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Publisher's Summary

Barbara Holloway is a low-key attorney in Eugene, Oregon, who left her father’s high-powered firm to handle small legal problems for local residents and ponder her next move. But while trying to sort out her own future, two people, desperate for help, show up on her doorstep: former pro football player Martin Owens and his wife, Binnie. Binnie, who is mute, met her husband when she sneaked aboard his boat while it was docked in Haiti and smuggled herself into the US. Now Immigration is seeking to deport her back to Haiti, which would be a death sentence. Born to a woman from Belize who was kidnapped and enslaved by pirates, Binnie’s only hope is to prove her and her mother’s real identity. With only days to find the truth and protect Binnie, Holloway sets off for Belize. But what she knows is only the tip of the iceberg in what turns out to be one of her most complex, compelling, and dangerous cases yet.

©2011 Kate Wilhelm (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Barbara is a compelling character—intelligent and capable yet vulnerable enough for readers to worry about the danger she encounters.” ( Booklist)

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Out of sequence

This book is very strange. It is not the latest installment, rather it appears to be an old manuscript that was brushed up and turned into a book. It appears to fit in the middle of the series and unless you know this, the first several chapters are spent in, HUH mode. The characters and dialog are flat. I think it was discarded at some point and then the author went back and tried to make it into a book. The worst of a good series.

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Finally! Martin & Binnie's Story

This book is actually book 2 of the Barbara Holloway series (published/released out of order). I love this series and I loved getting to hear Martin & Binnie's story finally being hinted at through every book after book one. I agree with one listener that the narrator's voice doesn't quite capture Barbara's personality as I imagine her to be. The narrator's voice for Barbara is too high and too flighty but I got over it. Barbara just doesn't come off as the super intelligent,intense investigator/attorney she is. Even though this book takes place during the Reagan years, it's so well written I only missed the presence of Frank (Barbara's father) and Shelly. The whole series is well written (even if I didn't like some of the books the first time I went through them). I've come to appreciate and enjoy the whole series.

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Slow story and so-so narration

The narrator is part of what is wrong with this book. She sounds like she is on slow mode, and Barbara doesn't feel like a slow woman. Changing characters is nto achieved, and so I lost interest several times. This was in spite of the fact that I knew Martin's Cafe and wanted to know his story.

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heaven is high

this was a great read. I loved how the plot explained open questions from before

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Pace and scowl…

This is the 12th book in the series but is set in an earlier time, introducing Martin to the cast. It’s a good story, fast paced and with interesting characters. This is trivial but grating: After listening to 12 books, I’m weary of all the pacing and scowling that seem to be Barbara’s only physical activity and facial expression respectively. English has other verbs.

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This was a good story

Just as with book #11... 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 09/02/21

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Great story

Another great Barbara Hollaway story. on to the next one. Then I will check more by this author

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disappointed...out of sequence..many of the previous characters not included ...story line just not in line with other books

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WOW

This explains how Martin and Binny ended up in Barbera’s life! This was a fantastic story, I have been listening to all of the series in order. I love this narrators voice

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Favorite of Series

I was so excited to hear the back story finally of how Martin, Bennie and Barbara all met. This really brought it together for me and kept me very intrigued. I throughly enjoyed this book.