The Resource Trap : a novel, Robert K. Tanenbaum

Trap : a novel, Robert K. Tanenbaum

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Trap : a novel
Title
Trap
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a novel
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Robert K. Tanenbaum
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eng
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"Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi get tangled up in a web of misdirection and must unravel it in time to solve a mass murder. When a tremendous blast rocks an old school building in East Harlem during a meeting of the New York Charter Schools, killing six and wounding a dozen others, it's initially blamed on a natural gas explosion. However, as Butch Karp digs a little deeper, he discovers the explosion was the work of a mysterious serial arsonist in the employ of the teacher's union president, who is angry at the unqualified successes of the charter school movement in New York City and worried for the corrupt public school system. Also involved in the planning and cover-up is a major law enforcement player and a political hack who panders to the union for financial support and gets caught up in the homicidal scheme. At least that's the conclusion Butch Karp is operating under when he indicts the pair for murder. But is it a trap? Is there another motive behind the attack that could derail the case? How will Karp discover it and can he do so in time to bring justice to the murdered and maimed?"--Amazon.com
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  • In New York City, someone has been setting off explosives at public venues. Following the trail of evidence, district attorney Butch Karp (star of a string of novels that range in quality from excellent to mediocre) zeroes in on Thomas Munroe, president of the teachers’ union whose vocal dislike of the charter-school system seems to have turned to violence and murder. But is Munroe the villain of the piece, or another victim? Is he, in fact, a target in someone else’s grand scheme? This is one of the better recent Karp thrillers; it’s tightly written and plotted, and the author seems to have rediscovered his passion for his characters (especially Butch and his wife, fellow attorney Marlene Ciampi) after a handful of books in which he seemed bored with his own creations. Like his previous Fatal Conceit (2014), this one signals a definite return to form and possibly an eventual return to the quality of early Karp novels published in the late 1980s and early 1990s. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p41)
  • A courtroom thriller that's a cut above the author's previous effort (Fatal Conceit, 2014, etc.). Teenage twins Zak and Giancarlo Karp are held captive along with an old woman, Goldie Sobelman, by Lars Forsling, a rabid seig heiler who blames all his misfortunes on the Jews. He threatens to kill the boys in a Manhattan building because their father is prosecutor Butch Karp, who is somehow at fault for Forsling's mom smoking in bed and burning herself to death. Then a variety of characters get into some nastiness regarding charter schools—are they "precious little elitist schools" or a true opportunity for disadvantaged children? Three people die in a bomb blast, including Rose Dubitsky, who had championed a charter school bill in the New York legislature. The motive for murder emerges as Karp prosecutes a suspect for the crime. This story has a lot to like, balanced against a few weaknesses. Karp is rock-solid as both prosecutor and as person, though a flaw or two might have made him more interesting. The pace is fast, the courtroom scenes make you feel like you're there, and the ending satisfies. There are touching passages about the boys' upcoming bar mitzvahs and what it means to be Jewish. But Forsling strains credulity in his blind virulence and pure evil, as he tells himself "they made me do it...the Jew Karp and the nigger cop." The biggest issue, though, is the story's lack of surprises. Nothing rattles Karp, the courtroom juggernaut who makes fellow attorney Irving Mendelbaum want to "take the shingle down." Unless they keep expecting twists, readers will see the outcome from far over the horizon. But no matter. This is still an enjoyable tale of good vs. evil and the importance of knowing who you are.(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2015)
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Tanenbaum, Robert K
Index
no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi
Series volume
0027
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  • Charter schools
  • Arson
  • Karp, Butch (Fictitious character)
  • Ciampi, Marlene (Fictitious character)
  • New York (N.Y.)
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adult
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Trap : a novel, Robert K. Tanenbaum
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volume
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text
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000055139018
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 294 pages
Isbn
9781476793160
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015015089
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)907811399
Label
Trap : a novel, Robert K. Tanenbaum
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000055139018
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Extent
viii, 294 pages
Isbn
9781476793160
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015015089
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)907811399

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