"Tragic" by Robert K. Tanenbaum is the twenty-fifth book in the superb legal thrillers featuring New York District Attorney Butch Karp. The story opens with Butch and his family attending a Shakespeare in the Park production of "Macbeth." Themes from the Bard's tale are entwined throughout the book. They include guilt, penitence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. The author blends these themes with a tautly written tale of corruption, murder for hire and conspiracy.

Vince Carlotta lost a heavily contested election for President of the North American Brotherhood of Stevedores Union to Charlie Vitteli.  After a meeting with Vitteli, Vince is murdered in an apparent robbery. The police investigation, guilty consciences, and Karp's determination to discover the truth leads to two trials filled with drama, humor and pathos.

The book is filled with a stellar supporting cast. The author blends courtroom action and Shakespeare masterfully. It will leave you wanting more. This book is part of a series. However, it can be read as a standalone. You may find "Tragic" on the New Material Fiction books at your local branch or request it by clicking here.

--Ron A., Weber Road Branch

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