Retained by an anonymous woman to represent a young pianist who's been accused of murder, attorney Barbara Holloway has her work cut out for her. The prosecution appears to have a strong case against Carol Frederick, but it doesn't stand up to intense scrutiny—it's soon evident that Carol has been framed. But by whom, and for what purpose?

The answers lie deep in Carol's past, in events and people that she barely recalls. It falls to Barbara and her team of investigators to unravel the tangles of fact and fiction, and to keep Carol safe until the trial is over. No simple task, when it's impossible to tell who the real villains might be—and it's clear that they'll stop at nothing to keep the truth well-buried.

Wilhelm is a very gifted storyteller. She juggles an extremely complicated plot and a big cast of characters with seeming ease. Readers will no doubt eagerly await the next book in this series. (Sep., 368 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer