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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Reprint edition (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551666286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666280
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,169,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can this marriage be saved? Oregon's take-no-prisoners defense attorney Barbara Holloway wed geologist John Mureau in her last book, and already things are looking bad. The problem isn't Barbara's lack of cooking skills: her father, Frank, has enough of those to spare and will whip up a gourmet meal for everyone in sight at the slightest pretext. Nor is it the crush of living and office space--renting two adjoining apartments in a new building in Eugene takes care of that. What really bothers John is the constant danger that Barbara's work conjures up for her, for her family, and now for his children, if they should be around when a case explodes.

Barbara Holloway is using every slick legal arrow in her quiver to make sure that her client, Maggie Folsum, gets to keep a large lump of cash that her career criminal husband left behind when he trashed Maggie's bed and breakfast and then was found beaten to death. The danger to Holloway begins when Maggie's brother-in-law is charged with the murder, even though the most obvious candidate is the crime boss who employed (and was double-crossed by) the late husband. Will Barbara fight off the IRS in time to defend the innocent brother-in-law? Will the mysterious mobster (powerful enough to make witnesses perjure themselves) actually give up his minions if pressed hard enough? Will John and Barbara stay together in those two terrific apartments, and will her white sauce ever work? Unlike most writers of legal thrillers, Wilhelm cares as much about her characters as she does about her courtrooms--which is why her books (including The Best Defense, For the Defense, The Good Children, and Justice for Some) are such genuine pleasures. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Evil infects some people... it gets into the system and stays like a virus that is never killed," seasoned criminal lawyer Barbara Holloway reflects, in the fourth thriller by Wilhelm (The Good Children) to feature the Eugene-based attorney. Maggie Folsum's abusive ex-husband, Mitch, has come tearing back into her life, threatening Maggie and ransacking the inn she operates. The dirt that Holloway's investigation turns up on Mitch piles higher and higher?until he's six feet under it and his good-guy brother Ray stands wrongfully accused of his murder. Holloway agrees to defend Ray, hoping to secure long-in-arrears child support from Mitch's stash of dirty money. She's up against a corrupt organization run by a man named Palmer, whose cleverness and casual violence are frightening, but she believes that she can outwit them. After Ray's trial, and as the tension mounts, Wilhelm employs an overused device for the disappointing denouement: Palmer's arrogance undermines his ingenuity. The nuances of courtroom procedure are compellingly presented, however, including a sophisticated look at the complex psychology of a jury.
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By A Customer on Feb. 1 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wilhelm is one of those writers who gets overwhelmed by the publicity machines that promote Grisham, et. al. So she seems to have become Grishamesque in an effort to sell books. Too bad. I found this one tedious and overcomplicated with bad guys suddenly dropped in from nowhere. It also lacked the character development that has elevated her other books above run of the mill. I suspect the hand of an overeager editor and publisher because Wilhelm seems too intelligent to turn out this mish mash.
And does anyone know what's become of John?
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By K. Durkin on Sept. 4 2000
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I wasn't able to read more than ninety pages of this book. Usually I devour Kate Wilhem's Barbara Gordon mysteries in a day or two and can't leave my seat until I'm finished. This time I got bored, the story didn't interest me, it dragged on, wasn't tightly written, didn't get to the heart of the issues. Don't know what happened this time but it was a mediocre plot, boring characters whom one doesn't really care about except the main character and those closest to her. Will reserve judgment until I read the next book.
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By Tricha Nared on April 27 2000
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This book by Kate Wilhelm was an exciting thriller.That will have its reader on the edge of their chair. In the book Kate gives very detailed discriptions on of the characters. Also because the settings change so much the book gives background information about each setting. Defense for the Devil also gives an example of what the life of a lawyer maybe like. What type of questions they ask their clients.
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I love legal thrillers. There were times I got bogged down in the constant infusion of characters. As an attorney I was sometimes uncomfortable about the actions taken by the main character in representing her clients. I thoroughly enjoyed the courtroom scenes. They were very realistic. I would definitely read another Kate Wilhelm book
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By K. Durkin on Sept. 4 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To Editor:
Please correct in my last review of this book, Barbara Holloway not Barbara Gordon. (It's after four a.m. and I ask that you correct that in the review I just submitted as I can no longer find it here.)
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