Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases—and winning them. 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 toward 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, giving police both motive and opportunity for the murder. Hilde is an old friend of Barbara’s father, Frank, a legendary attorney. Naturally, he’s going to defend her… Will Barbara have to square off against the man who taught her all she knows?
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it. I had a suspicion about half way through who did the deed because the name wasn't mentioned much. But I couldn't put the book down. I definitely recommend this book. --K--
This is my first Wilhelm book -- has to be one of THE best books I have ever read. Now I will look for her others!! She is totally believable and keeps things moving so smoothly!! If you like mysteries -- courtroom, etc. -- READ her books!!
I'm only at chapter 5 and I can't put the book down! It's so good. It sweares a bunch in the begining but it fades out. And I love bookes that get you hooked it the very begining. And thats what this book does. I think everyone who picks this book up will have a very hard time putting it down. And I think teens would also like this book cause I'm one. I'm 15 and I hate to read, but I love this book.
Alexander Feldman was born with the face of a monster. To make matters worse, his beautiful-looking vain parents wanted him out of their sight. At fourteen unable to accept further rejection or the stunned stares, Alex tried suicide. He failed and Dr. Graham Mirick accepts responsibility for the distressed teen. The duo moves to Oregon where Alex learns to channel his anger and soon grows into an outstanding citizen though he stays by himself. However, a young girl tells a series of lies that leads to a chain of events culminating with the police charging Alex with murder. Barbara Holloway agrees to defend Alex on a case that she knows she will lose if she can¿t find some holes in the prosecution¿s case. Kate Wilhelm is one of the Supreme Court members when it comes to legal procedures that grab the interest of the audience. Her latest tale includes a female Perry Mason(ette) for the new century. Using the theme of not judging a book by its cover, the man with the monster¿s visage is the most beautiful character in DESPERATE MEASURES (think of The Man Without a Face). Harriet Klausner