The dynamic crime-solving duo of Butch Karp and his feisty wife, Marlene Ciampi, is back, and this time they have an extra set of brains: their 7-year-old daughter, Lucy. Falsely Accused is Robert K. Tanenbaum’s eighth book in this ongoing series featuring Butch and Marlene as they uncover big-city misdeeds, sleaze, and corruption.
In this edge-of-the-seat thriller, Butch is working as a litigator for a New York law firm, defending a bigwig client named Murray Selig, who was recently fired as chief medical examiner. The circumstances surrounding Selig’s dismissal are questionable to say the least, and very soon a veritable hot pot of political wrongdoings is exposed.
Meanwhile, Marlene is busy burning the candle at both ends. She’s a full-time mom to the precocious Lucy, and she also heads a detective agency specializing in the protection of battered women. More troubles…
Tanenbaum brilliantly blends several subplots and mininarratives–what is the secret of the two refugee children? What are the mayor and D.A. hiding? What is the story behind the deaths of several New York cabbies? Tanenbaum convincingly (and amazingly) pulls together these separate plots into a gripping conclusion.
Falsely Accused is more than just a suspenseful thriller–it is a fascinating exploration of legal and courtroom procedures, recounted in scrupulous detail. Fans of Butch and Marlene (and Lucy!) will not be disappointed.
Here Karp has spent over a year as the well-compensated pit-bull litigator for a downtown law firm, and Marlene is getting antsy after a year as a full-time mom. Soon Marlene partners with cop Harry Bello in a PI firm, and Karp sues New York City for former Chief Medical Examiner Murray Selig, fired at the urging of Manhattan DA (and Karp/Ciampi nemesis) Sanford Bloom. Tanenbaum draws together subplots involving political and police corruption, domestic violence, and illegal immigration in an involving tale that also illuminates Karp’s and Ciampi’s romantic and parental challenges. Mary Carroll
While Karp is gathering the ammunition to destroy the D.A.’s defense witnesses, Karp’s wife, Marlene Ciampi, also on the lam from the D.A.’s office, is fighting off her pushy friend, high-flying reporter Ariadne Stupenagel. Ariadne is busy working on a story on the shakedown of three New York cabbies who fortuitously died in police custody–long enough to set up her own agency serving women who need help enforcing protective legal orders against strangers or sadists or former lovers who are stalking them. Ciampi’s highly effective vigilante tactics–heaven help the stalker she gets her teeth into–give Tanenbaum’s tale a shot of welcome humor…
Amazingly, Tanenbaum manages to pull all four cases together–Selig’s civil suit against the Mayor and the D.A., Stupenagel’s investigation of the police shakedown, Ciampi’s anti-stalking campaign, and the sorry tale of refugee children Isabella and Hector–and he even finds a surprising new role for Karp and Ciampi’s precocious seven-year-old daughter Lucy.
After tossing Karp into the treacherous deeps of the Kennedy assassination (Corruption of Blood, 1995), Tanenbaum proves that his meticulous homework on questions of legal procedure, and the best Chinese restaurant for an off-the-record conversation, can turn the most preposterous conspiracy of his own into an electrifying page-turner. — Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.