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Titel: A Cinderella Affidavit - SIGNED
Verlag: Forge (Tom Doherty Assoc), NY
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine
Signiert: Inscribed By Author
Auflage: First Edition. First Printing
square tight copy with no remainder mark, price-clipped dj in protective mylar cover, 384 pp, "A routine drug raid goes awry in Boston's Chinatown, killing a police officer as he batters down the door." Riveting legal thriller from an exciting new voice in suspense fiction. Inscribed by author on title page. AL002. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 002190
Inhaltsangabe: A Cinderella Affidavit is a pulse-pounding legal thriller by newcomer Michael Fredrickson, a lawyer in charge of prosecuting other lawyers for the state of Massachusetts.
A routine drug raid goes awry in Boston's Chinatown, killing a police officer as he batters down the door to execute a no-knock search warrant. The cops arrest and charge a man with the crime, but the court orders them to produce the confidential snitch whose information, recounted in a police affidavit, was the basis for the warrant. Danny Leung, the small-time Chinese hustler who supplied the cops with the information needed to pull off the raid, hires corporate attorney Matthew Boer to help him evade the cops. Danny is soon on the run and Matt must battle politicians, the Chinese mob, and even the firm he calls home if he hopes to save his client.
Rezension: If the legal details of this exciting, highly literate first thriller ring unusually true, attribute it to the fact that author Michael Fredrickson is general counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, (the lawyers' version of the police's Internal Affairs Division). He says in a preface that the book tracks the events of an actual murder, and the "Cinderella affidavit" in question--a phony document designed to get a search warrant--comes almost word for word from that case. But all these details would make for dull reading if Fredrickson didn't present them with the wit and skill of a veteran novelist.
When a simple drug bust in the Chinatown section of Boston goes wrong and a cop is killed, attorney Matt Boer--appointed by the court to defend one of the Chinese dealers--uncovers the bogus affidavit and begins to look into a police cover-up. Meanwhile, the other cops involved in the drug bust start to come apart at the seams, slipping into alcoholic and even psychotic behavior to hide some other dark secrets. Boer, a corporate lawyer with little criminal experience, screws up his client's case, but he gets a second chance to redeem himself by helping to unravel all the other tangled connections in the case.
Fredrickson might have dropped one too many chunks of meaty legalese into his hearty stew, but that's a lot easier to savor than the thin broth of most first thrillers. --Dick Adler
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