When Gus Marchand, an extreme fundamentalist, is murdered, suspicion falls on Alexander Feldman, a brilliant but severely deformed youth, and Barbara Holloway is called to defend him.

Barbaras suspicion falls on Hilde Franz, a middle school principal whod had conflict with Marchand. Knowing that she is a suspect, Hilde calls on her old friend Frank Holloway, Barbaras father, for legal advice. For Barbara, the ultimate nightmare would be matching wits against her father, but the scenario never happens, as Hilde dies a mysterious death. With limited time, Barbara and Frank must join forces to discover the truth about Hildes death and save an innocent boy from jail.

Suspense and tension fly high in DESPERATE MEASURES. Ms. Wilhelm does a super job of combining courtroom drama with a classic detective story. (Jul., 400 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg