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Atria Books, Aug 3, 2004 - Fiction - 496 pages
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New York District Attorney Butch Karp goes head-to-head with a crooked wannabe mayor, the rap underworld, and rogue churchmen in yet another pile-driving thriller in the New York Times bestselling series.

When a rap impresario is gunned down in his limo in New York City, it appears that gang-related violence has reared its ugly head once again. But nothing's as it seems in this taut, virtuoso thriller from the pen of Robert K. Tanenbaum. For a start, there's the long tentacles of Andrew Kane, a man who would be mayor, a man who wants to control the power elite like pawns, and a man who has terrible secrets, and knows worse about his friends and foes alike. In addition, the Catholic Church is about to face some secrets of its own, especially when Karp's wife, Marlene, rehabilitating at a Taos, New Mexico art colony, stumbles upon a sex abuse murder scandal brewing in a nearby church retreat. Eventually, the action swings back to a roiled New York, where evidence surfaces connecting rogue priests to murdered kids. Hoax features enough sensational plot twists, heart-racing action, and brilliant crime-solving to fill ten books, as Karp attempts to untangle the web of violence and corruption, both of which threaten his career, and the lives of his family.

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Review: Hoax (Butch Karp #16)

User Review  - Shay Williams - Goodreads

This book was more disjointed then normal though all the timelines converge at the end. Even so, it really slowed down the book. Far too much back story also. Read full review

Review: Hoax (Butch Karp #16)

User Review  - Ed - Goodreads

#16 in the NYC ADA Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series. First written by author Tanenbaum after the prior entries were ghostwritten by Michael Gruber. NYC DA "Butch" Karp is concerned with the murder ... Read full review


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Robert K. Tanenbaum is one of the country's most successful trial lawyers -- he has never lost a felony case. He has been homicide bureau chief for the New York District Attorney's Office and deputy chief counsel to the congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most recently, he has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure atthe University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. His previous works include the novels "Escape, Malice, Fury, Hoax, Resolved, Enemy Within", and "Absolute Rage" and two true-crime books, "The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer" and "Badge of the Assassin".