Robert K. Tanenbaum is an American author of crime/legal thriller novels featuring Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi. He has also written true crime. Tanenbaum is one of the most successful trial lawyers in the United States, having never lost a felony case. He has been homicide bureau chief for the New York District Attorney’s Office and deputy chief counsel to the congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Robert K. Tanenbaum’s first novel was No Lesser Plea, published in 1987. Tanenbaum credits his cousin, Michael Gruber, as a collaborator (read: ghost writer) in all his novels up until Resolved. Other ghost writers have taken over since. Below is a list of Robert K. Tanenbaum’s books in order of when they were first released:

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Publication Order of Butch Karp & Marlene Ciampi Books

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Badge of the Assassin (With: Philip Rosenberg) (1979)Description / Buy at
The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer (With: Peter S. Greenberg) (1989)Description / Buy at
Echoes of My Soul (2013)Description / Buy at
Coal Country Killing (With: Steve Jackson) (2023)Description / Buy at

Notes: The Badge of the Assassin is co-authored with Philip Rosenberg. The Piano Teacher: The True Story of a Psychotic Killer is co-authored with Peter S. Greenberg.

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4 Responses to “Order of Robert K. Tanenbaum Books”

  1. Steve: 3 years ago

    Has ROBERT TANENBAUM stopped writing? No Butch Karp and Malene Ciampi books since 2017! What’s happened?


  2. Erin Lawless: 3 years ago

    Such a good series! Too bad so many errors in later books regarding characters and prior events! That and when the audio book presenters cannot pronounce character names correctly drive me (more;) nuts!!!


  3. AFN10: 5 years ago

    I just gave up on Counterplay….way more blood and guts to make for a good read.


  4. happygranny: 8 years ago

    What a great idea!!! Now I can find the ones that I missing.


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