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In MALICE, The Karp family is back at it in bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum’s most suspenseful book yet in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series, novel # 19.

New York District Attorney Butch Karp, recovering from an assassination attempt that came within a few millimeters of killing him, takes on a shadowy cartel that uses terrorists to further its criminal empire while sliding the United States toward a fascist state that the cartel controls. As Karp struggles to uncover those responsible for planning the terrorist murders of six school- children, he goes to the aid of the younger brother of his college roommate, who has been unfairly suspended from his position as baseball coach at a university in Idaho.

Meanwhile, Marlene Ciampi is in Idaho to help her husband with the investigation, and she befriends a Basque sheepherder who is demanding answers to the disappearance of his daughter — a pretty college coed he suspects is having an affair with the school’s president — which may be related to Karp’s case. As if that wasn’t enough, the couple’s daughter, Lucy, and her eclectic group of accomplices, must uncover a traitor’s plot and stop an assassination attempt surreptitiously planned to occur in the heart of Manhattan.

Malice is filled with twists and story lines torn from today’s headlines, and once again delivers Tanenbaum’s one-of-a-kind courtroom scenes that, by the exciting climax, have been woven into a single, brilliant tapestry of action and suspense.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Tanenbaum’s … 19th thriller to feature Manhattan district attorney Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi, picks up where 2006′s Counterplay left off. Karp is recovering at Beth Israel Hospital, after being shot by his rival and fellow prosecutor, Rachel Rachman, who was in turn gunned down by Ciampi.
Various members of the Karp family have helped thwart terrorist outrages aimed at the pope. The mastermind behind the plot against the pope, mayoral candidate and murderer Andrew Kane, is believed dead, but Karp suspects that someone at a high level in U.S. security circles fed Kane key information and remains poised to do the country further harm.
Once again, Karp’s plucky daughter, Lucy, becomes involved in a plot so improbable that the author has Ciampi comparing it with the far-fetched conspiracies of The Da Vinci Code. Series fans will be pleased… Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


“In Malice, a unique cadre of crime fighters confronts its greatest battle yet — to protect the streets of New York City from an international nightmare. Tanenbaum pens an extraordinary tale of crime, terror, and betrayal that illuminates the dark threats we face today while reminding us that American justice, fortified by brave men and women, can still protect all we hold dear.” — Catherine Crier, bestselling author of A Deadly Game.

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