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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (463 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barbara Holloway Mysteries Release Date:
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Who knew that being a Good Samaritan would lead Barbara Holloway to face her biggest challenge ever: being named prime suspect in a high-profile kidnapping?

Elizabeth Kurtz has taken her small son and fled her ex-husband and his mother after finding a file of explosive material incriminating the family. Although the wealthy family employs a detective agency to find her, she manages to elude them.

Defense attorney Barbara Holloway has sought seclusion in a cabin on the Oregon coast when her solitude is interrupted by a small boy who enlists her help with his unconscious mother. Once revived, the woman and her child disappear. Elizabeth Kurtz is again eluding searchers, and Barbara is accused of aiding and abetting a kidnapper. When Elizabeth finally contacts Barbara for help, Barbara finds the woman dead.

While Barbara defends Elizabeth’s housemate against murder charges, she herself is accused of obstruction of justice. Her life is put at risk as she takes on the killer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “MacDuffie’s riveting performance is commendable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Her carefully crafted approach to the legal thriller continues to separate Wilhelm from the competition.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Carrington MacDuffie turns in a splendid performance as Holloway…Her rich, cultured voice makes secondary characters multidimensional…Kate Wilhelm’s complex plot is filled with red herrings and surprises, and Carrington MacDuffie’s finesse makes this an audiobook not to be missed.”


  • “As always, genre veteran Wilhelm creates a thought-provoking, complex plot that will keep readers interested.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tania | 2/20/2014

    " not quite a 4 star but better than a 3 star "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Savannah | 2/13/2014

    " I'm not sure why I always pick up her books when we get them in, since they often subtly disappoint. Maybe it's that I forget that they are more like cozies than they are pitched. Also, the part about how she never explains where she is in the series plot, so you don't get filled back in on where she is with her relationships to the clearly recurring characters? No, I don't so much like that: I can't always pick titles up in strict sequence, and in this case, I'm even less motivated too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/3/2014

    " wilhelm myseries are a low stress read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna | 1/31/2014

    " Barbara Holloway has run away as she fears the commitment of a relationship with Darren and is afraid that she will disappoint him as she knows that she when she is mesmerized by a case, she forgets relationship responsibilities. Darren has been pushing for marriage so Barbara takes a 2 month vacation, traveling aimlessly. While on a deserted beach, she is approached by a 6 year old boy who drags her back to the cabin where his mother has been attacked and left for dead. Barbara calls for an ambulance and the police. When the woman takes off with the child, the police refuse to believe that Barbara doesn't know the woman or where she has gone. The in-laws asset that Elizabeth was kidnapping her son despite the fact that Elizabeth has custody and they have only seen the child a few times. Weeks later, Barbara receives a call from Elizabeth asking her to come to her hotel so she can get legal advise on what to do with some information that she removed from the files of her in-laws which would have great bearing on the prospective sale of the in-laws firm When Barbara gets to the scene, a young woman is dead. As she is calling the police, the police arrive accompanied by someone they say is Leonora, Elizabeth's friend who was raised as her sister. Barbara accepts this only to realize after she promises to help Leonora that Leonora is actually Elizabeth who is hiding from her murderous in-laws. If Barbara can't prove who is really responsible for the attack on Elizabeth and the supposed death of Elizabeth (actually Leonora), she and Elizabeth both may have very short lives. "

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About the Author
Author Kate Wilhelm

Kate Wilhelm is the bestselling author of dozens of novels and short-story collections. Among her novels are the popular courtroom thrillers featuring attorney Barbara Holloway. Her other works include the science fiction classic Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. Born in Ohio, she now lives in Eugene, Oregon.