No Lesser Plea

#6 -- RKT cover-- NO LESSER PLEA

In NO LESSER PLEA, the first book of the extraordinary Butch Karp legal thrillers by Robert K Tanenbaum, Karp must stop a murderer who is manipulating the law to escape punishment. Sound like a familiar legal scenario? Read on.

Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Roger “Butch” Karp, understands New York quite like no one else. He’s been around long enough to realize that the judicial system can be dirty and cynical. But, this doesn’t change his deep belief in justice.

So, when a vicious sociopath tries to dodge a brutal murder charge by convincing the court he is incompetent to stand trial, Karp teams up with firecracker Assistant DA Marlene Ciampi. Their dynamic and relenting quest unleashes the full force of their energy, hardboiled wit, and passion for the truth. That truth will put the killer away forever. They will accept no lesser plea.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Tanenbaum has written an exceptionally good contemporary novel about the criminal justice system. Set in New York during the early ’70s, the book focuses on young, idealistic assistant D.A. Butch Karp and his conflicts with both a single criminal and the politicized bureaucracy that seemingly makes a travesty of justice. In his first murder case, Karp is prosecuting Mandeville Louis, a brilliant killer who has feigned insanity, hoping to protect himself from trial until the court system eventually forgets about him. But the determined Karp refuses to let Louis’s ruse succeed.
 
While Karp is trying to put Louis behind bars, he is also caught up in the politics of the D.A.’s office as petty bureaucrats struggle for control of their turf and power. An attorney himself, Tanenbaum has infused this book with a strong collection of characters, a raunchy energy that crackles in the out-of-office lawyer talk and a basic sense of outrage at a system that is failing miserably.

Library Journal

Mandeville Louis is the self-proclaimed most successful armed robber in New York City, as well as a vicious killer. Roger Karp is a dedicated assistant district attorney. Louis, arrested for a dual murder, tries to avoid prosecution by feigning insanity. Karp does his best to block this abuse of the criminal justice system.

As it explores Karp’s private life and colorful co-workers, this fascinating, realistic novel addresses several current legal issues: plea bargaining, overcrowded dockets, and the insanity defense. Tanenbaum, author of Badge of the Assassin, has worked in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Reviews

“A fast-moving, no-nonsense, insider’s tale . . . highly recommended.”—Los Angeles Times
 
 “Powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
 “Tanenbaum has infused this book with a strong collection of characters, a raunchy energy that crackles in the out-of-office lawyer talk, and a basic sense of outrage at a system that is failing miserably.”  —Publishers Weekly