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Travis Morgan’s case seems open and shut: A plot to kill his estranged father, fundamentalist preacher Arlie Morgan, goes awry and his bullet slays an innocent bookkeeper. Two eyewitnesses seal Travis’ fate. But despite damning evidence and an admitted hatred of his father, Travis staunchly maintains his innocence.
Beseeched by his anguished mother, veteran defense attorney Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Travis. With the support of her father, attorney Frank Holloway, and crack private investigator Bailey, Barbara reveals a zealot, his ultrarich backers, and unimaginable atrocities. Travis’ case proceeds to trial, and Barbara finds herself pitted against a complacent legal system and a judge eager to simply close the case and retire. Knowing she must intervene decisively to avoid a conviction, Barbara steps squarely into the path of danger. Risking her own life, Barbara confronts the killer in order to save Travis’.
Kate Wilhelm is the best-selling 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.
©2012 Kate Wilhelm (P)2012 Blackstone
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By E. D. Kelly on 06-03-13

Typical Wilhelm

Would you listen to By Stone, by Blade, by Fire again? Why?

No. Not that interesting.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Wilhelm? Why or why not?

Yes. Her leading characters are interesting and grow over the series. The plots vary, but she always provides good material for long car trips.

Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

Bobbie, the lead character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Not that challenging.

Any additional comments?

This plot was a little less credible than some of hers -- the Secretary of Defense manipulating a state cop in Maryland was weird, and the prosecutors' motives did not make much sense -- they should have dropped the case much earlier.

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By Reba on 12-29-12

Kath Wilhelm at her best

Barbara Holloway and her team are challenged again. Carrington MacDuffie does an outstanding job narrating this book. Don't miss it. Get ready to listen and stay listening because it is hard to stop till you get to the end.

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