About Escape — Bob Tanenbaum Video#10 -- RKT cover -- ESCAPE

ESCAPE is the 20th novel  in Tanenbaum’s legal thriller series. This novel is a classic encounter between the forces of good and evil that asks, and answers, questions of how to deal with supposedly “God-inspired” acts of murder and mayhem.
In a riveting trial of garish courtroom confrontations, newly elected New York District Attorney Karp battles the “insanity of the insanity defense,” as he tries to make Jessica Campbell, a rabble-rousing political science professor at NYU, pay for the murder of her three children. While Campbell claims that God told her to “send her three children to Him,” it is up to Karp to prove that she was fully aware of the nature and consequences of her actions.
Meanwhile, an Islamic terrorist, The Sheik, and his homegrown suicidal “jihadis” hatch a plan, a spectacular outrage to occur in Manhattan’s heartland, that if successful could destroy the economy of the United States and the world.
Standing between the terrorist Sheik and his diabolical scheme are Butch’s wife, Marlene Ciampi, a private detective focused on protecting women from abusers; the couple’s daughter, Lucy, who has joined a secretive anti-terrorist organization; and a wonderfully eccentric-but effective-group of crime fighters as has ever graced the pages of a book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In bestseller Tanenbaum’s … 20th Butch Karp legal thriller (after Malice), Karp, the New York County District Attorney, is as usual juggling multiple challenges–including the prosecution of Jessica Campbell, a politician’s wife who murdered their three children, allegedly in response to a divine command, and yet another Islamic terrorist plot aimed at the Big Apple… © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Escape is yet another riveting crime story and courtroom drama by the inimitable Robert K. Tanenbaum. The former top Homicide Prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney Office shines a penetrating light on one of the most controversial topics in our justice system – the insanity defense. The result is a fast paced, provocative legal thriller that Tanenbaum almost has a copyright on.” — Vincent Bugliosi, former Los Angeles District Attorney and bestselling author of Helter Skelter.

Another chilling courtroom thriller by Robert K. Tanenbaum. Roger “Butch” Karp and his cast of characters are as exhilarating and compelling as ever. Brilliantly executed and entertaining thrill-a-minute action – Tanenbaum is a true pro and it shows.” — David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Scavenger.

“It is a rare novel that both thrills and cuts you to the bone. Robert K. Tanenbaum’s latest thriller, ESCAPE, slices even eeper, chilling down to the marrow with a story as topical and real as the pages in your hand. As challenging as it is riveting, here is a story that delves into the root of evil and leaves one questioning where morality ends and insanity begins. It will leave you breathless.” — James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Judas Strain.

Tanenbaum is at his very best in ESCAPE — a brilliantly complex thriller that races the reader from the courtroom to the killing fields — with clever twists, smart dialogue, and a story that grabs you by the throat at the outset and keeps you turning pages till late into the night. Tanenbaum’s tour de force — a stunning read.” — Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author of Bad Blood

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