Who Let the Dog Out, by David Rosenfelt

Who Let the Dog Out by David Rosenfelt Minotaur Books, July 2015

Who Let the Dog Out
by David Rosenfelt
Minotaur Books, July 2015

Author David Rosenfelt joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, the 13th in his Andy Carpenter series, WHO LET THE DOG OUT.

Show Notes

David shares the story of his protagonist, Andy Carpenter.

The first novel in the series was purchased with sequels, which is how he learned he was writing a series.

David and his wife live with a large number of dogs. The current number is 18, which he says is a historic low.

We discuss a blog post at his website – 25 Dogs Who are True Canine Couch Potatoes.

From the Publisher:

david-rosenfelt1A lawyer by day and then only when he’s forced to take on new cases-Andy Carpenter’s true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. So it’s frightening when Willie calls him to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building, and there’s clearly been a break-in.

It turns out that a recently rescued dog, nicknamed Cheyenne since her arrival at the foundation, has been stolen. Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey and sure enough, they find the dog…standing right next to a dead body. The man had been gruesomely murdered mere minutes before Andy and Willie arrived. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing?

Andy takes Cheyenne safely back to the foundation building, and that should be the end of his involvement, but Andy’s curiosity and his desire to keep the dog from further harm-won’t let him stop there. The cops have just arrested a man named Tommy Infante for the murder, but as Andy looks into the circumstances surrounding the break-in and the dog theft, he starts to wonder if Infante might actually be innocent. And when Andy takes Infante on as a client and starts searching in earnest for evidence that will exonerate him, what Andy starts to discover terrifies him. The murder might be just one small cog in a plot with far-reaching implications, and unless Andy can uncover the truth in time, thousands of lives could be in imminent danger.

Links

Purchase WHO LET THE DOG OUT at Amazon

Purchase LESSONS FROM TARA at Amazon

David’s Website www.davidrosenfelt.com

Bum Rap by Paul Levine

Bum Rap by Paul Levine Thomas & Mercer, July 2015

Bum Rap
by Paul Levine
Thomas & Mercer, July 2015

Bestselling author Paul Levine joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss his new book, which is either the 11th in his Jake Lassiter series, or the fifth in his Solomon vs. Lord series, or maybe even the first in his Jake Lassiter, Solomon and Lord series.  The title of the book is BUM RAP, and it’s a terrific summer read.

Show Notes

Paul describes BUM RAP as a crossover between two of his most popular series, Jake Lassiter  Solomon vs. Lord.

BUM RAP is loosely based on actual events in Miami. Paul shares the story, behind the story of his book.

Paul won the second annual John D. McDonald Award for Excellence in Florida fiction.  The first winner was Elmore Leonard.

Paul’s books have not only been recognized by crime fiction organizations he was once nominated by for the Thurber Prize for American humor.

Paul shares some stories of his time at the Miami Herald, working with people like Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, and Edna Buchanan.

From the Publisher:

Paul Levine

NFL linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter has had it with shifty clients, dirty prosecutors, and a legal system out of whack. It’s enough to make a man want to leave Miami and never look back—until he gets a call from Victoria Lord, the better half of hot local legal team Solomon & Lord. Her partner in life and law has been arrested for murder. What’s worse: the only person who can clear him has fled the city. Now it’s up to Jake and Victoria to track down the witness—a stunning “Bar girl”—before she’s roped in by the feds…or eliminated by the Russian mob.

Jake knows that if he doesn’t get to the witness first, his client’s case is lost. Luckily, he’s got some good advice from his college football coach: “Buckle your chin strap and hit somebody.” And sometimes, the only way to win a tough case is to do just that.

Links

Purchase Bum Rap at Amazon

Paul’s  Amazon Author Page

Paul’s Facebook author page

Paul’s Website www.paul-levine.com

Right the Wrong, by Diana Deverell

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Right the Wrong by Diana Deverell Sorrel Press, March 2015

Author Diana Deverell joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the second in her fascinating Nora Dockson Mystery series, RIGHT THE WRONG.

Show Notes

Diana shares the story behind her heroine, Nora Dockson, who became an attorney following her release from prison.

Nora’s work involved handling the appeals process for prisoners who may have been wrongfully convicted.

Nora’s time in RIGHT THE WRONG is spent on two cases that are based on actual events.

My attempt to pronounce the city in Denmark where Diana lives falls woefully short.

From the Publisher:

Diana Deverell

Released from an Oregon prison at age twenty-two, Nora Dockson put her bad-girl past behind her and got a law degree. Now, a lawyer with Spokane’s Legal Resource Center, she works only for clients who are already behind bars.

Nora’s fighting to free two men, each sentenced to life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. She backtracks through their cases, searching for clues to the real killers.

But a key eyewitness, jailed as an accessory to one murder, claims she’s “blocking” critical crime scene memories. A prosecutor “doesn’t remember” to give Nora crucial information that might lead to her client’s exoneration. An interrogator “forgets” what he said to suspects after he turned the recorder off. Incompetent lab techs in two states misread, contaminate, and destroy forensic evidence.

A broken criminal justice system lets them tell their lies. To save an innocent man, Nora has to break the rules. She can’t let either wrongful conviction stand. Her mission is the exoneration of both clients.

Nora goes back to the women’s prison to question eyewitness Lisa Fiedler again. Lisa confessed that she held the older woman down while her male accomplice raped and then smothered the victim. Lisa’s testimony convicted a Legal Resource Center client.

Nora’s shaken by Lisa’s eerie inability to describe the crime in detail. Is it possible that Lisa has totally repressed memories and cannot recover them fifteen years after the murder? Nora combs through transcripts of suspect interviews. She pores over court decisions. She’s searching for the connection between criminal interrogation and repressed memories. Will she find the link in time to use it?

On a different track, Nora enlists a Portland journalist to put pressure on obstinate prosecutors and by-the-book judges. The journalist showcases Nora in stories that highlight the unfairness of her battle. He passes on a tip about slipshod crime lab practices that may relate to one of her cases.

She’s heading in a promising direction. Maybe there’s a way to untangle the web of deception trapping her clients.

Then, Nora’s past roars into her present. Suddenly, she’s facing a tougher challenge: Can she dodge the Devil this time?

Shocked, her friends step up—familiar faces to readers of Help Me Nora, the first book in this series. Nora’s cool and elegant colleague Channing Palmer shatters her ice queen image with blistering rage.

Channing’s angriest at Winnie Yates, Nora’s former cellmate. Winnie’s been out of prison only ninety days when she descends on Spokane and moves in with Nora. The ex-cellie is eager to make up for sixteen years in prison but her street smarts are rusty. Winnie doesn’t see disaster coming.

Winnie and Channing send an SOS to Nora’s lover, Washington State Trooper Lieutenant Kent Harper. The lawman is fighting for professional survival. Doing favors for a defense attorney is forbidden. To protect Nora, will Kent be forced to risk his future as a cop?

In this captivating legal thriller, a fiery young woman battles the inherent inhumanity of a criminal justice system where an innocent man fighting a wrongful conviction faces impossible odds in his struggle for exoneration.

Acclaimed for her novels of international suspense, Diana Deverell brings her skill at spinning a page-turning thriller to this complex and many-layered legal drama that stylishly blends the traditions of John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline.

Right the Wrong vividly depicts a woman with a street-fighter’s heart, full of hope and compassion, and yearning to find mercy.

Links

Purchase Right the Wrong at Amazon

Diana’s  Amazon Author Page

Diana’s Website www.dianadeverell.com

Long Hill Home by Kathryn Pincus

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Long Hill Home by Kathryn Pincus Koehler Books, January 2015

Kathryn Pincus joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, LONG HILL HOME.

Show Notes

Kathryn’s best planning time comes while running.  One of her normal running paths includes the trail where the crime occurred in her book.

Kathryn contributes 25% of the  profits of LONG HILL HOME to the local Habitat for Humanities.

As a first-time author Kathryn is gratified by the response her book has received from reviewers around the country.

From the Publisher:

Kathryn PincusKelly Malloy is a wife, a mother and a successful lawyer whose world is shattered when she is brutally attacked while running along the banks of the Brandywine River. Chad McCloskey, a lonely teenage boy from a dysfunctional home, stumbles upon Kelly Malloy’s unconscious body immediately after the assault, and he is falsely accused of the crime after he tries to help her. Maria Hernandez, a young woman who emigrated illegally from Mexico, is reluctantly thrust into the role of witness to the crime, putting her in jeopardy of deportation only weeks before she is to give birth to her child.

Kelly, Chad and Maria all suffer tremendous adversity in the wake of the crime, and they ultimately discover that their lives and their fate are inextricably and permanently connected. Long Hill Home is a story of crime, mystery and the legal process—but it is also a story about the human condition, and how, regardless of vast differences in background or circumstances, all people strive for the same things—love, security and a fulfilling life.

Links

Buy Long Hill Home at Amazon

Kathryn’s Website http://kathrynpincus.com/

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