Death Qualified

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Mira, Apr 1, 2002 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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 Kendrick'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, killed instantly. Accused of his murder, Nell turns to lawyer Frank Holloway for help. Frank knows he cannot win this case alone and calls upon his daughter, Barbara, who remains "death qualified", legally able to defend clients who face the death penalty. The more Barbara learns, the more questions she finds. 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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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

Nell Kendricks is accused of murdering her estranged husband. Lawyer, Barbara Holloway is visiting her father and trying to get her own life in order but ends up taking on Nell's legal defense. Along ... Read full review

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User Review  - JoAnnSmithAinsworth - LibraryThing

Interesting storyline and characters. Kept me reading to the end, although I scanned over bits with duplicate recounting of char. actions and too much back story or description. When these got in the way of my following the plot, I scanned. Read full review

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Kate Wilhelm was born Katie Gertrude Meredith in Dayton, Ohio on June 8, 1928. Her first book, More Bitter Than Death, was published in 1963. She wrote over 75 books in many genres including science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. Her books included The Clone, the Barbara Holloway mystery series, and Welcome, Chaos. Her short stories and novellas won several Nebula Awards. Her novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and her how-to book Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More From 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop won Hugo Awards. She and her husband, author and editor Damon Knight, trained numerous writers through their Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop and the annual Milford Writers' Conference. She died from respiratory failure on March 8, 2018 at the age of 89.

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