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Irresistible Impulse

Tanenbaum, Robert K

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ISBN 10: 0330351419 / ISBN 13: 9780330351416
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Title: Irresistible Impulse

Publisher: Pan Books

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Very Good

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Butch Carp and Marlene Ciampi...are currently the most interesting pair of fictional characters in the suspense genre, says the Chicago Tribune. With Irresistible Impulse Robert K. Tanenbaum sets them out on their most fascinating and complex case yet. Tanenbaum's audience and acclaim increase with each new thriller as he turns his insider's knowledge of the New York City criminal justice system into top-drawer thrillers. His supreme ability to pace out a story through devious twist and turns, along with his energetic, crackling prose make each of his novels, a wild, exhilarating ride. Butch and Marlene, husband and wife, are each at an important turning point in their lives. Butch is back at work for the City, preparing to prosecute a suspect for a series of brutal slayings of elderly black women. Marlene's new detective agency specializes in helping women in domestic disputes. The pressure and the stakes are high for both, and the strain on their marriage is enormous. What neither realizes is that they are both about to become flashpoints in two of the hottest controversies to rock New York in years. For Butch it may mean the loss of his all-important first case back in the D.A.'s office, and maybe his career along with it. But for Marlene, suddenly at the center of a raging media firestorm over vigilante justice, it may mean the loss of her life .

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Robert K. Tanenbaum spent the first part of his career as an assistant district attorney in New York City's homicide bureau, and he has been artfully recapturing that period in his terrific books about D.A. Butch Karp and his wife, private detective Marlene Ciampi. "He still had his hair at thirty-seven, and he kept it shorter than was fashionable then, at the start of the eighties," Tanenbaum writes of Butch at the start of Irresistible Impulse. It is one of the few places in the book where the exact time is spelled out; otherwise, Tanenbaum relies on an ambiance of attitudes and characters to root the action in its period. A tough Vietnamese immigrant who goes to work for Marlene's new detective agency is a fascinating creation, and the two main stories--Karp's difficulties with a high-profile case that could stir up racial strife, and Marlene's attempts to protect a prominent musician from a stalker--are perfectly set and brilliantly executed. Other books in this fine series available in paperback include Badge of the Assassin, Corruption of Blood, Depraved Indifference, Falsely Accused, Immoral Certainty, and Justice Denied.

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