This is the second book in Rosenfelt’s new “K Team” series, a spinoff from the entertaining Andy Carpenter mystery series. Andy Carpenter is a very successful “semi-retired” criminal defense attorney in Paterson, New Jersey, and Laurie, an ex-cop, is his wife. Laurie has now teamed up with a recently retired policeman from the Paterson force, Corey Douglas, his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, and Marcus, Laurie’s muscle, to form a private investigating team called the K Team.
Corey asks the team to take on the unsolved murder of Lisa Yates, who was gunned down in the street in what looked like a professional hit. While on the force, Corey had responded to a domestic violence call involving Lisa and her boyfriend, Gerald Kline. Lisa, as many victims of domestic violence do, denied anything untoward had taken place (in spite of the red welt on her face) and Corey had no choice but to leave. Now he is feeling guilt that his inaction may have led to her death.
The team agrees to take on the case, with the help of Andy’s computer expect, Sam Willis. Soon they are involved in a web of complications and additional deaths all related to Lisa and her last place of employment, Ardmore Medical Systems, a company that compiled medical information and provided it to doctors and insurance companies.
As in previous books, Andy ends up going to trial for a client he has no idea how to help, with the outcome dependent on whether the team can get a break in solving what had really been going on.
Evaluation: I get the feeling Rosenfelt has a difficult time figuring out if he is channeling Andy or Corey, but that didn’t bother me much. They are both funny, smart, sarcastic, and self-deprecating, and Corey is getting more endearing as his character becomes more fleshed out. The plot involves plenty of greed and violence in spite of all the humor, and is sufficiently complicated to hold the reader’s attention. But the best part of this book happens to be the Acknowledgments Section – be sure not to skip it!
Published by Minotaur Books, a member of the St. Martin’s Publishing Group, 2021