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A Cinderella affidavit
Fredrickson, Michael.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 1999.
Physical Description:
384 pages ; 25 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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In "riveting, realistic dialogue from lifelike cops and criminals" (Rikki Klieman, co-writer of "Cochran and Co." on Court TV), this pulse-pounding legal thriller follows the exploits of a small-time Chinese hustler and his attorney on the lam from politicians, the Chinese mob, and even the lawyer's own firm.

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Booklist Review

Massachusetts attorney Fredrickson's title refers to a phony statement based on fictitious information provided by a fake snitch and sworn to by a cop seeking to establish probable cause for a search warrant. Given that premise, it's no surprise that almost everybody has an angle in this story of a Boston drug bust gone bad. Four men are arrested and charged for the killing of a cop during the bust, but three make a deal and turn on the fourth. The prosecutor and police are satisfied until the court demands that the commonwealth produce the snitch who supplied the input for the search warrant. Fredrickson's hero, Matt Boer, a young corporate lawyer, is hired to represent the Chinese hustler who gave information to the dead cop. But nobody else can identify him, and he wants it to stay that way. This one is a dandy thriller with an intricate plot wrapped in slickly written prose. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

Extraordinary quantities of detail, both local and legal, distinguish this ambitious, complex legal thriller set in Boston. After a police officer is killed during a drug bust in Boston's Chinatown, attorney Matt Boer discovers that the police acted on "a phony affidavit signed by a narcotics officer to get a search warrant"Äthe Cinderella affidavit of the title. When a client of Boer's reveals connections to the Chinatown gunfight, Boer breaks rules to investigate what looks like a police coverup, not only of the affidavit but also of an empty briefcase that made its way from the crime scene to police inventory. Revelations of further deceptions mount. The dead officer's increasingly alcoholic partner progresses from shaky driving to full-blown hallucinations while trying to keep the affidavit secret; he also starts an affair with a woman whose name he often forgets. And Boer's law firm reveals connections to political wranglings at the DA's office, and to the complex and dangerous dealings of Chinese gangs. First-time author Fredrickson is general counsel to the Massachusetts Board of Bar OverseersÄthat is, he's the lawyer for the folks who check out complaints against lawyers. He packs the narrative with details from case law, and with facts from real cases: the opening chapters "track the main events of [an actual] murder," a preface informs us, and the central affidavit "is taken almost verbatim" from that case. Such chunks of nonfiction add texture to the story, though sometimes they are slightly distracting. On the whole, however, Fredrickson's insight into the legal process adds authenticity to a fast-paced. intriguing, multi-faceted tale. 75,000 ad/promo. (May) FYI: Fredrickson was among the authors interviewed in PW's feature on first novelists. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Who's to blame when a drug bust goes bust, leaving a policeman dead? First timer Fredrickson is a lawyer who prosecutes other lawyers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.