On the Witness Stand with Butch Karp

Sitting on the Witness stand in Federal Court

On the Witness Stand

An excerpt from Tanenbaum’s book, TRAGIC – On the Witness Stand:

“You just had a hard time believing it so you dismissed it?” Karp asked.

“That’s right.”

“Did you tell anybody about this alleged conversation with Vince Carlotta after he was murdered and police were looking for suspects?”

Rubio’s eye flicked over to Kowalski and Vitteli before returning to Karp.  “No, I heard they caught the guys,” he said. “So, I figured that was it.”

“But the suspects weren’t arrested for several weeks,” Karp noted. “I guess during that time the idea didn’t pop into your head that maybe the murder had something to do with Carlotta’s alleged accusations about Corcione and Barros?”

Rubio sat back in his chair and studied Karp. “Yeah, I thought about it,” he said.  “But those are pretty heavy things to say about somebody if you don’t have any evidence.”

“Did you make any efforts to gather evidence?  Or share yours with the police, who were collecting their own?”

“I might have asked around a little down at the docks,” Rubio replied. “But I didn’t hear nothin’.”

“Can you give us the name of someone you talked to?”

Rubio squirmed a little in his chair. “Uh, you know, my mind’s a little discombobulated being up here and all,” he said, making an effort to smile at the jurors. “Give me a minute…”

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2 Responses to On the Witness Stand with Butch Karp

  1. Gail Lawson Clough September 26, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I loved Tragic and wrote this review on Amazon (please keep ‘em coming, Mr. Tanenbaum):

    Tragic is the 25th book in the Butch Karp legal thriller series. It is full of colorful characters, clever cultural allusions to William Shakespeare and American film classics, and, best of all, it has two trials. Written by renowned former prosecutor, Robert K. Tanenbaum, who never lost a felony case and was head of the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations, in charge of the investigation of who killed JFK, Tragic is an exciting page-turner with lots of plot twists. The book has penetrating insight into how a top prosecutor builds a winning case. Mr. Tanenbaum opens his mind to the reader and takes him/her on a journey through the American justice system with Butch Karp, who is as beloved as Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason. For a real treat, read the whole series from the beginning, you won’t be disappointed.

  2. Gail Lawson Clough September 26, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    Private comment: Dear Mr. Tanenbaum: I have been karping about a wedding in the Karp series and think your women readers especially would eat it up. We want a wedding! We want a wedding! How about a flashback to the wedding of Marlene and Butch? Or, the overdue wedding of Lucy? Women love weddings, and I would bet that more than half of your readers are women. I love the series. I suggested that my husband read the whole series from the beginning, and he loved it, too. Actually, I love everything you write. Your realistic, gritty, down-to-earth style is a combination of Damon Runyan and Erle Stanley Gardner, delicious and so compelling because your stories are also as moving as James Michener’s. I love watching how Karp wins his cases and think you are the King of Legal Thrillers (Grisham, Turow and Patterson are very good, but not as gutsy or exciting as RKT – I feel like the others are holding back on looking at the dark side of human nature, but you confront it head on, like the warrior that you are). Thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure, and I hope there will be many more offspring from your brilliant mind and magic pen!

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