Search Results: "Kate Wilhelm"


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DEFENSE FOR THE DEVIL by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1999

"Despite the often faceless characters—Ray's wife, for instance, is a cipher, and Ray himself barely more—Wilhelm's skill in spinning out endless complications while keeping every subplot perfectly clear makes this legal thriller her best in years."
Murder once again conceals a host of even dirtier secrets in this latest case for Oregon attorney Barbara Holloway (Malice Prepense, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SMART HOUSE by Kate Wilhelm
Released: Feb. 21, 1989

Two variations on the locked-room puzzle: the first, a murder in a sealed-off Jacuzzi; the next, a murder in a closed elevator. Read full book review >

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SKELETONS by Kate Wilhelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2002

"Even then, old pro Wilhelm (Desperate Measures, 2001, etc.) presents the women in Lee's family with such psychological acuity that you can't help caring about them."
No degree, no job, no boyfriend, no prospects for floundering underachiever Lee Donne, whose most prestigious position is housesitting for her grandfather while he's off lecturing on Shakespeare. Read full book review >

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DESPERATE MEASURES by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Still, the deft and able Wilhelm makes it all fast-paced, plausible, and entertaining."
Alex Feldman's facial deformities were so severe his elegant, status-conscious parents were all too pleased to delegate his care to child psychologist Graham Minick when Alex was just a youngster. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD CHILDREN by Kate Wilhelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 1998

"Sensitive, moving, and gently haunting story about the two younger McNairs and their special kinship."
Four siblings are thrown on their own considerable resources when they're unexpectedly orphaned in this spooky, consolatory fable from veteran tale-spinner Wilhelm (Malice Prepense, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH QUALIFIED by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1991

"But the audacious scope of Wilhelm's cosmic riddling may spoil you for mysteries that merely ask whodunit."
Another heaven-storming hybrid of mystery and fantasy from veteran Wilhelm (Cambio Bay; Sweet, Sweet Poison, etc.): What's the link between a powerful mind-altering computer program and two murders in the Oregon woods? Read full book review >

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JUSTICE FOR SOME by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1993

"Fluent and accomplished, but altogether more routine than Death Qualified (1991), veteran fantasist Wilhelm's truly unusual last excursion into detection."
The morning after Judge Sarah Drexler arrives at her elderly father's place in East Shasta, Oregon, the old man, a water gardener, is pulled out of one of his own fountains; and a week later, news comes that a Fran Donatio, a private detective he'd hired, was killed on the road back home. Read full book review >

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SEVEN KINDS OF DEATH by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Charlie and Constance, however, still constitute one of mysterydom's better love stories."
Charlie and Constance (Sweet, Sweet Poison, etc.) are having an unspoken fight about attending a party for Constance's girlhood friend Marion—an artist who's having her first touring show in years. Read full book review >

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AND THE ANGELS SING by Kate Wilhelm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"An aptly titled and unusually successful departure from traditional storytelling—these tales, all but one of which were first published in Redbook, Omni, and other magazines, may serve to expand Wilhelm's readership."
This richly rewarding collection by the author of Death Qualified (1991), etc., easily transcends its science-fiction classification—focusing less on the vagaries of time and space than on the imaginations of characters struggling to come to terms with their fate. ``I know of no other writer who conveys so successfully the twin truths of our lives—that the world is at once so much better and so much worse than we imagine it to be,'' writes Karen Joy Fowler (Sarah Canary, 1991) in her foreword here. Read full book review >

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THE DEEPEST WATER by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"From the opening obsequies to the climactic game of cat and mouse, Wilhelm gilds the oh-so-familiar plot with a sensitivity that makes Abby's detective work seem like a logical extension of her grieving."
SF/fantasist Wilhelm interrupts her series of legal dramas starring Barbara Hollway (Defense for the Devil, 1999, etc.) for a stand-alone whodunit that develops into a did-he-do-it. Read full book review >

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A FLUSH OF SHADOWS by Kate Wilhelm
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 1995

"Even though most of her many novels are outside the mystery field, the taste for fantasy Wilhelm reveals here unleashes the archaic, primitive power the detective story had before it settled into the soothing rhythms of the whodunit."
Five substantial stories, two of them new, posing a suitably varied bill of fare for Wilhelm's indefatigable husband-and-wife sleuths, retired policeman Charlie Meiklejohn and psychologist Constance Leidl (Seven Kinds of Death, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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"Credible with well-defined characters and more hits than misses."
A professional couple asked to solve a missing-object mystery stumbles into a murder investigation. Read full book review >