HE'S BACK! Lawyer Andy Carpenter, has announced, "It is
time for a Carpenter family meeting." He needs to make a
decision whether or not to renew his law license and seeks
the advice of his wife, Laurie, and his 8 year old adopted
son, Ricky. Laurie immediately coaxes him to renew his
license, telling him "you get cranky when you hang around
too much." Ricky only wants to know if Andy is home more
will he have to let him play with his friends? A telephone
call comes from Willie Miller, his partner in the Tara
Foundation which is a dog rescue operation, telling him he
see him at once. Arriving at the Foundation, he sees a
border collie. Willie found his microchip and announces he
is the celebrity dog from a kidnapping case three
years ago. It is Cody, the "DNA DOG."
Cody disappeared along with an adopted baby boy, Dylan,
from a park where the nanny was pistol whipped and left.
She swears she recognizes the kidnapper and his car. Dog
hair from Cody is found in the car and the home of Keith
Wachtel and he is found guilty and is serving time in
prison. Why was the dog returned? Where has he been? Is
Dylan still alive?
Andy does not believe in coincidences and calls his pal,
Pete Stanton, Captain of the Paterson Police Department.
Together, they decide to begin a new investigation into this
unlawful act. Is Wachtel guilty or was he set up?
COLLARED is David Rosenfelt's 16th crime fiction in the Andy Carpenter series and I have
enjoyed each and every one of them. As always, he writes a
great legal thriller with his usual entourage that are
clever and laugh-out-loud funny. There's always a special
dog or three to keep us dog lovers happy and coming back for
amazes as he keeps Andy from harm. He doesn't talk much but
his actions speak louder than any words. A few murders, a
wrongful imprisonment, several shady gents who will stop at
nothing to protect their interests, and a courtroom drama
that shows Andy's skills, odd-ball tactics and his sharp
wit round out COLLARED.
Get ready for an exciting chase with lots of twists and
turns. See if you can figure out who is guilty? It's a
puzzle to be sure, but this super sleuth (me) persevered and
solved it along with Andy Carpenter, Lawyer Extraordinaire.
Five stars! I can't wait for #17. David Rosenfelt never
Lawyer Andy Carpenterâ€™s true passion is the Tara Foundation,
the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie
Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation,
and Andy and Willie arenâ€™t surprised to find a dog at the
shelter one morning with a note saying someone had found him
stray and dropped him off. But they are surprised when they
scan the dogâ€™s embedded chip. They know this dog. He is the
Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother
of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad
daylight in Eastside Park, and they havenâ€™t been seen since.
A tip came in that a former boyfriend of Hickmanâ€™s, Keith
Wachtel, was the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no
sign of the child, but did uncover more incriminating
evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtelâ€™s arrest
was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog.
DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to
Hickmanâ€™s dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the
dog and baby were never found.
Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought
back to light, and the search for the child renewed. Goaded
by his wifeâ€™s desire to help a friend and fellow mother and
Andyâ€™s desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail,
Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to
uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever