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Continuing the suspense in New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum’s previous legal thriller, Fury, readers will discover more shocking twists and exciting action in the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series in Counterplay.

When the prison escape of a former mayoral candidate turned sociopath, Andrew Kane, leads to the murder of a busload of schoolchildren, Butch Karp, New York District Attorney, takes the case knowing Kane’s allyship with a terrorist group will put himself, his family, and thousands of others at risk.

As the manhunt for Kane continues to rage on, Karp refuses to quit seeking justice, tapping long-time colleague Ray Guma for help as they open a cold case to charge a wealthy Manhattan businessman, Emil Starvos, with murder based on the disappearance of his socialite wife fifteen years ago.

While Karp searches for the fugitive and pursues the murder, his wife, Marlene Ciampi, gets pulled into danger as she is threatened by Islamic terrorists, Chechen rebels, and Russian agents engaged in nefarious events straight out of today’s headlines.

Another thrilling page-turner by Robert K. Tanenbaum, Counterplay gives readers plenty of corruption, confrontation, and courtroom drama in the bestselling Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series.

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Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of thirty-two books—twenty-nine novels and three nonfiction books: Badge of the Assassin, the true account of his investigation and trials of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers; The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer; and Echoes of My Soul, the true story of a shocking double murder that resulted in the DA exonerating an innocent man while searching for the real killer. The case was cited by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren in the famous Miranda decision. He is one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, having never lost a felony trial and convicting hundreds of violent criminals. He was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside strangler case in Los Angeles and defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case. He was Assistant District Attorney in New York County in the office of legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the DA’s legal staff training program. He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also served two terms as mayor of Beverly Hills and taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York, and Pennsylvania. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tanenbaum attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship, where he earned a B.A. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Visit

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 21, 2008)
  • Length: 720 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416597018

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