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The 21st book in the Butch Karp / Marlene Ciampi legal thrillers.

When a rising starlet dies from a gunshot wound in the fashionable downtown penthouse of an eccentric Broadway producer, New York District Attorney Roger “Butch” Karp and his hard-charging wife, Marlene Ciampi, smell drama.

With the help of a fearful witness, Karp wages a relentless battle for justice against a notorious defendant, a legion of experts, and a barrage of hostile threats. Meanwhile, a shadowy international power group kidnaps Karp’s daughter, Lucy.

As Karp races to decode a baffling series of riddles, a beautiful but deadly Russian assassin hunts him. He must infiltrate the kidnappers before their scheme for world dominion succeeds. Little does he know, the clock is ticking down on New York City as an invisible force prepares to unleash Armageddon.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

New York County DA Roger Butch Karp, his wife, Marlene Ciampi, and daughter, Lucy, go up against a cartoonish crop of new and old villains in the over-the-top 21st thriller from bestseller Tanenbaum (after Escape).
Their antagonists include Karp’s chief nemesis, sociopath Andrew Kane, whose face transplant has failed and left him, well, without a face; David Grale, who may or may not be a foe, but who commands from his lair deep in the city’s subway tunnels an army of stinking, filthy homeless men and women; the nefarious Sons of Man, a group that’s been plotting against America for hundreds of years; and terrorists bent on striking a blow that will topple the U.S. government.
While battling these madmen, Butch is also prosecuting a famous perverted Broadway producer who’s killed a beautiful young actress in his apartment. Despite or because of the overkill, Tanenbaum’s many fans are sure to be satisfied.  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Butch Karp has a lot on his plate, and the reader has a lot to follow. A noted Broadway producer is accused of murder; a hung jury results in a mistrial, but Karp, the New York City D.A., wants to retry him. Meanwhile Karp is faced with an imminent terrorist attack, and he must decipher a series of coded clues if he wants to stop the attack and save his daughter, Lucy, who’s apparently been kidnapped.
This novel, the twenty-first Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi thriller, follows on the heels of Escape (2008), and fans of that novel will enjoy this one. On the other hand, readers who have difficulty accepting the premise that a New York district attorney is also waging a top-secret war against terrorism will not find this book any easier to digest. Tanenbaum hasn’t lost his ability to write solid characters… David Pitt –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“Tanenbaum’s many fans are sure to be satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly