Bearing Witness (Rachel Gold Series #6)

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It began as a routine age-discrimination lawsuit, but when a key witness is gunned down in her Cadillac, savvy, up-and-coming attorney Rachel Gold finds herself with a case far older and far more dangerous than she and her sixty-three-year-old client understand." "How has Beckman Engineering, the powerful St. Louis construction monolith, been managing to rake in exorbitant profits from government contracts for over fifty years? And where has over half a century's worth of dirty money been going? The skeletons - ...
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Overview

It began as a routine age-discrimination lawsuit, but when a key witness is gunned down in her Cadillac, savvy, up-and-coming attorney Rachel Gold finds herself with a case far older and far more dangerous than she and her sixty-three-year-old client understand." "How has Beckman Engineering, the powerful St. Louis construction monolith, been managing to rake in exorbitant profits from government contracts for over fifty years? And where has over half a century's worth of dirty money been going? The skeletons - both in and out of the closet - pile up as Rachel delves into a mystery with ties that span two oceans and six decades of treachery, bribery, and cold-blooded murder." "With the help of the unconventional professor Benny Goldberg, his hotshot law students, and the extraordinary prosecutor Jonathan Wolf, Rachel feels she has a chance at digging up the answers. But when someone - or something - keeps killing her key witnesses, Rachel realizes she's stumbled onto an age-old conspiracy with a deadly grip on the present.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kahn's latest legal thriller sets his series protagonist (and narrator) against a Goliath law firm and a crew of ex- and neo-Nazis in an intricate St. Louis civil suit. A secretary's age-discrimination case against litigious Beckman Engineering leads Rachel Gold to discover a multimillion-dollar bid-rigging conspiracy, which becomes the basis for a new and far more consequential suit. Beckman's no-goodnik law firm Roth & Bowles retaliate with volleys of counterclaims, metric tons of irrelevant evidence and an array of tactical harassment. Other parties strike back violently--an angry ex-wife with all the dirt on Beckman is gunned down before Rachel's eyes. Rachel's lawyer boyfriend, Jonathan Wolf, investigates Missouri's neo-Nazis for the state attorney general; he ties the gunmen to a skinhead group called the Spider. When Rachel, her law professor pal Benny and his students plow through boxes of Beckman info, they discover a six-firm cabal dating back to the 1940s, when an undercover Jewish activist kept tabs on St. Louis's powerful anti-Semites. Could the cabal be linked to the Spider as well? Though much of the plot involves library research, Kahn (a St. Louis lawyer himself) renders it all exciting; what could be bookish tedium becomes a treasure hunt over perilous ground and a chance to look at some of the stranger, darker parts of real Midwestern history. Kahn (Death Benefits; Grave Designs) makes civil law seem almost glamorous. Rachel must confront huge corporations, take on a hostile judge who favors the well-heeled, outmaneuver violent white supremacists and meanwhile try to maintain a love life. Rachel and Jonathan's differing brands of Judaism flesh out both their characters--and give their romance some comedy, since Jonathan's Orthodox beliefs forbid premarital sex. Though neither his prose nor his people transcend their genre, Kahn's likable characters and well-managed plots make this entertaining read a solid addition to its series. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From The Critics
"You'll adore Rachel Gold."-James Warren, Chicago Tribune

"This novel is addictive. Kahn continues to set a higher and higher Gold standard."-John Lutz, bestselling author of The Night Watcher and SWF Seeks Same

"If I needed a lawyer, I'd want one like Rachel Gold. She's smart, determined, and creative."-St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312848835
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/2/2000
  • Series: Rachel Gold Series , #6
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael A. Kahn is the award-winning author of several novels, including Trophy Widow, Bearing Witness and Death Benefits. Publisher's Weekly has praised Mr. Kahn's novels for their "intelligent, breezy dialogue and clever plotting" and writes that his latest novel, Trophy Widow, "shows off his trademark lightning repartee and captivating setup."

A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kahn began his literary career writing free-lance feature articles for Chicago Magazine while teaching fifth grade in the Chicago public schools. He is now a trial attorney in St. Louis and has been selected for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the definitive guide to legal excellence.

The father of five children, he wrote his first novel on airplanes and in hotel rooms while working on an out-of-town lawsuit. He did it on a dare from his wife, who got sick of hearing him announce, each time he finished a paperback thriller that he'd purchased at an airport newsstand, "I could write a better book than this." "Then write one," she finally said, "or shut up."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    Bearing Witness to 'Bearing Witness'

    Except for an unpublished manuscript by my attorney son, one of the most entertaining, suspenseful stories I've read in a long time. I was hooked from the first few pages and could hardly put the book down. Terrific, believable characters. Would make an excellent movie if the author is allowed to do the screenplay. I plan to read the author's other books.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting legal thriller

    <P>Perhaps the toughest area of anti-discrimination law to prove is age discrimination. However, St. Louis lawyer Rachel Gold accepts the case of Ruth Alpert, a sixty-three year old secretary, suing her employer the Goliath, Beckman Engineering. Rachel finds a strong witness with plenty of evidence in Gloria Muller, former wife of a construction company CEO doing business with Beckman Engineering. However, in front of her eyes, gunmen kill Gloria. <P>Rather than dropping the now dangerous litigation, Rachel, with assistance, begins to review boxes of information on Beckman Engineering. She soon sees a link back to a World War II cabal, Jewish activism, and an anti-Semite group. How that all ties together with a modern day Neo-Nazi group requires more library research and persuading a judge who prefers the rich and famous to the common masses. <P> BEARING WITNESS is a pleasant surprise to anyone who has had to do extensive library research on a project. The astonishment is how exciting author Michael A. Kahn makes this tedious work seem. The story line is exciting and the tie-in between St. Louis¿ history and the present is cleverly constructed. Rachel and her boyfriend provide an insightful glimpse of the conflict between the assimilation of the Jewish people vs. the Orthodox tradition. Although the support cast never quite develops enough to propel the plot forward fast enough, Michael A. Kahn provides an entertaining novel that makes even paper research seem fun. <P>Harriet Klausner

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