Material Witness

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MATERIAL WITNESS is Book Five of the bestselling Butch Karp legal thriller series.  A thrilling read, Karp goes undercover to take on mob ties to professional sports.
When Karp goes undercover to bust mobsters who have infiltrated the sports world, he glides effortlessly from the criminal courts he dominates as a prosecutor to the basketball court.
Police have found the body of a pro-basketball star in a car on the edge of the city, and the glove compartment is stuffed with cocaine. The investigation leads to a sophisticated ring of sports fixing and drug trafficking, and Karp’s own background as a college basketball standout helps him close in on the crooks.
But, while Karp obsesses over a case that fulfills his childhood dreams, his wife and crime-fighting partner, Marlene, and their unborn child will fall into mortal danger.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Ex-New York DA Tanenbaum’s gritty thrillers take full advantage of his own experience in the judicial system. Here he brings back NYC assistant DAs Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, last seen in No Lesser Plea , for a fifth go-round.
Now married, they are expecting their first child. While Marlene is on pregnancy leave, Butch gets into a hassle with his superior and resigns from the DA’s office. Unofficially, then, they become embroiled in a murder case in Queens, the shooting of a pro basketball star in a car whose glove compartment contains a large package of high-grade cocaine.
The tangled case brings them into contact with Mafia hitmen and loan sharks, and includes revelations of point-shaving, arson-for-hire and a political corruption scheme that involves numerous high-ranking New York pols. In order to break the case, Karp ends up as the 12th man on a pro-basketball team, a return to the injury-shortened athletic dreams of his college days, while Marlene trundles off to see a Jamaican druglord in Brooklyn.

Tanenbaum knows his criminal procedure cold and is briskly efficient in propelling his complicated plot. Though the novel is generally laced with a nervy, street-smart cynicism…this is a consistently entertaining thriller.  Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Compelling intrigue, action, and dialogue.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Witty, highly intricate big-city police thriller. ”  —USA Today