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Absolute Rage [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert K. Tanenbaum
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31 Aug 2003
While New York City sizzles in early summer humidity, prosecutor Butch Karp and his family are taking refuge in their farmhouse on Long Island. The tide quickly changes when the Karps learn that their beachside neighbours, Rose and Ralph Heeney - a West Virginia coal mine union leader - have been brutally murdered back home in McCullensburg. Irresistible force meets immovable object when the West Virginia governor appoints Karp special prosecutor to bring justice to the corrupt town, its union chieftain, and his band of merry thugs. Marlene joins Karp as he searches for the killers and works to save his own family from an evil that runs as deep as the mines that fuel it.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (31 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743403452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743403450
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Deftly handled...Karp and Ciampi are smart, honest, and aggressive' -Los Angeles Times Book Review '[A] richly plotted, tough and funny crime series' -People 'Tanenbaum knows how to plot and pace, he writes dialogue that snaps, creates stories that need to be told. What more can you ask from a thriller' JONATHAN KELLERMAN 'For those who prefer their legal thrillers with plenty of spice and a high IQ, Tanenbaum remains an essential addiction' Publishers Weekly 'Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi are the most interesting pair of characters in the suspense genre today' Chicago Tribune 'Mr. Tanenbaum's plots are never low on suspense or interest' Washington Times 'This is vintage Tanenbaum' Booklist 'One hell of a writer' The New York Post 'Tanenbaum is one lawyer who can write with the best of them' Joseph Wambaugh --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of fourteen Butch Karp novels, Robert K. Tanenbaum lives in Beverly Hills, California. The former Homicide Bureau Chief in the New York District Attorney's Office, Tanenbaum is also one of America's most successful and famous trial lawyers - who has never lost a felony case yet - and former two-term mayor of Beverly Hills. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINELY PACED READING 10 Sep 2002
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Voice artist Lee Sellars gives a finely paced reading to the latest thriller from New York times best selling author Robert. K. Tannenbaum.
In this, the fourteenth Karp family tale, the big city swelters in summer heat while the Karps are enjoying a leisurely respite at their Long Island farmhouse. Wife Marlene is training guard dogs, while Karp, New York Country's assistant district attorney, is asked to serve as special prosecutor in a West Virginia murder case. Actually, the victims were summer friends of the Karps: a coal mine union leader, his wife, and their daughter.
Karp finds more than killing in the little coal mining town - corruption and black crimes abound. Marlene soon joins her spouse, adding fuel to the already glowing fire of imminent death.
Daughter Lucy plays a larger than usual part in this story, while the ten-year-old twins provide mostly background.
Fans of Tannenbaum will find much to their liking in "Absolute Rage," and, undoubtedly, eagerly await the next one from this prolific author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Year's Winner from Tanenbaum! 17 Sep 2002
By "jacy3" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Robert Tanenbaum's newest offering in the Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi series is Absolute Rage, a book that drags the Karps out of New York City and into the lovely and dangerous West Virginia mountains. It's not Tanenbaum's best in the series, but it is a great, rollicking read that will satisfy Karpophiles everywhere.
Marlene Ciampi, we learn, has once again given up the gun. She has taken instead to raising and training Neopolitan Mastiffs on a farm on Long Island. Her financial windfall from her previous employment at a high-profile security company affords her the luxury of doing pretty much what she darn well pleases. This pleasant bucolic life comes to an abrupt end when she meets her summer neighbors, the Heeneys, from West Virginia. Husband "Red" Heeney is a union organizer who seeks to unseat the current corrupt union president and return some of the power to West Virginia's poorest and least-empowered workers, the coal miners. Red, despite his noble efforts on the part of exploited workers, is a drinker, a braggart, and a brawler who seems to bring misery to his family. Nevertheless, when Red, his wife Rose, and their youngest child Lizzie are murdered in their West Virginia home, Marlene is moved to help the two remaining Heeney sons find the killers and bring them to justice.
Butch Karp finds himself in the middle of West Virginia violence by way of a friend and former professor who persuades Butch to take the job of outside prosecutor in the Heeney murders. The West Virginia governor would like to "clean up Dodge," but he knows that the town's corruption runs deeper than the coal in the mountains and will take an outside force to effect any real change. Karp takes the job to escape a frustrating political situation in the city. In typical fashion, Marlene's approach to rooting out and punishing the killers runs counter to Butch's ingrained belief in the rule of law.
Readers who find Lucy Karp, the Karp's young language prodigy, an engaging and interesting character will enjoy her acquisition of a boyfriend. Lucy's insistence that she is too ugly and too peculiar to find love melts away under the attentions of Dan Heeney, Red's youngest son. Lucy discovers that she is quite possibly every bit as alluring as her mother was and still is. As she steps further from childhood, Lucy learns not only about her own heart but that of her lifelong friend Tran. The Vietnamese gangster has long been Lucy's friend and teacher, but she learns, this time out, that despite his outward veneer of civility and humanity, he is a cold killer underneath. The loss of this fiction, combined with the near-loss of brother Zik, shake Lucy's faith in God to its foundation.
Lucy's younger brothers, twins Zik and Zak, are also interwoven in this story. Tanenbaum has chosen to flesh out their characters rather than leave them, as he once described them, as "indistinguishable larvae." Zik, the gentle Giancarlo, is an artist and a humorist, while Zak seems destined to join French Legion or perhaps the Green Berets, as his passion is plinking at rats with a small-caliber rifle and blowing stuff up.
Tanenbaum seems aware that readers have favorite characters they wish to revisit in each novel, so he has managed to find places for Guma and V.T. Newbury in this venture. Even Murrow, Karp's deadpan assistant and one of the most promising new characters to come along since Harry Bello, makes a small appearance. As a result, the book is contrived, but happily so. It is a visit to familiar territory, a bus trip home, if you will. The reader must suspend belief-nay, the reader must stick her belief to the bedpost and remind herself to retrieve it in the morning-but the overall effect of the book is a tonic for the heart as well as the intellect. Few writers of popular, gobble `em-down fiction manage to work in Vietnamese folk songs, St. Theresa of Avila, and giant slobbery dogs with as much success as Robert K. Tanenbaum.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marlene spins out of control..... 29 Oct 2002
By L. Quido - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't think that Robert Tanenbaum is really very fond of character Marlene Ciampi Karp. Over the years that this series has evolved (this is the 14th book in the series), Marlene and her over-the-top personality have been involved in any number of violent encounters. Her choice of professions (personal security for women) and friends (Tran,
A violent Viet gangster, devoted to Marlene and daughter Lucy) have embroiled her, husband Butch, and even the children in many unsavory situations. Butch has remained sort of a "devoted rock", while Marlene has flirted with guns, drink, toyed with the idea of an affair, etc.
In "Absolute Rage", Marlene has settled into a different type of lifestyle, on Long Island, training guard dogs in the manner of her own devoted Neapolitan mastiff. Daughter
Lucy, now at Boston College, is back, and really shines in this novel; much of which is told from her point of view. The Karps become entangled with another family at the beach, West Virginians, the Heeneys. Violence directed at the Heeney family soon touches the Karps, and no one is safe. While Butch tries to stop the violence through legal channels, wife Marlene unleashes the fury of a woman whose family is threatened.
Still entertaining, with sharp characterization and a feeling that Karp will soon be deserting the DA's office for something different, Tanenbaum gives us another tale of family woven with violence that will keep your heart pounding until the end. Still, one hopes that in novel 15, Tanenbaum will give Marlene's wild side a little rest......
Excellent!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first-class atom bomb for Tanenbaum 3 May 2003
By Ross Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I seriously doubt if Tanenbaum could write a book that wasn't an absolutely I-couldn't-put-the-book-down read. This is one of his best. It starts calmly enough, and gradually buillds up to a brain bashing crescendo as it zeroes in on some genuine hillbilly killers who hold an entire region of West Virginia in terror and who have involved Butch and his family by killing a friend.
Lucy is by now a young woman and happily is more deeply involved in the plot than she has been in quite some time. Needless to say, altho' Marlene starts out as a calm, civilized type, she reverts easily to the bull-bashing physical type that seems to be ingrained in her psyche.
No fan of Tanenbaum's will be dissatisfied with this book. Unlike many authors who write successive series, he doesn't spend page after page telling about the past or describing the personalities of his characters. He lets that information develop as part of the story, which is a real relief.
About the only thing I could find to strongly disagree with is Tanenbaum's tendency to make Butch overly idealistic. I think Butch's final assessment of the situation in West Virginia is far closer to reasonable than his puritanical view of how it was achieved.
I can't wait for another in this series.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FINELY PACED READING 10 Sep 2002
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Voice artist Lee Sellars gives a finely paced reading to the latest thriller from New York times best selling author Robert. K. Tannenbaum.
In this, the fourteenth Karp family tale, the big city swelters in summer heat while the Karps are enjoying a leisurely respite at their Long Island farmhouse. Wife Marlene is training guard dogs, while Karp, New York Country's assistant district attorney, is asked to serve as special prosecutor in a West Virginia murder case. Actually, the victims were summer friends of the Karps: a coal mine union leader, his wife, and their daughter.
Karp finds more than killing in the little coal mining town - corruption and black crimes abound. Marlene soon joins her spouse, adding fuel to the already glowing fire of imminent death.
Daughter Lucy plays a larger than usual part in this story, while the ten-year-old twins provide mostly background.
Fans of Tannenbaum will find much to their liking in "Absolute Rage," and, undoubtedly, eagerly await the next one from this prolific author.
- Gail Cooke
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating 7 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Tanenbaum book I have read, and halfway through found myself wishing that the author had written a series with the same main characters. To my delight, I discovered that there are 14 books in the Karp/Cianni series, and tonight I ordered the first 5 - I am looking forward to reading all of them! What fun to discover a "new" author!
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