A racially charged murder pits the NY assistant DA against a flashy defense lawyer in an “irresistible” legal thriller by the bestselling author of Infamy (Publishers Weekly).
It’s the early ’80s, and New York City is eating itself alive. The murder rate is skyrocketing, and Butch Karp, the battle-tested assistant district attorney in charge of the NYPD’s homicide bureau, is the only thing standing between the city and chaos. And he’s about to get pushed to the breaking point.
As the bureau chief, Karp is not supposed to try cases himself, but he’s about to make an exception. A wealthy suburbanite is accused of a series of murders in Harlem, and the case’s racial implications threaten to set the city ablaze. Promising to get a conviction, Karp puts his reputation and his career on the line. His opponent is the country’s most famous defense attorney, a notorious showman determined to use every trick in the book to get his client free, and destroy Butch Karp in the process.
Before he became the New York Times–bestselling author of such legal thrillers as No Lesser Plea and Falsely Accused, Robert K. Tanenbaum was one of the most successful trial attorneys in New York City. Irresistible Impulse displays the grit, brains and brio that made him so successful.
Irresistible Impulse is the 9th book in the Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
“Tannenbaum’s snappy, electric ninth novel to feature the latter-day Hepburn and Tracy . . . the suspense here is Hitchcockian.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gripping.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert K. Tanenbaum is the New York Times–bestselling author of twenty-six legal thrillers featuring Butch Karp and his crime-fighting wife, Marlene Ciampi. Before publishing his first novel, Tanenbaum had an accomplished legal career. He served as bureau chief of the Criminal Courts, ran the Homicide Bureau in New York City, and was deputy chief counsel to the Congressional Committee Investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. He has also served two terms as the mayor of Beverly Hills.
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Tanenbaum knows how to plot and pace, he writes dialogue that snaps, creates stories that need to be told. What more can you ask from a thriller?
A winner...tremendous authenticity.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Imagine reading Dumas's TWENTY YEARS AFTER or even THIRTY YEARS AFTER before first tackling THE THREE MUSKETEERS. As I read more of these fascinating entertainments about two lawyers, their marriage and their growing family, I feel that there is little need to do them in sequence. For it is also fun to read a relatively early story in which the 'converted' Viet-Cong Tranh is introduced as well as is the much tried former top Jesuit priest who becomes Marlene Ciampi's confessor. *** Always didactic, this entry in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi detective series shows why it is not a good idea for a senior administrator like Butch to immerse himself for months on end in one criminal trial. By comparison with some of the later stories, IRRESISTIBLE IMPULSE is also more tightly and less complexly plotted. It is possible to keep track of all of the characters. Moreover clues as to the real identities of the true bad guys are fairly out in the open. A grand read when you have nothing too serious to do. Unless you consider some dialog about sin and repentance 'too' serious.
This may be the best of the many Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series of novels. This one is set in the past, when Lucy was a precocious child.