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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barbara Holloway Mysteries Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455178643
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Trial lawyer Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases and winning them. But this time it looks as though she’s up against an unbeatable opponent—the lawyer who taught her everything she knows.

The trial involves the murder of Gus Marchand, a hard-working, God-fearing man who is found dead on his kitchen floor. The locals cast their suspicions toward Alex Feldman, Marchand’s hideously deformed neighbor, without any real evidence linking him to the crime. At the request of a fellow attorney, Barbara agrees to defend him.

The other suspect is the high school principal, Hilde Franz, who’d had an argument with the dead man earlier that week. But Hilde also happens to be an old friend of Barbara’s father, Frank, who has agreed to defend him in court. For the first time in her career, Barbara cannot turn to her father for advice. Quite the contrary: she has to stay one step ahead of him if she’s to have any hope of saving her client. Because she knows only too well what kind of legal mind she’s up against.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As usual, Wilhelm devises a clever plot and peoples it with a cast of well-developed, fully human and complex characters...A solid page turner that should delight the prolific Wilhelm’s many fans.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Wilhelm’s sixth Barbara Holloway legal thriller sustains her reputation as a fine stylist who is able to craft compelling plots and characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Besides being a page-turner, the book offers real food for thought about attitudes toward the deformed physically as well as toward anyone who is ‘different’…These characters suffer the consequences of their actions and leave readers pondering their fates.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A satisfying read for thriller fans.”

    Booklist

  • “Fast-paced, plausible, and entertaining.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Sant | 1/3/2014

    " My favorite Barbara Holloway novel yet. It was well written, a good story, and compelling characters. I hope the trend continues with book 7. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 12/30/2013

    " I'm such a huge Kate Wilhelm fan. I always enjoy checking back in with Barbara, Frank, Bailey, and Shelley as they work through their cases. "

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

    " This was another amazing mystery by Kate Wilhelm. It teaches us not to judge people by appearance and is truly a "Beauty and the Beast" story as advertised. This was an excellent vacation read for me. "

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

    " Good Local color. Premise is different. No sympathy for the victim "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele Dawn | 5/1/2012

    " I like this author's characters. Interesting story, I'll be picking up other books by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/8/2011

    " This is another easy read (listen) on my MP3 while I am on the treadmill. I enjoy following the legal adventures of Barbara Holloway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/3/2011

    " I think this is the best Kate Wilhelm that I have read. Unique character interactions on top of the usual fine plotting and pacing. I will be very sad when I run out of these to listen to! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/17/2010

    " This book looks at how people are judged by appearances and what lies beneath these human surfaces. The main character tackles a case that revolves around the prejudices of society toward those with disfiguring accidents and appearances can work against a person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 8/27/2009

    " not to be judging by appearances "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/17/2009

    " This is one of the best Barbara Holloway books that I have read so far. The first chapter started out very slow for me, but it picked up fairly quickly after that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/7/2009

    " FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC!!!!! This whole Barbara Holloway series was Great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 5/17/2006

    " This was an audio version that malfunctioned halfway through. It wasn't good enough to try to find another copy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalee | 3/9/2006

    " This was a great find and enjoyable saga... not only a great plot, but touches on so many issues in the process! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 11/13/2005

    " Interesting and entertaining, good job as usual by Wilhelm "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raven | 10/17/2005

    " I found this book tedious. I ended up skipping about 75% of it just to read what happens; I don't think I missed much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pgchuis | 11/15/2004

    " Well-written and plotted and I do like a bit of courtroom action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/26/2004

    " One of her best so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/11/2004

    " One of the things I've especially enjoyed in the Barbara Holloway series is the way Wilhelm weaves medical/scientific story lines woven into the mystery/court room action. This one certainly fulfills that aspect as well as further developing the main and recurring characters. Another good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/19/2004

    " Well-done mystery-as-morality tale, psychological and social commentary arranged as a puzzle, well-drawn characters and an ending I didn't anticipate till quite near the conclusion What's not to like? "

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