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Death Qualified: A Mystery of Chaos Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barbara Holloway Mysteries Release Date:
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Five years ago, Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: “I need you.”

Nell Kendricks’ husband disappeared seven years earlier, abandoning his young family. Nell hasn’t seen him since—until the day he arrives at the edge of her property and is shot, instantly killed. Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. Frank knows he cannot win the case alone and calls upon his daughter, Barbara.

Barbara is determined to stay distanced from the case, but the more she learns, the more questions she finds herself asking. Is Nell innocent, as Frank attests? Where has Lucas Kendricks been for the past seven years? Despite her vow, Barbara finds herself drawn to the case and reclaims the search for truth that first led her to the law.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sensitive, thought-provoking, and involving, Death Qualified is an unqualified success.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Unlike most writers of legal thrillers, Wilhelm cares as much about her characters as she does about her courtrooms—which is why her books are such genuine pleasures.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “One of the masters of psychological fiction in America.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Veteran writer Wilhelm has produced another intricate, many-layered novel, in equal parts murder mystery, science fiction, psychological study and consideration of legal ethics.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wilhelm is a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama.”

    Library Journal  

  • A New York Times Notable Book of 1991

Listener Reviews

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Edi | 2/18/2014

    " Intellectual mystery...lawyer works with father to solve case "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Kathy | 2/16/2014

    " Suspenseful murder mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Deb Mjaatvedt | 2/15/2014

    " I may need to take a break from books for a bit because I'm having a really rough go of it lately. This was horrendous. I'm not sure if it's me or what, but yikes, I struggled mightily with the beginning, skipped the middle and read the last 25 pages just to finish it. I was hoping for a great new-to-me serial, but this one won't get a second audition. Maybe I should catch up on some back issues of magazines that are piling up... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Dawn Hadley | 2/8/2014

    " Super weird! Very hard to follow. Surreal with a disquieting ending. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.