Flat Lake In Winter

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Macmillan, May 15, 2000 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Chosen as recommended summer reading by The New York Times Book Review.

Deep in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains sits a mansion, its image reflected perfectly on the still water of Flat Lake. Inside that estate are the savagely murdered bodies of a wealthy elderly couple.

All evidence points to Jonathan-- their mentally handicapped 28-year-old grandson-- but Matt Fielder, his appointed defense lawyer, isn't convinced. While Fielder is pretty sure Jonathan committed the killings, Jonathan's childlike understanding of the world renders it nearly impossible for him to have done it out of greed or malice. Now Fielder must fight the prosecution's campaign for the death penalty, but as he scours Jonathan's past for anything that will help their case, he uncovers a cache of dark family secrets that turn the case in a shocking and unexpected new direction...

When his first novel, Felony Murder, was published, Publishers Weekly called Joseph Klempner "a writer to watch." Now, Klempner is better than ever-- that rare novelist with both an insider's knowledge of the world he writes about, and a talent for intelligent, compelling storytelling.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A thoroughly entertaining legal thriller in which a young man who believes he's committed murder may have it wrong. They don't get much crime way up in the Adirondacks, especially in the winter, but ... Read full review

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Klempner (Shoot the Moon, LJ 7/97) sets this beautifully written story about the aftermath of a horrific double homicide in Flat Lake, NY, a small community in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains ... Read full review

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Contents

THE CALL
1
TAKINMINERS
16
DOYLE
23
FIELDER
34
CEDAR FALLS
44
HAM SANDWICHES
56
JONATHAN
65
UP AND RUNNING
74
JENNIFER
165
GODS WILL
170
TOO SCARED TO SCREAM
179
HITTING THE BOOKS
188
THE SMOKING GUN
202
BATS BIRDS AND GRIZZLIES
217
CABIN FEVER
230
GOING PUBLIC
244

THE ROCKCRUSHER
86
VEGETARIAN CHILI
97
HILLARY
110
SPOTTED DARTERS
129
FLAT LAKE
141
NIGHTINGALE COURT
156
DIGGING OUT
253
PLAYING HOUSE
266
DONUTS AND DOUBTS
276
FIELDERS CHOICE
293
SUMMER
306
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Joseph T. Klempner is a criminal defense attorney. He was formerly an undercover agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and a legal aid attorney. He lives in upstate New York.

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