Corruption of Blood

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Book Six of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series: Karp becomes counsel to the Congressional investigation into the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy —and uncovers more than he bargained for.

After many years working on some of the toughest felony cases in New York, prosecutor Butch Karp takes on one of the most notorious homicide cases in modern history: The U.S. Congress invites him to become legal counsel to the Congressional committee charged to reinvestigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Teaming up with his crime-fighting wife, Marlene, and two loyal assistants, Karp knows the only way to determine what occurred is to let the facts and the evidence lead inexorably to a just result. But when he begins to dig up long-buried secrets, he makes enemies who will threaten his case—and the lives of the people he loves most.

Editorial Reviews


Tanenbaum–former chief of the New York City District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau and deputy chief counsel to the late-’70s House Select Committee on Assassinations–is more qualified to speculate, or fictionalize, than most on the assassination of JFK.
In this novel, it’s Butch Karp who goes to work for the Select Committee, bringing along investigator Clay Fulton and attorney V. T. Newbury. Karp’s wife, Marlene Ciampi, and toddler daughter, Lucy, stay in New York, but when the slimy district attorney throws a major pass, Marlene heads south. Oppressed by inactivity as a Washington “wife of,” she volunteers to organize the evidence a Select Committee member has gathered to clear his late father of the spying allegations that forced him out of government after World War II.

Inevitably, the two investigations intersect, and all the usual suspects–Mafia capos and soldiers, past and present CIA agents and assets, past and present Russian spies, and Lee Harvey Oswald–dance once more across the stage. Tanenbaum’s edgy tone is a good fit for the unsettling questions the American people may never resolve about that sunny afternoon in Dallas. Mary Carroll


“With Corruption of Blood, Tanenbaum is now the one to beat.” —Publishers Weekly
“Legal suspense like no one else—smart, fast-paced, Tanenbaum’s best yet.” —F. Lee Bailey