Wilhelm, the bestselling author of "Sleight of Hand," who has been hailed as one of the masters of psychological fiction ("San Francisco Chronicle"), offers a new legal thriller featuring Barbara Holloway.
Wilhelm's sharp ninth Barbara Holloway legal thriller (after 2006's Sleight of Hand) proves compelling action can take place outside a courtroom. A not entirely welcome marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Darren, inspires Barbara to head to a remote California cabin for some time to herself. Her getaway is interrupted by a boy seeking help for his injured mother. Barbara goes to get help and comes back to find that the two have vanished. They turn out to be Elizabeth and Jason Kurtz, on the run after discovering Elizabeth's ex-husband's family business, the Diedricks Corp., has been involved in illegal activities that could derail a planned billion-dollar Swiss buyout. When Elizabeth resurfaces in Eugene, Ore., Barbara agrees to meet her, only to find Elizabeth has been shot dead and Jason is missing. Barbara comes under increasing scrutiny from the Kurtz family and the police as she struggles to solve the bewildering puzzle. Wilhelm's smooth style, sans graphic violence or sex, provides a cool alternative to overheated blockbusters. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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July 01, 2008
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