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Klempner, Joseph T. | Flat Lake in Winter | Unsigned First Edition Copy
Flat Lake in Winter | Klempner, Joseph T. | First Edition Book

FLAT LAKE IN WINTER by Joseph T. Klempner

First edition, later printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dustjacket. 1999 NY: St. Martin's PressISBN 9780312198831
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St. Martin's Press NY: 1999 First edition, later printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dustjacket. New York defense attorney Matthew Fielder has quixotically left a law practice and urban living to build himself a cabin in the Adirondack woods and get by on a legal aid pension and whatever small lawyer-work comes his way. But because in that sparsely populated area of New York State Fielder is the only criminal defense attorney qualified enough to take on a death penalty case, he is almost forcibly enlisted to do just that. Reluctantly, Fielder agrees. His client, he finds, is Jonathan Hamilton, variously regarded in the small rural community as "nearly retarded" or, more charitably, "slow." The young man has called the authorities one frosty morning to say his wealthy grandparents, with whom he lives, have been "hurt real bad." In truth, the police find, the couple has been brutally and bloodily slashed to death. Jonathan doesn't remember what happened his guilt seems obvious to everyone, including his attorney. Fielder's job is to save the boy's life. And, slowly, he begins to feel the remembered excitement of the fight to win a case even more, he is warmed by a growing emotional involvement with the simple young man who can be made happy with Fielder's gift of a blanket to wrap himself in against the prison cold. Fielder gathers all the support staff the law allows him, an odd but loyal and effective group. Gradually they start to notice some small but possibly important discrepancies in the case against their client and to uncover some possibly relevant secrets hidden in the past of Jonathan's wealthy family. Eventually, Fielder comes to believe that Jonathan may not, after all, have killed his grandparents. And if he didn't, who did?

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