Desperate Measures by Kate Wilhelm
(Barbara Holloway Novels)

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Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases in the Pacific Northwest... and winning them. But this time it looks as though she's up against an unbeatable opponent.

The trial involves the murder of Gus Marchand, a hard-working, God-fearing man who was found dead on his kitchen floor. Without any real evidence linking him to the crime, the locals cast their suspicions towards Alex Feldman, Marchand's hideously deformed neighbor. At the request of a fellow attorney, Barbara agrees to defend him.

But another suspect is the high school principal, Hilde Franz, who'd had a contretemps with the dead man earlier that week. He had threatened to have her investigated and Hilde was seen near Marchand's property around the time of his death, giving police both a motive and an opportunity for murder. Hilde also happens to be an old friend of Barbara's father, Frank, so naturally, he's going to defend her.

Will Barbara have to square off against the man who taught her all she knows?

Desperate Measures is vintage Kate Wilhelm... which is to say, it's a page-turning delight.

About Kate Wilhelm

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Author Kate Wilhelm was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 8, 1928. Since publishing her first novel in 1963, she has written over thirty books in many genres including science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. She and her husband, Damon Knight, taught many authors and helped establish the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Milford Writer's Conference. She currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Published July 20, 2001 by Minotaur Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Alex Feldman's facial deformities were so severe his elegant, status-conscious parents were all too pleased to delegate his care to child psychologist Graham Minick when Alex was just a youngster.

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Wilhelm's sixth Barbara Holloway legal thriller (after No Defense and Defense for the Devil) sustains her reputation as a

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There is a real possibility (which Alex himself admits) that he is psychopathic, but he wasn't the only one with a motive: the high school principal was also at odds with Marchand, and she is a close friend of Frank Holloway, Barbara's father and mentor.

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