Tanenbaum returns with Karp and Ciampi, now married and awaiting the birth of their first child. Ciampi is on leave from the NY DA's office, eight months pregnant. Karp is toiling away at the office, until....
A pro basketball player is killed and no one seems to want to know why. The Queen's DA seems to be tanking the case, assigning it to a homicide detective, too often drunk to be effective. Even the dead man's family is reluctant to talk.
A procedural matter allows a killer to talk out of Bellevue and Karp takes the blame, walking away from the DA's office. This conveniently allows him time to play pro ball and look into the NBA players death. Even as twelfth man on a bad team, this just isn't plausible.
Tanenbaum has too many storylines going and the plot is disjointed. Karp and Ciampi are always interesting .... but you find yourself wondering how this can all come together. It gets wrapped conveniently at the end but this one isn't as good as previous installments.
From the personal side of the long running relationship (now marriage) between Karp and Ciampi it shouldn't be missed. But not a great effort.