First Degree (Andy Carpenter #2) by David RosenfeltThis is the second book in the legal thriller series by David Rosenfelt, and it’s a good one! Andy Carpenter and his investigator Laurie Collins, who is also the love of his life, have a challenge ahead – they need to find out why his client is accused of a grisly murder when Andy knows he didn’t do it. Then, things become worse when Laurie is indicted for the same murder.
Edna, Andy’s secretary, is galvanized. Normally her work involves doing a lot of crossword puzzles – but this is Laurie. Kevin, the wizard lawyer who gave it all up to run a laundromat, drops everything to help out – because this is Laurie. They hire another investigator, intimidating Marcus, who knows both Kevin and Laurie, and he keeps digging for information – for Laurie.
Willie, the young fellow that Andy rescued from death row in the first book, is also back, and of course, Andy’s Golden Retriever, Tara, is doing what dogs do best: giving lots of love. Andy still has his 22 million and Edna’s Uncle Fred is taking care of that while the case muddles along, frustrating and empty of facts or anything concrete they can use to exonerate Laurie. Time is not moving slow, they are propelled rapidly toward the court date, people are being killed, and the FBI is involved so information on the background of the murder victim is difficult to extract.
This book is fast-paced, liberally sprinkled with Andy’s wit and funny sarcasm, and enough tension and suspense to hold up a bridge. I enjoyed this read and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good legal thriller that is entertaining and eye-popping on its race toward the jury’s verdict.
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