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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Anna Field Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Barbara Holloway Mysteries Release Date:
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Kate Wilhelm returns to the marvelous milieu of Death Qualified with this page-turning legal thriller.

The neighborhood in Eugene, Oregon, is blue-collar; the cafe holds only three tables and four booths. But it’s the only place attorney Barbara Holloway feels both productive and peaceful. Laptop computer on the table, coffee refilled regularly by the cook, Barbara gets her work done and wants for nothing more—certainly not another explosive, emotionally devastating courtroom case.

Then a woman comes to Barbara with a case she cannot refuse. The sister of “Baby Killer” Kennerman tells a tale so terrifying that Barbara must act, even if she does so reluctantly. What she unearths is a corrupt conspiracy, complete with incompetent lawyers, that will allow a killer to go free. The deeper she delves, the more atrocities she finds. When she finds herself up against a smear campaign of unimaginable proportions, Barbara Holloway realizes that even the best defense may not be enough.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With this engrossing sequel to Death Qualified, prolific Wilhelm claims a leading place in the ranks of trial suspense writers…Wilhelm provides suspense and excitement while adeptly portraying Barbara as a wily and sympathetic heroine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Anna Fields combines her clear voice with a delightful range of timing and emotion to present this story.”


  • “The plot twists with steadily mounting danger and tension…The characterizations and courtroom atmosphere are especially well done…This cleverly crafted page-turner proves that indeed the best defense is a good offense.”

    School Library Journal

  • “[Barbara] is a complex and appealing woman; her next court appearance will be eagerly awaited. Wilhelm’s presence in the suspense genre is impressive; already a master of fantasy, she brings a competent voice and a thoughtful eye to her new territory.”

    Library Journal

  • “This latest in the Barbara Holloway series reaffirms veteran SF and mystery author Wilhelm’s mastery of yet another genre—the courtroom drama. An action-filled thriller guaranteed to please current fans and create many new Wilhelm converts.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen -only4lightn | 2/12/2014

    " This one was better than the first. I had no random repeating of paragraphs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book more than the first. I found that I was more intrigued by the story line and even the court scenes. I grow to like Barbara more with each novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christine | 1/23/2014

    " Disappointed at how this book did not pick up from where the first book left off. I would love to see Mike come back for both Barbara and her fathers sake. I would want Barbara on my side and would fear if she was not my attorney. Another good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 12/31/2013

    " I liked this book even better than her first one because now Barbara Holloway is carving out a niche for herself in town, has set up informal legal counseling in a restaurant, and is moving forward. Before long she finds herself defending a "Baby Killer." I loved the research and courtroom drama, not to mention the development of Barbara as a person in her complicated relationships! I'm hooked! "

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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.