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


WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
THRILLERS
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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
MYSTERY & CRIME
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. Read full book review >
OPEN AND SHUT by David Rosenfelt
MYSTERY & CRIME
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. Read full book review >