Charles Winecoff
June 25, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Cinderella Affidavit

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Michael Fredrickson
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction
We gave it a B

The case at the core of Cinderella Affidavit, a brisk legal thriller, which starts with a suspected cop killer, becomes more tangential and less interesting as its diverse cast of attorneys and crooks grows increasingly human. Lawyer-turned-writer Fredrickson shows grit — and an astute sense of humor — as he skewers the entire criminal class system, blue- to white-collar. But his democratic gaggle of likable sleazebags can’t overcome either the arbitrary plot twists or the endless courtroom details. B

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