Publisher: Pocket Books (February 25, 2014)
New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum s hero , District Attorney Butch Karp , goes up against a ruthless union leader with too much power , too many secrets , and too many enemies to silence . . . or kill . Prizefighter tough. Street-hustler smart. Pit-bull vicious. Longshoremen s union boss Charlie Vitteli clawed his way to the top and no one s going to take him down now. Not if they value their lives. Like Vince Carlotta. He accused Vitteli of embezzlement and election rigging. Now Carlotta is just another corpse on the waterfront allegedly gunned down by an armed robber. Connecting Vitteli to the murder could be the death of anyone who tries . . . unless District Attorney Butch Karp can uncover the one tragic flaw that could bring down the curtain on the cold-blooded villain once and for all. Packed with ingenious twists, diabolical turns, and shocking revelations, Tragic is Robert K. Tanenbaum at his page-turning best.
Simplify, simplify, simplify. After several books that came close to collapsing under their own unnecessary weight, Tanenbaum takes the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series back to basics, completely (finally!) ditching the distracting terrorism-themed story lines in favor of a meaty murder investigation and courtroom drama. A well-liked union organizer is dead, his murder arranged by a ruthless union boss (this isn t a spoiler: the author tells us whodunit right up front). District attorney Karp and his wife, Marlene, slowly build a case against the culprit, but does his corrupt reach extend into the halls of justice? Drawing inspiration from such diverse sources as the Elia Kazan film On the Waterfront and Macbeth (the killer as usurper of the throne; the three witches as a trio of homeless women), the novel is tightly plotted and, overall, feels very much like the early installments in the series, before the author started wandering off on thematic tangents. Series fans should be very happy. –David Pitt –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“There are enough twists and turns here to satisfy lovers of suspense/thrillers and fans of this long-running series.” (Bookreporter)
One hell of a writer.