Open and Shut

Open and Shut

by David Rosenfelt

"There is nothing like a golden retriever.

I know, I know, it's a big planet with a lot of wonderful things, but golden retrievers are the absolute best.

Tara, a golden retriever, is clearly smarter than half the lawyers who clog the courts of Passaic County.

However, just as it seems Andy has everything figured out, his dad, New Jersey's legendary ex-D.A., drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons - and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.

  • Series: Andy Carpenter
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 3.99
  • Pages: 292
  • Publish Date: May 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing
  • Isbn10: 0446612537
  • Isbn13: 9780446612531

What People Think about "Open and Shut"

The further Andy looks into Willies case after winning an appeal for a new trial, the more suspicious events from 40 years before become and those events may even involve his father. I am definitely looking forward to more reads in this series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys smart legal thrillers with a great supporting cast, including a golden retriever!

I am not usually someone who likes reading about lawyers and courtroom dramas. He's like My Cousin Vinny, only a much better lawyer.

I requested this book on Overdrive because I read the author's two memoirs about his dogs and I love supporting dog people and was hoping his fictional series would be fun. Someone told me his dog is in all the books and that fact made me request it. Ugh. I hope he's figured out some things in the later books or he might just lose his nuts!

While there's certainly room to continue the series, there wasn't any cliff hanger. I'd like to give this 4 stars because it's the beginning of a good series & I usually bump the first book up, but there was one part of the plot that really bugged me.

Thats the situation that attorney Andy Carpenter faces. His father, a well-respected former district attorney, asks him to handle the appeals case of Willie Miller, whos been in prison for 7 years and is awaiting execution for the brutal murder a young woman reporter. Nelson Carpenter had been the prosecuting attorney in the previous case, so it seems strange that he should ask Andy to now defend Miller. It turns out that there was a deposit of 2 million dollars many years earlier that Nelson never once touched, and it has grown to the fortune that Andy inherits. Just another mystery for Andy about a man who he thought he knew intimately. The mystery deepens when Andy finds a photograph from many years earlier with a group of men including his father. Not at anything silly, but just at Andys way of looking at things.

In his favor, he does have a golden retriever who is probably my favorite character in the book (although sadly she doesn't get a lot of screen time). At one point during the case, Carpenter is questioning a witness and she begins to relate a story someone told her. There was one instance in particular involving Carpenter's wife that just didn't add up, but I won't risk a spoiler by going into it.

This is book one of the Andy Carpenter lawyer series that read like part crime novels and part standup comedy routines.

I can appreciate Rosenfelt's theory that though the justice system isn't perfect, hopefully it helps more than it hurts.

I graduated NYU, then decided to go into the movie business. A number of years ago, I left the movie marketing business, to the sustained applause of hundreds of disgruntled producers and directors. We rescued almost 4,000 dogs, many of them Goldens, and found them loving homes. Our own home quickly became a sanctuary for those dogs that we rescued that were too old or sickly to be wanted by others.