A Wrongful Death

A Wrongful Death

by Kate Wilhelm

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Who knew that being a Good Samaritan would lead Barbara Holloway to face her biggest challenge ever: being named prime suspect in a high-profile kidnapping?

Barbara's peace at her retreat on the Oregon coast is shattered when a terrified young boy leads her to a cabin in the woods where his battered mother has clearly been left for dead. Barbara runs for help, but by the time she returns both mother and son are gone.

The puzzle deepens when Barbara learns the boy she met is the grandson of a prominent family...and they have accused her of aiding his disappearance.

With the help of her father, Frank, she delves into the mystery, only to realize the kidnapping is a ruse for a more sinister plan--one that pits the meaning of family against cold hard cash.

Troubling obstacles thwart Barbara's every move--from the justice system that employs her to the false identities of those around her. Yet none will compare with the shocking murder scene that awaits her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460305744
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Series: Barbara Holloway Series , #4
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 255,781
File size: 899 KB

About the Author

Kate Wilhelm's first novel was a mystery, published in 1963. Over the span of her career, her writing has crossed over the genres of Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, fantasy and magical realism; psychological suspense, mimetic, comic, and family sagas, a multimedia stage production, and radio plays. Her works have been adapted for television and movies in the United States, England, and Germany. Wilhelm's novels and stories have been translated to more than a dozen languages. She has contributed to Quark, Orbit, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus, Amazing Stories, Asimov's Science Fiction, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Fantastic, Omni, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Redbook, and Cosmopolitan.

Wilhelm and her husband, Damon Knight (1922-2002), also provided invaluable assistance to numerous other writers over the years. Their teaching careers covered a span of several decades, and hundreds of students, many of whom are famous names in the field by their own rights today. They helped to establish the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Milford Writer's Conference. They have been the guests of honor and panelists at numerous conventions around the world. Wilhelm continues to host monthly workshops, as well as teach at other events. She is an avid supporter of local libraries and participates in fundraisers when she is able to.

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Wrongful Death (Barbara Holloway Series #10) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kysmom02 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great ending!! For the most part, this book flowed well. The beginning wasn't as page-turning as the middle and end, but it had enough of the plot set up that when things began to happen to Barbara, you were running along with her. This is the second Wilhelm book that I've read and she definately has a new fan. Her plots are well thought out and twisted enough to make the reader use their heads while reading. I was forced to pay attention because I didn't want to miss one little detail that would probably make a big difference in upcoming scenes of the story. Since this is part of a series of books with main character Barbara Holloway, I'll definately be checking out the next one. Honestly though, I don't think that I'll back up and pick up others prior to A Wrongful Death. Cold Case is the follower to this one, and I've added it to my wish list!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fabulous read..lots of twists and unpredictable plot. You wont be able to put this book down nor will you guess the ending
harstan More than 1 year ago
When her boyfriend proposes, DA Barbara Holloway wants to put him off as she is not ready to get married at least at this time. Thus she flees to a remote cabin to have some time to herself. While walking the beach, a young boy asks Barbara to help his nearby injured mother. He takes her to his mom, who lies unconscious from a severe beating. Barbara runs off to get help, but by the time she returns the two have vanished.---------------- She learns the missing pair is Elizabeth and Jason Kurtz whose prominent family accuses her of abetting kidnappers. However, Barbara knows something is not right with the scenario so with the help of her father they search for the Kurtz duo. They succeed and Elizabeth agrees to meet with her. Heading to Eugene, Oregon, Barbara realizes that Elizabeth is fleeing her affluent influential former husband and his family whose illegal activities if surfaced, would destroy a billion-dollar business deal. Barbara finds Elizabeth dead, Jason is missing, the Eugene police suspect her of kidnapping and murder, and the Kurtz family wanting her silenced.---------------- In a delightful SLEIGHT OF HAND), Kate Wilhelm takes her heroine out of the courtroom and into a therapist¿s office thus providing a fresh fast-paced mystery filled with twists, red herrings, and plenty of excitement. Dedicated as ever even though this is a cove and not a court, Barbara learns the hard way how dangerous it is to be a Good Samaritan as the action-packed tale takes off from the moment that Jason tells Barbara his mother is hurt and never slows down until the DA seeks help. Fans will appreciate Holloway¿s latest adventures though not a legal thriller like the previous novels in this series,----------- Harriet Klausner