Synopses & Reviews
When Oregon attorney Barbra Holloway takes a case, there's no middle ground: it's her rules, her way. Now, as she finds herself at the helm of a complex defense involving the murder of a man everybody loathed, all she needs is what she most lacks. . .
CLEAR AND CONVINCING PROOF
The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients -- and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. For lonely newcomer Erica Castle, its' a place to make new friends. For brilliant physical therapist Darren Halvord, its's a chance to showcase his unusual gift. For beautiful Annie McIvey it's a sanctuary from a cruel husband. And for directors Naomi and Greg Boardman, it's a lifelong dream about to be destroyed if Annie's husband, David, has his way.
A brilliant surgeon, an implacable misogynist, a man whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, David McIvey now has controlling shares in what has always been a non profit clinic. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center -- with himself at the helm -- means that the rehab center, with all its good work and good people, will be forced to close its doors.
Since he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's not surprising to anyone, especially Barbara Halloway, 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-prisioners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic accused of his murder. Though police suspect Darren Halvord and Annie McIvey of not only having an affair, but plotting to murder David, Barbra believes a more complex motive lies at the heart of the crime. In her most perplexing case yet, she is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide -- the soul beneath the skin.
"One of the masters of psychological fiction in America." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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.
When a gifted surgeon on the board of a privately run rehab hospital is found murdered, lawyer Barbara Holloway is hired to protect the interests of Dr. McIvey's wife, one of the suspects.
About the Author
Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang, The Good Children and the popular Barbara Holloway legal thrillers, including Desperate Measures and Death Qualified. Born in Ohio, Ms. Wilhelm now lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is currently at work on her latest novel.