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Publisher's Summary

In her three previous novel appearances, attorney Barbara Holloway has taken on the sort of cases no one else wants: hopeless messes, all of them. But with the help of her father, Frank, she has pulled through each time. Even from the start, though, this new case is different.

Mitch Arno always meant bad news for the coastal town of Folsum, Oregon. When they ran him out of town 17 years ago, he left behind a wife with two daughters and a family that never wanted to see him again. When he returns, he brings trouble in the form of a lot of suspicious money. As Barbara attempts to counsel Mitch's wife about the money, a second form of trouble arrives: Mitch's corpse. Now Barbara is in a morass of conflicting interests, and the only way out could lead her straight into the arms of the devil.

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©1999 Kate Wilhelm (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Wilhelm's skill in spinning out endless complications while keeping every subplot perfectly clear makes this legal thriller her best in years." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Good but I miss Anna

Defense for the Devil is the first Wilhelm book I've listened to that wasn't read by Anna Fields. The book is pretty good (standard Wilhelm), but I kept wanting to hear Anna's voice portraying the father or Barbara. She is missed and will continue to be.

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Her Usual Good Job

Except for the somewhat overblown squabbling between the protagonist and her boyfriend, the best part of this series is the relationships. They're well rendered and pleasant to be part of. Even the cats are fun -- or maybe especially. The plot is interesting, too, and quite tricky. And in this episode, the judge acts more like a real one would. The author sometimes prattles -- I have no need to know about sweaty socks and detailed snack menus, etc.

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One of the better readers. She has a pleasant voice, is a good actor, and provides good delineation between characters and few mis-emphases.

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Not as good

If you are used to the Barbara Holloway series with narrator Anna Fields, it is a real disappointment to here his narrator's interpretation. She really makes Barbara seem a bit of an air head. I really can't even finish this book. I am going to move onto one of the novels narrated by Fields.

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good but not real good

this book did not have me spending extra moments in the car wanting to find out what would happen next, as a matter of fact, I sometimes fast forward just to finish the book, was mostly predictable with not one twist

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Good, but...

The narration is quite good, but I did find it difficult to distinguish the gender of some characters by the vocalizations. At first, I thought some of the male characters were women with heavy smoking habits. It doesn't detract as much as one might imagine, as the story quickly absorbs the distraction.

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I just can't stop listening!

I started this series and can't stop listening! The stories are engaging, the characters and the unexpected twists just keep me listening.

The performance is spot on not boring or dull.

Recommend for anyone who likes crime and investigative stories.

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Even with bad editing... good series.

I enjoyed this book as well. The story, the characters... new & old, are all interesting and the full cast of narrators did a great job. I look forward to continuing to listen to more books in this series.

Just as with bookha3, the only issue I had is that it was poorly edited. Many sentences were repeated. This looks bad for the editor, publisher & the narrator as well.

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Kate Willemstad is getting lazy!

The first in the Barbara Hathaway series was incredibly richly written book with vivid descriptions and interesting characters that drew you in and made you want to read more but slowly as this series has progressed it is very clear Kate Willhelm like most other authors with the exception of a few great ones has become too comfortable and should be forced to improve or stop writing before getting another book contract. it is clear she is cranking them out like a machine barely touching on the creativity that she once had when she began the series it is a shame I am deeply disappointed. But not surprised this is why she doesn’t make the best seller list like other legal thriller writer‘s whose names are not to be mentioned.

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Go back to original narrator

While I enjoyed the story overall, it was distracting having completely different voices for characters that have been in each book. Some of the male characters sound exactly alike. It’s hard to readjust to characters you know but don’t know because they sound nothing like the previous 3-4 books, especially since I’m listening to them back to back. Great series, but I’m hoping Anna Fields returns. I will wait to see if I can finish the series with new narrators.

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great story

I am really enjoying this series of books with Barbara Hollaway and her father as main characters. Can't wait to start the next one.