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Play dead
David Rosenfelt
Adult Fiction ROSENFE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gardner's breezy, slightly sarcastic delivery is just what's needed for Rosenfeld's breezy, slightly sarcastic mysteries featuring multimillionaire New Jersey lawyer Andy Carpenter. The yarns, told in first-person, present tense by the attorney, often have the feel of standup comedy routines, and this latest is no exception. ("She wanted to get me before I went to work," Carpenter says of an early wakeup call. "She must think I'm a dairy farmer.") Happily, Gardner possesses a comedian's timing and knows exactly where the laughs are. The plot centers on a golden retriever that was thought to have perished at sea five years ago along with its murdered mistress. Following the animal's lead, Carpenter winds up constructing a new defense for the man imprisoned for the murder. Gardner's vocal interpretations of the other characters all sound a little like him. This is appropriate, since, after all, Carpenter is supposed to be the one telling us this witty, well-plotted, highly entertaining shaggy dog story. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 26). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fortunately for his fans, Rosenfelt's protagonist, New Jersey defense attorney and dog rescuer Andy Carpenter (Open and Shut), continues to amuse and engage in the sixth title in this successful series. This time, Andy not only employs his smarts to save a dog on Death Row but proceeds to use this canine as his key witness to save an innocent man. The case involves Richard, who allegedly threw his fiancee and her dog overboard after bringing them aboard his boat one night. Richard was discovered unconscious, his fiancee's body was washed ashore, and the dog was never found-until now. It will be up to this golden retriever and Andy to set Richard free, if only Andy can survive the sudden attacks on his life. Andy's relationships, his wit, his love for his dog, and a plot that twists and turns make this enjoyable read essential for any public library. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/07.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Severna Park, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Andy Carpenter
Male
Wealthy
Wise-cracking; animal lover; has a dog named Tara; in love with Laurie; adopts a golden retriever who is a key witness to a murder.
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Laurie Collins
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Andy's lover; moved away from Andy.
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