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The Dead Hand
by Michael A. Kahn


Overview - Dead hand is the English translation of the Latin term mortmain, which the law dictionary defines as the influence of the past regarded as controlling the present. For Rachel Gold, a more accurate term would be zombies. In particular, the wealthy zombies who seek to control the living and especially their families from the grave through legal documents prepared before they died.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Dead hand is the English translation of the Latin term mortmain, which the law dictionary defines as the influence of the past regarded as controlling the present. For Rachel Gold, a more accurate term would be zombies. In particular, the wealthy zombies who seek to control the living and especially their families from the grave through legal documents prepared before they died. In The Dead Hand, Rachel represents two women one a widow, one a divorcee in a pair of nasty zombie lawsuits, the outcome of each of which hinges upon a clause in a dead man s document. Rachel s client Cyndi Mulligan is the young trophy widow of the late Bert Mulligan, a billionaire entrepreneur whose last will and testament left his estate to Cyndi s daughter. The challenge comes from Bert s angry first wife and her angrier only son. Their claim: Cyndi s daughter born eleven months after Bert s death cannot possibly be Bert s child. Rachel s other client is Marsha Knight, the ex-wife of the wealthy founder of a women s lingerie manufacturer. She s been sued by his widow, who seeks to invalidate Marsha s divorce settlement and, in the process, impoverish her through invocation of the ancient and nearly inscrutable Rule against Perpetuities. As the trial date approaches in each lawsuit, the threats to Rachel and her two clients begin to escalate. Zombies, as Rachel discovers, are hard to kill, and so are their lawsuits."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464206795
  • ISBN-10: 1464206791
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 238
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.51 x 0.54 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.67 pounds

Series: Rachel Gold Mysteries

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Kahn’s 10th mystery featuring St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold (after 2014’s Face Value) is more law-school textbook than legal thriller. The eponymous dead hand is an archaic term that refers to a person’s attempt while alive to control his or her assets beyond the grave into perpetuity. Rachel must grapple with two such cases at the same time. One client is Cyndi Mulligan, a widow being sued by her stepson, who had a falling out with his late father over the family business. The other is Marsha Knight, a dead millionaire’s first wife in danger of losing her divorce settlement through the machinations of the deceased’s young widow. Long expository legal passages are relieved by the lively supporting characters, who include Rachel’s supportive law partner, Jacki Brand; jolly lawyer friend Benny Goldberg; and Rachel’s matchmaking mother. Kahn’s signature diverting and snappy banter is a plus. (Sept.)

 
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