Narrator: Grover Gardner
Series: Andy Carpenter #1
on April 3, 2008
Length: 6 hours, 50 minutes
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Attorney Andy Carpenter's legal maneuvers are legion in and out of the courtrooms of Paterson, New Jersey. A talented lawyer who knows how to play all the cards, he is torn between mending a marriage that no longer works and growing attached to a beautiful, no-nonsense private investigator. Besides his love for sports, Andy also adores Tara, a golden retriever clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County. Then one day the fun stops.
It all begins when Andy's father, venerated ex-district attorney Nelson Carpenter, asks him to take the appeals case of Willie Miller, a young black man on death row for the murder of a white woman. Nelson himself had prosecuted Miller but refuses to disclose why he wants Andy to represent the convicted man. A few days later, Nelson drops dead in front of his son at a game in Yankee Stadium.
Suddenly Andy finds himself the inheritor of a staggering fortune he never knew his father had. The astonished advocate soon unearths a mysterious old photograph of a much younger Nelson, a picture that may have a sinister connection to the Willie Miller case. But before he can sort out the truth behind his father's life and death, Andy receives an anonymous threat - delivered in a most terrifying fashion.
Now the quick-witted Andy, with his client's life hanging in the balance, must uncover a decades-old secret, one so shocking and unthinkable as to threaten everything he believes in and everyone he has ever loved. Caught in an explosive endgame, he will face the heat of a deadly political firestorm ... where the wrong move will close out his case for good.
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I got this audio because I am reviewing Bark of Night which is the newest in the Andy Carpenter series. While I can’t hope to read all 17 before it, I wanted to at least read Open and Shut, which is the first book. Of course, I’m glad I did.
We are introduced to Andy Carpenter, his work and circle of friends and family. He has a golden retriever, Tara who doesn’t play a big role, perhaps in future books. His father’s death brings to his attention all sorts of things he never knew and has him questioning many aspects of his own life and relationships. The major revelations about his father’s circle will certainly shape his life going forward.
I enjoyed listening and getting to know this world and character. I always like character development which definitely happens here. Andy started out a bit wishy-washy or perhaps immature but he grew into a better place by the end. I’m sure I’ll be reading more in this series, including the latest one.
This narrator was new to me and it took a little time to get settled into his way of speaking. Once that happened, it was comfortable and enjoyable to listen.
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