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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rosenfelt Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Andy Carpenter Series Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9781593163914
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Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards, David Rosenfelt’s debut novel, Open and Shut, was widely praised by readers and critics. Now Rosenfelt returns with a riveting new mystery, First Degree, featuring irreverent and dynamic lawyer Andy Carpenter…When a cop’s body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from ‘lawyer’s block,’ the case looks like a no-brainer…until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy’s lead P.I. Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life. Soon Laurie’s facing conviction for the grisly murder and Andy must desperately try to save her. All he had wanted was a case to sink his teeth into. Now he gets one that’s a kick in the head…and the heart. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 2/18/2014

    " lawyer book, like Grishem books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fefe | 2/16/2014

    " This series gets better with each book. I am particulary happy with it now that he has started a shelter and I am hoping that dogs become larger characters in his legal thrillers. Fun read that you just don't want to put down once you start to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Verna | 2/16/2014

    " This is the 2nd in the Andy Carpenter series, and is just as witty and great as the first. It is easy to bond with the character, and I think David Rosenfelt is unusual and a great author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/14/2014

    " A wonderful read and a great book to listen to by audio book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 2/12/2014

    " The first book of his career, and I'm planning to read them all. Good plot and character development--a smooth read with wit sprinkled liberally throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LSM | 2/10/2014

    " I picked this up as an audio book when my first choice didn't come in to the library in time for our recent vacation. After First Degree, both my husband and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Andy Carpenter series on future trips! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 1/31/2014

    " You can read my thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 1/25/2014

    " Having lots of fun with this series -entertaining - and - Lexie is right - they get better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/18/2014

    " It was kind of exciting with all the action but on the other hand, it was also a very slow paced book. XD "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/3/2014

    " the dog lover lawyer is back. now, the discovery of a once dirty, now decapitated cop with 2 prime suspects. the last suspect turns out to be girl friend Laurie Collins, good book. showed how the kennel biz got started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Jan | 1/1/2014

    " Very entertaining read - not a work of genius but I really like Andy Carpenter and a lot of it has to do with how he idolizes his dog. LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/27/2013

    " Another good read, only problem was it was so much like the first one... He's a good writer and his book move along fast. I purchased four of them and kind of regret that now.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/22/2013

    " Really love the characters that Rosenfelt has created in this series... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/4/2013

    " I really like this series. it was a good story with plenty of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/2/2013

    " Second book in the Andy Carpenter series. Okay not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 11/30/2013

    " I think this book is great. The main character, Andy Carpenter, is hilariouly funny and likeable. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adria | 10/23/2013

    " Great easy read, with a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 10/7/2013

    " Good story, fast read - I love the author's wit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 10/6/2013

    " I so enjoy the subtle wit of the character, Andy Carpenter, that I am on to read yet another in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 9/12/2013

    " These are so cute and quick! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 7/5/2013

    " Another great book by David Rosenfelt about criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter. This time it is his girlfriend that is wrongly accused and he must find out who really "did it" to prevent her from going to jail. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Lias | 3/23/2013

    " This is a very entertaining mystery/law/dog lover book series. Andy Carpenter makes me laugh - I love his sarcasm so much. Actually, I love all the characters in these stories and look forward to seeing them again as I continue through the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lychee | 12/11/2012

    " Started gobbling up these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/16/2012

    " I am giving this 4 stars because Rosenfelt is one of the wittiest writers I've had the pleasure of reading-he's so clever! The story was good, but I truly enjoyed this guy's witt. A nice twist and it helps he's an animal love like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry White | 7/5/2012

    " I really like this author - he is witty without being corny and does a great job of building suspense. I'm planning to read all of the Andy Carpenter series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Barr | 12/5/2011

    " I really like this follow up to his first novel. Still witty, includes a dash of romance, and with enough twists to keep it interesting through the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty Miller | 7/14/2011

    " My new favorite author and audio book narrator. I can't tell you how much I enjoy these books. Fantastic - cross between the seriousness of Michael Connelly and the fun of Carl Hiasan or Marshal Karp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 7/6/2011

    " This was the first David Rosenfelt book that I read and his books are extremely funny. As soon as I was finished with this one I went to the library to find more. Rosenfelt has a great sense of humor and a great writing style! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 7/1/2011

    " I love Andys humour in these stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paulette | 6/14/2011

    " Another fun golden retriever mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/3/2011

    " Really love the characters that Rosenfelt has created in this series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Jan | 5/20/2011

    " Very entertaining read - not a work of genius but I really like Andy Carpenter and a lot of it has to do with how he idolizes his dog. LOL "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adria | 4/14/2011

    " Great easy read, with a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2011

    " This is a great series. LOVE the author's sarcastic humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 1/19/2011

    " Having lots of fun with this series -entertaining - and - Lexie is right - they get better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/8/2011

    " This is a very entertaining mystery/law/dog lover book series. Andy Carpenter makes me laugh - I love his sarcasm so much. Actually, I love all the characters in these stories and look forward to seeing them again as I continue through the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/4/2011

    " Another good read, only problem was it was so much like the first one... He's a good writer and his book move along fast. I purchased four of them and kind of regret that now.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/12/2010

    " the dog lover lawyer is back. now, the discovery of a once dirty, now decapitated cop with 2 prime suspects. the last suspect turns out to be girl friend Laurie Collins, good book. showed how the kennel biz got started. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/6/2010

    " 2nd in Andy Carpenter series. I love these fast read mysteries. The writer can really turn a phrase and while not figuring out the culprit it's fun getting to the conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 6/26/2010

    " Fun. Love Andy Carpenter and Tara, of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LSM | 6/22/2010

    " I picked this up as an audio book when my first choice didn't come in to the library in time for our recent vacation. After First Degree, both my husband and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Andy Carpenter series on future trips! "

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About the Author
Author David Rosenfelt

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar–nominated and Shamus Award–winning author of several stand-alone novels and more than a dozen Andy Carpenter novels. He and his wife live in Maine with their ever-changing pack of rescue dogs.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.