Dog Tags

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A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner--an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief--is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine.

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Jun 15, 2015

This Novel Proves that Dogs Make Better Clients

Andy finds himself in court again, defending a dog. Milo, a German Shepherd, used to be a police dog. However, he retired to the ranks of a not-so-common thief. During a simple theft, something goes wrong and Billy Zimmerman, Milo's owner, winds up in jail.

Billy is worried about Milo but not himself; after all he's an Iraq war veteran and a former cop ... what could go wrong? But Milo has been taken to a dog pound and has 24/7 armed guards around him. Billy, resting quietly in jail, starts to worry about Milo. Billy asks his former partner Pete Stanton for some help for Milo. Pete knows just who to call -- Andy, his long-time pal and dog-nut.

Milo is an easy case; but as things start to happen to Billy (who is supposed to be safe in jail), Andy starts reading the fine print in his own life insurance policy. When he doesn't like what he reads, he starts looking for tough-types, like Marcus Clark and Willie Miller, to protect him. Laurie Collins, Andy's love interest, is back in Paterson, New Jersey, nursing her wounds from a recent shooting (NEW TRICKS, see below).

Andy, with his wisecracking and lazy streak, comes off as somewhat insincere about his career in lawyering. However, when things seem their blackest, Andy gets serious and does everything he can for his client (2 or 4 pawed).

However, Andy still has to deal with life's little aggravations; his administrative assistant, Edna, still avoids work and Andy has to find a new lawyer associate who loves paperwork. A word about the new assistant; 'Hike' makes the Grim Reaper look like a grinning fool.

A couple of times, Andy's association with the FBI, for instance, seemed a bit over the top. However, for good natured fun, snappy dialogue and eccentric characters, an Andy Carpenter novel is tops.

Andy Carpenter Series
1. Open and Shut (2002)
2. First Degree (2003)
3. Bury the Lead (2004)
4. Sudden Death (2005)
5. Dead Center (2006)
6. Play Dead (2007)
7. New Tricks (2009)
**8. Dog Tags (2010)

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