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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312261438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312261436
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,928,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Jud Connors was a man with secrets, and after his murder in an isolated lakeside cabin in the Oregon Cascades, it's up to his daughter Abby to learn what they were in order to discover who killed him. The bestselling novelist left clues in his unfinished work, the final book in a trilogy, but first Abby must decipher them, translate her father's cryptic retelling of events that occurred in Southeast Asia long before she was born, and separate fact from fiction.
Abby was grateful for Felicia's matter-of-factness, her steadiness; she had read the entire novel, she knew exactly what Willa and Abby were going through now, and she was the calm storm center that was holding them both together, keeping them from dissolving into tears. Hesitantly Abby asked, "Did the girl, Sammy, did she die that day?"

"I don't know," Felicia said. "For Link the war ended that day; he never referred to her again. I just don't know...."

With the help of Willa, Jud's lover, and Felicia, his closest friend, Abby learns that danger is closer to home than she'd imagined, a truth that's been telegraphed so far in advance that the reader is several steps ahead of the heroine. But the plot's rarely the thing in Kate Wilhelm's fine psychological thrillers. What counts is the lyrical writing, the decency of the protagonists, and the abiding affection Wilhelm feels for her lovingly described Northwest landscape. A welcome addition to her long list of titles, including the popular Barbara Holloway thrillers, The Deepest Water may not be Wilhelm's strongest to date, but is nonetheless a well-written, nicely paced outing. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Set in and around her own Eugene, Ore., prolific Wilhelm's latest tale (after The Good Children) of psychological suspense reinforces the solid reputation she's earned for her 40-odd books published since 1963. Abby Connors is mourning the death of her father, bestselling novelist Jud Vickers, at the age of 48. Jud was a womanizing former ne'er-do-well who had recently found success, only to be murdered at his remote lakefront cabin. The local police baffled, Abby soon finds herself doing her own sleuthing, much to the dismay of her husband, Brice, a financial planner who was always jealous of Jud's primary place in Abby's heart. As Abby investigates further, she discovers secrets in Jud's past as well as an unfinished novel. Aware that Jud always based characters and events on people he actually knew, Abby begins to wonder: does the identity of the murderer and the motive lie within those unpublished pages? The brief forays into Jud's novel within the novel are sometimes over-the-top, and some readers may feel cheated by the subtle, nonconfrontational climax. The star of the book, strangely, is the cabin itself, a perversely menacing version of a Thomas Kincade painting and a deliciously eerie setting for the mystery and murder, beckoning the reader to step inside. Then, too, Abby is a plucky heroine whose steely patience serves her well even amid grief and bewilderment. Meanwhile, the ever-present specter of the murdererAcasting doubt on the behavior of everyone Abby has contact withAkeeps the edginess quotient high. (Oct.)
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More About the Author

Born in 1928, Kate Wilhelm the author of more than thirty novels including Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang and The Unbidden Truth. Her work has been adapted for TV and film and translated into twenty languages. She has been awarded the Prix Apollo, Kurd Lasswitz, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards. In 2003, she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Her short fiction appeared in landmark anthologies such as Again Dangerous Visions, Orbit, The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women, and The Norton Book of Science Fiction. A cofounder of the Clarion Writers' Workhops, she continues to host monthly writing workshops in Eugene, Oregon.

Customer Reviews

Great suspense at the end!
Shawna J. Hansen
Finally, deciding she needs closure, she examines his last unpublished novel thinking she will find the clue to uncover the identity of the culprit.
Harriet Klausner
The characters are well thought out and come to life.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Abby Connor is stunned when her father Jud, a noted novelist is murdered near an Oregon lake. Being closer to her dad than even her spouse, Abby goes through the motion of living. She struggles with her current relationships as a vacuum has left her prime connection severed. However, a revelation strikes her that Jud had to have known his killer because the dogs must have recognized the culprit.

Abby begins reevaluating her life and those currently in her life. She searches for a greater understanding of her father and ultimately his untimely death. Finally, deciding she needs closure, she examines his last unpublished novel thinking she will find the clue to uncover the identity of the culprit.

THE DEEPEST WATER is an intriguing suspense thriller due to Abby, as complete a protagonist as found in a novel. The tale starts innocently at a funeral, but builds up in tension as Abby regains her equilibrium and soon obsesses over her father's murder. The support cast provides grit to the novel as several individuals "advise" Abby on what she should do next. The enthralling story line will entice the audience to find other works by Kate Wilhelm.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on September 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are like me, you like nothing better than to lose yourself in an engrossing novel where time seems to be standing still for a few moments. I have to recommend this book. It is one of those novels where you take it to your favorite reading corner and with a cup of hot tea or coffee, you make yourself comfortable and lose yourself in this book.
Jud Connors is a successful writer who is found murdered in his cabin. His daughter, Abby, finds her world falling apart ~~ who would want her dad dead? After she recovers from the shock, she goes on a hunt for her dad's murderer ... only to realize that she is the murderer's next target as she stands to gain her father's inheritance.
This is Wilhem's newest novel but it's nothing like her other novels. It is suspenseful enough to keep you hooked to find out who the murderer is. And she leaves enough hints throughout the novel to point to the murderer. However, it is not a nail-biting suspense novel ~~ it's just enough to keep you immersed into the book until you get to the last page.
If you're looking for a book to get lost in for a few hours, I highly recommend this book. Wilhem doesn't disappoint you here as she writes with her usual flair for words and descriptions of scenery ~~ and draws you closer to the murderer's lair of deceits and lies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like mysteries with a strong psychological twist, this one may be right up your alley. On the other hand, if you like your mysteries full of action, intrigue and danger, better to pass this one up. After her father, Jud Connors, is found brutally murdered, his daughter, Abby, is determined to find out who killed him. While far from perfect and prone to womanizing, Abby's father, a famous writer, is not the sort of man who made enemies easily and there doesn't seem to be a single person who held a grudge against him. As Abby delves into his writings, however, she begins to uncover layers about her father's life -and past.
I read this one in a quick gulp, staying up to finish it in a single evening. I saw the killer early on but still found the "whys" and "hows" of the mystery intriguing enough to want to keep reading. This isn't Wilhelm's best work but won't disappoint both her loyal fans and readers new to the author's work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on November 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Devastated by her novelist father's baffling murder, Abby Connors throws herself into her task as literary executor, discovering new depths to the man who has remained, despite her two marriages and his own emotional barricades, the central man in her life. Grounded in psychological suspense,"The Deepest Water" explores the process of fiction and the sometimes inexplicable bond between father and daughter.
Defying her husband's jealousy and disapproval, Kate probes the blurred line between fact and fiction in her father's work, uncovering long buried secrets, discovering insights into herself and others, gaining new understanding of her father and moving ever closer to a dangerous, watchful murderer.
The novel is well-paced and plotted and Kate's almost obsessive digging seems a natural consequence of grief. The relationship between husband and wife seems shallow, however, the husband sketchily drawn and Kate's interactions with him sometimes overwrought. Nonetheless, this is an absorbing and rewarding thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Abby's father, a bestselling novelist, has been murdered. She alone, with her understanding of his writing style, has a chance to find the semi-autobiographical clues in his latest manuscript and unveil the true killer. Set in Oregon, the story moves quietly but quickly. Wilhelm layers the plot with surprising depth for a relatively short novel (278 pages).
Imagine a pleasing scene from a mountain road; imagine darkness coming over the valley; imagine shadows growing and becoming more threatening...This is Wilhelm's style here. She draws you quickly into the scenes, then begins hinting at the troubles ahead. The plot moves smoothly, the characters interact and brood accordingly, and the conclusion draws the loose ends together in a satisfying and sleek manner.
This was my first Wilhelm read. I'm tempted to pursue her other books, particularly since she is a local author. She captures the mood and personality of Oregon well. I enjoyed her readable style.
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