Rosenfelt demonstrates again that he’s a master storyteller in this immensely enjoyable new Andy Carpenter novel. His writing is crisp, his plot unfolds at a rapid clip and his characters are people you’d like to hang out with. Surprises in the plot and gripping courtroom scenes make it difficult to put down.
Criminal defense attorney Andy Carpenter’s new case is brought to him by his friend and accountant, Sam Willis. One of Sam’s friends, Barry Price, wants to hire Carpenter, for reasons unknown. Soon after, Barry is killed in a small plane crash. Authorities determine that he was incapacitated prior to the crash, and his death is ruled as murder. Sam was supposed to be on that plane, too. It’s up to Andy to figure out why someone wanted to kill both men. He can’t foresee the extent of the trouble he’s walking into or the implications of his investigation, which puts Sam in even more danger.(Minotaur, Aug., 368 pp., $25.99)