Outfoxed (Andy Carpenter)
by David Rosenfelt
Cover Artist: Dog and road by V.J. Matthew / Shutterstock;
Man walking by Waren Bouton / Shutterstock
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781250055347
Date: 19 July 2016 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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In his latest novel, Outfoxed, David Rosenfelt proves that his lovable hero, Andy Carpenter, is a highly skilled defense lawyer. Andy is willing to risk life and limb in order to prove his client's innocence. (Because Brian stepped between a fox terrier, Boomer, and a police car barreling down upon them, the lawyer is convinced his client must be innocent despite the evidence stacked against him.) Andy is also a good husband to wife Laurie and a good father to his young son, Ricky. He insists on getting them out of town when Petrone begins assassinating anyone who could connect him with Starlight Systems, the technology company that Brian and Gerald founded.
What would a crime boss want with Starlight Systems? The answer was quite shocking, but not surprising. Remember, computers help businesses, legitimate and otherwise, to operate faster. Many people (employees, customers, and rivals of Petrone) are killed by assassin's bullets. Andy isn't one of them thanks to his Neanderthal bodyguard, Marcus Clark. His other kooky employees return to help him solve this case: assistant Edna, who is a crossword tournament champion; accountant Sam Willis, who is a computer hacker; and his legal assistant, Eddie "Hike" Lynch, who is manic depressant. Andy is also assisted by Willie Miller, an ex-con and martial arts expert, who is his partner at the Tara Foundation, which rescues stray dogs and prepares them for adoption.
With its high body count, Outfoxed can be considered a violent action thriller. It can also be considered an intriguing court room drama. Most importantly, it contains a puzzling whodunit mystery. Towards the novel's end, there is a shocking twist that I never saw coming. Expect violence from cover to cover. Also, expect Andy's usual witty humor though I don't agree with his viewpoints on certain holidays, especially Halloween. I love Halloween and everything associated with it; I don't have problems with adults wearing silly costumes. Furthermore, Andy annoys me when he reminds the readers that he is rich. However, his wealth is put to good use; he sometimes has to pay people for information.
There's never a dull moment with Andy Carpenter and Company. David Rosenfelt's series continues to grow in popularity. His brainchild, Andy, continues to evolve. Now he's married with a child and has two dogs. New Jersey, the Garden State, continues to be the state with the highest number of mobsters per capita.
Outfoxed certainly outfoxed me with a mystery that knocked me for a loop. This novel is sure to please old and new fans of Rosenfelt alike with its violence, bloodshed, zany characters, hilarity, and intrigue. Furthermore, fans will be glad to hear that another Andy Carpenter novel is being published on the heels of Outfoxed. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas will be here in time for great holiday reading involving man's best friend.