Title Profile & Character Information

Tragic

Annotation
In this exciting installment in the bestselling "grittily realistic" (Booklist) series, district attorneys Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi work to expose the corrupt and murderous leader of the longshoremen's union.

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum takes legal suspense to dramatic new heights--when his hero, District Attorney Butch Karp, goes up against a ruthless union leader with too much power, too many secrets, and too many enemies to silence . . . or kill.

Prizefighter tough. Street-hustler smart. Pit-bull vicious. Longshoremen's union leader Charlie Vitteli is like a cold-blooded villain straight out of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Busting heads on the docks of New York as a brash union organizer, taking no prisoners as the newest president of the North Ameri-can Brotherhood of Stevedores, Vitteli clawed his way to the top of the heap--and no one's going to take him down now. Not if they value their lives.

Like Vince Carlotta. The union boss's fiercest rival has accused Vitteli of embezzlement, election rigging, and other abuses--and even called him a crook at a union meeting. Now Carlotta is just another corpse on the waterfront--allegedly gunned down by an armed robber. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Vitteli is somehow involved. But proving it is a whole other story.

Enter District Attorney Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi. Drawn into the case by a friend who manages the East Village Women's Shelter, Marlene speaks to the abused girlfriend of a man who may or may not have been hired to kill Carlotta. Marlene follows her lead to three different assassins contracted for the hit. But connecting them to Vitteli--and proving it in court--could be the death of anyone who tries . . . unless Karp can uncover the one tragic flaw that could bring down the curtain on this Shakespearean villain once and for all.

Packed with ingenious twists, diabolical turns, and shocking revelations, Tragic is Robert K. Tanenbaum at his page-turning best.

Characters
NameKarp, Butch
GenderMale
OccupationDistrict Attorney
TraitMarried

NameCiampi, Marlene
GenderFemale
TraitsMarried
Italian American

GenreFiction
Mystery
Legal
Suspense
Thriller
TopicsSearch for truth
Murder investigations
Crime
SettingNew York


Series
  Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi series
1No lesser plea
2Depraved indifference
3Immoral certainty
4Reversible error
5Material witness
6Justice denied
7Corruption of blood
8Falsely accused
9Irresistible impulse
10Reckless endangerment
11Act of revenge
12True justice
13Enemy within
14Absolute rage
15Resolved
16Hoax
17Fury
18Counterplay
19Malice
20Escape
21Capture
22Betrayed
23Outrage
24Bad faith
25Tragic
26Fatal conceit
27Trap
28Infamy
29Without fear or favor