Books by David Rosenfelt

I am a novelist with 37 dogs. I have gotten to this dubious position with absolutely no planning, and at no stage in my life could I have predicted it. But here I am. My childhood was relentlessly normal. The middle of three brothers, loving parents, a

Released: Oct. 1, 2019

"The main course can't top the opening act because the dog is the consistently amusing hero's most appealing client ever."
Only one of Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter's two new cases seriously involves a dog, but that dog is the star of his show. Read full book review >
BARK OF NIGHT by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 16, 2019

"Even dog haters should lap it up."
A dog finds yet another way to drag Paterson lawyer Andy Carpenter into his 19th recorded murder case, this one with even more than 19 fatalities. Read full book review >
DECK THE HOUNDS  by David Rosenfelt
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Middling for this irresistible series, whose hero's old friend asks him at one point: 'Are you ever going to stop being a pain in the ass?' Goodness, let's hope not."
His wife and chief investigator Laurie's hyperextended Christmas season brings Paterson lawyer Andy Carpenter a new dog, a litter of new puppies, and a new murder case. Read full book review >
RESCUED by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 17, 2018

"Rosenfelt, like Dick Francis, keeps coming up with inventive ways to ensnare his hero in cases involving animals. But this time, the mystery, fueled by his persistent fondness for implausible government intrigue, is thin, and the hero, presumably because he's defending his beloved wife's ex, is less funny than usual."
Paterson's laziest lawyer is dragged back into the courtroom for a 17th time in his most reluctant role yet: as defender of his wife's ex-boyfriend. Read full book review >
FADE TO BLACK  by David Rosenfelt
Released: March 13, 2018

"The case doesn't rank among Rosenfelt's best or his second-best. But even his third-best features a brash, appealing narrator/hero and some memorably snappy dialogue."
Returning to work after a gunshot wound to his head erased 10 years of memories (Blackout, 2016), Lt. Doug Brock, of the New Jersey State Police, is invited into a case by a fellow amnesiac. Read full book review >
COLLARED by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 18, 2017

"Rosenfelt's matchless gift for feather-light exposition that hurtles along without ever feeling rushed or foggy allows him to keep the complications coming until nearly the end. It's only the denouement that feels as if a lesser ghostwriter, perhaps an obliging pooch, had taken over."
Ebulliently inventive Rosenfelt finds yet another way to involve unwilling Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, 2016, etc.) in a case in which one of the leading roles is played by a canine. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Though the falling action never rises to the level of the setup, Rosenfelt's canine-loving hero is always good company—especially when he deals with someone who's gone to the dogs even more completely than him."
Rosenfelt, who continues to write some of the best hooks in the genre, saddles attorney Andy Carpenter (Outfoxed, 2015, etc.) with a client who's got only six months to brighten her Paterson neighborhood—if a guilty verdict doesn't remove her from her home first. Read full book review >
OUTFOXED by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 19, 2016

"Perhaps the weakest outing for Rosenfelt, who cuts back and forth between his ebullient hero and the nefarious criminals arrayed against him as if waiting in vain for mystery and suspense to break out. There's not even much about dogs."
Dog-loving, work-averse New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter (Who Let the Dog Out?, 2015, etc.) is dragged back into the courtroom to defend a client who escapes from a minimum security prison hours after hearing that he'll certainly be paroled. Read full book review >
WHO LET THE DOG OUT? by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 21, 2015

"As in Andy's other recent adventures (Unleashed, 2013, etc.), the mystery is neatly turned, the detection authentic, the legal back and forth expertly judged, the wisecracks amusing, and the dog-love stuff nicely modulated. Only the international intrigue fails to catch fire—and a good thing, as Andy would say."
After taking a dollar to represent a client for an hour, Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter ends up signing on for the tour: multiple murder, a fortune in suspect diamonds, and international terrorism. Read full book review >
WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
Released: March 25, 2014

"A romance camouflaged as a thriller but a short, smooth read most will enjoy."
A methodical serial killer is on the loose in a small Maine town, and it's up to the police chief to resolve the case before more people die in Rosenfelt's latest police thriller. Read full book review >
Released: July 23, 2013

"A warmhearted winner."
A mystery novelist's account of how he became a dog rescuer and moved cross-country with his "very unusual, very large, very hairy family" of eccentric canines. Read full book review >
UNLEASHED by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 23, 2013

"The assassination targets escape their fate, and the dog Sam's car struck, newly christened Crash, is nursed back to health. So this overscaled yet minor addition to Andy's string of successes ends with three cheers for the red, white and blue."
Not content with taking on the New Jersey mob (Leader of the Pack, 2012), Andy Carpenter, Paterson's laziest attorney, goes up against a mob of international terrorists. Read full book review >
AIRTIGHT by David Rosenfelt
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"This latest stand-alone from the chronicler of attorney Andy Carpenter (Leader of the Pack, 2012, etc.) is two-thirds perfectly controlled suspense, one-third scrambled windup."
If a New Jersey state cop can't prove within a week that the murder suspect he shot dead was innocent, his brother will pay the price. Read full book review >
LEADER OF THE PACK by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 17, 2012

"The mob intrigue, as is customary with Rosenfelt (On Borrowed Time, 2011, etc.), is unconvincing, and, despite the title, there's not much for dog fanciers this time around. But Andy is as effervescent as ever, and the courtroom byplay is consistently entertaining."
Dog-loving Andy Carpenter, Paterson, New Jersey's gift to the criminal bar, gets another chance at a murder case he lost six years earlier. Read full book review >
HEART OF A KILLER by David Rosenfelt
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Warmhearted, satisfyingly inventive and almost too clever for its own good. Why isn't Rosenfelt a household name like Michael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver?"
A lawyer who's never tried a criminal case suddenly finds himself with the world's unlikeliest pro bono client: a woman convicted of murder who demands the right to end her life so that she can donate her heart to her dying daughter. Read full book review >
ONE DOG NIGHT by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 5, 2011

"The verdict: canny legal maneuvering in the courtroom and out; tiresomely repetitive foreshadowing of dire events to come; and unconvincingly inflated threats against the nation, as if the characters' welfare didn't supply enough rooting interest."
Andy Carpenter, the laziest member of the New Jersey bar, is backed into trying a six-year-old case of arson and murder on behalf of a client who admits that he's guilty. Read full book review >
ON BORROWED TIME by David Rosenfelt
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"As in Down to the Wire (2010), the explanation behind the hero's ordeal is both less interesting and less plausible than the nightmare itself. But no one who picks up this greased-lightning account will rest till it's finished."
The creator of dog-loving attorney Andy Carpenter (Dog Tags, 2010, etc.) serves up another stand-alone with an absolutely irresistible hook. Read full book review >
DOG TAGS by David Rosenfelt
Released: Aug. 25, 2010

"Despite the clever title, dog lovers are well-advised to tune out after the first half of wisecracking Andy's lumpy, overscaled foray into international intrigue."
"Is the client at least a human this time?" asks North Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter's partner. No such luck. Read full book review >
DOWN TO THE WIRE by David Rosenfelt
Released: March 16, 2010

"An effective page-turner despite by-the-numbers plotting and an unusually obtuse hero whose all-too-accurate mantra is 'it's all about me.' "
Where's Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter (New Tricks, 2009, etc.) when you need him? In his absence, North Jersey's hit by an epidemic of violence courtesy of a home-grown terrorist with a fixation on an inoffensive reporter. Read full book review >
NEW TRICKS by David Rosenfelt
Released: Aug. 6, 2009

"The motive depends on a great central concept, and Andy and his crew of regulars are as engaging as ever, but the case itself is an unholy mess of coincidences and multiple malefactors."
Paterson attorney Andy Carpenter's well-attested love for dogs (Play Dead, 2007, etc.) moves him to the edge of a weird case of murder, then to its center. Read full book review >
DON’T TELL A SOUL by David Rosenfelt
Released: July 1, 2008

"The creator of attorney Andy Carpenter (Play Dead, 2007, etc.) can't resist a good punch line or still another plot twist. But he delivers a fast, inventive stand-alone thriller you'll never put down unfinished. "
Shortly after his wife is killed, a New Jersey contractor is pulled into a freakish case of murder and terrorism. Read full book review >
PLAY DEAD by David Rosenfelt
Released: May 29, 2007

"A steadily absorbing journey through layers and layers of deception. Only the very last surprise fizzles."
Andy Carpenter rescues one client from prison and another from Death Row in his most ambitious case yet. Read full book review >
DEAD CENTER by David Rosenfelt
Released: May 2, 2006

"Andy and Laurie eventually come to an accord about their relationship, which upstages a case starved for suspects, clues and twists. This is the most disappointing of ebullient Andy's five cases to date. "
Only true love, not a murder case, could lure attorney Andy Carpenter (Sudden Death, 2005, etc.) from his beloved Paterson, N.J., to the frozen north. Read full book review >
SUDDEN DEATH by David Rosenfelt
Released: May 10, 2005

"All Rosenfelt's usual pleasures: a twisty plot, crackling courtroom scenes and a thousand wisecracks, some pretty doggoned funny."
A high-profile Giants running back accused of killing a wide receiver for the Jets. Read full book review >
BURY THE LEAD by David Rosenfelt
Released: June 9, 2004

"Several big surprises are still in store, but the biggest have to wait till after a trial that does little more than mark time."
Andy Carpenter, the most famous lawyer in Paterson, N.J., goes to bat for a reporter who's blamed for a brutal series of murders. Read full book review >
FIRST DEGREE by David Rosenfelt
Released: May 14, 2003

"Rosenfelt's got it all—canny invention, snappy dialogue, deftly managed legal conflicts, startling surprises—and he displays it all with an economy that should make his courtroom brethren hang their heads in shame."
Call Andy Carpenter a starry-eyed idealist, but when one Geoffrey Stynes walks into his Paterson, New Jersey, law office and announces that he's the man who cut off bent Lt. Alex Dorsey's head, poured gasoline over his body, and set it afire, Andy (Open and Shut, 2002) refuses to represent him. In fact, since the attorney/client privilege prevents him from sharing Stynes's revelation with the cops, he goes so far as to get himself appointed public defender to Oscar Garcia, the handyman/drug dealer who's been arrested for the crime. It's a resourceful, if quixotic, idea, but it doesn't prevent ADA Dylan Campbell from dropping the charges against Garcia and arresting Laurie Collins, the Paterson cop who'd served under Dorsey, fingered him to his superiors, then quit the force after a cover-up left Dorsey untouched except for a reprimand and Laurie hanging out to dry. Since Laurie has become Andy's investigator and lover, he takes an even more personal interest in the case. And he'll need every scrap of motivation, because the case against Laurie seems airtight; the judge, Walter "Hatchet" Henderson, is no friend of Andy's; Geoffrey Stynes has vanished; and every new lead Andy follows turns literally into a dead end. When Laurie makes bail, she's able to set up housekeeping once more with Andy and a security bracelet on her ankle. But how long will their pre-honeymoon last? Read full book review >
OPEN AND SHUT by David Rosenfelt
Released: May 9, 2002

"The new-love subplot with his female investigator, perhaps meant to lend manic Andy some gravitas, is just a distraction from the brisk dialogue, careful plotting, and solid spadework in Rosenfelt's series opener."
Defense attorney Andy Carpenter just might be the biggest wiseacre to hit the genre since Archie Goodwin. His courtroom antics have already ticked off judges and juries throughout Passaic County, and he'd probably be in jail himself if not for the New Jersey legal system's tremendous respect for Andy's late father, ex-DA Nelson Carpenter. But now Andy's become an irritant to someone still more dangerous than trial judge Walter "Hatchet" Henderson—someone willing to use threats, beatings, and bullets to keep Andy from inheriting his father's strange legacy: $22 million in an account no one knew about, a photo of Nelson in his 20s with three other young men, and a case that he prosecuted successfully seven years ago, now due for retrial on a technicality. And since Andy promised his father he'd defend Willie Miller in what looks like an open-and-shut case—the murder of Denise McGregor, whose body Willie was found standing over in an alley behind a bar, whose fingernails were lined with traces of Willie's skin, and whose blood was smeared on a knife with Willie's prints all over it—he'll do just that, even if it imperils his shaky reconciliation with his wife Nicole, his livelihood, his reputation, and his life. Read full book review >