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3.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 53.16 out of 5 3.16 (32 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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455188666
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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.”

    AudioFile

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

    Booklist

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/31/2014

    " First of all, I'm a Barbara Holloway groupie and I look forward to any and all Barbara Holloway mysteries. I love her father Frank and wish he'd been my dad. I love reading about how they eat (Wilhelm's characters know how to make a great sandwich and put together a formal meal). I love Bailey the private detective and the cast of characters who live in Barbara's world. This series is terrific and I'm always left pining for the next and delighted when one appears. There are things I adore about this book and things I'm not wild about (sme plot things mostly). But the bigger issues Wilhelm explores, like greed and prejudice and inequity make for a compelling read, and there's so much tension in this book that once you start reading you will not put it down. Perfect airplane book or one to help tune out the family. It's a standalone book but I'd recommend reading Desperate Measures or Death Qualified first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine | 1/26/2014

    " Fun, interesting murder mystery. It has some twists and turns that you don't see coming. Not graphic or descriptive, but fast-paced and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 1/21/2014

    " This is one of my favorite mystery series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 1/15/2014

    " A Wrongful Death is my first Barbara Holloway legal thriller and I was instantly drawn to Barbara and her father, Frank. Although this book started out slowly, it picked up pace as the story unfolded. I will undoubtedly read more of the Barbara Holloway series in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 1/13/2014

    " Excellently written and twists at the end take you by surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/3/2014

    " Would have been better had I realized that this was part of a series and other books came before this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Idyllwilde | 12/13/2013

    " Four stars for a ho-hum-type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanoc | 12/8/2013

    " Borrowed from library to listen to in the car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/5/2013

    " I liked this book in the end but had set it aside for a while because it moves a little slow. it is a mystery solved by lawyers and their maneuvers from a legal view. I liked the family feel of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Birum | 11/21/2013

    " Fluff writing, but I'm attached to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine Gould | 11/17/2013

    " The Barbara Holloway books are always good -- and good reads! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/3/2013

    " Good book - recently discovered this author that I enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tfalcone | 9/30/2013

    " Interesting crime story, but a little slow moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 6/2/2013

    " This is an interesting enough tale, but with only one surprise and little suspense or excitement, there is little to raise it above the norm for the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/22/2013

    " This is my first Kate Wilhelmina book and I love it. I'll be looking for the rest of the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honor | 3/25/2013

    " Oh, I -do- believe I've found another legal thriller series to feed my ongoing addiction. :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 11/26/2012

    " I really like some of Kate Wilhelm's books. This is not one of them. Uneven and choppy. It hardly made sense to me at times. I warned my mom against it, otherwise she'd buy it. She thanked me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meno | 5/24/2012

    " A fine escapist mystery, as are all in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 4/28/2012

    " Not the best, not the worst Wilhelm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn Cleary | 9/7/2011

    " I found it very disjointed and hard to follow the plot. I did not finish reading the book. I had to give up on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine | 3/17/2011

    " Fun, interesting murder mystery. It has some twists and turns that you don't see coming. Not graphic or descriptive, but fast-paced and moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 11/19/2010

    " Excellently written and twists at the end take you by surprise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 3/27/2010

    " Not the best, not the worst Wilhelm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 12/5/2009

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honor | 7/13/2009

    " Oh, I -do- believe I've found another legal thriller series to feed my ongoing addiction. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/6/2009

    " Good book - recently discovered this author that I enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/11/2008

    " wilhelm myseries are a low stress read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanoc | 10/22/2008

    " Borrowed from library to listen to in the car. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.