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Publisher's Summary

Barbara Holloway is a trial lawyer who tends to take on difficult cases. One involved a woman accused of killing her own child, another involved a mentally disabled man, and her last one found her entangled in such a mess that it's a wonder she lived through it at all. But in every previous case she has had some fragment with which she could build an argument. This time out, it seems there's no defense at all.

Lara and Vinny Jessup had a lovely May-December marriage. It renewed his lease on life after a battle with cancer, and it rescued her from a bad first marriage.

Initially, the sheriff out in Loomis County thinks that Vinny died when his car rolled over on a bad curve on Lookout Mountain. Then he finds the gunshot wound. Was it suicide or was it murder? With a large insurance policy as her motive, Lara could have staged the death - or so it appears to the sheriff.

Barbara Holloway finds herself drawn to the Oregon desert to take on this case, accompanied by her associates: her colleague Shelley with her Barbie-doll looks, the inimitable detective Bailey Novell, and her father Frank (who's soon to be a published writer).

But the case itself is as dead as the desert. Is there any defense at all?

It's legal: download more of Barbara Holloway's cases.
©2000 Kate Wilhelm; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Best for its regional details, fast-paced dialogue, and solid character delineation." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Those who prefer both style and substance in their courtroom dramas will find this a satisfying read." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Terry
  • Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
  • 05-16-04

Not in touch with reality

I'm an attorney and found it too unrealistic. How can a lawyer take on a case that goes on for months with little or no hope of getting paid?

I did suspend reality and found it a fun story. though a little predictable. I wouldn't recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Lake Zurich, IL, USA
  • 12-18-03

OK Story - Monotone

The story was ok. There was nothing very intriguing about it. The narrator was very monotone which made the tape tedious to listen to.

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  • Rhoby
  • Boise, ID, USA
  • 11-30-03

No Defense

Kate Wilhelm is a new author for me and I really enjoyed the story. I have now ordered several of her books and will "read" them as time permits. I was raised in Oregon, and my only complaint is that the reader mispronounced several words that are unique to the Pacific Northwest. She really needs to check into the proper pronunciation of Spokane and Willamette as well as a few other words. I found it distracting at those points in the story. I am surprised that the author as well as Blackstone Publishing has not taken steps to make sure this does not happen. Otherwise, I found the story compelling and I was quite absorbed from beginning to end.

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Kept my attention

I found this to be a good "who done it" novel. Plenty of suspense and good narratives. It kept my attention. I listen to books while cleaning house, and this one made me want to keep cleaning!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Nothing special

This legal "thriller" is shallow but entertaining. The characters are neither particularly unique nor well-developed, yet the plot does keep moving along at a fair pace. The Native American aspect is interesting, but is a minor element. Two very different peripheral female characters are described in a context of pink, decked out in pink. What went dry -- color palette or imagination? It's a good airplane/hotel book; you won't feel terribly bad if you leave it on the plane...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Gray, TN, USA
  • 08-31-03

No Defense

This is definitely no "Kane and Abel". In fact I will go as far as to say that this has been my biggest disappointment in 6 months at audible.com. After almost 5 hours of listening I still couldn't keep the main characters straight in my mind.....mostly because I couldn't have cared less about them. Fell asleep during the first sixty minutes (and innumerable other times) and didn't bother reading part 2 to see how it ended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joel
  • Alpharetta, GA, USA
  • 08-26-03

No Defense

I loved this book. Could not stop listening to it. Great storyline.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenda
  • Madison, OH, United States
  • 08-23-03

Like listening to grass grow

Plot is very slow. Reader is very slow. I tried to give this book a chance, thinking it HAD to improve but half way through part two, I cut my losses and gave up. Wasn't interesting enough to make me care how it turned out.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful