- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Open market ed edition (29 Jan. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451190009
- ISBN-13: 978-0451190000
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.1 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,821,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Falsely Accused Om Mass Market Paperback – 29 Jan 1998
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About the Author
Robert K Tanenbaum has been an Assistant District Attorney and Homicide Bureau Chief in New York City. He is the former mayor of Beverly Hills, California, and the author of seven previous novels featuring Karp and Ciampi. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The plot develops satisfyingly, with Karp's and Marlene's separate cases meshing, as they so often do, to enable a joint (if not wholly plausible) resolution. But hey, who's counting!
It's not just the plotting which I find so enchanting about these books. The characterisation is fine, with the good guys being reassuringly flawed - even the rather goody-goody Butch is rounding out as the series develops. Lucy is perhaps less well-drawn, being by turns baby-ish for a 7-year old and then stunningly precocious.
Most of all, I enjoy the style, the quality of the writing itself. Tanenbaum has a great ear for dialogue, for the way people switch topics in mid-conversation; his characters talk like real people, only more amusingly. Altogether, he has a delightful way with words, being at times wry, whimsical and ironic. I find myself jotting down some of his wittier phrases to use, er, spontaneously myself in conversation... Sincerest form of flattery, and all that!
I'm glad I've read the series in order, and if someone was thinking of starting with this book I'd recommend them to go back to the beginning. Maybe skip out Corruption of Blood unless you're really keen to read more Kennedy assassination theories - and enjoy Falsely Accused, which finds Tanenbaum once more at the height of his powers.
Butch Karp has left the Manhattan D.A's office, but not the legal hot-seat, as this blistering novel of endless Big Apple corruption and coverups makes abundantly clear.Butch's client - a client he takes on over the howls of his firm's colleagues, who prefer to hold their star litigator over the heads of their own handpicked enemies - is ex-Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Murray Selig, tossed out of office on trumped-up charges so risible that the Mayor and D.A. Sanford Bloom have to have somehting else in mid - something pretty dire. While Karp is gathering the ammunition to destroy the D.A.'s defense witnesses, his wife, Marlene Ciampi, also on the lam from the D.A.'s office, is fighting off her pushy friend, high-flying reporter Ariadne Shipenagel - busy working on a story of the shakedown of three New York cabbies who fortuitiously died in police custody - long enough to set up her own agency serving women who need help enforcing protective legal orders against strangers or sadists or former lovewrs who are stalking them. Ciampi's highly effective vigilante tactics - heaven help the stalker she gets her teeth into - give Tanebaum's a shot of welcome humor to counterbalance Ciampi's involvement with Isabelle and Hector, a pair of wary regugee kids somebody has dumped at tough Mattie Dusan's Women's Shelter. Amazingly, Tanenbaum manages to pull all four cases together - Selig's civil suit against the Mayor and the D.A., Stupenagel's investigation of the police shaekdown, Ciampi's anti-stalking campaign and the sorry tale of Isabella an Hector - and even finds a surprising new role for Karp and Ciampi's precocious seven-year old daugther Lucy.After tossing Karp into the treacherous deeps of the Kennedy assassination (CORRUPTION OF BLOOD, 1995) Tanenbaum proves that his meticulous homework on questions of legal procedure and the best Chinese restaurant for an off-the-record conversation can turn the most preposterous conspiracy of his own into an electrifying page-turner.