David Rosenfelt’s “Who Let the Dog Out?” is an Andy Carpenter mystery. Andy is a lawyer, married to his investigator, independently wealthy, who doesn’t have to work very hard for a living. He is drawn into defending cases only when he is forced to do so. His main interest, besides his family, is the Tara Foundation. This group rescues dogs and places them in other homes. The story begins as someone breaks into the foundation kennels and steals a dog. The thief is found murdered with the dog sitting by his side. Who is this guy? Why take this dog? Who murdered him? The connections come together piece by piece to make a good mystery with plenty of action. However, I was more interested in Mr. Rosenfelt’s writing style than I was in following the story plot. I think his writing is hilarious! His descriptions of characters in the book made me laugh and kept me reading. I will say that the story line was very intricately designed and it was hard to keep everyone straight. But, I enjoyed the book.
A lawyer by day-and then only when he's forced to take on new cases-Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. So it's frightening when Willie calls him to say the alarm has gone off at the foundation building, and there's clearly been a break-in. It turns out that a recently rescued dog, nicknamed Cheyenne since her arrival at the foundation, has been stolen. Andy and Willie track the missing dog to a house in downtown Paterson, New Jersey and sure enough, they find the dog...standing right next to a dead body. The man had been gruesomely murdered mere minutes before Andy and Willie arrived. Could it be a coincidence? Or could the dog theft somehow be connected to the killing?
Andy takes Cheyenne safely back to the foundation building, and that should be the end of his involvement, but Andy's curiosity-and his desire to keep the dog from further harm-won't let him stop there. The cops have just arrested a man named Tommy Infante for the murder, but as Andy looks into the circumstances surrounding the break-in and the dog theft, he starts to wonder if Infante might actually be innocent. And when Andy takes Infante on as a client and starts searching in earnest for evidence that will exonerate him, what Andy starts to discover terrifies him. The murder might be just one small cog in a plot with far-reaching implications, and unless Andy can uncover the truth in time, thousands of lives could be in imminent danger.
Once again David Rosenfelt has written a fast-paced and clever mystery with his characteristic blend of humor, larger-than-life characters, and propulsive plotting.