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In her three previous novel appearances, attorney Barbara Holloway has taken on the sort of cases no one else wants: hopeless messes, all of them. But with the help of her father, Frank, she has pulled through each time. Even from the start, though, this new case is different. Mitch Arno always meant bad news for the coastal town of Folsum, Oregon. When they ran him out of town 17 years ago, he left behind a wife with two daughters and a family that never wanted to see him again. When he returns, he brings trouble in the form of a lot of suspicious money. As Barbara attempts to counsel Mitch's wife about the money, a second form of trouble arrives: Mitch's corpse. Now Barbara is in a morass of conflicting interests, and the only way out could lead her straight into the arms of the devil.
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©1999 Kate Wilhelm (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Wilhelm's skill in spinning out endless complications while keeping every subplot perfectly clear makes this legal thriller her best in years." (Kirkus Reviews)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lehua of Pacifica on 04-23-08

Her Usual Good Job

Except for the somewhat overblown squabbling between the protagonist and her boyfriend, the best part of this series is the relationships. They're well rendered and pleasant to be part of. Even the cats are fun -- or maybe especially. The plot is interesting, too, and quite tricky. And in this episode, the judge acts more like a real one would. The author sometimes prattles -- I have no need to know about sweaty socks and detailed snack menus, etc.

One of the better readers. She has a pleasant voice, is a good actor, and provides good delineation between characters and few mis-emphases.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By CBDC on 01-27-09

Good but I miss Anna

Defense for the Devil is the first Wilhelm book I've listened to that wasn't read by Anna Fields. The book is pretty good (standard Wilhelm), but I kept wanting to hear Anna's voice portraying the father or Barbara. She is missed and will continue to be.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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