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Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases. One involved a woman accused of killing her own child, another involved a mentally disabled man, and her last one found her entangled in such a mess that it's a wonder she lived through it at all. But in every previous case she has had some fragment with which she could build an argument. This time out, it seems there's no defense at all. Lara and Vinny Jessup had a lovely May-December marriage. It renewed his lease on life after a battle with cancer, and it rescued her from a bad first marriage.Initially, the sheriff out in Loomis County thinks that Vinny died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then he finds the gunshot wound. Was it suicide or was it murder? With a large insurance policy as her motive, Lara could have staged the death - or so it appears to the sheriff.Barbara Holloway finds herself drawn to the Oregon desert to take on this case, accompanied by her associates: her colleague Shelley with her Barbie-doll looks, the inimitable detective Bailey Novell, and her father Frank (who's soon to be a published writer).But the case itself is as dead as the desert. Is there any defense at all?
©2000 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"Best for its regional details, fast-paced dialogue, and solid character delineation." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Those who prefer both style and substance in their courtroom dramas will find this a satisfying read." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Kay M on 07-19-03

Terrific Plot

This audiobook kept me enthralled - I hated to stop the tape because it was so interesting. I love legal novels and thought by now I "knew it all" but I learned a great deal about our legal system. Well developed characters, interesting twists and turns, and a location that is new to most of us. One of my favorites!

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By Carol A. Rupkalvis on 08-29-04

No Defense

Kate Wilhem is one of the best writers I have listened to in a while. Keeps the action rolling and the interest peaked.

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