‘Hounded’ by David Rosenfelt: Andy Carpenter strikes again


Rating: 5 stars

Here once again, in David Rosenfelt’s “Hounded,” is defense attorney Andy Carpenter, still the witty, wise-cracking, self-effacing, brilliant lawyer-cum-detective, that guy who is ever-mindful, and sort of proud, of his status as everybody’s favorite lovable troublemaker.

In “Hounded,” Andy, as usual, feels compelled to defend someone who is accused of a heinous crime and against whom the evidence and the odds are heavily stacked. This time the accused is Andy’s good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, who is suspected of murdering a police informant because the informant has apparently implicated the cop in a drug sale conspiracy. Illegal drugs are found stashed in Stanton’s home. Gloves to hide fingerprints are found in his car. He is, in short, in big trouble.

But wise-guy Carpenter is on the case. And as the investigation proceeds, Rosenfelt takes us on another of his incredible roller-coaster rides of puzzling clues, white elephants, big danger, gritty violence, and brilliant deductions. But the suspense, as always, is balanced by generous servings of terrifically witty dialogue and wonderfully conceived doses of Andy’s humor: self-deprecating perceptions of his own character and behavior.

But wait! Is there a new, warmer, cuddlier Andy Carpenter arising before our very eyes? Is this the possible emergence of a lover — of children, no less? The murder victim, you see, was the father of a very charming young boy, and throughout the novel, we can just feel the kid weaving his way into Carpenter’s formerly hard heart. Okay. No more spoilers. But, Andy Carpenter fans, prepare yourselves. Change is a-comin’. And don’t miss “Hounded” to see where it’s all a-goin’.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Minotaur, for review purposes.