Most Addictive: The Barbara Holloway Novels

Though Kate Wilhelm's writing crosses into many different genres, her legal thrillers are our favorites. And we love attorney Barbara Holloway, who can't help but to take on the cases no one else wants: hopeless messes, all of them.


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  • Death Qualified: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (85)

    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."

    Alex says: "a good plot and a great reader"
  • The Best Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    A gripping, poignant, and masterful courtroom novel, The Best Defense is a major work from one of America's most popular writers.

    Alex says: "Couldn't put it down"
  • Morality For Beautiful Girls: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    Between intriguing new cases and troubling personal developments, Precious' hands are full. The four Miss Beauty and Integrity pageant finalists may have questionable moral fiber, and the brother of an important government worker has allegedly been poisoned. On top of all that, Precious' reliable fianci might be hiding something.

    Janet says: "Refreshing view of life in a small country"
  • Malice Prepense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    When he was a kid, Teddy Wendover had an accident that left him stunted at the mental age of eight. Physically, he's six-foot-two and 28-years-old, but he acts and thinks just like a little boy. Could this big little boy be a killer?

    Carol T. Carr says: "Well-crafted with Compelling Characters"
  • Defense for the Devil: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By A Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    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.

    Lehua says: "Her Usual Good Job"
  • No Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases, but this time it seems there's no defense at all. It appears that Vinny Jessup died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then the sheriff finds the gunshot wound. With a large insurance policy as her motive, could his much younger wife have staged the death?

    Kay M says: "Terrific Plot"
  • Desperate Measures: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases - and winning them. But this time she's up against an unbeatable opponent - her father, the lawyer who taught her all she knows.

    A User says: "Better than the first"
  • Clear and Convincing Proof: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Because he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's no surprise that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors, lawyer Barbara Holloway must use her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic accused of his murder.

    Don says: "Another Good One"
  • Sleight of Hand: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (56)

    When a seemingly simple case turns complicated, respected attorney Barbara Holloway must rethink her game plan. Gregarious Las Vegas entertainer and ex-con Wally Lederer claims he's turned his life around. But when Jay Wilkins, a childhood friend, accuses Wally of stealing a valuable artifact, it's up to Barbara to ferret out the truth. Wally swears he's innocent. But when a murder takes place and the police name Wally as their prime suspect, Barbara knows he is in serious trouble.

    C. A. Gelsinger says: "Kudos for Anna Fields"
  • A Wrongful Death: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (59)

    Elizabeth Kurtz has taken her small son and fled her ex-husband and his mother after finding a file of explosive material incriminating the family. Although the wealthy family employs a detective agency to find her, she manages to elude them. When Elizabeth finally contacts Barbara Holloway for help, the defense attorney finds the woman dead.

    A User says: "The best in the series"
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