"Great legal and police procedural"
Butch Karp and his wife Marlene are not the typical married
couple and their children are anything but average. Butch
is the chief assistant district attorney for New York City
while his wife is vice president for a mega-security
company that is going public on the stock market. Their
oldest daughter Lucy can speak any language after hearing
it for three days and their twin sons are total opposites
who communicate telepathically. Lucy is very involved in
the homeless, going into their warrens and working in a
A serial killer is stalking the street people, but Lucy is
heedless of the danger. Marlene thrives on being out in
the field while Butch has two moral dilemmas to deal with
in his professional life. The main one is a police officer
who shot a man; the DA's office and the police department
want to close the case because the cop is a hero. Butch
thinks that the officer did something wrong and wants to
investigate the case. He also has to deal with a boss,
running for reelection, playing politics in a death penalty
case. It is never a dull moment in the Karp family.
Robert K. Tanenbaum writes a fascinating legal thriller and
police procedural that blends well together in ENEMY
WITHIN. He not only deals with social issues such as the
homeless, but also takes on the problem of the police blank
wall of silence. He also shows the linear connection
between the police department, the judicial system, and the
political machine. Mr. Tanenbaum writes about unpleasant
truths in a fictionalized setting but lightens the story
line up by delving into the home life of his protagonists.
This is another winner from the pen of Mr. Tanenbaum.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 1, 2001