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David Rosenfelt

Mystery Novelist, Animal Advocate

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David Rosenfelt is the Edgar-nominated author of the Andy Carpenter mystery series, praised as “a blessed anomaly in crime fiction” (Booklist). He is also the writer of three TV movies, and founder of the Tara Foundation, which has saved 4,000 dogs.

Rosenfelt graduated from New York University with the goal of entering the movie business. He took a job with his uncle, then President of United Artists, and made his way up to a position as President of Marketing for Tri-Star Pictures, where he worked on films including Rocky, The Natural, and Rambo.

When Rosenfelt decided to leave the movie business and try his hand at writing, he wrote and sold several feature films and saw a few of his TV movies to the small screen. He completed his first novel Open and Shut in 2002, and has since written eleven novels, most of which feature Andy Carpenter, an attorney and dog lover whose affection for dogs often helps him solve mysteries.

In 1995, David and his wife started the Tara Foundation to find loving homes for dogs. They bring home the dogs that are too old or ill to be adopted, and currently live with 27 dogs.
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Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he’s brutally stabbed to death in his garage. An...
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Heart of a Killer David Rosenfelt A CAREER CASE Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm. It’s not that he...
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Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn’t mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that...


The Transformative Experience: David Rosenfelt talks about how he and his wife went from life with one golden retriever, to life as career animal advocates through the Tara Foundation. He discusses the remarkable emotional connections of dogs, and tells the stories of some of the 4,000 rescued dogs that have “given more than they received.”

Choosing the Creative Career:
After having spent most of his adult life in motion picture marketing, David Rosenfelt now refers to the writer’s life as his “enduring joy. Rosenfelt speaks with humor and humility about choosing one’s life and career: his decision to leave the commercialism of trailers and TV spots, the advice that helped guide him, and the many talented people he has met along the way. He discusses his passion for golden retrievers and mystery writing, and how he has combined the two.



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