M novels surrounded by a regular cast of characters including her father Frank co attorney Shelley and her disfigured husband Alex an investigator named Bailey and Barbara s current sueeze Danner and his son Unlike Sue Grafton who seamlessly introduces familiar characters whether you re reading her for the first time or the 20th Wilhelm overwhelms the plot with so many people that the story gets lost in trying to remember who s "WhoThe Book Begins When 14 Year Old Amy McCrutchen And "book begins when 14 year old Amy McCrutchen and friend try to slip into brother Robert s party Robert drunkenly hits on a pretty acuaintance even though he just proposed to his girlfriend David Etheridge a classmate becomes involved in
either protecting the McCrutchen s potential conuest or using her as well protecting the McCrutchen s potential conuest or using her as well Amy sees it then and 22 years later David was a hero that nightBoth men are investigated for murdering the woman who s strangled not long after the party breaks up No one is ever arrested for the crime and the death is forgotten until Robert McCrutchen is murdered 22 years later shortly after David Etheridge returns to town to give a talk on a controversial novel he s writtenBarbara Holloway and her supporting cast are hired to defend David who becomes a prime suspect in both murders though he s savagely beaten after his talk Why David becomes the prime suspect in the murders is the biggest mystery of the book Etheridge s guilt is a slam dunk to the police and even to his attorney Holloway but I certainly couldn t figure out how he d get convicted especially when a much obvious suspect appears early in the bookI made myself finish Cold Case though I was thoroughly confused why several over described events were included they had absolutely nothing to do with the plotPerhaps if
I D READ OTHER BOOKS FEATURING d read other books featuring I d have a better feel for why it was necessary to include so many other characters And though I had no extra information as a reader than Barbara Holloway I m truly mystified why I new who committed the crimesI m glad Kate Wilhelm has a following I ll just move on to mystery writers that give me of a thrill While as almost always I enjoyed this book in Wilhelm s Holloway series my brain protested the whole way through about the amazing memories of characters who recalled in precise detail the events of a party from 20 years before who left with whom at what time who drank what what was said who danced with whom who parked where or arrived on foot etc While I can usually overlook this ind of plot device for an instance or two under the willing suspension of disbelief reader s clause I found it a major hitch in the book that the whole plot hinged on this incredibly unrealistic point Still I don t read Wilhelm only for plot but primarily for the real flawed yet admirable characters that she carries from book to book. Ra must battle the prosecution and the court of public opinion which has already tried and convicted Etheridge for both murders As the pressure mounts Barbara ties the past and present together risking her own life to preserve justic.
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Enjoyed G Not Ag Not a great sometimes to skip books in series but when others are not availablewellI enjoyed the story Maybe not as exciting as some of the previous stories but well told A crime from the past and a crime in the present give a very compelling look at our justice system and how a person is process and prepared to go to trial I like the lawyer information Love this series They just eep getting better Barbara Holloway and her father Frank make an awesome pair when it come to solving cases and defending their clients This one was especially good I think Wilhelm is captivating author characters were hard to get into at first This was better than I thought it would be for the low general ratingTHIS SUMMARYREVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLYAnother wonderful visit with Frank and Barbara Holloway and Barbara s current boy friend and his son In this one Barbara is hired to defend David who it seems the police are going to arrest for the murder of a man who had b This is Wilhelm s latest in the entertaining Barbara Holloway series All set in Eugene OR Barbara so very likable and bright I finally decided this morning why I enjoy this series they re Barbara so very likable and bright I finally decided this morning why I enjoy this series they re a grown up Nancy Drew series with a circle of regular characters who are also competent and honest even a very neat widowed and now retired father The main defendant character here is a pleasantly complicated liberal academic There s reference to the issues with of ideology the declining state of intellectual thought etc As with all of the Holloway books I get into it and end up finishing it asap I practically read the books courtroom scenes out loud Defense attorney Barbara is so very clever These later installments are uick reads Barbara herself brilliant attorney father retired brilliant attorney Frank who cooks like a dream and takes loving care of his daughter almost mythical private detective Bailey By now they all feel like my old friends in Eugene If you want some totally pleasant reading with a usually tricky murder or two and dramatic court room scenes start with Death ualified which is vaguely scientific and eep going Wilhelm is an absolutely famous and award winning science fiction author but Holloway is pure pleasure I do like Barbara Holloway and her Dad Frank Nice comfortable read I was way ahead in who the suspect should be and seemed like a long time for the lawyer to get it But I like the characters and the story was interesting It s never easy to write a less than stellar review but I d be leading others to the wrong conclusion by recommending Cold Case Apparently attorney Barbara Holloway has appeared in 10 other Wilhel. To Eugene Oregon McCrutchen is his grudging host until the senator is found shot dead Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades ago suspected of murder Only this time with the cold case reopened he's facing a double chargeBarba. ,
I registered this book at BookCrossingcom Holloway is a defense attorney with a "Small Office And A " office and a who happens to be her father She is married to a doctor who is in charge of an addiction center She is engaged to represent a man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of Robert a former classmate and current state senator Not only that but he is also suspected of illing another person over 20 years earlier David Etheridge is the author of a few books and is on a lecture tour based on his latest Apparently the book is causing some ripples wherever he speaks in part because of
his atheism After giving a lecture attended by Barbara Holloway andatheism After giving a lecture attended by Barbara Holloway and father Frank David is attacked and lands in the hospital close to death Is the attack related to the two murders Or to his book Either way many in the police department are convinced that if he dies the case will be closed Etheridge s odd personality can rub people the wrong way He can be abrupt and rude So working with him is not always a dream Nevertheless Barbara believes in his innocence and is not willing to let the case die if he does The plot is a bit twisted and odd but I suspect in real life such cases exist However the procedural aspects of this case bothered me For one when Robert is murdered the police don t search his house or his room Especially considering he died in his house this seems strange indeed For another there are suggestions that Robert had influence on zoning decisions While a senator can advocate for a zone change he has no power to make any Such decisions are made at the local level by city councils and boards of supervisors The police proceed on their case against David solely on statements made by a few people No physical evidence especially because they didn t even look beyond the body Seems really weak to me and likely not to win any hearts in the District Attorney s office I also had some difficulty liking the characters and believing the riots at the lectures At times Barbara mentioned the prejudices some people have against atheists and how they believe that atheists have no morals I got the sense that she might have believed that too As an atheist myself I can attest that we are like anyone else in that regard Some have morals and others do not Further riots at lectures Anyone who reads books and follows lecturers is not generally inclined to break out in physical violence Who would those people have been It s readable Conquering Your Quarterlife Crisis: Advice from Twentysomethings Who Have Been There and Survived kept me interested but I like to see greater care taken in procedures and interesting and fuller development of characters After reading so many novels this year set in Goteborg Malmo Jakarta Dublin and London London London what a delight to read a book set in Eugene Oregon Reservations at SweetWaters driving down Franklin lost on Fox Hollow Road loved it Thank. Twenty two years ago controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solvedWhen Etheridge returns.