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Cold Case: A Barbara Holloway Mystery | [Kate Wilhelm]

Cold Case: A Barbara Holloway Mystery

Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.
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Controversial author and scholar David Etheridge is not the kind of company an aspiring politician wants to keep. But ambitious senator Robert McCrutchen has a history with Etheridge that he's desperately trying to keep under wraps: 22 years ago, both men were investigated in the still-unsolved death of a young coed.

When Etheridge returns to Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host - until the senator is found shot dead. Now, Etheridge is once again suspected of murder, only this time, with the cold case reopened, he's facing a double charge.

Attorney Barbara Holloway must battle both the prosecution and the court of public opinion, which has already tried and convicted Etheridge for both murders. As the pressure mounts, Barbara must risk her own life to protect a client and preserve justice.

©2008 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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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    Cecelia Sonoma County, CA United States 04-18-11
    Cecelia Sonoma County, CA United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible reader, bored Wilhelm"

    First, the reader...she does male voices well, but makes all the women sound perky, lightweight, trite. Just awful.
    The story has a lot of cut-and-paste descriptions from previous books. Can authors really get away with this? No current-time authenticity. It's really too bad, because there's a great cast of characters here. One more "Bailey glowered" and I'll scream.
    Barbara can't find her way with this case, and neither can I. A story about endless frustration and dead ends...well, I think it describes how the author felt writing this.
    Then there's the faux romance. Tacky and tiring, and doesn't belong to a character who began with such an edge.
    I have downloaded all the Barbara Holloway novels and enjoyed the twists and turns.
    Kate Wilhelm, I hope you find your way again...you have avid fans.

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