DEPRAVED INDIFFERENCE is the second book of Robert K. Tanenbaum’s bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series. In this page-turning read, the prosecutor is on the hunt after Cold War terrorists. He finds himself perilously tangled up with the grand trifecta of global plots: the CIA, the FBI, and the Mafia.
Butch Karp has never shied away from a difficult case, and when Croatian terrorists hijack a plane and kill an NYPD bomb squad cop in a bomb blast, he’s eager to prosecute the high-profile killers. But Karp’s aggression puts him at risk when his investigations uncover messy government secrets.
Certain elements of the FBI and the CIA don’t want the trial to go forward, and they are willing to go to extremes to sabotage Karp’s case. Mired in local bureaucracy and international intrigue, only Karp’s dogged determination—along with the help of his crime-fighting partner and girlfriend, Marlene Ciampi—can once again deliver justice.
Former assistant DA Tanenbaum ( No Lesser Plea ) enjoys an insider’s perspective on the court system that provides an unforgettable fictional portrait of crime and punishment in New York City. Exposing this complex legal underworld with skill and energy, Tanenbaum characterizes the city’s court as a hornet’s nest of intrigue, ambition and villainy, where a few decent workers must fight constantly to preserve their integrity.
The protagonist, Roger Karp, is a tough, Brooklyn-born DA trying to prosecute a gang of Croatian nationalists who hijacked a plane and killed a cop with a booby-trapped bomb. Karp’s assistant and lover, Marlene Ciampi, stumbles across information connecting Karavitch, the head terrorist, with Nazi war crimes. Far from the idealistic freedom fighter the media believe him to be, Karavitch was involved in the slaughter of an entire village in Yugoslavia during the war. It might seem a simple case, but N.Y.’s Catholic Archdiocese has hired a top lawyer to defend the terrorists, and the police department wants to let these cop killers off scot-free.