Hounded – “Bait and Switch”

November 16, 2014


Hounded by David Rosenfelt, Minotaur Books, Sold by: Macmillan

Buy directly from Amazon for $14.95: Hounded (An Andy Carpenter Novel)

This book is not what I expected from the title or from the cover. It is about a Perry Mason like, wealthy defense attorney, who goes to bat for his friend, a police captain accused of murder.

I liked the breezy dialogue and though there were a few too many characters, they all tied together in the trial’s closing statement. Best of all there was some real heart. The dead victim has a son who the attorney comes to feel fatherly toward.

So why the bait and switch of the dog on the cover and the title? No one likes lawyers. Everyone feels for sweet dogs. The legal plot builds, ties pieces together; the dog, the kid, come in to satisfy us emotionally at the end. Perhaps it would be simpler to be more honest about this book’s subject. Perhaps…If we readers were better people.




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