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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 22-11-2017

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 14-04-2018

Así así¡ (so so)

Felony Murder has been in my Audible library for 11 months. I tried to listen several times, but found it repetitive and boring. Now that I have listened to the entire novel I find that it has a excellent plot and narration is outstanding, but it is too repetitive and too slow developing. I have no issue with long audio books; I have many superb ones in my Audible library over 30 hours long and a few over 50 hours, yet at 13.4 hours Felony Murder begs to have the repetitiveness eliminated.

Felony Murder was first released in 1995 and finally released in audio early in May 2017.

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