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On the surface, the court-appointed case that lands on young Dean Abernathy's desk is a biggie; he is slated to defend a homeless man accused of the felony murder of the popular black New York City Police commissioner during an early-morning mugging attempt. But at second look, the case promises to be a routine conviction. The evidence is overwhelming. The police have come up with an eyewitness, they have physical evidence, and Joey Spadafino has given the arresting officers a signed confession.
Dean's course seems obvious: Get Joe Spadafino, an ex-con, to plead guilty, bargain for the most lenient sentence possible, and figure you can't win 'em all.
Before he can talk to his client about a plea bargain, however, he finds that the prosecutor has already offered one - which Joey refuses. Dean, not only a conscientious defense attorney but a former investigator, starts looking harder at the seemingly incontrovertible evidence.
What he turns up changes a foregone conclusion into something very different. The district attorney, although outwardly cooperative, seems to be trying to keep Dean from interviewing the eyewitness - and the reason becomes apparent when Dean, challenged, digs deeper into her background. Anomalies and discrepancies in the government's case crop up.
Dean realizes that he is drawing closer to a particularly nasty truth, one that not only puts his life and those of others in immediate peril but confronts him with a moral dilemma that is even more difficult to face.
©2016 Joseph T. Klempner (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.
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By Ted on 11-22-17

Engaging Premise If You Like Conundrums

Clever plot, well written. Wish Klemper had not abruptly shifted from showing to telling in an unnecessarily long epilogue. There is a ton of interesting but not plot-advancing detail in the first two-thirds here, that makes this book so long - detail that could easily have been edited out in order to allow a reader-satisfying denouement as the plot continued into revealing the consequences of actions upon the appropriate characters. Instead, all of this was stuffed into one long narration.

Okay, perhaps this was a first novel, but that's what editors are for. But an editor's blue pen could have allowed the author to continue what he does best and show us the consequences of actions through the emotions of the relevant characters. Pity... what was a very good book became less so.

Still, I'll follow Klempner and look for another Dean Abernathy book should Klempner write it. But then again, I love conundrums and this one at the heart of 'Felony Murder' coupled with the grit of Klempner's characters really works.

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By shelley on 06-13-17

Murder, Cover Ups and Conspiracies!

What other book might you compare Felony Murder to and why?

Can't say what other books I might compare this one to. Other authors though might be John Grisham or David Baldacci in their earlier years.

Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

Peter Berkrot did a fantastic job narrating. His voice was perfect for this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but unless I sped the book up I couldn't and this was so good I just assumed to make it last.

Any additional comments?

This is such a good book. The story is so well developed and the characters are all so colorful. The police commissioner is robbed at knife point by a homeless man and dies from cardiac arrest, the homeless man is then charged with felony murder during the commission of a crime. Or so it seems...
The court appointed lawyer hero Dean Abernathy begins a half hearted investigation and begins turning up some facts that just don't jibe with the official reports. So of course he digs deeper and the can of worms he opens may end up killing him or the witness he is trying to protect. Somebody has already killed another witness and this web keeps growing and getting more complicated, but not unnecessarily so. The plot maintains a coherent storyline and is easily followed through each new discovery.
There is some humor and sarcasm that enhances it that much more.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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