Having just finished Rosenfelt's excellent Without Warning, I was eager to continue with my favorite fictional lawyer Andy Carpenter. While Andy, Laurie, and Edna are off at a crossword puzzle tournament, Pete Stanton is at the scene of a murder. Danny Diaz an ex-con is gunned down at his own front door. Diaz had texted Pete to come as soon as possible, but Pete gets there too late. It isn't too long before Pete is charged with Stanton's murder and he grudgingly must ask Andy to represent him.
As always Andy must assemble his team of Sam, Hike, Laurie and the indestructible Marcus to help him. There is very compelling evidence against Pete and all that Andy has is that some mysterious heart attack victims that Pete was investigating may factor in to someone trying to frame Pete.
Andy is still his wisecracking self, though it seems a little less than previous books. The story is pretty good but it seems like the same tale has been repeated by Rosenfelt throughout the series and with Pete now on trial, just about every character has been framed for murder in the previous books (Willie, Laurie, Andy, Sam). Also, how Andy goes about his investigation and the actual trial (while the prosecution presents its case, Andy has no specific defense planned) has happened too many times the same way in previous books. While readers new to the series will find this an excellent book, this book was just too similiar to previous stories that I give it between 3 and 4 stars.
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Andy Carpenter isn’t sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn’t expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that’s exactly where he arrives—at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny’s now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene—Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won’t get thrown into the “system.” This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny’s murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him…and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day.
David Rosenfelt has done it again. Told with his characteristic humor and wit, Hounded is at once a heartfelt story about family and a page-turning legal thriller.