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Five years ago Barbara Holloway gave up practicing law, disillusioned with a profession that put politics before justice. Then she receives a phone call, with a simple message: "I need you."

Nell Kendricks's husband disappeared seven years earlier, abandoning his young family. Nell hasn't seen him since, until the day Lucas Kendricks arrives at the edge of her property and is shot, instantly killed.

Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. But Frank knows he cannot win this case alone. He calls upon his daughter Barbara, who remains "death qualified," legally able to defend clients who face the death penalty if convicted.

Barbara is determined to stay distanced from the case, but the more she learns, the more questions she finds herself asking. Is Nell innocent, as Frank attests? Where has Lucas Kendricks been for the past seven years? Despite her vow, Barbara finds herself drawn to the case and reclaims the search for truth that first led her to the law.

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©1991 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Wilhelm is a masterful storyteller whose novels have just the right blend of solid plot, compelling mystery, and great courtroom drama." (Library Journal)

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What did you love best about Death Qualified?

great story, mystery with a who dunnit, and of course a bit of romance.

What other book might you compare Death Qualified to and why?

Best Defense, by same author. Good story teller. You will be glued to your listening devise.

What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

I purchase as many of the late great Ms Fields stories that I can. Her voice is so very much missed. Her male voices are my fave, but she always brings out each and every character as the author wanted. See Susan Elizabeth Phillips with Anna reading them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending just blew me away and left me heartsick for our heroine. It took me two days after listening to write this review.

Any additional comments?

the author is good, but a bit more internal introspection than I like. If ms fields did not read these, I would not buy more. I have purchased 5 of this author that ms fields read.
I have 3 more to listen. This is a must listen and do buy Best Denfense as it is not as dark, frankly better as you have a happier ending. Good clues.

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Narration is dull and monotone

The storyline description sounded interesting. Just completed "Desperate Measures" narrated by Margarite Gavin and thoroughly enjoyed the story and narrator. However, the narrator for "Death Qualified" sounds monotone and dull. I find it difficult to follow the storyline or listen due to the narration. I cannot base review on the book as a result. I liked "Desperate Measures" so much, I decided to read Kate Wilheim's series in order. However, I shall attempt to read this book via a paper copy of possibly kindle. Very disappointed as this is a new author and series for me. I suggest the book be re-narrated by Ms. Gavin or another narrator to promote this book and series.

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Took a long time to get into

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It took 4 1/2 hrs before I could get into the story and it wasn't until half way through the second set that I really got engaged.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I probably would have started with Nell's relationship then fast forward to the beginning of the book and move forward from there.

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Barbara Holloway Series

The chaos theory and fractals part of the story were interesting. This series of books is one of my favorites. The stories are entertaining and I find them easy listening.