Who Let the Dog Out?
Review: New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter would like to retire from his law practice and devote his time to being a husband to his wife of five months, Laurie, and a father to their recently adopted eight year old son, Ricky, and to help his friend Willie Miller in the operation of the Tara Foundation, a dog-rescue organization they had founded. But he'll have to put retirement on hold when Willie calls Andy one morning to tell him the alarm had gone off at the foundation center, and a dog is missing, in Who Let the Dog Out?, the thirteenth mystery in this series by David Rosenfelt.
Willie had put a GPS on the dog, a foundling German shepherd mix they had named Cheyenne, so they are able to trace her whereabouts. Andy had called the police to report the theft, and asked that they join them at the place where Cheyenne had been taken. When they knock on the door no one answers but a dog barks. Willie recognizes the bark so the police knock in the door. There they find Cheyenne unhurt next to a dead body. The man's throat had been cut, almost decapitating him. It appears to have happened minutes before they got there. Andy wonders why a killer would steal a dog and take him to murder someone. When the police later arrest Tommy Infante, Andy believes they have the wrong man. Indeed, Andy is so sure he agrees to defend Tommy. In order to come with a credible defense, Andy begins a search for some proof that Tommy is not a murderer. This investigation leads him into an explosive case involving a brutal assassin and arms dealer, an international diamond smuggling ring, plus domestic terrorism.
Who Let the Dog Out? is a most enjoyable mystery. Series character Andy Carpenter doesn't need to work — he has inherited a sizeable amount of money — but does so out of a sense of justice. And even though he wants to retire from the legal field, he continues to unwittingly become involved with individuals who call on him for help, and he just can't seem to refuse. The repartee between Andy and his wife Laurie is entertaining. They have been together for a number of years but just recently married, and adopted eight year old Ricky, who Andy wants to guide in the direction of becoming a professional baseball player. Ricky, however, may have other ideas. Their conversations are very amusing. This is a wonderful story of a family life surrounding a truly baffling whodunit/whydunit-style mystery. Highly recommended.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Who Let the Dog Out?.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Who Let the Dog Out? for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Minotaur Books (Hardcover), July 2013
ISBN-13: 9781250024725; ISBN-10: 1250024722
Minotaur Books (Hardcover), July 2016
ISBN-13: 9781250055347; ISBN-10: 1250055342
Location(s) referenced in Who Let the Dog Out?: New Jersey
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Who Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt — An Andy Carpenter Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: July 2015
List Price: $25.99
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