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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (24 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: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455177240
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Lara and Vinny Jessup had a lovely May-December marriage. It renewed his lease on life after a battle with cancer, and it rescued her from a bad first marriage. And then Vinny was found dead. Initially, the sheriff in Loomis County thinks that Vinny died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. But then he finds a gunshot wound. Was it suicide, or was it murder? With a large insurance policy as her motive, Lara could have staged the death … or so it appears to the sheriff.

Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases, but in every previous case she has had some fragment with which she could build an argument. She finds herself drawn to the Oregon desert to take on this case, accompanied by her associates: her colleague Shelley with her Barbie-doll looks, the inimitable detective Bailey Novell, and her father Frank. But the case itself is as dead as the desert. Is there any defense at all?

Compelling and distinctive, this drama demonstrates anew why Kate Wilhelm is considered a master of the form.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Marguerite Gavin takes the listener through Barbara Holloway’s intricate task of sifting through facts, rumor, innuendo, and the tangled web of the past. Gavin’s steady narration slowly gains connection, momentum, and character as she fleshes out each person and event.”

    AudioFile

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

    Library Journal

  • “Gavin’s gruff reading fully voices the text. She captures Barbara’s and Frank’s jaded brilliance and the loving supportive relationship they share. An unusually excellent legal thriller; a powerful audiobook.”

    Kliatt

Listener Opinions

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

    " Great company on a long car trip! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/14/2013

    " When I started this book I though it was gonna be a 3-starer-- but she brought it out of a nosedive just in time. I do so enjoy me a good Barbara Holloway novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/12/2013

    " One of my favorites by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/24/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/31/2013

    " As I was reading this book, I was wondering where they would find time to include the trial portion of the book. Rest assured, it all worked out in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 5/23/2013

    " Love this character. BArbara Holloway's personal life is a mess but she's a great lawyer and it's fun to "watch" her do her thing when interviewing witnesses. Another good story in the fifth of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 4/8/2013

    " This was a part of Oregon I was totally unaware of. I like the way Barbara and her father get so passionately involved in their cases. I hope I can retain them if I am ever accused of a crime! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 8/27/2012

    " Kate Wilhelm is a master mystery writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/3/2012

    " This has a less conclusive ending than others in the series, but it works in this book's favor. An interesting look at a legal case enmeshed with country politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 3/9/2012

    " I liked it a lot. It's been a while since I read Death Qualified by the same author, and I love her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo | 1/29/2012

    " Entertaining like most of Wilhelm's books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 12/31/2011

    " not one of my favorites of this author...seemed tedious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dusty Burgmans | 12/29/2011

    " Good story, believable characters, twist at the end that was not anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Gillispie | 7/9/2011

    " This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it.. although I did find it dragging just a bit here and there, the last few chapters really kept me wanting to read more!! And yes, I will read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippe Boucher | 4/10/2011

    " I found this was a good mystery book. I takes place in Oregon, near Bend. Good plot and engaging characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/30/2011

    " As I was reading this book, I was wondering where they would find time to include the trial portion of the book. Rest assured, it all worked out in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/25/2011

    " When I started this book I though it was gonna be a 3-starer-- but she brought it out of a nosedive just in time. I do so enjoy me a good Barbara Holloway novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/26/2010

    " One of my favorites by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/2/2010

    " This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it.. although I did find it dragging just a bit here and there, the last few chapters really kept me wanting to read more!! And yes, I will read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dusty | 2/28/2010

    " Good story, believable characters, twist at the end that was not anticipated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 3/22/2009

    " This was a part of Oregon I was totally unaware of. I like the way Barbara and her father get so passionately involved in their cases. I hope I can retain them if I am ever accused of a crime! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippe | 10/28/2008

    " I found this was a good mystery book. I takes place in Oregon, near Bend. Good plot and engaging characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/29/2008

    " I liked it a lot. It's been a while since I read Death Qualified by the same author, and I love her characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marva | 12/8/2007

    " I love the Kate Wilhelm mysteries, but they are becoming too predictable and there is no satisfactory ending. Figuring out the bad guy early on is boring.

    Still, Kate's writing is interesting and fast moving, so I still want to read the whole book.
    "

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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

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”