Play Dead (Mass Market Paperbound)

By David Rosenfelt

Grand Central Publishing, 9780446614528, 369pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2009



Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and save a dog's life--and his own--in the process.

About the Author

A former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures, David Rosenfelt now writes novels and screenplays. He also runs the Tara Foundation which rescues dogs, mainly golden retrievers. For more information, visit his website:

Praise For Play Dead

"Riveting....Alive with reliable Rosenfelt's wit and heart."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A taut thriller full of whiplash plot twists and wisecracking dialogue."
-Entertainment Weekly

"[Andy Carpenter's] most ambitious case yet...absorbing."

"A cracking good yarn...As always, Andy's offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on."
-Booklist (starred review)