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A TOY TO KILL FOR Celebrated criminal lawyer Marc Kadella takes on the fall-out of a class action suit against a beloved corporate toy company gone wrong—and ends up falling down a rabbit hole of insider trading, sex scandal, political corruption, and murder, in the eighth page-turner of the Marc Kadella legal mystery series. Like most investors, venture capitalist Cal A TOY TO KILL FOR Celebrated criminal lawyer Marc Kadella takes on the fall-out of a class action suit against a beloved corporate toy company gone wrong—and ends up falling down a rabbit hole of insider trading, sex scandal, political corruption, and murder, in the eighth page-turner of the Marc Kadella legal mystery series. Like most investors, venture capitalist Cal Simpson has his fingers in many a financial pie. There’s cutting edge war plane procurement, state-of-the-art toy manufacturing, and the occasional affair with the right politician (to name a few). Some call him a shady Wall Street kinda guy. Others know him to be a tyrant—a mastermind with puppets intricately connected by a billion dollar string. One of his pet projects is the newest Cannon Brothers toy—a motorized skateboard for kids as young as 10 that takes the marketplace by storm, until it blows up—literally. Seems its Chinese manufacturer has installed lithium batteries that overheat the braking system, sometimes causing it to explode—leaving 24 kids dead and 500 injured. But the bigger problem is just as sinister: the small pool of people with insider knowledge of the defect are beginning to disappear… First there’s Irving Haraldson, a company engineer who discovered the defect before release and brought it to management with a furrowed brow. He was told every single battery would be replaced, release date be damned. And then he was discovered behind a Minneapolis pick-up bar with 3 bullets in his head. Then there’s the capable albeit young corporate lawyer Lynn McDaniel, who was assigned to defend Cannon Brothers in litigation. After discovering the engineer’s memo and distributing it to her boss, Zach Evans, she turns up dead in the woods en route to a 4th of July party being thrown by Zach’s father-in-law: Cal Simpson. Zach finds himself on trial for murder, with inimitable criminal lawyer Marc Kadella in his corner—and a nagging suspicion Cal knows more than he’s let on. A bleak and accurate portrayal of the lewd world of financial crime, where not even children are protected from the greedy and power-hungry, Insider Justice is Dennis Carstens’s most intricate murder mystery yet—a heart-racing financial thriller that reads like a delicate puzzle, and a plot that twists and turns with meticulous precision—right up to its astounding conclusion.


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A TOY TO KILL FOR Celebrated criminal lawyer Marc Kadella takes on the fall-out of a class action suit against a beloved corporate toy company gone wrong—and ends up falling down a rabbit hole of insider trading, sex scandal, political corruption, and murder, in the eighth page-turner of the Marc Kadella legal mystery series. Like most investors, venture capitalist Cal A TOY TO KILL FOR Celebrated criminal lawyer Marc Kadella takes on the fall-out of a class action suit against a beloved corporate toy company gone wrong—and ends up falling down a rabbit hole of insider trading, sex scandal, political corruption, and murder, in the eighth page-turner of the Marc Kadella legal mystery series. Like most investors, venture capitalist Cal Simpson has his fingers in many a financial pie. There’s cutting edge war plane procurement, state-of-the-art toy manufacturing, and the occasional affair with the right politician (to name a few). Some call him a shady Wall Street kinda guy. Others know him to be a tyrant—a mastermind with puppets intricately connected by a billion dollar string. One of his pet projects is the newest Cannon Brothers toy—a motorized skateboard for kids as young as 10 that takes the marketplace by storm, until it blows up—literally. Seems its Chinese manufacturer has installed lithium batteries that overheat the braking system, sometimes causing it to explode—leaving 24 kids dead and 500 injured. But the bigger problem is just as sinister: the small pool of people with insider knowledge of the defect are beginning to disappear… First there’s Irving Haraldson, a company engineer who discovered the defect before release and brought it to management with a furrowed brow. He was told every single battery would be replaced, release date be damned. And then he was discovered behind a Minneapolis pick-up bar with 3 bullets in his head. Then there’s the capable albeit young corporate lawyer Lynn McDaniel, who was assigned to defend Cannon Brothers in litigation. After discovering the engineer’s memo and distributing it to her boss, Zach Evans, she turns up dead in the woods en route to a 4th of July party being thrown by Zach’s father-in-law: Cal Simpson. Zach finds himself on trial for murder, with inimitable criminal lawyer Marc Kadella in his corner—and a nagging suspicion Cal knows more than he’s let on. A bleak and accurate portrayal of the lewd world of financial crime, where not even children are protected from the greedy and power-hungry, Insider Justice is Dennis Carstens’s most intricate murder mystery yet—a heart-racing financial thriller that reads like a delicate puzzle, and a plot that twists and turns with meticulous precision—right up to its astounding conclusion.

30 review for Insider Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Peled

    Started reading , but this Corona took all my attention, so i let it "sleep" for a while, and came back to it the year after. Loved it as I loved all Dennis other books Started reading , but this Corona took all my attention, so i let it "sleep" for a while, and came back to it the year after. Loved it as I loved all Dennis other books

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Stunning writing Dennis Carstens hits yet another home run with this Marc Kadella legal mystery. The people, and places in this book and the prior seven in the series are fictional, but I have come to know and care for them like close friends. The stories themselves are too good to be true and too good to be faked. It seems like they could have been taken from the headlines and delved into. Marc himself is quite the character, relying on his friends for support in tough times, tweaking their nose Stunning writing Dennis Carstens hits yet another home run with this Marc Kadella legal mystery. The people, and places in this book and the prior seven in the series are fictional, but I have come to know and care for them like close friends. The stories themselves are too good to be true and too good to be faked. It seems like they could have been taken from the headlines and delved into. Marc himself is quite the character, relying on his friends for support in tough times, tweaking their noses when something funny comes up and hammering away at a lying witness. The book does not have any slow spots, no writing flaws or other factors to bore a reader. This author, to me, is the next John Grisham, big legal movie adaptation. If only they could find the perfect fit for the lead.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth Birnbaum

    The plot was "ripped from the headlines," exploding skateboards from defective batteries. You know, the kind that you can't take on a plane, a bus, or shouldn't even have in your house. Why do these things happen, you may wonder? Calculated losses. In today's up and down stock market, there are always people who profit. Marc Kadella and his private eye friends wind up in the middle of a major scandal that all starts with a defective battery. Makes you want to strengthen the consumer protection laws The plot was "ripped from the headlines," exploding skateboards from defective batteries. You know, the kind that you can't take on a plane, a bus, or shouldn't even have in your house. Why do these things happen, you may wonder? Calculated losses. In today's up and down stock market, there are always people who profit. Marc Kadella and his private eye friends wind up in the middle of a major scandal that all starts with a defective battery. Makes you want to strengthen the consumer protection laws and add power to our Bureau Consumer Protection. These days, with planes falling out of the sky due to faults in the plane's systems, the needs and stakes could not be higher. The action is fast paced, exciting, and there's always a legal lesson that you're going to enjoy. I love the whole series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becky Calaway

    Marc Kadella series Marc Kadella and friends have kept me from cleaning house, cooking dinner, and getting to bed at a decent hour. I'm in love with all of these characters and am only disappointed because there is not a ninth book available to purchase. Hopefully Minnesota will have a typical winter, keeping Dennis Carstens home working, and I'll have another chance in the spring to enjoy my friends Marc, Maddy, Tony, Vivian etc... Marc Kadella series Marc Kadella and friends have kept me from cleaning house, cooking dinner, and getting to bed at a decent hour. I'm in love with all of these characters and am only disappointed because there is not a ninth book available to purchase. Hopefully Minnesota will have a typical winter, keeping Dennis Carstens home working, and I'll have another chance in the spring to enjoy my friends Marc, Maddy, Tony, Vivian etc...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joseph C. Smith

    Marc & Maddy...😒 Not one of the better books in the series. It was inevitable that Marc & Maddy would get together. Also, Maddy has been turned into an unbelievable "Super Woman" who can't be killed. The villains in this story are so stupid that it makes you wonder how they got as rich and successful as they were for so long. Very predictable outcome to this one. Marc & Maddy...😒 Not one of the better books in the series. It was inevitable that Marc & Maddy would get together. Also, Maddy has been turned into an unbelievable "Super Woman" who can't be killed. The villains in this story are so stupid that it makes you wonder how they got as rich and successful as they were for so long. Very predictable outcome to this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J.D. Schechter

    If only... ...the author bothered to check facts... Silenced revolvers? Colonels sitting in a car between generals? .223s with enough power to throw a body into a tree? These are the kind of stupid mistakes that ruin a damned fine story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Stevens

    Insider trading has always been a criminal proposition, no matter how vague its definition. Most of us have no idea how inside knowledge of any company can lead to stock trading that's unfair. In this book, we have powerful people manipulating companies for financial gain. That gain is so important that they commit murder for it. The consequences come due many years later. Just as in a previous book (Political Justice), many of the perpetrators are involved in government. The question is actuall Insider trading has always been a criminal proposition, no matter how vague its definition. Most of us have no idea how inside knowledge of any company can lead to stock trading that's unfair. In this book, we have powerful people manipulating companies for financial gain. That gain is so important that they commit murder for it. The consequences come due many years later. Just as in a previous book (Political Justice), many of the perpetrators are involved in government. The question is actually asked; if a man or woman is an average person when elected to office, how come that person leaves office after becoming a millionaire on a public salary? This is one explanation. Our cast of characters are the same as in previous books with some new ones thrown in. Our usual folks are growing and changing just like we all do in real life. They suffer from accidents and malice just as we do and they also learn from their mistakes. I enjoyed my outing in this book, and I think you will too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Law D.

    A good read Mr. Carstens doesn't like the obvious corruption in Washington DC. He respects the honest police, as we all should- though he is merciless for corruption in the legal system, including police. His plots are tightly woven, the ends often twisty. There are elements of the fantastic to me in the characters- every lawyer should wish for two amazing investigators, and a rich friend. All in all, reminds me of Perry Mason, but more realistic. A good read Mr. Carstens doesn't like the obvious corruption in Washington DC. He respects the honest police, as we all should- though he is merciless for corruption in the legal system, including police. His plots are tightly woven, the ends often twisty. There are elements of the fantastic to me in the characters- every lawyer should wish for two amazing investigators, and a rich friend. All in all, reminds me of Perry Mason, but more realistic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Steele

    Great complex thriller Another great Marc Cadela mystery. Complex and a little convoluted the characters and story line was riveting. Thank goodness for great private investigators and rich benefactors that added spice to the storyline. Had a hard time putting this one down to sleep!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David Brown

    I am a bit of a fan of Marc Kadella but this one left me a little unsatisfied. Things were going along well and then it all went to custard. I think that is where the book should have stopped but the author continued on. There was an amazing character reversal and the good fairy almost stepped in to brings things to a "proper" conclusion. I am a bit of a fan of Marc Kadella but this one left me a little unsatisfied. Things were going along well and then it all went to custard. I think that is where the book should have stopped but the author continued on. There was an amazing character reversal and the good fairy almost stepped in to brings things to a "proper" conclusion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Craig Brisco

    Book didn’t disappoint. This is one of my favorite newly found (by me) authors. I do think the end of both books I’ve read as a bit rushed like the deadline is fast approaching and the author has to get everything in quickly just to make sure all the boxes he made of information to include in the book can be checked off. I still enjoy the plots and development.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joe Vitucci

    Very interesting. Talk about greed, and insider information, and the prosecution not really trying to find who committed a crime, and buying influence, etc. This book will keep your interest using all kinds of hooks, like Boston crime scene members breaking the law in Minnesota. And many more. Sit down and start reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Loretta Gabriel

    A fast paced story with many interesting twists and turns that will keep you entertained and guessing. The author has written a very interesting story of a lawyer who gets caught up in one mans greedy scheme to make money by using people and insider trading for his gain. Very interesting and intriguing plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mike Brannick

    Dennis Carstens is a very good story teller. This is yet another well written, interesting book about criminal law. I strongly recommend you read the series in order because he has many recurring characters and makes reference to earlier books. You can certainly read any one of them by itself, but you will want to read the whole series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin A. Peckham,Sr

    Money, the root of all evil Marc and friends are really thrown into a boiling pot of all kinds of shady business in this book of this series. Gangsters and fraud and greed and corruption are just some of the issues which have to be addressed in this fast-paced thriller. Who will survive to sort it all out?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Larry E Griffiths

    Larry's take Another great Kadella story. I can believe and I do believe the corruption of our government elected officials does exist as Dennis so apply portrays in this book. I just hope in the next book Marc and Maddy don't get so beat up. Larry's take Another great Kadella story. I can believe and I do believe the corruption of our government elected officials does exist as Dennis so apply portrays in this book. I just hope in the next book Marc and Maddy don't get so beat up.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ron Woolum

    A wonderful legal thriller, the characters seem real, stories are almost like reading the newspaper about some of the shady dealings going on in the world, can't wait for the next Marc Kadella adventure. A wonderful legal thriller, the characters seem real, stories are almost like reading the newspaper about some of the shady dealings going on in the world, can't wait for the next Marc Kadella adventure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Narvaez

    Insider justice After reading all eight Marc Kadella books I find myself actually very sad..They were excellent books and I shall truly miss the characters. Very good work Mr Carstens..

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dedasnana

    These are a must read for anyone thatenjous a good book. I have read all 8 of the Marc Kadella books that I could find. I loved the story line, the characters, all of it! Mr. Carstens is a great author and I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed all of these books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    CW Crollard

    New legal, financial thriller exposes the risks some greedy will go to for wealth and power. Stock manipulations, shenanigans, crooked politicians lead to murder and mayhem. Gripping g, can't put it down novel with a lot of bad actors and smart lawyer's. New legal, financial thriller exposes the risks some greedy will go to for wealth and power. Stock manipulations, shenanigans, crooked politicians lead to murder and mayhem. Gripping g, can't put it down novel with a lot of bad actors and smart lawyer's.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tim Fitzgerald

    Another great read! In addition to being a great legal thriller, this includes insider trading and stock manipulation to add twists to the plot. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Another good legal thriller from Carstens Another solid story from the author featuring characters U have come to view as friends. Who wouldn't want to hang out with this group? Can't wait to start the next book. Another good legal thriller from Carstens Another solid story from the author featuring characters U have come to view as friends. Who wouldn't want to hang out with this group? Can't wait to start the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Added to the list of my favourite authors.... This is the first I have read by Dennis Carstens and it won’t be the last! I love the character Marc Kadella and this legal thriller genre.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Great read The author engaged me immediately. I was constantly thinking I knew what would happen next but surprise. I’ve often wondered how politicians became rich after short terms. Made me consider his explanation.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Weiping Yin

    New blood is needed in characters What happens to “See something, Say something.” The lawyer and his bunch of fiends took matter into their own hands. The rich lady comes to rescuer on every turn. Money can do everything. The group of characters become boring and dull.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dwight Burgess

    Financial thriller indeed but much more. Lawyers, ex-cops, murder, swindling, politicians, DA's even cop's. This has it all. Trying to solve a murder, leads to more murder along with stock manipulation. Strong story. Financial thriller indeed but much more. Lawyers, ex-cops, murder, swindling, politicians, DA's even cop's. This has it all. Trying to solve a murder, leads to more murder along with stock manipulation. Strong story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hayes

    so good....the twists and turns, great characters. love the mention of Whitey Bulger , the little things like that are what make me forget its fiction. Mark Kadella is the best, and I want Vivian to adopt me,

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    Excellent The Marc Kadella series is a wonderful set of books to read if you love intrigue, mystery and suspense. The characters and storylines are well developed and will keep you turning pages

  29. 4 out of 5

    Boots S

    A TOY TO KILL FOR Celebrated criminal lawyer Marc Kadella takes on the fall-out of a class action suit against a beloved corporate toy company gone wrong—and ends up falling down a rabbit hole of insider trading, sex scandal, political corruption, and murder. Lots of intrigue .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dewey Carroll Brackett

    Good book, but confusing at times. I enjoyed reading this book. It kept me turning pages. My only criticism is it was hard to keep up with so many characters. I was glad it came to a satisfying conclusion.

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