Flat Lake in Winter

  • by Joseph T. Klempner
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 twenty-eight-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 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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Some family relationships should not be...

This is my forth Joseph T. Klempner book and for now my last one on Audible (I hope there are more). I thoroughly have enjoyed all of his books.
This is a very good book with a very difficult subject to review without giving anything away. Basically there is a very wealthy dysfunctional family. Dad is uninvolved, mom is closet alcoholic. Now add three beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed children, the youngest showed signs of fetal alcohol effects with intellectual deficits. Include guilt, isolation, incest and a pregnancy and you have one gritty story that kicks off right from chapter one.
The two older children leave home as soon as they are able. There is a suspicious fire and the parents die. Then the grandparents are brutally murdered and the youngest son is arrested. Enter the protagonist Matt Fielder, who is a very nonjudgmental attorney whose ethics ride an internal roller coaster.
This book deals with some uncomfortable topics and unfortunately it has that "truth is stranger than fiction" feel to it. Very good book with an ending that is slightly predictable but well worth a listen.
George Newbern does a very good job narrating. I especially liked his interpretation of Matt when he questions his own judgment.
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- shelley

There's no real story here

The premise of the book is good but the telling of the story leaves a lot to be desired.

For starters, there are comments made in the beginning of the book about the investigation procedures indicating that this or that would be questioned later....but none of those things ever come up again.

Add in a lazy attorney who simply wants to have sex with every single woman he meets and drops working on his case for days at a time while he's off having a good time and it's a very weak story with some ridiculous story angles and dialogue.

The narrator is the only thing holding this story together. George Newbern is the only thing that kept me in to the finish.
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- Vicki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-03-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio