Synopses & Reviews
The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients -- and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. But David McIvey, a brilliant surgeon whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, wants to change all that. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center -- with him at the helm -- means that the rehab center will be forced to close its doors.
Since he is poised to desecrate the dream of so many, it's not surprising to anyone, especially Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway, that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors early one morning, Barbara once again uses her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic who stand accused. And in her most perplexing case yet, Barbara is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide -- the soul beneath the skin.
"(Wilhelm's) a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama."(Library Journal)
"Wilhelm claims a leading place in the ranks of trial suspense writers."(Publishers Weekly)
Dr. David McIvey is a gifted surgeon on the Board of Directors of a privately run rehab hospital. After arguing with the Board over his desire to sell the clinic, Dr. McIvey is found murdered. Suspicion immediately falls on two people--David's long suffering wife, Annie, and Darren Halvord, an outspoken therapist at the clinic. Hired by the Board of Directors to protect Annie's interests, lawyer Barbara Holloway searches for the truth behind the murder.