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Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel (K Team…

Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel (K Team Novels, 2) (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: David Rosenfelt (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel (K Team Novels, 2)
Kirjailijat:David Rosenfelt (Tekijä)
Info:Minotaur Books (2021), Edition: 1, 304 pages
Kokoelmat:Home Library
Arvio (tähdet):*****
Avainsanoja:dogs, mystery, thriller

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Animal Instinct: A K Team Novel (tekijä: David Rosenfelt)


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The K-Team on the job again; this time to save one of their own.
“Animal Instinct” finds Simon and the K-Team on the job again in this, the second book in David Rosenfelt’s series about – what else – dogs, crime, criminals and the people and dogs who catch them. Did I mention dogs? “Animal Instinct” unfolds in the first person narrative by Corey Douglas, the person owned by Simon Garfunkel, retired Paterson police German shepherd. (Anyone who has read Carpenter’s books knows that I did not make a mistake, the dogs own the people.) Alternate chapters in third person allow readers to learn what participants do not know. Douglas is troubled; the victim in a domestic call he took while on the Patterson Police force is brutally murdered, and he feels guilty about not having helped enough at the time.
When there are other deaths, Douglas’s quest for redemption is viewed by the police as revenge and vigilantism; he is arrested for murder. Enter Andy Carpenter, Laurie Collins, and Marcus Clark to the rescue. Of course, anyone who loves dogs as much as Corey does is sure to be innocent, but this story is about the journey, even though readers know the ultimate outcome. The case is complicated; people lie for a reason, and unfortunately lots of them are lying. There are many layers of intrigue, complexity, and an assortment of possible additional victims and perpetrators. All this must be reconciled before Carpenter can determine the real killer.
Readers do not pick David Rosenfelt’s books because they wonder if Andy Carpenter will save the day; they absolutely know that from page one. Rosenfelt’s books are loved by readers because they know that at the end, (the actual, absolute, very last minute) the questions will be answered, the unexpected will be explained, good will triumph, the hero will win, and the dogs will live happily ever after. (Okay, so Andy is anti-hero, but the dogs will always be fine.) The stories are well constructed, filled subtle and sarcastic humor, with plenty of suspense and unexpected twists and turns. In the end, both readers and characters are happy, satisfied, and eager for more.
I received a review copy of “Animal Instinct” from David Rosenfelt and Minotaur Books. Sign me up for the next installment ( )
  3no7 | Jun 9, 2021 |
Private Investigator and former police detective Corey Douglas gets caught up in a dangerous situation dating back to his cop days. Years before, he had responded to a call about domestic violence, reported by a neighbor who heard screaming. The couple involved denied there was a problem. But Corey made no bones about wanting to hold the abusive boyfriend accountable for what he had done. Now, the girl is dead. Feeling responsible for not arresting the boyfriend years before, Corey wants to nail him for her murder. What Corey doesn’t know is that he is only seeing the surface of the water; strong currents run deep, and they threaten to pull him down before all is said and done. Corey is drawn into the miasma of death and corruption as the bodies pile up. It will take all the members of the K Team and Andy Carpenter to pull Corey’s butt out of the fire this time. Readers of David Rosenfelt’s novels have come to expect nothing but the best from him, and this thriller certainly lives up to that high standard. Highly recommended. ( )
  Maydacat | May 8, 2021 |
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! ( )
  nbmars | May 3, 2021 |
Every retired police officer or PI in fiction (maybe in real life, too, I don't know), has at least one case, one incident, one moment that haunts them. If only they'd done X, if only they'd been able to solve Y, or stop Z from happening. Corey Douglas has one of those—a few years ago, he responded to a call about domestic violence. He was unable to make any arrests that night, or anything else--he was convinced that the woman had been abused, but she denied it.

Years later, this woman is murdered and Corey's out to do the one thing he couldn't do before—get justice for her. He keeps telling himself that he wants the killer arrested, but really, he wants to finally arrest the boyfriend for the murder. Laurie and Marcus, his partners in the private investigator business—as well as his dog, Simon Garfunkel, a retired K-9 officer, join him in this investigation that turns out to be far more than anyone expected. The team needs Laurie's smarts and ability with people, Marcus's mysterious abilities (and brute force), Simon Garfunkel's teeth, and Corey's determination—and more than a little luck—to get to the bottom of this.

Especially when more murders are committed.

The collective name for this group of investigators is The K Team, because of their K-9 member, right? So why doesn't he get more to do? I realize he's a dog. I'm not suggesting he join Sam in the hacking, or sit on stakeouts with Marcus (although I admit, I would pay good money for 10 pages or so of that). But Corey leaves him home a lot—yes, he retrieves him as quickly as possible and does what he can to spend time with him. But, I think he could do more.

When Simon Garfunkel is given a chance to do something—he's great. And even when he's just there for atmosphere, or as a conversational/narrative prop for Corey—he's a handy addition. I just think we could get some more of him. Bernie Little brings Chet to many more places that Corey tries. Maybe that's a function of Corey living in New Jersey and not the Southwest, and I think I could accept that as an explanation.

There's a scene toward the beginning of the novel where Corey takes Simon to the beach for the first time—and like most dogs, Simon loves the water and the sand. It's his enjoyment of the setting that gets Corey, who's apathetic at best toward the beach, to embrace the beach. I couldn't have enjoyed this scene more unless I was on the beach with them.

Of course, the reason that Corey's at the beach for Simon to enjoy is his girlfriend, Dani. She's one of the best things about this book.

We're told in the last book that Corey's not really had any serious relationships as an adult, he's always looking for the reason to end things. He just doesn't want to end things with Dani. Whether it's because now that he's retired, he has time in his life for things other than police work; he's finally found "The One" (or a right one, depending on how you like to think of that); or he's finally maturing—or any combination of the three. Corey's letting himself grow, letting himself want things that he hasn't before—even at his age.

I love a character like that—I want to read about them, they're inherently interesting. And Rosenfelt is writing this just right—a little sappy and a little realistic.

It helps that Dani's a pretty fun character—but we could learn a bit more about her. Still, I like the way Corey seems to be changing because of her influence, I like him more than I did when we first met him in the Andy Carpenter series.

This is about The K Team as a series as much as it is about this book specifically.

There's just too much Andy Carpenter.

Sure, this is a spin-off from that series, and as Andy's married to Laurie and they largely work out of the Carpenter house, he's going to be around. I don't mind, but he has his own series, and gets two books a year lately. Not only do we need more Simon Garfunkel, but we also need more Laurie and Marcus.

I like Andy Carpenter, I've read 22 novels about him (some more than once)—and I'm probably going to read at least two novels in that series this year. I thought Animal Instinct was a good way to use Andy, and I'm absolutely glad that I read this book. I just think for The K Team series to have any long-term success, they need to stand on their own feet more and not be propped up by Andy.

I don't know if you typically read Acknowledgments pages/sections. I tend to glance at them, but like many people, I don't spend that much time with them. So let me draw your attention to the Acknowledgments for this novel—any David Rosenfelt novel, really. You simply must read them. They are the silliest, goofiest writing Rosenfelt ever does (and in some cases, that's saying something) and never fail to make me smile.

So I have some long-term concerns with the series and a couple of things I wasn't crazy about when it comes to Animal Instinct, but I don't want those to overshadow the central point I have about this book: it's good*. I had a lot of fun while reading it, and while I was satisfied with the ending, I wish it didn't end when it did, because that meant it'd be a few months before I got to spend more time with any of the characters in this book.

* I've said it on this site before, I'll say it again: It takes few words to praise something, it takes several to fully explain a concern, problem, or even mild annoyance. As such, they tend to overshadow the praise. I think that's what is happening here. I don't mean it to.

David Rosenfelt is one of the most reliably entertaining novelists in Crime Fiction today. Every time I sit down with one of his books, I know I'm in for a good read. Characters you want to spend time with. Animal Instinct is a solid story with some great twists—and well-executed reveals. Corey's got a great narrative voice and his sense of humor (which isn't quite the same as Andy Carpenter's) permeates the book and livens up the text just enough when things are grimmest.

If you have no idea who Andy Carpenter, Corey Douglas, Simon Garfunkel, or the rest are? Don't let that stop you from trying this, it absolutely works as a jumping-on point—both to this series and the books it's spun off from. I'm in this series for the long haul, and I think you'll want to be, too. ( )
  hcnewton | Mar 31, 2021 |
Corey Douglas and his K-9 companion Simon Garfunkel are both retired police officers. They have moved on to be part of an investigative team working in the private sector, often for attorney Andy Carpenter.

When Corey learns that Lisa Yates has been killed, he is brought back to a case that he wasn't happy about. Corey was called to a domestic situation between Lisa and her live-in boyfriend Gerald Kline but, when Lisa wouldn't accuse Gerald even though he obviously hit her, Corey's hands were tied. Now, for his own piece of mind, he decides to look into what first appears to be a drive-by shooting. Corey's sure that Gerald had something to do with it.

Corey is assisted by the rest of the K Team - Laurie Carpenter and Marcus Clark with assists by Andy Carpenter, Sam Willis, and Simon Garfunkel. Corey is surprised to be called to Gerald's home one evening for what he is told is evidence. When he arrives, Gerald is dead. Corey calls the police but a couple of days later he is arrested for the murder. Someone has built a really nice frame right around Corey including blood spattered track clothes.

Andy is drafted by Laurie to take Corey's case and the whole team tries to find out what is going on...because the bodies just keep piling up.

I liked that the story was from Corey's point of view because he is quite a character. I liked the twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing almost to the final page.

Fans of the Andy Carpenter mysteries will enjoy this series too. They have the same wit, quirky characters, and interesting plots that the other series has. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 8, 2021 |
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