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Intrigue, murder, corruption, and dramatic courtroom battles combine to make Infamy another must-read in Robert K. Tanenbaum's "tightly-written" (Booklist) legal thrillers. When a former Army veteran suddenly murders a colonel in New York, he claims that he had to do it because he was being used in mind control experiments. Surprisingly, a top Wall Street criminal defense lawyer, one with ties to the White House, decides to defend the killer, arguing that his client suffered from post-traumatic stress from his tours in Afghanistan and that it's his patriotic duty to assist him.
As New York District Attorney Roger "Butch" Karp prepares a murder case against the veteran, he meets with investigative reporter Ariadne Stupenagel, who suspects that one of her sources for a story on high-level government corruption was a victim in the shooting. This points not to a random act of violence, but a hired killing that goes to the top levels of our nation.
In this fast-paced thriller, Karp goes up against corruption so powerful that he, his family, and his friends are in danger if he intends to prosecute those responsible for the murder of an FBI whistle-blower. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action, stunning plot twists, and, "solid courtroom scenes" (Kirkus Reviews), Infamy will keep you guessing until the very end.
- ISBN-13: 9781476793191
- ISBN-10: 1476793190
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds
Series: Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller #5
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-11-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Bestseller Tanenbaums 28th thriller featuring Manhattan DA Butch Karp (after 2015s Trap) displays all of the series plot excesses. A prologue shows Karp awaiting a verdict for a defendant on trial not just for murder, but metaphorically for murdering the truth. The lies the defense presented cut to the very heart of the nations security, all so that a few corrupt men and women could consolidate power, gain enormous wealth, and promote their worldview. Also in the courtroom are the improbable team of Karps allies, including a Taos Indian tracker, a Vietnamese gangster, and the head of a federal antiterrorism agency who cannot be named publicly. Those over-the-top elements give a good sense of whats to follow, as Tanenbaum then flashes back to the events that led to the sensational murder trial, which involve a covert U.S. government op (which a bad guy conveniently writes about in an unsecured notebook) and a paid assassin and terrorist for hire whom Karp has allowed to remain free. The scheme Karp hatches to nail the villains will test even those readers who managed to suspend disbelief until then. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (Sept.)