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But when the sister of "Baby Killer" Kennerman asks for help, Barbara reluctantly looks into matters and finds...

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Overview

A gripping, poignant, and masterful courtroom novel, The Best Defense is a major work from one of America's most popular writers.

After her recent harrowing experiences, attorney Barbara Holloway isn't looking to take on any new courtroom cases; instead she's happy working from a booth in a café in the local working-class neighborhood.

But when the sister of "Baby Killer" Kennerman asks for help, Barbara reluctantly looks into matters and finds that incompetent lawyers and a smear campaign from the local right-wing press are going to allow a killer to go free. The deeper Barbara delves into the case, the more atrocities she finds and the more she believes that the best defense may not be enough.

With this extraordinary novel, Kate Wilhelm returns to the marvelous milieu of Death Qualified, bringing us a page-turning legal thriller of the finest caliber.

Oregon-based defense attorney Barbara Holloway didn't want another emotionally devastating courtroom case, until the sister of "Baby Killer" Kennerman came to her with a case she couldn't refuse. From the author of Death Qualified and Justice For Some. Martin's Press.

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Emily Melton
Attorney Barbara Holloway has given up on her father's dream for her to become a successful lawyer. The deaths of both Barbara's mother and her lover have deeply affected her, and now she lives on the tiny salary she makes helping the poor who can't pay for "real" legal services. When Lucille Reiner first asks Barbara to help her sister, Barbara has no idea that Lucille's sister is Paula Kemmerman, dubbed the "Baby Killer" by the press after her six-year-old daughter was burned to death, allegedly by a temporarily deranged Paula. The more Barbara investigates, the more certain she becomes that Paula is the innocent victim both of a right-wing fundamentalist with an ax to grind and of a legal system that has turned its back on an innocent woman. This latest in the Barbara Holloway series reaffirms veteran sf and mystery author Wilhelm's mastery of yet another genre--the courtroom drama. An action-filled thriller guaranteed to please current fans and create many new Wilhelm converts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449223147
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Series: Barbara Holloway Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 422
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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