I have read every Rosenfelt Andy Carpenter tale and the author never seems to run out of fresh ideas and intrigue to keep wisecracking Andy busy. This book is no exception. Andy is getting ready to see Laurie off for a trip to her hometown in Wisconsin when he is interupted by one of his law partners, Sam Willis. Sam was late for a meeting with his friend Barry because he accidently struck a dog (a golden retriever at that) on his way to Barry's house. Barry and Sam were supposed to take Barry's private plane to Maine. Barry was on a schedule and could not wait for Sam and left. It boded well for Sam as Barry's plane crashed killing Barry and had Sam not been late, he would have been on that plane too.
It is later learned from the coroner that Barry was poisoned prior to crashing and the poison had incapacitated him probably causing the crash. Barry's wife Denise is the main suspect for administering the poison. Sam was very close to Denise, having been her high school sweetheart. Sam asks Andy to defend her and he grudgingly agrees. As Andy starts investigating leads, key witnesses seem to be murdered. The author keeps throwing out hints that this is all tied to a big terrorist plot.
With mounting evidence pointing to Denise as Barry's murderer and no substantive proof for her defense she decides to blame Sam for Barry's murder and pretty soon Andy has to defend Sam for the murder. Rosenfelt does his usually masterful job keeping the story flowing and keeping the reader engaged as it seems that Andy is racing the clock to come up with something to keep Sam from spending a long time in jail. He also build up some of the newer characters (Hike, the Mandelbaums) while still needing some of the old favorites (Marcus) to not only does his investigation but to keep from being killed. He continues to write stories that can be read as one-offs that do not need to be read in any particular order so don't be intimidated if you haven't read any of the prior Andy Carpenter books.
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