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Review: Clear and Convincing Proof by Kate Wilhelm

ccpClear and Convincing Proof
(Barbara Holloway #7)
by Kate Wilhelm

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The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients–and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. But David McIvey, a brilliant surgeon whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, wants to change all that. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center–with himself at the helm–means that the rehab center will be forced to close its doors.

Since he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it’s not surprising to anyone, especially Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway, that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic’s doors early one morning, Barbara once again uses her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic who stand accused. And in her most perplexing case yet, Barbara is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide–the soul beneath the skin.

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Barbara Holloway is at it again, this time, finding the killer of the doctor who was supposed to close the non-profit rehabilitation clinic so he can turn it into a surgical hospital for profit. For the next few chapters, the reader would have two guesses as to who had done the deed. But everyone’s in for the big surprise when the real murderer emerged in the end.

I don’t know what is it about lawyers that always intrigued me. Somehow I always end up reading and liking courtroom dramas and crime fiction because of all the mysteries and suspense these put me through. Maybe it had to do with my father who was an attorney when he was alive and he graced me with stories about the cases he’d handled before. Maybe it also had to do with CSI and Law & Order and Criminal Minds that I loved watching on TV. Either way, I always find myself guessing the main culprit and rooting for the hotshot investigator as they unfurl the crime, one mystery at a time.

Kate Wilhelm and her Barbara Holloway books always keep me awake and captivated. If I am not mistaken, this is my 4th Holloway mysteries and it just keeps on getting better and better. She’s like the female version of Sidney Sheldon with all her twists and turns and shockers. I liked the complex mix of characters and diverse issues that Holloway was presented with. Wilhelm’s writing is magnificent.

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