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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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    Gene Raleigh, Nc, United States 09-02-08
    Gene Raleigh, Nc, United States 09-02-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Really slow"

    I've enjoyed these Wilhelm's in the past even though the courtroom drama gets a bit overdone. However, this one really slows down after you meet the characters and stays that way until the last 15 minutes. Save your money and buy a different Wilhelm, or better yet get a Margolin.......

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 08-25-08
    Nathan Houston, TX, USA 08-25-08 Member Since 2005
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    "I can not believe I listened to all of this book"

    This book was awful with occasional flashes of adequacy. The story seemed forced,the dialogue was flat, and the characters were barely believable. I won't buy another book by this author.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-08
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 10-06-08 Member Since 2002

    marlin515

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    "A little hard to follow at first but picks up"

    I'm not crazy about the reader, she over-enunciates and doesn't add much to the story. The basic premise requires one to suspend reality a bit as the story starts from a party held at the home of one obnoxious college student who nobody seems to like much yet he becomes a successful politician who no one hates. The other 2 primary story subjects weren't friends or big fans of the future politician so why would they go to a party at his parents house? For the free beer? Hard to say. Once you suspend reality for that issue it is an interesting mystery. Kept me entertained and thinking for a little while.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Dayton, NV, USA 12-29-08
    Cathy Dayton, NV, USA 12-29-08
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    "Cold Case"

    This is the first time I listened to this author. Enjoyed the storyline and the charaters. I will be seleting more of her books. I am excited to have found this Author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 11-11-08
    Chris Mansfield, Texas, United States 11-11-08 Member Since 2002

    I enjoy listening to audiobooks while woking in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.

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    "Kate Wilhelm has lost her way"

    I have purchased and listened to many Kate Wilhelm books. She is capable of writing a good story. However, each book now becomes more of an agenda driven book of the worst kind - one which is so obvious and unimaginative as to try to cram a political philosophy down the gullet of the reader. I don't mind an author using a good story to make a point, but Ms. Wilhelm abandons the story at some points, and inserts meaningless characters in at other points just to pound the reader with her political philosophy. She is about as subtle and creative as a sledge hammer to the face. I will not waste any more audible credits to be preached to in such an obvious and non-creative way.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Luna 09-07-12
    Karen Luna 09-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Barbara Holloway Rocks"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Case the most enjoyable?

    Great story....Well read


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    Another winner for Wilhelm. Barbara Holloway does it again. Can't go wrong with the Holloway series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Easy pezie 04-12-10
    Easy pezie 04-12-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Perdictable-Frustrating"

    Figured out the who-dunit, before the 2nd chapter. No twist-or-turns just listened until it was finally over. Reader was good.
    Bought a couple of other books from Kate Wilhelm, hope they aren't all this predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Atlanta, GA, United States 07-07-09
    Kathleen Atlanta, GA, United States 07-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring....."

    I can't believe I listened to the whole thing - the mystery wasn't a mystery, it was evident from early in the story who the killer was. I didn't find the characters well developed or interesting. I'm sorry I wasted my time and will not buy another by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 05-11-09
    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 05-11-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Good listen"

    I always enjoy Kate Wilhelm's books. The story is always intersting with good solid characters and the narration is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-02-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-02-08 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Predictable, but about what I expected"

    It wasn't difficult to figure out who the villain was in this very average thriller. It was also a little distracting to draw a mind's picture of the settings that were described in this novel. My time wasn't wasted but this second Barbara Holloway story I've listened to will probably be my last. Worth a download on a half-price sale, otherwise don't bother.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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