Without Fear or Favor: A Novel (A Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller Book 29) by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Without Fear or FavorThe black community vs. the police is not a new idea in today’s social environment.

Tony Cippio is an ideal New York Police Officer who attempts to create positive relationships between the community and law enforcement. This white policeman enjoys playing basketball with neighborhood teens.

Tyrone Greene is a thirteen-year-old with basketball skills that surpass the officer’s successful high school and community college recognition. Tony sees the possibilities for this talented youngster with dreams of playing professional ball. Considering how well Tyrone could play with an old over-inflated ball, the teen was thrilled with the gift of a new ball.

Unfortunately the game is witnessed by three black men seated nearby. As the three approach, Officer Cippio, his partner is still resting by the car. First they inform Tony that he is not welcome in this neighborhood and shows his intent by pulling a gun pointing at the poiceman’s chest, shooting a bullet both in his chest and head.

This incident begins the reign of the black terrorist movement in New York by their leader Nat X propelling animosity between law enforcement and the black community.

Although personal prejudices greatly influence their perceptions of reality, the truth seems more difficult to uncover.

Robert Tanenbaum is an extremely successful trial lawyer who has never lost a felony case. He has been Chief Council to the Congressional Committee investigations into the death of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as being the Bureau Chief of the New York Criminal Courts, worked with the Homicide Bureau for the New York District Attorney’s Office as well as teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

Encompassing the issues of black vs. white, homelessness, justice, reputations, survival skills, threats, lifestyles, and right vs. doing what is best for your family and yourself.

Without Fear or Favor is the 29th book in Tanenbaum’s Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi thriller series. With superb characterization, non-stop action, and realistic present day problems and social challenges, Without Fear or Favor is an enthralling experience keeping the reader completely engaged to the last word.