After her recent harrowing experiences, attorney Barbara Holloway isn't looking to take on any new courtroom cases; instead she's happy working from a booth in a cafe in the local working-class neighborhood.
But when the sister of "Baby Killer" Kennerman asks for help, Barbara reluctantly looks into matters and finds that incompetent lawyers and a smear campaign from the local right-wing press are going to allow a killer to go free. The deeper Barbara delves into the case, the more atrocities she finds and the more she believes that the best defense may not be enough.
With this extraordinary novel, Kate Wilhelm returns to the marvelous milieu of Death Qualified, bringing us a legal thriller of the finest caliber.
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©1994 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
I normally love Kate Wilhelm books, but this one seemed to be determined to demonize and ridicule people with conservative values by making the villains extreme, radical "conservatives". The story got lost in the political agenda. It was also hard to follow the complicated description of the characters and setting
Unless you are immune to over-characterization, be warned the reader does tend to get carried away with verbalization and overly emphasized commentary. The story line is interesting and detailed, but the reader made listening uncomfortable for us both.
Sorry but this book didn't do it for me. The characters were a little too simple minded and the story was hard to believe.
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