Absolute Rage

Absolute Rage

Book - 2002
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New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum delivers his grittiest, most ethically challenging thriller yet, as New York chief assistant district attorney Butch Karp fights for his family in the wilds of West Virginia's coal mining country.While New York City sizzles beneath a blanket of early summer humidity, the Karp family is happily taking refuge in their renovated farmhouse on Long Island's north shore. Karp's battles against the City's corrupt politicians are never-ending. His wife, Marlene, is training guard dogs on their picturesque acreage; Lucy is enjoying her summer break from Boston College and playing the part of the dutiful daughter, assisting with the running of the business and tending to her rambunctious twin brothers.The tide quickly changes, however, when Marlene befriends her beachside neighbor, Rose Wickham-Heeney, a northeastern aristocrat turned wife of West Virginia coal mine union leader Ralph ?Red? Heeney. Soon after the fun-filled weeks of family barbecues and lazy afternoons with the Heeneys, the Karps discover that Rose, Red, and their daughter, Lizzie, have been brutally murdered back home in McCullensburg. Irresistible force meets immovable object when the West Virginia governor appoints Karp as special prosecutor to bring justice to the corrupt town, its union chieftain, and his band of merry thugs. Marlene joins Karp as he searches for the killers and works to save his own family from an evil that runs as deep as the mines that fuel it.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, c2002
ISBN: 9780743403443
0743403444
Branch Call Number: FIC Tanen
Characteristics: 354 p

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SEBoiko
Jan 08, 2014

... dual system of criminal justice one for the rich and one for the poor.

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SEBoiko
Dec 31, 2013

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

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SEBoiko
Dec 31, 2013

Two can keep a secret if one is dead.

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SEBoiko
Dec 31, 2013

... if pimps can't give money to politicians, they'll have to shut down K street or Texas.

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May 03, 2012

This story is among the best of the Karp/Ciampi series when Michael Gruber was the main writer. The difficult task of weaving a strong integrated narrative for each character is done exceptionally well. The issues of violence, law and justice alongside corruption, feuding families, and exploitation are played out in the West Virginia coalfields. Members of a reforming union leader are murdered and Butch and Marlene become involved. As well, Lucy, their prodigal daughter, finds a first romance and a challenge to the depth of her beliefs as the Karp family faces a tragedy.

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