Thursday, April 14, 2022

Audiobook Review: Rescued by David Rosenfelt


David Rosenfelt
Narrator: Grover Gardner
Series: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (Book 17)
Publication: Macmillan Audio (July 17, 2018)
Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes

Description: In Rescued, David Rosenfelt again delights listeners with the charm and wit they’ve come to expect. Even the most fervent fans of the sardonic Andy Carpenter and his team will be enthralled by this latest case, where the stakes have never been higher.

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is reluctant to take on any more cases. He’d much rather spend his time working for his dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation, than find himself back in a courtroom. However, when a truck carrying more than 70 dogs from the South to the rescue-friendly Northeast turns up with a murdered driver, Andy can’t help but get involved.

Of course Andy is eager to help the dogs, many of whom come to the Tara Foundation while awaiting forever homes - it’s the man accused of murder who he has a problem defending. The accused just happens to be his wife Laurie’s ex-fiancĂ©; her tall, good looking, ex-Marine ex-fiancĂ©. Even though he acknowledges having argued with the victim, he swears that he is not a killer, and though he would rather not, Andy has to admit he believes he's telling the truth.

For Andy, even with dozens of successful cases behind him, this case that his wife insists he take may prove to be his most difficult.

My Thoughts: This was another interesting case for reluctant defense lawyer Andy Carpenter. He'd be quite content to remain retired, work in dog rescue, and hang out with his wife and son. But when his wife Laurie asks him to defend her ex-fiance, Andy takes the case.

Kramer doesn't dispute that he killed Zimmer. But he claims it was self-defense since Zimmer came at him with a knife. However, video evidence of the crime which happened at a New Jersey rest area only shows Kramer entering and leaving the truck -- and no knife is found at the crime scene.

Andy first gets involved because Zimmer was transporting rescue dogs from the South to more pet-friendly New England. He spends a lot of time trying to discover where Zimmer had intended to take the dogs and has little success.

As Andy and his crack team of investigators, including a bunch of Jewish Senior Citizens, look into things, they find that there is a large conspiracy which includes conspirators named for NFL Quarterbacks with plans to manipulate the stock market and detonate weapons of mass destruction. Now all Andy has to do is convince a jury that Kramer was a victim of this conspiracy - without any particular evidence.

Snarky comments, cute dogs, and intriguing characters make this another fine entry into the Andy Carpenter series. Grover Gardner does a great job with the voices and emotions of this fast-paced story. 

I bought this one from Chirp. You can buy your copy here.

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