Without Fear or Favor

without fear or favor

Calling all legal thriller fans!!!


In the twenty-ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Karp-Ciampi series, Butch Karp and his wife Marlene Ciampi must stop a radical organization of armed militants bent on the cold-blooded murder of uniformed on-duty police officers.

When a cop shoots down the son of a respected inner-city Baptist preacher, the community rises up in anger and demands to have the officer prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But there’s something more than a call for justice at work here: a plot to bring down the city’s police force through a conspiracy so vast and malicious only Butch Karp and his band of truth-seekers can untangle it.

Length: 384 Pages

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Release Date: August 15, 2017


If one of your pre-requisites to read a legal thriller is that the author have a background in law, then look no further.

Robert K. Tanenbaum is one of the country’s most successful trial lawyers — he has neverrobert tanenbaum.jpg lost a felony case. He has been Bureau Chief of the New York Criminal Courts, ran the Homicide Bureau for the New York District Attorney’s Office, and served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Congressional Committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has taught Advanced Criminal Procedure at his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. His previous works include the novels Fatal Conceit, Bad Faith, Tragic, Outrage, Betrayed, Capture, and Escape; and three true-crime books, Echoes of My Soul, The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer, and Badge of the Assassin.


I haven’t had the opportunity to review many legal thrillers on this site. Ok, let’s be honest, this is the first one. So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I would review Without Fear or Favor. If you are already a Robert K. Tanenbaum fan, please don’t hold it against me when I tell you that this is the first book I’ve read in his Karp-Ciampi series. Yes, I know, it’s the 29th novel in the series.

The fact of the matter is…I loved it. I won’t say it isn’t without its bumps and pot holes. For the first forty pages I found myself wondering how I was going to get through the whole thing. It was nothing but backstory, descriptions, and setting up the rest of the book. I trudged through though, hoping it would get better.

I’m glad I stayed with it.

From the beginning, Tanenbaum builds his characters in a very human, and likeable, way. They are misunderstood people who are doing the best they can in a crazy world of racial tension. It is a story that brings up our own, and very real, issues that exist between the black community and the police who have sworn to protect them. The issues that Tanenbaum bring up in this novel are important, and it is so well written that, for me, it brought up unexpected emotional responses in regards to these issues.

If you think a white lawyer/author is out of touch with the problems of the black community, don’t forget that he served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Congressional Committee investigations into the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. I felt that he was able to objectively see the issue from both sides, which is what our country needs.

“But I wanted a thriller,” you say. Don’t worry, there is plenty of that. Once I got through those initial set-up chapters, I couldn’t put the book down. The intensity and tension holds through the entire book, right up to the last page.

I highly recommend reading Without Fear or Favor and am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.

*Please Note: Without Fear or Favor contains strong language throughout, including use of the F-word.


Without Fear or Favor is available digitally, as well as in paperback, hardback, and as an audio CD. It released on August 15, 2017, but you can pre-order now by clicking HERE!


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