David Rosenfelt gets to interview his own eponymous creation – the hilarious attorney Andy Carpenter, who takes center stage once more in New Tricks! You can read the review that Broad “A” wrote about “New Tricks” earlier this month.
David Rosenfelt: I’m talking with defense attorney Andy Carpenter, main character in seven of my novels. Andy, can you tell me a little about your new book, “New Tricks”?
Andy Carpenter: I should tell you about it? You wrote it.
DR: I realize that, but I’d like our readers to be familiar with it.
AC: So tell them to buy it.
DR: You seem a little out of sorts. Is something bothering you?
AC: I agreed that you can write about my cases, but I didn’t say anything about doing publicity. This interviewing stuff is not in my contract. Besides, I’m a lawyer; I like to ask questions, not answer them.
DR: Would you rather be asking me the questions?
AC: Anything would be better than this. You ready?
AC: OK. Since you created me, why did you have to make me so short?
DR: I’ve never actually said how tall you are, but I always thought about five foot ten.
AC: Can I dunk a basketball?
DR: Not even if you stood on a chair.
AC: So you made me short, a physical coward, unsure around women, argumentative, and generally lazy. And you wonder why I don’t want to sit here and chat with you?
DR: I also made you smart and funny, and I gave you Tara, the greatest dog in the history of the world.
AC: That’s the one thing we agree on. How about letting me get Tara some friends?
DR: She has Waggy, the Bernese Mountain Dog in “New Tricks”.
AC: I knew you’d work that in. I’m talking about getting a whole bunch of dogs.
DR: How many?
AC: How many do you have? In real life…
DR: Twenty seven, mostly golden retrievers. We rescue them.
AC: Twenty seven? You’re a total nutcase, and I’ve gotta tell you, I’m not sure I’m comfortable having a nutcase for a creator.
DR: Keep complaining and I’ll shrink you to five foot six.
AC: You could do that?
DR: Piece of cake.