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Troubled Waters [Paperback]

Carolyn Wheat
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June 10 1999
After her brother, a quadriplegic Vietnam veteran, is charged with a murder that took place years ago, attorney Cass Jameson immediately takes on the case to defend him, but as various personal issues start to become public, she begins to fear what may eventually surface."
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Carolyn Wheat must be the best listener in the mystery business. The former Brooklyn, New York, defense attorney has the awesome ability to capture and create whole characters in just a few perfectly shaped sentences of dialogue. She also knows how to move her people through a complicated narrative without losing focus. This book about lawyer Cass Jameson flashes back and forth from the present to 1969 and 1982, as Cass looks for connections between some old activist friends, her Vietnam vet brother, and the 15-year-old murder of a Federal agent that links them all. Other top-grade Wheat paperbacks include Fresh Kills, Mean Streak, and Where Nobody Dies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Part of an ill-fated student activist group in the Sixties with series lawyer Cass Jameson (Fresh Kills, LJ 6/1/95) and her brother, Ron, Jan is a long-time fugitive wanted for murder. When she surrenders to police, Cass rushes to Ohio to defend Ron, who now faces related charges. Jan is threatening to expose the "mole" who betrayed the students to police in 1969 and framed her for murder in 1982. An intriguing plot based on fallout from rash actions meant to publicize the plight of migrant farm workers; this is well focused and crisply written.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Troubled Waters" is one of the the best mysteries I've read this year. Wheat's compelling narrative shifts in time between the late '60s, early '80s and mid-'90s, charting the lives of a disparate group of idealistic radicals from youth to adulthood, and makes canny use of their collective 30-odd-year-old emotional baggage.

At first, the time shifts drove impatient me crazy, but it wasn't long before I was thumbing back every few chapters for clues. Believe me, it doesn't help!

Wheat's five previous books in the Cass Jameson series foreshadow so many events here, I sense that this book has been percolating in her head all along. Many mystery writers don't bother to give their characters a past that is relevant in future plots. (I haven't read her books in chronological order, which perhaps frees me from reader expectations.)

I was blown away by its climactic ending, and I'm not easily fooled! (Certain people refuse to sit next to me in movies!) Kudos to Carolyn Wheat for her best writing yet! I'm chomping at the bit for her next book but, unfortunately for us readers, her books are published years apart.

P.S. I advise beginning this book in the morning. I stayed up until 4 a.m. last night to finish the last chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Cass Jameson book yet June 15 1997
By A Customer
In 1969, Cass Jameson, her brother Ron (at his sister's urgings), Jan
Gebhardt, and other idealists helped organize migrant farm workers into
unions. By joining his sibling and others in their protests, Ron lost his
conscientious objector draft status. Ron was drafted and sent to Nam where
he returned home as a quadriplegic. In 1982, Ron was driving his specially
built van with Jan and several illegal aliens as part of the sanctuary
movement. However, this trip went sour and a federal law enforcement agent
is killed. Jan fled to the underground and the charges against Ron were
held in abeyance, pending Jan's arrest.
...... In 1997, Jan decides to surrender to FBI officials in Kansas City
which, in turn, reactivate Ron's charges. Both are to face a murder trail
in Toledo. Cass leaves Brooklyn, to journey home to represent her sibling
at the trial. To do so, Cass knows that she must confront her own guilt
feelings about her sibling's physical condition and her fear that she will
fail him again. She also must look back at her own role and motives as a
soldier in President Johnson's war on poverty in the sixties, while
watching her personal life become part of the media fascination with the
....... TROUBLED WATER is a great legal thriller that provides a reader with a
solid look at the idealistic sixties, especially the motives of the radical
participants and the uglier aspects of the eighties sanctuary movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, tightly plotted mystery May 28 1998
By Verum
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I eagerly await each of Carolyn Wheat's mysteries. Troubled Waters is an excellent, well plotted mystery. The character development is strong and the story line demands the reader's full attention.
I have read each of her previous Cass Jameson mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. This one reaches new heights of excellence with its amazingly plotted and executed story line.
My one suggestion to the author is that she utilize a medical advisor to check medical procedures and equipment. One can not speak while on a respirator and when visiting a patient in ICU with a head injury there would be no need to gown. Other than those minor errors, I thought this book was her best yet. I eagerly await the next offering in this wonderful series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL book, part of a PHENOMENAL series Aug. 23 1998
By A Customer
Although I have read -- and enjoyed -- virtually every book in every series by the most famous female mystery writers, Carolyn Wheat unequivocally remains my favorite.
This series is about a Legal Aid attorney named Cass Jameson. As such, it introduces fascinating glimpses into seldom-seen areas of the legal system -- along with providing excellent mysteries. This is one series I buy in hardcover as soon as each book is published.
The books are all very well-written, fast-moving, and entertaining. I cannot sufficiently recommend them. IMHO, this is the best mystery series available.
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1.0 out of 5 stars These Waters Certainly are Troubled Nov. 24 1997
By A Customer
This is an absolutely dreadful book: completely disorganized, with not much of a story to it, and an ending that doesn't make sense.
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