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SLEIGHT OF HAND
by Kate Wilhelm

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Wilhelm's latest Barbara Holloway tale has a very strong plot and a number of deeply affecting conflicts. It harkens back to the bygone days of crime fiction in tone, yet has a very modern sensibility that should appeal even to those unfamiliar with the series.

A visit from her father's
old friend Wally Lederer ends in
attorney Barbara Holloway taking
on a new client. An entertainer with admittedly light fingers, Wally's been accused of theft by Jay Wilkins, a
figure from his past. Then Jay is murdered, and the police believe Wally
is responsible.

But Jay's wife is also found
dead -- possibly a suicide -- and
that alone sets off alarm bells for Barbara. Everything is not as it
seems, and unraveling this convoluted case should be its own reward, but
the reverse is true -- at least for Barbara. (Mira, Sep., 384 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer

Publisher: Mira

Published: September 2006

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