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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Kurtz has taken her small son and fled her ex-husband and his mother after finding a file of explosive material incriminating the family. Although the wealthy family employs a detective agency to find her, she manages to elude them.

Defense attorney Barbara Holloway has sought seclusion in a cabin on the Oregon coast, but her solitude is interrupted by a small boy who enlists her help with his unconscious mother. Once revived, the woman and her child disappear. Elizabeth Kurtz is again eluding searchers, and Barbara is accused of aiding and abetting a kidnapper. When Elizabeth finally contacts Barbara for help, Barbara finds the woman dead.

Barbara, while defending Elizabeth's housemate against murder charges, is accused of obstruction of justice and faces possible disbarment and prison. As she realizes the importance of the secret papers, she also realizes that her life is at risk as she takes on a killer.

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©2007 Kate Wilhelm (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"As always, genre veteran Wilhelm creates a thought-provoking, complex plot that will keep readers interested." ( Booklist)
"Her carefully crafted approach to the legal thriller continues to separate Wilhelm from the competition." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The best in the series

This is the best in the Barbara Holloway series. Of course, its strength rests on the series - the characters that have remained vivid and true throughout each of the books (10?). If you have not read the others, you might want to get one or two of them first before reading this one. Otherwise, the story would lose its impact.

This was the best crafted and best written of the series. I paid attention to what Wilhelm told us, how she told us, and when she told us everything. Every element in this story has a purpose. She creates suspense and delivers suprises without them seeming contrived.

The characters have remined complex and constant throughout the entire series. Each of her characters was developed and woven into the series. Each book in the series relies on the characters that were introduced in earlier installments. Barbara Holloway is an especially complex person.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and especially this installment.

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Suspenseful

This book was suspenseful and interesting. I was glad to see the character Barbara Hollaway recover from her stupidity in the prior book of the series. This was much better. Lots of suspense and interesting plot twists.

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Was really enjoying this - until Amazon yanked it

I was partway through listening to this as part of my audible membership - until suddenly it kicked me out, locked the title, and now shows I must purchase it to continue listening to it. Talk about a bait and switch! Will absolutely not pay any money for a book I was allowed to begin as free (NOT a sample, as part of audible unlimited) then taken away and reentered as paid. Gross. Ready to leave audible for a MOM-AMAZON company.

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Disappointed

When a talented author has to resort to being a political hack one knows they are grasping at straws to try and sell a "book" I will readily say that her books without her political diatribe are well written and keep your interest to the very end. This pile of stink would be have been readable and possibly enjoyable with out the words..LEFT, RIGHT or CONSERVATIVE. to bad a waste of time and effort.

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a wrongful death

this was an excellent read. I love the story line and plot. I highly recommend

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Best one yet!

This is the best of the Barbara Holloway series by Kate Wilhelm. I’ve read them in order. I believe this is #10. There is less courtroom procedure narrative but the story line is still very engaging. Im looking forward to #11!

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This book is my favorite so far!

Just as with book #9... I enjoyed this book very much. The story & characters were all interesting and the narrator, Carrington Mcduffie, did a great job. I look forward to listening to more books in this series. Review posted on 08/25/21

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Great story

Just another great story in Barbara Hollaway series. Sad that I only have 4 more to listen to. Will look for more books by this author!

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Don’t Waste Your Time

This is the worst of the worst. The performance was AWFUL and the story was almost as bad.

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horrible reader

What disappointed you about A Wrongful Death?

I am not sure if I can even finish listening to this book. The reader is horrible. She sets my nerves on end after 10 minutes. Her style is rushed and has no expression or different voices". Will NOT get another book read by her.

Would you recommend A Wrongful Death to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Reader is terrible.

Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington Macduffie’s performances?

Absolutely NOT.