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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: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455179572
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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 Opinions

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

    " Suspenseful murder mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 Dawn Hadley | 2/8/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn Ainsworth | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting storyline and characters. Kept me reading to the end, although I scanned over bits with duplicate recounting of char. actions and too much back story or description. When these got in the way of my following the plot, I scanned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 1/26/2014

    " I expected a legal thriller, courtroom drama kind of thing but this is much more than that. This book is about the power of the mind and ideas. There is a stron "twin peaks" feeling here. Even the storyline shares a lot in common with that magically horrifying first season of Twin Peaks. The setting of the Pacific Northwest, the grisly rape-murder, the reference to a shadowy "other world" are all so much like that atmospheric televsion show. I did enjoy reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2014

    " Good plot, appropriate detail and the pace moves well. Barbara Halloway is a strong character- but also full of contradictions. The relationship between father and daughter is layered and complicated, but at times very simple. A great read, which caused me to pick up others in the series. (Always great to stumble across such a great series/group of characters!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Ed | 1/12/2014

    " I think this was the first book I read. It got me hooked on all the people in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/10/2014

    " Overall I found the book entertaining. Without giving away what happens, I will say that I found some of the story line a bit far fetched, that is why I gave it three stars. I liked the writing style and will read more of Kate Wilhelm's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger | 1/8/2014

    " I read this a while ago, so I think I liked it, kind of like the firm, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/27/2013

    " Wow! Loved this. The ending was startling and very sad, looking forward to reading the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/13/2013

    " A light mystery with a touch of psycho thriller. Entertaining, but not substantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 12/7/2013

    " i haven't been this addicted to a book in a long, long time. the murder mystery makes a come back, and allows for character development (at least of the main character) as well as plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/2/2013

    " Barbara Holloway #1 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/8/2012

    " Whew! What a page turner, SF elements to myster "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/4/2012

    " Listening to the audio book, and it's a little difficult to concentrate on. I had to restart it several times for it to sink in....we'll see. I usually have to finish a book whether I like it or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/13/2012

    " It went unexpected places. That's usually a good thing, but in this book I felt that the author lost control of the story and decided to take a goofy way out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Moon | 11/4/2012

    " It was a decent lawyer drama book. I actually listened to it and I'm not sure I like the reader. Prob would have been better if I had read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 5/13/2012

    " Way fun with all the Oregon references. Listened to this on audio from the library. I am hooked. On to the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Happy | 4/13/2012

    " psycho thriller/mystery. Not gory. very very good! makes you think and wonder!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 3/22/2012

    " I enjoyed the book very much but was a little disappointed with the ending. I suppose I'll have to read the next book to see if there is any more to learn about the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 8/29/2011

    " I actually enjoyed this book a lot. It was very complex and nice and long. I could really get involved in it. It makes me want to spend some time in Eugene, Oregon and surrounds. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynn | 4/9/2011

    " Just not a very gripping plot. I quit. Life's too short to read bad books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/5/2011

    " Wow! Loved this. The ending was startling and very sad, looking forward to reading the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Whew! What a page turner, SF elements to myster "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 7/30/2010

    " This was a audiobook an could have been a 4.5 but it got kind of slow towards the end. Wilhelm's attention to detail was evident in the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melani | 7/26/2010

    " Not an earth shatteringly good mystery, but it passed the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LInda | 3/27/2010

    " A light mystery with a touch of psycho thriller. Entertaining, but not substantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 1/28/2010

    " Great book. Listened to it on my iPod. Surprising ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/14/2010

    " Couldn't finish it - a rare event for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 9/6/2009

    " Kind of long but good "

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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

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.