Bearing Witness: A Rachel Gold Novel

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Savvy attorney Rachel Gold wanted no part of any age discrimination case against Beckman Engineering-a corporate powerhouse known both for its good deeds and for its nasty pack of litigation pit bulls. But, when pressured, Rachel reluctantly agrees to represent her mother's best friend, Ruth, who was axed by Beckman just shy of her sixty-third birthday.

As she feared, things get ugly fast as Beckman's lawyers try every dirty tactic possible to tarnish her client's reputation. But Rachel soon discovers that Ruth had stumbled upon a dark secret, or at least the possibility of one, during her years at Beckman-a secret that just might help even the odds in the lawsuit.

Suddenly, their ordinary case mutates into something far more sinister. Skeletons-both in and out of the closet-start piling up as Rachel probes a mystery that spans decades of treachery, bribery, and cold-blooded murder. As Rachel's key witnesses are murdered, one by one, Rachel realizes that she faces a shadowy conspiracy from the past with a deadly grip on the present . . .

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Rachel Gold, a St. Louis attorney, doesn't think much of her client's chances for succeeding in an age-discrimination suit against one of the city's biggest engineering firms. Only her mother's plea that she represent Ruth Alpert convinces Rachel to take on what looks like a sure loser, until Ruth mentions her suspicions that her former employer has been involved in rigging bids for government contracts with five other regional construction-related companies. Tracking the bidding process is a tedious job, more suited for a powerful law firm with plenty of resources than for Rachel's more modest practice. But with the help of a law school professor who's an old friend and his eager minions of young students, Rachel soon uncovers a conspiracy that's more than an illegal bidding scam and much older than she is.

Before World War II, Nazis channeled looted gold to anti-Semitic sympathizers in the American Midwest, some of whom are still alive and are closely connected to a contemporary group of Aryan nation skinheads led by a charismatic preacher known as the Spider. Rachel's age-discrimination case quickly morphs into a much deadlier enterprise. The bodies pile up as her key witnesses are murdered and the defendant and his allies move to locate and destroy the 50-year-old evidence that could ruin them. With a fascinating historical background and a likable heroine, this taut little thriller, the sixth in the Rachel Gold series, sheds new light on an obscure era in the American heartland. --Jane Adams

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Michael A. Kahn is the award-winning author of several novels, including Trophy Widow, Bearing Witness and Death Benefits. Publisher's Weekly has praised Mr. Kahn's novels for their "intelligent, breezy dialogue and clever plotting" and writes that his latest novel, Trophy Widow, "shows off his trademark lightning repartee and captivating setup."

A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kahn began his literary career writing free-lance feature articles for Chicago Magazine while teaching fifth grade in the Chicago public schools. He is now a trial attorney in St. Louis and has been selected for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America, the definitive guide to legal excellence.

The father of five children, he wrote his first novel on airplanes and in hotel rooms while working on an out-of-town lawsuit. He did it on a dare from his wife, who got sick of hearing him announce, each time he finished a paperback thriller that he'd purchased at an airport newsstand, "I could write a better book than this." "Then write one," she finally said, "or shut up."

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