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Sudden death
David Rosenfelt
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Edgar-finalist Rosenfelt scores another touchdown with his fourth Andy Carpenter novel (after 2004's Bury the Lead) and proves he's in the game to stay. Andy's first-person wit seizes the reader's attention on the opening page: "I'm in Los Angeles. I'm not sure why I've never been here before. I certainly haven't had any preconceived notions about the place, other than the fact that the people here are insincere, draft-dodging, drug-taking, money-grubbing, breast-implanting, out-of-touch, p?t?-eating, pompous, Lakers-loving, let's do-lunching, elitist scumbags." Rosenfelt then switches expectations for a Hollywood hoe-down by calling lawyer Andy back to his New Jersey stomping grounds, straight into a high-stakes crime scene. Troy Preston is one very dead Jets wide receiver, and Kenny Schilling, a gun-toting New York Giants running back, is holed up in his Upper Saddle River house with Preston's body. After Schilling is arrested for Preston's murder, Andy reluctantly agrees to defend the athlete as a favor to a friend, but soon his investigation turns up other suspects, putting his own life in jeopardy. Satirical in some places, oddly grim in others, this wise-cracking legal thriller with its angst-ridden everyman hero manages to be sweet and humane. Agent, Robin Rue. 4-city author tour. (May 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

If you like witty mysteries, e.g., Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, then you should become acquainted with Andy Carpenter, a Patterson, NJ, millionaire lawyer (Open and Shut, First Degree) who keeps getting saddled with strange cases. In his latest adventure, the action starts immediately, when a famous Giants football player barricades himself in a Saddle River mansion, holding off the police because the body of a rival Jets player has been found in his closet. Did Kenny actually murder the player, or is it a set-up? How innocent is he? Moving from the Giants locker room to a Mafioso's office, Rosenfelt takes us on a great ride, throwing us red herrings, a hilarious subplot about Hollywood, and witty repartee between his colorful characters. This is a great beach read. Let's hope Andy gets more crazy cases! Recommended for all public libraries. The Edgar Award-winning Rosenfelt lives in Silverado, CA. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/05.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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