The Resource The dead hand : a Rachel Gold mystery, Michael Kahn

The dead hand : a Rachel Gold mystery, Michael Kahn

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The dead hand : a Rachel Gold mystery
Title
The dead hand
Title remainder
a Rachel Gold mystery
Statement of responsibility
Michael Kahn
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Attorney Rachel Gold has her hands full with two new cases involving arcane rules of inheritance. In one, trophy widow Cyndi Mulligan wants to make sure that the estate of her late husband, Bert, will go to her daughter. The deceased's first wife is challenging the will because the child was born 11 months after Bert died. The second case deals with Marsha Knight, the ex-wife of a deceased lingerie manufacturer. The man's widow is suing to contest Marsha's divorce settlement using the difficult Rule against Perpetuities. This will leave Marsha destitute. Rachel, with some help from her brilliant friend Benny and associate Jacki, will do their research to find a way to win these "zombie cases." While she continues to work, her mother is playing matchmaker and Rachel, a widow, may have a new romantic interest. Readers who enjoy legal procedurals will find the complex reasoning involved in these cases satisfying. Kahn, a lawyer with a good sense of humor, uses a light touch to make complicated points of law accessible and even enjoyable as mystery fare
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Summary
"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 wealthyzombies 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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Character
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10527826
Cataloging source
BT
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1952-
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Kahn, Michael
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Rachel Gold Series
Series volume
10
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  • Inheritance and succession
  • Administration of estates
Target audience
adult
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a Rachel Gold mystery
Label
The dead hand : a Rachel Gold mystery, Michael Kahn
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781464206771
Lccn
2016931156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The dead hand : a Rachel Gold mystery, Michael Kahn
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
227 pages
Isbn
9781464206771
Lccn
2016931156
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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