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Death Qualified: A Barbara Holloway Novel | [Kate Wilhelm]

Death Qualified: A Barbara Holloway Novel

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."
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Publisher's Summary

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."

Nell Kendricks's husband disappeared seven years earlier, abandoning his young family. Nell hasn't seen him since, until the day Lucas Kendricks arrives at the edge of her property and is shot, instantly killed.

Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. But Frank knows he cannot win this case alone. He calls upon his daughter Barbara, who remains "death qualified," legally able to defend clients who face the death penalty if convicted.

Barbara is determined to stay distanced from the case, but the more she learns, the more questions she finds herself asking. Is Nell innocent, as Frank attests? Where has Lucas Kendricks been for the past seven years? Despite her vow, Barbara finds herself drawn to the case and reclaims the search for truth that first led her to the law.

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©1991 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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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    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 08-29-11
    Jenny Orlando, FL, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2012

    Avid audio book listener with over 900 books between my two libraries.

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    "Loved it!!"

    It would be really difficult to dislike any book that the late Kate Fleming narrated. With that said, the story itself was fantastic! Well written and kept my interest the entire way. So glad to have found this author. I am looking forward to listening to this entire series!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 10-16-09
    Patricia 10-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Science fiction? mystery. Gripping"

    It took a while to tie all the characters together, but once I got into it, this was a "can't put down" listen. A complex trial story with background mystery complicated by science fiction (I hope) abilities by the villains kept me focused on the story. The author includes too many characters and relationships to keep straight easily, but none were extraneous to the plot. And at the end there were loose ends which kept this story unwinding in my mind for days after I finished it. Excellent narration by a skilled reader. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathye 04-23-09
    Kathye 04-23-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Well-read, well-plotted."

    Wilhelm's prose spells atmosphere without slowing down and divulges character without heavy-handed tricks. It's old fashioned story-telling, as dependent on what's left out as on what's left in. Having told you nothing, I leave.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Levina 07-08-04
    Levina 07-08-04
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    "Death Qualified"

    Couldn't wait for it to end. Very contrived. Reader grew irritating.

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    Jo Ann Turner 05-06-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Book"

    I liked the story. Didn't want to stop listening when I had to. Like the other 2 reviews I found 7 times when a line would be repeated. I think that should have been caught. In my other 47 books I've bought I've not hear any.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Wildwood, MO, USA 05-23-08
    Ruth Wildwood, MO, USA 05-23-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Good, But"

    I actually liked this book quite a bit. The heroine was quite strident, but she grows on you. The download, however, was not good. There were at least half a dozen places that the recording repeated itself, so I'd have to listen to the same part of the story over again. Hard to fast forward when your driving. Hope they get this fixed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-10-14
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    "A page turner that did not deliver"
    If you could sum up Death Qualified in three words, what would they be?

    a disappointment


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Until hearing the end of Death Qualified it was going to be next in the series...but now I am not so sure


    What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anna Field definitely brings all the characters to life


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No...this book needed several sittings to unravel what the author was trying to portray


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book until the end. I was a little confused by some of the plot, but felt I didn't really need to understand it to get the most out of the story. However, the end just left me speechless and disappointed.....perhaps things will be explained in another book.

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    Karen 05-06-14
    Karen 05-06-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Get out the Tissues"
    What did you love best about Death Qualified?

    great story, mystery with a who dunnit, and of course a bit of romance.


    What other book might you compare Death Qualified to and why?

    Best Defense, by same author. Good story teller. You will be glued to your listening devise.


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    I purchase as many of the late great Ms Fields stories that I can. Her voice is so very much missed. Her male voices are my fave, but she always brings out each and every character as the author wanted. See Susan Elizabeth Phillips with Anna reading them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending just blew me away and left me heartsick for our heroine. It took me two days after listening to write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    the author is good, but a bit more internal introspection than I like. If ms fields did not read these, I would not buy more. I have purchased 5 of this author that ms fields read.
    I have 3 more to listen. This is a must listen and do buy Best Denfense as it is not as dark, frankly better as you have a happier ending. Good clues.

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    Lia Smurf 07-29-13
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    "Narration is dull and monotone"

    The storyline description sounded interesting. Just completed "Desperate Measures" narrated by Margarite Gavin and thoroughly enjoyed the story and narrator. However, the narrator for "Death Qualified" sounds monotone and dull. I find it difficult to follow the storyline or listen due to the narration. I cannot base review on the book as a result. I liked "Desperate Measures" so much, I decided to read Kate Wilheim's series in order. However, I shall attempt to read this book via a paper copy of possibly kindle. Very disappointed as this is a new author and series for me. I suggest the book be re-narrated by Ms. Gavin or another narrator to promote this book and series.

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    Kathryn 08-05-12
    Kathryn 08-05-12
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    "Took a long time to get into"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It took 4 1/2 hrs before I could get into the story and it wasn't until half way through the second set that I really got engaged.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I probably would have started with Nell's relationship then fast forward to the beginning of the book and move forward from there.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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