The Best Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

By Kate Wilhelm
Read by Anna Fields

The Barbara Holloway Mysteries: Book 2

11.10 Hours 03/01/2003 unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” AudioFile
“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.” Booklist

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 11.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English