Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446505871, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2009
Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his long-time girlfriend Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.
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"Riveting...alive with reliable Rosenfelt wit and heart."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A taut thriller full of whiplash plot twists and wisecracking dialogue."
"A cracking good yarn...Andy's offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on."
-Booklist (starred review)
"A funny, warm-hearted mystery, NEW TRICKS moves quickly and playfully - almost puppylike-through mounting crimes, a long-distance love affair and a secret science project that threatens to thwart [Andy] Carpenter's best efforts. Three Stars."