Heaven Is High is the latest in the Barbara Holloway series that I've been reading for years. There are 12 in the series, and I haven't read them all, just the ones the library has, but I enjoy these legal mysteries. This novel isn't a courtroom drama, really, so the cover is misleading, but Barbara Holloway is a lawyer, and her cases all involve mystery and suspense.
Barbara is a courageous and compassionate advocate for her clients. In Heaven Is High, Barbara is attempting to block the deportation of Binnie, a young woman and a mute to Haiti. The more she discovers about the case, the more suspicious she becomes about the reasons and individuals behind the tips that brought Binnie to the attention of the Immigration Service.
Time is short, and Barbara decides to go to Belize to attempt to persuade Binnie's grandfather to establish that Binnie is not a native of Haiti. Once there, however, she discovers that the grandfather has recently been murdered . Her next step is to locate Binnie's aunt, but Barbara discovers that she herself is in danger.
These are not cozy novels, but neither are the hard-edged, darker type of authors like Jo Nesbo.
I was not aware that Wilhelm also wrote SF and has won a Hugo and 3 Nebula awards. Will have to look into this side of the author.
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Fiction. Mystery/Legal thriller. 2011. 304 pages.