As Barbara begins to "dig up the dirt", she is shocked to learn that Jay's wife is now missing and that Jay himself is far from being the upstanding businessman he claimed to be. Before long, new evidence points toward an unlikely killer. But the truth that would protect her client could jeopardize another life she means to save.
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"Wilhelm has produced another intricately plotted mystery with an ethical dilemma at its core." (Booklist)
"Compelling....The fast-paced plot...leads to an exciting trial with closing arguments sure to delight any legal-thriller fan." (Publishers Weekly)
Just writing in support of Anna Fields, who is one of the best narrators in the business. Her male voices are particularly good, and her inflection and intonation are always superb.
Barbara Holloway has become as familiar as an old shoe through this series; it's definitely worth starting at the beginning, even if you have to go back to the old fashioned printed word for some of the early installments.
Sleight of Hand is not my favorite of the series, but it's entertaining. You can't just skip over it because I wasn't all that impressed, now can you?
This book has repeated and blank sections. The writing is okay, the narration is okay - the recording is simply awful.
This is an enjoyable story IF one can get past the narrator's voicing of many of the characters including almost of of the male ones and, at least, one of the females. Adelle the therapist sounds almost identical to Frank the father who sounds very similar to an opposing lawyer. It seems as though the narrator was trying to reach for a lower voice register that she just doesn't have and substituting an almost cartoonish gravelly huffing sound for bass. To my ears the performance would have been more enjoyable with just a straight reading tone rather than these unconvincing low voices.
Since I was thoroughly enchanted by the same narrator's performance of Bel Canto, I have to assume that this is an instance of mismatching. Good narrator. Good book. Poor match.
I have listened to 3 others in the Barbara Holloway series (Malice Prepense, Desperate Measures , & The Unbidden Truth,) and for my tastes, this one is the best. What does a trial lawyer do when she knows who killed two people, feels compelled not to reveal what she knows, but must defend someone wrongfully accused of one of the murders? In other words, the mysteries of who murdered each person are revealed before the trial begins, but the drama is not even so much the trial itself, but her inner ethical and moral struggle with the choices others made that leave her in this dilemma. There is still some of Barbara's internal struggle to allow a man to get close and a bit part for her father, less than in earlier books, but they do not occupy a large fraction of the story.
Regrettably, I found this story to be one of the most boring legal 'thrillers' I've ever read/listened to. I also found the narrator's male voices to be fairly silly, although her normal speaking voice was fine.
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