David Rosenfelt’s latest novel marks the beginning of a new series. After twenty Andy Carpenter books, we again meet newly designated hero Corey Douglas and his K9 partner Simon. Both had been introduced in the previous Andy Carpenter entry, “Dachshund Through the Snow.” And, Andy fans, fear not. Corey is just as funny, just as smart, just as charmingly naughty as Andy. Rosenfelt, here in “The K Team,” again demonstrates his prodigious talent for creating a main character whom you will love and laugh with, and who is very good at solving complex and confusing crimes that mere mortals like you and me are entirely incapable of de-puzzling.
Douglas is a newly retired cop who teams up with a couple of characters from the previous series: the beautiful and brilliant Laurie, Andy’s wife, who is also an ex-cop, and the mysterious, superhuman destruction machine, Marcus. Marcus is actually mysterious only in the sense that nobody except Laurie is capable of understanding what he says — or grunts. But he, too, like his new partners, is surprisingly and surpassingly brilliant.
The crime that engages this new investigation organization — the K Team — is a letter addressed to a judge who is also a minor character in previous novels, Henry (Hatchet) Henderson. The letter smells of and reads like the first ingredient in a blackmail plot about to start boiling up, aimed at the judge. And it turns out to be just that. So Corey, Laurie, and Marcus are hired by Henderson to figure out who is blackmailing and intimidating him, and why they’ve picked him as the target.
As the investigation proceeds, the team and the readers are faced with the same kind of colorful, bizarre, and fascinating characters and events that always fill Rosenfelt’s mysteries. Murders, thefts, threats, good but flawed guys, bad and even more flawed guys, beautiful women, some strong and some fragile, comic characters like Andy’s hacking expert, Sam Willis — and, of course, an extremely important doggie hero, Corey’s K9 buddy from his days as a cop. The dog’s full name is Simon Garfunkel. ‘Nuff said.
This mystery is filled with wackiness, wit, charm, and real suspense. Rosenfelt never fails to deliver all those elements of his unique and entertaining set of talents. And oh yes — this one is a true page-turner. (Review by Jack Kramer)
This review originally posted on Bookreporter.com.
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by the publisher, Minotaur Press, for review purposes.