Play Dead

David Rosenfelt, Author, Grover Gardner, Read by
David Rosenfelt, Author, Grover Gardner, Read by , read by Grover Gardner. Listen & Live Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59316-097-5
Reviewed on: 07/30/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007

Gardner's breezy, slightly sarcastic delivery is just what's needed for Rosenfeld's breezy, slightly sarcastic mysteries featuring multimillionaire New Jersey lawyer Andy Carpenter. The yarns, told in first-person, present tense by the attorney, often have the feel of standup comedy routines, and this latest is no exception. (“She wanted to get me before I went to work,” Carpenter says of an early wakeup call. “She must think I'm a dairy farmer.”) Happily, Gardner possesses a comedian's timing and knows exactly where the laughs are. The plot centers on a golden retriever that was thought to have perished at sea five years ago along with its murdered mistress. Following the animal's lead, Carpenter winds up constructing a new defense for the man imprisoned for the murder. Gardner's vocal interpretations of the other characters all sound a little like him. This is appropriate, since, after all, Carpenter is supposed to be the one telling us this witty, well-plotted, highly entertaining shaggy dog story. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 26). (July)

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