Aug 7, 2010

New Tricks by David Rosenfelt

Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie--and only some high-risk new tricks will save those he cherishes most.


David Rosenfelt is the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures and lives in Southern California. For more information, visit his website:


Unsolved murders, explosions, a custody battle over a dog, mysterious shootings, a long distance romantic relationship with a female police chief in another state, a hitman killed before he can provide answers, and twisted dog show competitions.  A very complex mixture of so many mysterious elements that it almost makes your head spin.

Andy Carpenter is the main character in New Tricks, and he is an independently wealthy and sometimes unmotivated lawyer who is assigned a very unusual pro bono case.  He must determine who the rightful person is to have custody of a seven month old Bernese puppy whose owner has been murdered.  Andy finds himself the temporary custodian of the pup until a final decision is made. From the time he is assigned to the case, his life changes dramatically, as well as the lives of everyone around him.

New Tricks is filled with many serious criminal elements, but the book is also delightfully mixed with humour.  A light and enjoyable read, I found myself rushing through it ... just to find out what was going to happen next. One unusual lawyer, his strange friends, and the dogs that he loves ... mix them all together and you end up with a very entertaining story.

If you would like to win your own copy of New Tricks, check out my giveaway, contest ends on Saturday, Aug 21st.

Disclosure: I received a copy of New Tricks from Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.  I received no compensation for my thoughts.

New Tricks
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Aug 6 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446505870
ISBN-13: 978-0446505871

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