Death Qualified : Barbara Holloway

  • by Kate Wilhelm
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Barbara Holloway
  • 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you." Nell Kendricks's husband disappeared seven years earlier, abandoning his young family. Nell hasn't seen him since, until the day Lucas Kendricks arrives at the edge of her property and is shot, instantly killed.
Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. But Frank knows he cannot win this case alone. He calls upon his daughter Barbara, who remains "death qualified," legally able to defend clients who face the death penalty if convicted.
Barbara is determined to stay distanced from the case, but the more she learns, the more questions she finds herself asking. Is Nell innocent, as Frank attests? Where has Lucas Kendricks been for the past seven years? Despite her vow, Barbara finds herself drawn to the case and reclaims the search for truth that first led her to the law.


What the Critics Say

"Wilhelm is a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A decent time killer, editing bobbles are a bonus

I've heard better. Although I'm not a seasoned book reader / listener, this book was not on the top of the list as far a "hearability." At times it was hard to follow the reader. It sometimes was her accent, or the voice she was reading it in, but I would have to go back and review the last 30 sec to make sure I was on track.

It moves along without leaving you staring off into space, and kept my interest high for the most part.

Several times I heard the voice tallent re-read a section, which is something that the editors should have caught.
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- Bryan

My, Oh My!

This is the third Kate Wilhelm book I have listened to and must agree with the first reviewer. I had trouble distinguishing one man's voice from all the other men's voices. They not only sounded alike but had the same tone and "attitude" in their voices. I also noticed that 6 or more times the author repeated the same sentence or two. It was a little annoying.

But more annoying than that was the plot....I live in Oregon and could listen to the beautiful descriptions of the rivers and mountains endlessly. But I doubt many southerners or easterners really want to spend that much time learning about the Northwest landscape. But the most annoying thing of all - I got tired of being lectured to regarding every subject imaginable from the environment, homosexuality, societal shortcomings, timber cruising and even futuristic technological dangers!

You may well enjoy this novel - I couldn't wait for it to end.
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- Kay M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.