleasure.

Jul 23, 2019

The Andy Carpenter mystery series is an easy and fun read! This 18th book in the series still has his self-deprecating humor, interesting cast of characters, a plot with complications, as usual, though never dull nor predictable. If you get started in this series, you'll want to read all the books.

May 29, 2019

If you’ve read any of this series then you’re familiar with Andy Carpenter, the wisecracking MC. He’s been trying to quit practicing law pretty much since he took the bar exam & it’s not going well. It’s just that those pesky clients keep showing up at his door. Luckily for us, it looks like his retirement plans have been foiled again.

When he takes beloved dog Tara for a visit to the vet, somehow he ends up leaving with a new client. He’s a little French guy named Truman & he’s a good boy, yes he is. He’s also an orphan after his human was recently murdered.

Through bizarre circumstances, Truman ended up being brought in for euthanasia & if there’s one thing Andy hates more than working it’s someone throwing away a perfectly good pupper. He begins looking into the owner’s death & before he knows it, he’s representing a 20 year old local man charged with murder. Now he just has to break the news to his team. All the usual cast is back & respond in typical fashion. Sam is elated, Edna is horrified & Hike believes they’re doomed. As for Marcus…well, who knows what he thinks. Probably something scary.

Truman’s owner was a guy named James Haley. He made his living shooting documentaries on various subjects. No one is sure just why he was in Paterson, New Jersy but odds are good he filmed something he shouldn’t have & it’s made a bunch of of seriously bad guys very nervous. In alternate chapters we spend time with these paragons of society & gradually learn what they’re up to. Needless to say, it’s not good. In fact it’s a plan that has repercussions for communities right across the country & before long, bodies are popping up all over. Andy & his crew will need the help of law enforcement on all levels if they’re to survive long enough to clear their client.

This series has become an annual delight for me. If you haven’t picked up any of these books, stop reading immediately & get thee to a bookstore. There’s a reason the series has made it to #19. This outing has everything required for a fast paced, entertaining read….great cast of characters, twisty suspense, plenty of dogs & a guy named Fat Tony. Can’t ask for more than that.

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