‘Hounded’ is new legal thriller by David Rosenfelt

July 26, 2014 Nemes Legal

Hounded (Minotaur), by David Rosenfelt

David Rosenfelt deftly works in wry humor, a love of dogs and New Jersey gangsters in Hounded, his highly entertaining 12th legal thriller featuring attorney Andy Carpenter.

Andy, who lives comfortably but not outlandishly on an inheritance, likes to joke that he doesnt take on new clients, preferring to spend time with his girlfriend and business partner Laurie Collins, and their golden retriever, Tara. But this case becomes personal.

Police Capt. Pete Stanton asks Andy to care for Ricky Diaz, whose father, ex-convict Danny, has been murdered, and also to house Rickys basset hound, Sebastian. Andy would never turn away a dog in need, but hes never been asked to take in a child. Pete maintains he doesnt want the child to be thrown into the system. Laurie enthusiastically welcomes Ricky, while Andy agrees a bit more reluctantly.

Two days later, Pete is arrested for killing Danny, who had reported that this highly respected cop was dealing drugs. Andy believes his good friend is being set up, and he works as Petes defense attorney, enlisting his wide circle of employees to prove his case in court. Petes arrest seems linked to his investigation into the deaths of several prominent residents.

Rosenfelt creates believable characters and balances a hard-hitting legal thriller with well-placed wisecracks in Hounded. He continues to explore Andys personality, allowing him to change and grow in each novel. Scenes in which Andy and Ricky bond are heartwarming and realistic, yet they dont detract from the complex plot. Andys sideline of rescuing dogs to find them permanent homes which the author shares with his character never overwhelms the story.

Andy knows that a bond with dogs can change both adults and children, he never gives up on a client or a canine.

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