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No Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel | [Kate Wilhelm]

No Defense: A Barbara Holloway Novel

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?
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Publisher's Summary

Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases. One involved a woman accused of killing her own child, another involved a mentally disabled man, and her last one found her entangled in such a mess that it's a wonder she lived through it at all. But in every previous case she has had some fragment with which she could build an argument. This time out, it seems there's no defense at all.

Lara and Vinny Jessup had a lovely May-December marriage. It renewed his lease on life after a battle with cancer, and it rescued her from a bad first marriage.

Initially, the sheriff out in Loomis County thinks that Vinny died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then he finds the gunshot wound. Was it suicide or was it murder? With a large insurance policy as her motive, Lara could have staged the death - or so it appears to the sheriff.

Barbara Holloway finds herself drawn to the Oregon desert to take on this case, accompanied by her associates: her colleague Shelley with her Barbie-doll looks, the inimitable detective Bailey Novell, and her father Frank (who's soon to be a published writer).

But the case itself is as dead as the desert. Is there any defense at all?

It's legal: download more of Barbara Holloway's cases.

©2000 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Best for its regional details, fast-paced dialogue, and solid character delineation." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Those who prefer both style and substance in their courtroom dramas will find this a satisfying read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Donna Tribe 12-07-03
    Donna Tribe 12-07-03 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyable & entertaining"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I too am from the area known as the Pacific Northwest, albeit the Canadian side of the border, and I agreed with the ready from Idaho - these editors need to get their pronounciations right - so that place names are pronounced correctly.

    In spite of that, I found the locale and general georgraphy a refreshing change from most American courtroom dramas.

    It was interesting and entertaining reading and I, for one, enjoyed the dimension added by this narrator - I thought she did a terrific job. In sum, I would recommend this book to friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rubin 11-03-03
    Rubin 11-03-03 Member Since 2015
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    "BORING - NARATION AND STORY"

    The author is extremely descriptive with her characters hair, the Oregon scenery, and the hughes and tones of the mountain light.

    I only got 20 mins into it before stopping. The story seems to be a series of statements at least the way it's being read.

    Good luck on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 09-13-03
    Cathy Huntsville, TX, United States 09-13-03 Member Since 2013
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    "good book"

    The book had a good story, good characters. It was worth the time. My only complaint was the reader. She was annoying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Kamuela, HI, USA 09-02-03
    Stephen Kamuela, HI, USA 09-02-03 Member Since 2011
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    "No Defense - impressions"

    One of the few books I could not put down (okay, take my headphones off). Perhaps a slow start, but turns into a very engaging mystery and interesting legal battle. Good Oregon regional color. (A small point: either the reader mis-pronounces "Spokane" and "Willamette" or everyone in Portland gets it wrong.) I look forward to listening to more books by Kate Wilhelm.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 08-26-03
    Kim 08-26-03 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow"

    Tedious details, and slow plot. "Like watching grass grow" was on the mark with that statement.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 04-22-04
    Kitty Reno, NV 04-22-04 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!

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    "Waste of Time"

    I am sorry that I wasted my time on this one. The narrator had a hair ball and sounded like she was trying to eject it at frequent intervals.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie Spreckels, CA, United States 01-29-11
    Kristie Spreckels, CA, United States 01-29-11
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    "Good mystery!"

    This is the first Kate Wilhelm novel I've "read" (listened to) and I really enjoyed it. I thought the mystery was a good one right up to the end. I liked the relationship aspect between Barbara and her father and the fact that they are both lawyers. Makes it a fun read. Plus the characters in the book were really good. I listen in my car to and from work and I too wanted to keep driving around to listen more. I was guilty of lingering in my car for a bit when I got home... I've already added another one of her books to my cart.

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    April Everett, WA, United States 01-25-11
    April Everett, WA, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent."

    Not as pleasant and light as a tea cozy but not as dark as the destroyed detective in a big city stories. Moves fast, with intricate plotting that makes it difficult to pause even at chapter ends. Wilhelm's character lawyer Barbara Holloway uses her genius ability to shuffle clues and facts and use courtroom tactics to find out the truths about people outside the courtroom which she uses to pick the right legal cards to literally game the legal system. Holloway is not Superman, but Batman. She is on the side of the her client and she uses whatever legal strategy it takes to win. Kate Wilhelm makes courtroom theatre obvious and understandable. Whether you approve of the means, the insider's look into how law is applied is an eye opener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley San Diego, CA, USA 04-23-10
    Shirley San Diego, CA, USA 04-23-10
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    "Great!"

    I've come to expect great things from Kate Wilhelm. This book was great.
    The story is set in Eugene and Bend Oregon. Unfortunately, the narrator goofed up on some pronunciations (Williamette and Spokane WA). Other than that, the narrator did a great job.

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    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 11-29-09
    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator left much to be desired"

    Like other reviewers, I am not a fan of this narrator, whose voice is pretentious and self-conscious. And even more offensively, she mispronounces many Oregon towns and landmarks. No excuse for that, as I assume she is being reasonably well paid for her job. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the book, as I am hooked on the Barbara Holloway series and admire the characters more with each book I read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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