Barbara Holloway is a low-key attorney in Eugene, Oregon, who left her father's high-powered firm to handle small legal problems for local residents and ponder her next move. But while trying to sort out her own future, two people, desperate for help, show up on her doorstep: former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she sneaked aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the US. Now Immigration is seeking to deport her back to Haiti, which would be a death sentence. Born to a woman from Belize who was kidnapped and enslaved by pirates, Binnie's only hope is to prove her and her mother's real identity. With only days to find the truth and protect Binnie, Holloway sets off for Belize. But what she knows is only the tip of the iceberg in what turns out to be one of her most complex, compelling, and dangerous cases yet.
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by Kate Wilhelm
"In Wilhelm's twelfth Barbara Holloway novel, the Eugene, Oregon, defense attorney whose previous trial maneuvers have galvanized listeners tries for a low profile. She's just helping out her neighbors by working to prevent a deportation. But, despite her best efforts, the compelling case overtakes her, bringing her to the jungles of Belize. Carrington MacDuffie effortlessly portrays a cast of native and non-native English speakers--an ex-NFL player, a retired Hollywood producer, a homicidal drug lord, and legitimate and illegitimate immigration and drug enforcement operatives. Binnie Owens, a deaf, nonverbal young woman who is fleeing slavery in Haiti, is at the center of the plot. MacDuffie's impeccable pauses bring to life in audio format a character who speaks with her hands. Amazing! M.C.T. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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