Robert K Tanenbaum

 TRAP (Simon & Schuster/Gallery, 2015)



“This story has a lot to like…Karp is rock-solid as both prosecutor and as person…The pace is fast, the courtroom scenes make you feel like you’re there, and the ending satisfies…This is an enjoyable tale of good vs. evil and the importance of knowing who you are.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Tightly written and plotted” – Booklist

A tremendous blast rocks an established town eatery during a book-signing event that features the director and inspirational leading advocate of New York charter schools, killing three and wounding others. A neo-Nazi is the prime suspect, but the evidence leads Karp in another direction. The treacherous teachers union president has long been furious at the unqualified successes of the charter school movement in New York City, which threatens to expose his corrupt practices. The homicidal schemers fall into the trap of thinking that they can manipulate and misappropriate union funds, and even commit murder with impunity, given the power and influence that they purchased with their union dues. But is there another motive behind the attack that could derail the case? How will Karp discover the setup, and can he do so in time to bring justice to the murdered and maimed? It all ends in the kind of dramatic courtroom showdown that is New York Times bestselling author, Robert K. Tanenbaum, at his very best.

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Echoes of my Soul (2013)

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June 23, 2014

“Those outraged by how the government handled the 2012 debacle in Benghazi will find a lot to like.”

When the body of Lt. Gen. Sam Allen, the acting director of the CIA, turns up dead in a boutique hotel just off Times Square, Roger “Butch” Karp investigates, in Tanenbaum’s provocative 26th legal thriller featuring the New York County DA (after 2013’s Tragic). Eight days earlier, terrorists attacked a supposed U.S. trade mission in Chechnya, killing innocent people and seizing Karp’s daughter, Lucy, a member of a secret antiterrorism group. Did agents of the current administration silence Allen to prevent the truth about the attack from going public? Butch and his family form a “team to confront, combat, and defeat evil,” determined to find out. Meanwhile, sleazebag Rod Fauhomme, the American president’s reelection campaign manager, is up to his fat neck in dangerous intrigues that grow to include several murders. Those outraged by how the government handled the 2012 debacle in Benghazi will find a lot to like. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (Aug.)


“Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting… Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre.” – Publishers Weekly

New York Times bestselling author and renowned prosecuting attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum provides the first insider’s account of the historic Wylie-Hoffert case, from the shocking double-murder to the wrenching interrogation of an innocent young man, and the heroic Assistant District Attorney who risked everything to unravel a disgraceful injustice. Here is a gripping chronicle of the unnerving crime that led to the Miranda Rights, and of the courageous stand that forever reformed the American justice system.


ECHOES OF MY SOUL by Robert K. Tanenbaum

“In his third true crime offering (after The Piano Teacher), Tanenbaum—best known for his legal thrillers about Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, lawyers in the New York District Attorney’s office—examines the convoluted and dramatic case that followed the brutal murders of two young women, Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert, in New York City in 1963.

“Relying on court transcripts, crime-scene photos, and the reminiscences of his legal mentors—Mel Glass, John Keenan, and D.A. Frank Hogan, all of whom were involved in the case—Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting. The seasoned attorney and two-time mayor of Beverly Hills, Calif., details how a young black man, George Whitmore Jr. (who had an IQ of less than 70), was connected to the killings by a confession extracted under extreme duress. Luckily, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Glass took an interest in the case and began to question the police tactics used to accuse Whitmore.

“A clue worthy of crime fiction eventually leads to the capture of the real killer, and a trial cleverly conducted by Keenan reveals police incompetence (and possible malfeasance) and sets Whitmore free. Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre. Photos. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (May 28 Release)”



“The most powerful story of American justice in our time… Robert Tanenbaum knows this territory better than anyone, and tells a riveting tale of the man who is his hero, and one for all seasons.” — Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

“Because Echoes of My Soul captures so authentically well, in a microcosm, the entire criminal justice system in America, it is a strong candidate to become a true crime classic.”—Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter.

“Echoes of My Soul has the excitement of a great work of fiction and it is not ‘based upon’ a real case. It is a real case and it is about a real hero.” —Mark Lane

“A compelling, page turning, disturbing true story.” —Professor Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Here’s a link to the June 4 interview on FOX-TV’s “Good Day New York” with Robert K. Tanenbaum:

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ECHOES OF MY SOUL was the “Good Day Book Club Pick” on FOX-TV’s Good Day New York. The book will also be featured on the website.

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Dive into the full review, and get ready for the read of a lifetime. Robert K Tanenbaum

First inspired by the investigation chronicled in ECHOES OF MY SOUL, Tanenbaum’s tireless hunt for justice in law and politics informs his writing, including the twenty-five novels in his bestselling Butch Karp series.

When asked what, of the books he has written, is his favorite, he answered, “Echoes of my Soul is my personal Torah. It is my system of belief in the law, my theory of justice.” Then he answered that his other favorites were all the books in the Butch Karp series along with his two other non-fiction books, Badge of the Assassin and The Piano Teacher.

Mr. Tanenbaum is a lucky man. He has two loves (besides his family) – his legal career and his writing career. And all have been very full. Robert K. Tanenbaum’s legal career is legendary. One of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, he never lost a felony trial and convicted hundreds of violent criminals as the homicide bureau chief for the New York D.A.’s Office.

He also served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The New York Time’s bestselling author is a man full of life, stories, and love of justice.

“Tanenbaum is one lawyer who can write with the best of them.”—Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood Hills .

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