“ Genre: Crime / Thriller „
A brief bit about the author. He is a criminal defense attorney. A former job was as a undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He lives in New York, America. This book is set in the Adirondack Mountains, know it? No neither do I but I think you must imagine a place of incredible beauty and very little people. In the middle of all this beauty a murder occurs and two elderly people are brutally killed. A volunteer Duty Officer takes the phone call from Jonathan Hamilton. He is ringing to tell them that his grandparents have been hurt - "Real bad". Bass McClure arrives on the scene and things are bad (in fact as bad as they can be)Jonathans grandparents are dead. All evidence at the scene points to Jonathan. He is covered in blook and eventually the murder weapons are found hidden in his house. Enter Matt Fielder - the appointed defence attorney. He evaluates the case and while he believes Jonathan is guilty of killing his grandparents, he cannot understand why he did it. Jonathan is 28 years old and mentally handicapped. Jonathan has no understanding of the wealth his relatives had so what could be the motive. The prosecution are campaigning for the death penalty. Matt must now do everything in his power to prevent them winning. As Matt investigates the case he enlists the help of two people, Pearson Gunn, a private detective and Hillary Munson, who runs a psychology social work team, that assists the court with evaluations and different options to imprisonment. From here I cannot tell anymore without giving away some of the story. This is a good book, but nearer to average than awesome. I think Klempner writes a lot like Grisham but is missing some of the excitment. His knowledge of law is great as you would expect and I learnt a lot about legal matters especially to do with the Death Penalty. Klempner has an easy going writing
style that is easy to follow and keeps you turning the pages. I did enjoy this book but it is not one that I would rave about. I would like to read some of his earlier books to better evaluate his writing. Question: Do all American lawyers become writers????????????
Inside the mansion on the banks of Flat Lake are the savagely murdered bodies of a wealthy elderly couple. All evidence points to their grandson, 28-year-old mentally handicapped Jonathan, but defence lawyer Matt Fielder isn't convinced.