Butch Karp & Marlene Ciampi

Roger “Butch” Karp, Criminal Courts Bureau chief, and Marlene Ciampi, assistant District Attorney starting in 1970s New York City.

Books from 1987-2003 ghostwritten by Michael Gruber.

We begin with Karp as a single man who meets a woman who is a spitfire and a hurricane. How could any man keep from falling in love with Marlene? Not Butch; they marry. Over the decades Butch and Marlene, both attorneys, work in the District Attorney’s office, Karp as head of the Homicide unit and Ciampi as head of the sex crime unit. Karp’s professional life keeps him rising through the justice system while Marlene decides she’s had it and starts her own private business, protecting threatened and abused women.