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The Dead Hand

(2016)
(The tenth book in the Rachel Gold series)
A novel by

 
 
"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.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Dead Hand (Rachel Gold Mysteries)
Author(s): Michael Kahn
ISBN: 1-4642-0677-5 / 978-1-4642-0677-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Dead Hand: A Rachel Gold Mystery (Large Print 16pt)
Author(s): Michael A Kahn
ISBN: 1-5252-3150-2 / 978-1-5252-3150-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dead Hand (Rachel Gold Mysteries)
Author(s): Michael Kahn
ISBN: 1-4642-0679-1 / 978-1-4642-0679-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dead Hand (Rachel Gold Mysteries)
Author(s): Michael Kahn
ISBN: 1-4642-0678-3 / 978-1-4642-0678-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dead Hand: A Rachel Gold Mystery (Rachel Gold Mysteries Book 10)
Author(s): Michael A Kahn
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU