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3.44166666666667 out of 53.44166666666667 out of 53.44166666666667 out of 53.44166666666667 out of 53.44166666666667 out of 5 3.44 (36 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 2007 ISBN: 9781455187034
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When a seemingly simple case turns complicated, respected attorney Barbara Holloway must rethink her game plan.

Gregarious Las Vegas entertainer and ex-con Wally Lederer claims he’s turned his life around, but when Jay Wilkins, a childhood friend, accuses Wally of stealing a valuable artifact, it’s up to Barbara to ferret out the truth. Wally swears he’s innocent. But when Wilkins is murdered and the police name Wally as their prime suspect, Barbara knows he is in serious trouble.

As Barbara begins to dig up the dirt, she is shocked to learn that Jay’s wife is now missing and that Jay himself is far from being the upstanding businessman he claimed to be. Before long, new evidence points toward an unlikely killer. However, the truth that would protect her client could jeopardize another life she means to save.

The route to justice is paved with nothing but lies, and Barbara must make a judgment call that leaves her with no option.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wilhelm claims a leading place in the ranks of trial suspense writers.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

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

    " Good drama and intensity. Kept you wondering until the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 1/23/2014

    " This is a tough book to rate, the characters and dialog are good, but the murder and Barbara's case are so bad as to be laughable. The "case" against her defendant was nonsense, no cop would make the arrest, and no prosecutor would file the charges on such non-evidence. And, in the end, Barbara's moral dilemma was meaningless - any good lawyer would have presented the evidence, and offered to help the real killer. The shame of it is that I normally like Wilhelm's work, and this one could make me quit scouring the used book stores for her stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine | 1/11/2014

    " Good mystery, that had a good, unpredictable ending. Upbeat and interesting. An easy read that doesn't require a lot of thought or concentration. Right now, that's all I can handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/10/2014

    " Very human conundrum, but too much courtroom "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 10/3/2013

    " My mom is a big fan of this author, so I read these Barbara Holloway novels sometimes. A little slow sometimes, but not bad stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/11/2013

    " I am amazed with each of her books. the story lines are easy to identify with which makes the reader feel involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 8/23/2013

    " 4-. I ended up liking this book for the courtroom drama, the lawyer's ethical dilemma as she defends an excon pickpocket from murder charges, as well as the mystery itself. It took about a third into the book before I got really engrossed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 8/19/2013

    " Well written. Good story. Last third of the story told by relating the complete day-by-day trial, a method I found unappealing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis | 8/13/2013

    " Always enjoy the twists and turns of Kate Wilhelm's books. The characters and story lines are believable. Love the dad and Thing One and Thing Two in the stories as well as the other characters. Well fleshed out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 7/21/2013

    " A nice concise legal drama, similar to John Grisham. Less of a mystery than a compelling legal case, this book has really good characters. It's an episode of Matlock in book form. :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz V. | 6/20/2013

    " Totally unconscionable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 5/26/2013

    " Set in Eugene Oregon! Another new author for me, another set of new characters to get involved with. A little too much of the trial details for my taste, let's get to the vedict already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/21/2013

    " The plot is more provocative than usual, and the reliable elements are there. A good one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 3/6/2013

    " I read this one on vactaion, another great book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/19/2012

    " This ended up being another gem, but it took until the courtroom scenes to totally captivate me. I think my favorite so far was The Unbidden Truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 10/7/2012

    " Gripping legal thriller, with the lead attorney put in a position that would stymie Solomon. "

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

    " one of a series that features a female lawyer and her father who is a retired lawyer. this one is the best of the series but the others are good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2012

    " Another excellent book by Wilhelm. How she manages to keep writing these books without repeating herself is beyond me, but she does it, and does it also without resorting to greater and greater levels of psychopathology as some writers have done (e.g. Jonathan Kellerman and Nevada Barr). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/21/2012

    " A good book...suspenseful and predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/22/2011

    " A light listen on my MP3 when I am walking. I have read/listened to many of this Barbara Holloway series, and enjoy them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/8/2011

    " While I was enjoying the story and the supporting characters, the main character, Barbara Holloway, was completely unlikable in my opinion. Once the murderer was revealed, halfway through the book, I decided that I couldn't take Barbara for one more page and gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/26/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 5/23/2011

    " Another great author like my favorite Mary Higgins Clark. A real page turner. Her style of writing reminds me of Law and Order. The first half of the book is finding who to take to court and the last is the court case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine | 4/23/2011

    " Good mystery, that had a good, unpredictable ending. Upbeat and interesting. An easy read that doesn't require a lot of thought or concentration. Right now, that's all I can handle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/11/2011

    " A good book...suspenseful and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Very human conundrum, but too much courtroom "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/8/2011

    " 4-. I ended up liking this book for the courtroom drama, the lawyer's ethical dilemma as she defends an excon pickpocket from murder charges, as well as the mystery itself. It took about a third into the book before I got really engrossed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 annemarie | 5/24/2010

    " one of a series that features a female lawyer and her father who is a retired lawyer. this one is the best of the series but the others are good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 7/13/2009

    " This was a good read but I did not find it as much of a page turner as another I had read by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/17/2009

    " Good drama and intensity. Kept you wondering until the very end! "

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

    " Set in Eugene Oregon! Another new author for me, another set of new characters to get involved with. A little too much of the trial details for my taste, let's get to the vedict already. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 9/14/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 8/14/2008

    " I read this one on vactaion, another great book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 8/6/2008

    " Another great author like my favorite Mary Higgins Clark. A real page turner. Her style of writing reminds me of Law and Order. The first half of the book is finding who to take to court and the last is the court case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 5/19/2008

    " A nice concise legal drama, similar to John Grisham. Less of a mystery than a compelling legal case, this book has really good characters. It's an episode of Matlock in book form. :) "

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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.