>> Friday, June 15, 2012
One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt
Series: #9 in the Andy Carpenter Series
Publisher: Listen and Live Audio
Publication Date: 2011
Read by: Grover Gardner
The Short Version:
A case involving a six year old arson that killed 26 people turns out to be far more complicated than anyone expects.
Why I Read It:
I’ve been a fan of this series for years and this was one of the series I targeted for catching up in 2012.
From the Publisher
For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of twenty-six people.
What he needs now is defense lawyer Andy Carpenter, who most definitely is not in the market for a new client. So Noah plays his hole card: a shared love for Andy’s golden retriever, Tara, and the knowledge of what her life was like before Andy rescued her. Because Andy wasn’t her first owner—Noah rescued Tara first, and when he wasn’t able to care for her any longer, he did everything in his power to make sure that she was placed in the right home: Andy’s.
With that knowledge, Andy has little choice but to take Noah on, and he soon learns that the long-ago event that may destroy Noah’s life is only the beginning of an ongoing conspiracy that grows more deadly by the day. Andy will have to pull out all of his tricks to get to the bottom of this cold case turned white hot in the latest in David Rosenfelt’s popular mystery series.
I’ve been a fan of David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series for years. I’ve recently discovered that the audio versions read by Grover Gardner are just fun entertainment for my driving around town listening.
This installment in the series however was a disappointment. Most of the things I usually enjoy about an Andy Carpenter book are there but they seem only partially executed. The story gets convoluted with too many characters to keep track of particularly when listening rather than reading. Andy is suddenly making huge leaps of logic that miraculously turn out to be accurate.
On the other hand, we do learn some interesting things about Marcus. He’s always been big, quiet and scary but there’s a lot more to Marcus and we only get a bit of a glimpse in this book. That part was fun.
Even though the story was a bit of a disappointment, the narration by Grover Gardner continues to be excellent. He gives just the right sardonic tone in all the right places. His Marcus is absolutely perfect.
I see that if Rosenfelt has another Andy Carpenter book coming out soon. I’m hoping that he gets back to the style that made the series a favorite of mine but I’ll wait to see what the reviews are like. In the meantime, I’m going to check out what other series Grover Gardner has narrated.
Rating 2/5 for the book
Rating 4/5 for the narration
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