Review: Criminal defense attorney Andy Carpenter has all but retired from the business. With inherited wealth as well as fees from a number of high-profile cases, he doesn't need the money. So when his friend and accountant Sam Willis tells him that he has a client for him, Andy isn't interested. Sam further explains that the case is a mystery itself, that Barry Price, an old high school friend, asked him to urgently meet him as he needed his financial expertise. And to bring along an attorney. Andy agrees … but never gets to meet his new client in Unleashed, the eleventh mystery in this series by David Rosenfelt.
As Sam and Andy are traveling to meet with Barry, Sam nearly hits an already injured dog. Calling for help, they wait until the dog was safely in the care of a vet. The delay causes them to miss their meeting with Barry, who has taken off in his private jet, destination unknown. The next morning the news reports that Barry's plane had gone down with no survivors. But it wasn't the crash that killed Barry: he was poisoned. In a strange turn of events, Andy ends up defending Barry's wife for the murder of her husband. But during the trial, it seems what isn't being revealed is what Andy needs to clear his client's name and identify Barry's true killer.
Unleashed is a clever mix of high finance and courtroom drama. The case is complicated though straight-forward to follow as a reader and includes a nice balance of humor and suspense. As a bonus for pet lovers, there is a minor subplot involving the dog Andy and Sam save. Andy ends up adopting him, naming him Crash, who develops a bond with Andy's own Golden Retriever, Tara.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Unleashed.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Unleashed for this review.
Review Copyright © 2013 — Hidden Staircase Mystery Books — All Rights Reserved
Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Minotaur Books (Hardcover), February 2013
ISBN-13: 9781250024763; ISBN-10: 1250024765
Location(s) referenced in Unleashed: New Jersey
— ♦ —
Unleashed by David Rosenfelt — An Andy Carpenter Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: July 2013
List Price: $25.99
— ♦ —
Page Author: Lance Wright
Site Publisher: Mysterious Reviews
Mysterious Reviews is a Division of
The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books
and a Business Unit of the
Omnimystery Family of Mystery Websites