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Publication Order of Andy Carpenter Books

Open and Shut (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Degree (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bury the Lead (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sudden Death (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Center (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Play Dead (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Tricks (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dog Tags (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Dog Night (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leader of the Pack (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unleashed (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hounded (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Let the Dog Out? (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Outfoxed (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collared (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rescued (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deck the Hounds (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bark of Night (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dachshund Through the Snow (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muzzled (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Bite (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dog Eat Dog (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best in Snow (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holy Chow (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Santa's Little Yelpers (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flop Dead Gorgeous (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
'Twas the Bite Before Christmas (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dog Day Afternoon (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The More the Terrier (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Used in David Rosenfelt novels, Andy Carpenter is a hard working criminal lawyer as well as a sports fun that has a gift for gab. He is an animal lover who saves both dogs and men from death row. His Golden Retriever Tara helps him to solve cases and win battles in the courtroom in this amazing legal thriller series. David Rosenfelt is an incredible author who has received various nominations for his good writing skills over the years. He is known for having written the Andy Carpenter series which has been received with open arms and has resulted into a great success to him. Andy Carpenter has one similarity with the author. This is the fact that both of them love dogs. In his first book, Open and Shut (2002), Andy Carpenter is introduced. Andy lives in Paterson, New Jersey. He is an ordinary man living with his dad when his father suddenly dies living him a $22 million dollars. The fact that his father was just a DA before he died makes him wonder where so much money might have come from. He therefore decides to get to the root of the matter and solve the case. The first book featuring Andy as a character mainly revolves around his quest to find out the truth that lies behind his inheritance. Andy is portrayed as a character that has a great sense of humour and as a person who is not afraid of any anyone who has wealth and power. This is clearly depicted in his lack of respect for wealth and power positions. He is a great, successful and skilled lawyer who is seen to display great detective skills in the series as well. This character is very much appreciated by readers who are always waiting with baited breathe for the next book in the series to be released each and every time. This shows great creativity of the author’s part and speaks a lot about the general future of the book series.

Andy Carpenter indeed has some amazing qualities as a character. However, his wife does not seem to be impressed with her husband’s qualities in any way. This is probably because his wife is an ex-politician’s daughter who is used to having success around her and knows exactly what it is and how it should look like. Andy is also unable to impress Laurie Collins who is an ex-cop who is very attractive but very no-nonsense. His admirable qualities in no way earn him points with the women. In the 2003 sequel, First Degree, Andy’s marriage falls apart but this does not seem to be a huge blow to him probably because he has $ 22 million in his bank account which can take care of most of his worries. However, things seem to look good for Andy since his relationship with Laurie seems to be taking a good turn and although he does not plan to keep his legal practice, he still from time to time takes cases that interest him.

Andy Carpenter Books

First Degree

First Degree is the second book in the Andy Carpenter series after Open Shut. This book was released in 2003. The book picks up from where Open Shut ends. The story unfolds in a rather interesting way. It is quite enjoyable to see how Andy Carpenter is portrayed in this book. In First Degree, Andy Carpenter’s life gets more interesting when he is faced with a challenge of saving the love of his life’s life that is framed for murdering a cop. She is a lead private investigator. Her name is Laurie. Before this, Andy had been looking for a case to sink his teeth into. He however gets himself in a situation that gives a kick to the heart. The case is very difficult to solve especially because there had been a person who confesses to the murder before the police found Laurie to ne a possible suspect to the murder. He must prove her innocence and keep his head in the game if at all he has a chance of winning this particular case. This book keeps the reader on their toes in each page as they wait to see how the story ends

Bury the Lead

In Bury the Lead, Andy Carpenter feels like he is undergoing a midlife crisis and would very much like to get involved in a case that leaves him occupied and feeling more at ease with his life. He is asked to protect a newspaper friend’s star reporter. Daniel Cummings was being used as a form of mouth piece by a certain serial killer. The reporter was gathering information about his story and got too close. He is found near the body of the murderer’s victim. Andy is given the task of protecting what is left of the reporter’s reputation when he finds himself at the top of the news being a victim himself. He starts receiving death threats and is on the run towards becoming another victim on an obituary. The more close he gets towards the issue, the more he endangers his life. In this book it is not clear what will happen to the protagonist. This is one thing the author has used to build the mystery and thrill of the story. Bury the lead is an absolute page turner and definitely keeps the reader entertained.

Andy Carpenter is an everyday lawyer you can expect to stay in your neighbourhood. David Rosenfelt has indeed done a great job of developing characters that the readers can relate to. He is a character that is indeed the life of the series. Andy Carpenter is also a character that goes through a lot of changes in live as well as challenges that you can expect an ordinary person to face. This is another incredible thing that has made it easy for readers to identify with the character. There are several books in this book series. There are people who prefer to read the books without an order which is okay. However, it is more enjoyable to read these books from the start in order to enjoy the unfolding of events in a more systematic manner.

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3 Responses to “Andy Carpenter”

  1. Cortez Cate: 1 year ago

    Still in agreement with Joyce but I left out the praise of Grover Gardener and I apologize profusely! Grover is indeed one of a small group of exceptional narrators! Indeed he is Andy. One of the very BEST.

  2. Cortez Cate: 2 years ago

    I agree with Joyce Mcvicker to the letter and have been enjoying these great books for several years now–I think since about 2004ish. Only criticism is that I wish they were a couple of hours longer — most of the Audio versions are only about 6 hours and some even less…still they are great in my opinion and I have gone through listening to all of them at least two times–more likely three times of more!

  3. Joyce Mcvicker: 2 years ago

    I love The Andy Carpenter series, I have almost all of them on audio CD and I love the fact that they are all read by the same person. Grover Gardner does a fantastic job. So in my universe Grover Gardner is Andy Carpenter. These books make me smile. Please never stop writing about Andy, Lori, Sabastian & Tara’s adventures. They are the best part of my day.


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