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Defense for the Devil by Kate Wilhelm
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Jan 16, 2009

bookshelves: 2007-audio-books, 2007-mysteries
Read in October, 2007

Defense for the Devil, by Kate Wilhelm. I borrowed it from NLS for the Blind, but it can be purchased from Blackstone Audio and downloaded from Audible.

This is the third in the Barbara Holloway series. Barbara meets a woman in the restaurant she often uses to meet new clients in the off hours when the restaurant isn’t busy. Maggie is very nervous. She married Mitch Arno 17 years previously when she became pregnant at the age of 16. He abused her and left her, only to return a few months after the baby was born, and forcibly rape her causing a second pregnancy. His family disowned him and never wanted to see him again. Now, 17 years later, he came back. He burst into Maggie’s home. She managed to disarm him, bound him up and put him out of the house. Then when she returned later he was gone. He had come into the house bringing a suitcase and a briefcase. Maggie hid these things. Mitch was found by his brother, Ray, who took him to his own house and left him there. The next time Mitch was seen it was as a corpse. The suitcase was full of money, and the briefcase held a computer program which might be valuable. Barbara was trying to get Maggie out of the mess, while getting the money turned over to her as recompense for the 17 years of child support she never got from Mitch. But, in the midst of all of this, Mitch’s brother, Ray, is accused of the murder. The family wants her to represent Ray, but she can’t while she’s still involved with Maggie due to conflict of interest. In the end, she works out the conflict and defends him, and subjects herself and her father to even more danger. This book was too full of court dialogue. I love to read court scenes, but there was too much even for me here. But it was very good dialogue. Wilhelm’s later books got even better.


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