Leader of the Pack
By David Rosenfelt
(Minotaur Books, Paperback, 9781250026453, 368pp.)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
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Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn’t mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey’s family’s connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn’t much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey’s elderly uncle. He’d rather not, but as a favor to Joey, Andy agrees to take his dog, Tara, on a few visits.
The old man’s memory is going, but when Andy tries to explain why he’s there, it jogs something in the man’s mind, and his comments leave Andy wondering if Uncle Nick is confused, or if he just might hold the key to Joey’s freedom after all this time. Andy grabs on to this thread of possibility and follows it into a world where the oath of silence is stronger than blood ties, and where people will do anything to make sure their secrets are kept.
Riveting, suspenseful, and highly entertaining, Leader of the Pack is bestseller David Rosenfelt’s latest entry in his much-beloved Andy Carpenter series.
DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of five stand-alones, most recently Airtight, and ten previous Andy Carpenter novels, most recently One Dog Night. After years living in California, he and his wife moved to Maine with twenty-five dogs that they’ve rescued. Rosenfelt's hilarious account of this cross-country move, Dogtripping, is being published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2013.
“A fun mystery . . . surprising enough that I gasped in public.” —[New Jersey] Star Ledger on Leader of the Pack
“Rosenfelt walks a line between pulse-pounding suspense and laugh-out-loud humor . . . One of the best in the business.” —Associated Press on One Dog Night
“A blessed anomaly in crime fiction . . . Andy is like a gulp of cold water on a steamy day. . .Rosenfelt peels back the layers of puzzlement ever so skillfully, tantalizing us throughout until, finally, both Andy and the reader are enlightened, simultaneously. A gem.” —Booklist (starred) on One Dog Night