Six Bills by M. Diane Vogt
(Wilhelmina Carson Novels)

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Billie Jo Steam has been languishing for thirty years in prison for the 1972 murder of her husband, lead singer of a local rock band. Her son Harris is determined to prove her innocence, but powerful and mysterious obstacles stand in his way. If only the other members of the band Six Bills would spill a long-kept secret about Trey Steam's death...

When Wilhelmina Carson, a no-nonsense United States District Court Judge, is presented with the facts of the case she is convinced that Billie Jo Steam is innocent. Determined to right the wrongs of a justice system in which she believes. Willa pulls out all the stops, including the use of genetic testing and her most distinguished political connections, to give Billie Jo back her family and her freedom. But there isn't much time to celebrate...

Only days after Billie Jo is finally exonerated, another tragedy strikes the Steam family and the Tampa police think Harris is the culprit. Now Willa is entangled in a messy case for which she feels partly responsible, and it is up to her to clear Harris Steam's name and solve two murders! To do so, she must make use of modern DNA technology while digging deep into the Woodstock days of the victims' past. At the top of her list of suspects are the former members of the local band Six Bills; young musicians who were so enmeshed that "they had no idea where one of them ended and the other began." The deeper Willa delves into this timeworn case and the complex relationships that surround it, the more she realizes that there are still many people in Tampa-from pillars of the community, to old hippies, to friends and co-workers-who will do whatever it takes to keep the past buried.


About M. Diane Vogt

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M. Diane Vogt is the author of the Judge Wilhelmina Carson legal mysteries. A lawyer by training and in practice for over twenty years, Diane is also a nationally recognized speaker and educator. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, serving as the editor of the Florida Chapter's newsletter and member of the Board. She served as a member of the MWA's Edgar Committee for Best Paperback Original published in 2002, presenter at the Edgar Symposium in 2002 and 2003, and editor of the 2003 Edgar Annual. She is also an active member of Sisters in Crime and has appeared as a panelist at numerous mystery conferences. Diane lives with her husband Robert and Schnauzer Molly in Tampa and northern Michigan.
Published September 1, 2003 by New Millennium. 331 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When pop star Harris Steam persuades the judge to reopen the case of his mother, Billie Jo Steam, convicted of murdering her bandleader husband in 1972, Willa secures Billie Jo's release from prison only to hear later that Billie Jo in turn has been murdered and Harris is the chief suspect.

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Wilhelmina Carson is a federal judge who has been asked to assist Harris Steam in getting his mother out of prison for killing his father, Trey Steam.

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