No Time For Death
Publication date: February 2012
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)
"Hawaii is a paradise, especially for real estate salesmen. But Ron Crockett, recently arrived from the mainland and amazingly successful in marketing properties, finds a serpent in paradise. The snake is in the form of his boss, Dale Matthias. Unloved while alive, he is a far worse problem when found dead in his office, since Ron is suspected of killing him. The evidence is overwhelming, and even Ron's attorney, Kay Yoshinobu, can't see how he can possibly be innocent or, worse yet, that any jury will believe he is.
There's motive (Dale had just fired him), means (the murder weapon—a golf club) right there by the body, and opportunity (Ron is discovered holding the club over his deceased employer just minutes after his death).
Inevitably, and over the protests of husband Sid Chu, Kay begins the search for other suspects—of which there are many—since Dale was adept at amassing enemies. Even more important is her growing conviction that Ron may in fact be innocent of the crime, though the circumstances of Dale's death seem to make that extremely unlikely—Ron seemingly having been the only one in the office at the time of Dale's demise.
Suspects range from Dale's wife and his ex-wife, to all of his employees, to angry clients and to virtually anyone who had dealings with him . . . and most of the likeliest suspects have no alibi for the time of his death.
But with no proof against anyone else, Ron's trial is inevitable, and the proceedings are exacerbated by a prosecuting attorney who sees a successful conviction as a step up to higher office.
Kay pulls out all the stops to defend Ron and, as it turns out, her legal skills may very well have been all too successful.
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