The Dogtrot Murder A Carter A. Johnson & Kate Menke Thriller

Rated 4.83/5 based on 12 reviews
Kate Menke was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband. She soon found that even behind the protective walls of prison her life was in danger. Then she learned a tall handsome stranger has reopened the investigation in an effort to prove her innocence. All hell breaks loose as Carter digs through the mountain of lies and deceit that have framed Kate for murder. More

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Language: American English
ISBN: 9781466037724
About Robert Schobernd

Hi, my wife and I have three children and five grandchildren. Our home is in the Midwest, USA northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
My primary writing interest is in the crime, mystery, suspense, thriller genres. The Irrevocable Change Trilogy was my first published work, a character study of an assassin for hire. It delved into his personal and intimate relationships in addition to his chosen profession.
A vigilante series followed with the Carter A. Johnson Thrillers. There are currently four books in the series.
As a change of pace, I’ve also written a horror, action, adventure novel. Outnumbered volumes 1 thru 6 is a zombie apocalypse tale that details the long term decline of the human race after the initial apocalypse.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy my stories.
Robert Schobernd

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Review by: Rable on Nov. 09, 2017 :
The vigilante Carter Johnson and a woman in prison convicted of murdering her husband made a convoluted plot for this story. The author did a great job of tying all the events together. I liked the fast action and the characters. The ending was a real surprise.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Lomar on Oct. 11, 2017 :
Kate Menke’s plight in a woman’s prison held my interest and contrasted well with Carter’s scene of having sex with his girlfriend. From there the two first person accounts ran parallel as Kate survived an inmate attack and Carter kicked butt looking for evidence to free her. Carter’s action scenes were great.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: SCader on Aug. 22, 2017 :
It was impossible to not feel compassion for Kate Menke as she spent her first weeks in a woman’s prison. She was convicted of murdering her husband and Carter Johnson was assigned to investigate her case. The scenes switched back and forth between her incarceration and his work to free her. Carter’s investigation was a rough and tumble affair with multiple attacks on his life. The action scenes were intriguing and held my attention throughout. A great read.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: VigilantReader1 on July 11, 2017 :
Title – The Dogtrot Murder
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Thriller, Suspense, Vigilante Justice
208 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/11/17
No. – 29-1 2017

My Impressions: Carter - tough, competent, intelligent, compassionate, tenacious.
Kate: afraid, disappointed, liberal, betrayed - rejuvenated, fair, unafraid, revenge.

Main Characters:
Carter A. Johnson – the vigilante sent to investigate the conviction of a wife currently in prison.
Kate Menke – convicted of murdering her husband, serving a life term in prison.

The Dogtrot Murder opens inside the antagonist’s thoughts as he prepares to murder Gerhart J. Menke, Kate Menke’s husband. The following segment switches to Kate’s incarceration at the Kansas State Prison for Women at Topeka, Kansas. Her feelings and reactions during the admissions segment invoked compassion for the woman who claimed to be innocent of the crime. Then we meet her cellmate Mercie, and watch their relationship develop.
Next the scene switched to Carter at his girlfriend’s cabin in Oregon discussing their fledgling relationship. They’ve each been married previously and are cautiously defining the extent of their new arrangement.
Back in prison, Kate is getting threatening looks from a fellow prisoner wannabe gang leader and questions why the woman’s anger is focused on her.
The scenes continue to switch back and forth as Carter and Mattie are making love while Kate is accepting the reality and danger of life in prison, quite a contrast in life styles.
Both main characters are written in first person, and due to their separation of scenes, it works well.
As Carter begins his investigation he gets too close to the truth of Gerhart’s murder and a series of attacks to silence him begin. The action scenes are intelligently choreographed and vividly portrayed. Watch especially for the scenes with Kinky Stillbrink.

The editing and sentence structure in this story are not perfect but approach excellent.
Development of main and supporting characters is above average. I clearly understood who and what each important character was.
Details and research are thorough, especially for Kate’s time in prison and the procedures enforced there.
The plot is involved and held my interest from start to finish.
Crisp and complex describes the writing style. It’s not wordy or loaded with excess details that would constitute filler.

This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Nora Lee on Jan. 12, 2015 :
I cried, I laughed, I got angry and I cheered, what more can you want from a book? There are two main characters, Carter and Kate and both are written in first person; and it worked. Carter is the continuing series lead. I don't know what the author intends to do with Kate, but I liked her and hope to see more of her. Kate is convicted of killing her husband. She arrives at a woman's prison and the first portion deals with her emotions and adjustment. While she is there Carter is introduced parallel to her and we experience his happy life with a new girlfriend in contrast to Kate's harsh surroundings. While she's being attacked he's making love. Carter is told to take a cursory look at Kate's case, rubber stamp the conviction and move on. He however, smells a rat and thinks she may have been framed. The book is then about how he rescues her, but there is action galore while he investigates the real killer. Several plot twist surprised me. A very good fast paced read.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)

Review by: Clair Roxanna on Dec. 05, 2014 :
Wow! Carter is one sexy dude and I like the introduction of Kate. She turned out to be a lot tougher than she started. The prison sequences were great and seemed genuine. Hope to see both of these main characters in future books. I'm waiting for the next one.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)

Review by: Jay Patterson on Nov. 13, 2014 :
I read the Blonde Heiress first and liked it (a bit short) and I loved this story. I was engrossed by the account of Kate in prison. Her feelings and experiences seemed real. Then the author skipped back and forth between her and the main character Carter. The action really started as Carter tried to prove Kate's innocence. The characters are described so clearly I felt I knew them. Carter is one kick ass vigilante.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)

Review by: I. Readalot on Oct. 07, 2014 :
I'm impressed. The Dogtrot Murder has two main characters and both are super. They are well defined and I cared about both of them. The book is well written and editing is good. The sub characters were also intriguing, especially Kinky Stillbrink. I felt like I could see and smell him. All of the characters are well developed so there is a firm understanding of who and what they are. The plot is exciting and Carter is always on the verge of being attacked. However, if you don't care for vigilantes with a license to kill this is not a book for you.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)

Review by: Luke Short on Aug. 02, 2014 :
Another Five Star read.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)

Review by: Lillith Dunn on Aug. 01, 2014 :
A very well written story and even better than the introductory book, 'The Blonde Heiress. The scenes where Kate was in jail are very believable . Then Carter started digging into the case and the action really took off. I hope there are more stories in this series.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: Anca S on Aug. 22, 2012 :
I've read both in this series and loved them both! Great characters with exciting plots!
(reviewed 75 days after purchase)

Review by: Kristi (Books N Beans) on March 24, 2012 :
"The Dogtrot Murder" by R.E. Schobernd is the second book in the Carter A. Johnson series. Carter works for this secret and exclusive group that seeks to provide vigilante justice for those who have been wronged by the legal system. In the first book Carter investigated a murder that produced an innocent verdict in court, but in this book Carter is asked to investigate a guilty verdict that is believed to be wrong.

Kate Menke is convicted of murdering her husband, but a friend and member of the group isn't sure that Kate did it. Carter is asked to investigate Kate's case to see if there's any possibility that her conviction should be overturned. Carter soon finds enough reasons to believe that Kate is as innocent as she claims, but vigilante style justice won't get Kate out of jail.

Carter's style of investigating is one of the best parts of the books. His bad ass, take no prisoners attitude is the greatest. He does the sort of nasty work on the bad guys that most of us only wish we could do. He breaks bones, drugs, tortures, and kills his way to the truth.

But Carter isn't the only kick ass character this time. Kate has toughened up in preparation for jail, and because she's decided she'll never let anyone take advantage of her again. Her naivety and trust have landed her in jail, and her experiences in court and in jail have changed her. She's tougher, more determined, and unwavering in her resolve now. She is a perfect kick ass compliment to Carter.

There is a hint (in the book and from the author) that Kate may make a future reappearance in the series. Personally I would welcome her, but I'm just one. Get The Dogtrot Murder for yourself, see what you think of Kate, and let R.E. Schobernd know if you'd like to hear from Kate again in another book.

*Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review*
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)

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