Tragic

Tragic Cover

Tragic

By Robert K. Tanenbaum

Gallery Books, Hardcover, 9781451635553, 390pp.

Publication Date: August 13, 2013

Description
In this exciting installment in the bestselling grittily realistic ("Booklist") series, district attorneys Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi work to expose the corrupt and murderous leader of the longshoremen's union.
"New York Times" bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum takes legal suspense to dramatic new heights when his hero, District Attorney Butch Karp, goes up against a ruthless union leader with too much power, too many secrets, and too many enemies to silence . . . or kill.
Prizefighter tough. Street-hustler smart. Pit-bull vicious. Longshoremen's union leader Charlie Vitteli is like a cold-blooded villain straight out of Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Busting heads on the docks of New York as a brash union organizer, taking no prisoners as the newest president of the North American Brotherhood of Stevedores, Vitteli clawed his way to the top of the heap and no one's going to take him down now. Not if they value their lives.
Like Vince Carlotta. The union boss's fiercest rival has accused Vitteli of embezzlement, election rigging, and other abuses and even called him a crook at a union meeting. Now Carlotta is just another corpse on the waterfront allegedly gunned down by an armed robber. It doesn t take a genius to figure out that Vitteli is somehow involved. But proving it is a whole other story.
Enter District Attorney Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi. Drawn into the case by a friend who manages the East Village Women's Shelter, Marlene speaks to the abused girlfriend of a man who may or may not have been hired to kill Carlotta. Marlene follows her lead to three different assassins contracted for the hit. But connecting them to Vitteli and proving it in court could be the death of anyone who tries . . . unless Karp can uncover the one tragic flaw that could bring down the curtain on this Shakespearean villain once and for all.
Packed with ingenious twists, diabolical turns, and shocking revelations, "Tragic" is Robert K. Tanenbaum at his page-turning best.


About the Author
Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of thirty books twenty-seven novels and three nonfiction books: "Badge of the Assassin", the true account of his investigation and trials of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers;"The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer"; and "Echoes of My Soul, "the true story of a shocking double murder that resulted in the DA exonerating an innocent man while searching for the real killer. The case was cited by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren in the famous "Miranda "decision. He is one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, having never lost a felony trial and convicting hundreds of violent criminals. He was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside strangler case in Los Angeles and defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case. He was Assistant District Attorney in New York County in the office of legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the DA s legal staff training program.He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also served two terms as mayor of Beverly Hills and taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tanenbaum attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship, where he earned a B.A. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Visit RobertKTanenbaumBooks.com.