Travis Morgan’s case seems open and shut: A plot to kill his estranged father, fundamentalist preacher Arlie Morgan, goes awry and his bullet slays an innocent bookkeeper. Two eyewitnesses seal Travis’ fate. But despite damning evidence and an admitted hatred of his father, Travis staunchly maintains his innocence.
Beseeched by his anguished mother, veteran defense attorney Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Travis. With the support of her father, attorney Frank Holloway, and crack private investigator Bailey, Barbara reveals a zealot, his ultrarich backers, and unimaginable atrocities. Travis’ case proceeds to trial, and Barbara finds herself pitted against a complacent legal system and a judge eager to simply close the case and retire. Knowing she must intervene decisively to avoid a conviction, Barbara steps squarely into the path of danger. Risking her own life, Barbara confronts the killer in order to save Travis’.
Kate Wilhelm is the best-selling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. Born in Ohio, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Kath Wilhelm at her best
No. Not that interesting.
Yes. Her leading characters are interesting and grow over the series. The plots vary, but she always provides good material for long car trips.
Bobbie, the lead character.
No. Not that challenging.
This plot was a little less credible than some of hers -- the Secretary of Defense manipulating a state cop in Maryland was weird, and the prosecutors' motives did not make much sense -- they should have dropped the case much earlier.
- E. D. Kelly