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Defense for the Devil (Barbara Holloway #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  860 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Kate Wilhelm, a master of psychological fiction in America, delivers a legal thriller in which Barbara Holloway takes on the devil himself in her toughest case yet.When Barbara Holloway agrees to represent Maggie Folsum, she assumes it will be a case of securing back child support for the single mother. But when Maggie's abusive husband is discovered brutally murdered, Bar ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Mira Books (first published January 15th 1999)
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This was a four star book at the beginning and the plot is worth it but unfortunately the main character dropped it by a whole star. She was an annoying uncompromising woman who when she didn't get her way acted like she was a teenager and had hissy fits before doing stuff her way which often came back to bit her in the ass or got her in more trouble later. Also she has no regard for anyone's life but her own and her father's. Her lust at first sight marriage was over as soon as they got back fr ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like many of the books in this series, it was a little slow at the start, but near the end, I couldn't put it down. One of the unusual things about this series- and it's both a plus and a minus - the author doesn't give you a lot of reminders of who's who. On the one hand, I appreciate that she treats me like I have a brain I my head and doesn't talk down to me or treat me like I need my hand held. On the other hand, although I'm reading the series in order, I do read other books in between, and ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was our first Barbara Holloway, but not our first Kate Wilhelm. Barbara is asked to get money out of an ex husband. But then the ex turns up dead and it turns out he has left a big chunk of cash behind. But whose cash is it and what has been involved getting the cash? Holloway ends up defending the ex's brother on the charge of his brother's murder and things get decidedly tricky. Good legal and investigative work, as well as side plots of family issues.
Carol Evans
Plot was good but the relationship between Barbara and her new husband John was just too annoying.

See my whole review at Carol's Notebook.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kate-wilhelm
I think this is the best Barbara Holloway book to date. It left me with a number of driveway moments as I was waiting to find out what was going to happen in the book.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Formulaic -- but fun!
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I like this series but didn't think this was one of the better books. I found it hard to follow, and had to flip back several times to figure out who the different characters were. It wasn't up to the expectations I had after reading the first 3 books.

This is the third or forth in the Barbara Holloway series. Barbara meets a woman in the restaurant she often uses to meet new clients in the off hours when the restaurant isn’t busy. Maggie is very nervous. She married Mitch Arno 17 years previously when she became pregnant at the age of 16. He abused her and left
Kathleen Hagen
Defense for the Devil, by Kate Wilhelm. I borrowed it from NLS for the Blind, but it can be purchased from Blackstone Audio and downloaded from Audible.

This is the third in the Barbara Holloway series. Barbara meets a woman in the restaurant she often uses to meet new clients in the off hours when the restaurant isn’t busy. Maggie is very nervous. She married Mitch Arno 17 years previously when she became pregnant at the age of 16. He abused her and left her, only to return a few months after th
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was not a fan one of this one. I know... shocker. It seems like only one out of every four or five that I read is good, and fewer than that are great but- if I didn't read all of these crappy ones I wouldn't know it when I find a GREAT one.

I will not be watching for any more by this author. The mystery was a big stretch and too many people don't get what they have coming to them. Liars and cheats just sort drift out of the spotlight. The personal life of the main character is left just hangin
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
By the end of the book, it appears that Barbara and her dad and some other continuing characters are forming their own criminal defense firm. It should kick ass, mostly because the main characters are relentless in pursuit of justice for both perpetrators and victims. Here, as before, they engineer a solution that stings the bad guys and supports the good guys. There are lots of twists and turns and subterfuge.

My one complaint, and it's a big one, is that the author loads you up at the beginnin
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
[library audiobook, plot summary elsewhere]

Somehow, I had read or listened to this before, but didn't remember enough of it to stop reading. I vaguely remembered the Peril of Pauline ending scene. It's an early Barbara Holloway, kind of like a prequel for characters who are voiced again and again in later books.

The attraction of Wilhelm's series is the flow of the writing. The attraction of Holloway is her role as a strong woman. This book has violence against women issues as leavening, as well
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wilhelm spins a pretty impressive murder trial drama. Here, Barbara Holloway's client is the older brother of the murder victim and an entirely admirable civic-minded citizen. The bad guys, including the victim, are all connected to an Eastern "moving company" that launders money and drugs, delivers stolen property and just generally breaks every sort of law imaginable. A stolen software program, some related technological espionage and a mysterious computer wizard populate a sub-plot. Barbara's ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I dove into this one shortly after finishing "Desperate Measures"... and found myself trying to place it in the sequence of Barbara Holloway legal thrillers.

I love this character, and the way Kate Wilhelm makes her come alive. Barbara Holloway possesses all the intensity of a driven geek with a goal, a goal that she is drawn into to the detriment of any personal life she might otherwise have had. I can't help identifying with her struggles to prove to herself that she can be "normal" as a woman,
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holloway and her father are in serious danger as she defends her client in this case. A crime boss threatens them to get material they think Barbara has. There are actually two related cases that Barbara works on, and they are quite involved. I'm not giving away anything as its asks in the blurb above whether Barbara's marriage will survive. As I finished the book, I wanted to go right to the next in the series. And I will at some point. I really like this series and Wilhelm's writing.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ah, the devil finds his way to her door. So much normalcy, finally her own firm with the competent Shelly and Dad finally getting around to that book. But so much more, "now she believes in the evil, believes in the devil, he touched her and changed her". Another finely crafted Kate Wilhelm novel with riveting courtroom drama.
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!! The characters are very well rounded out. Personal strife is thrown in with all the court room stuff and the legalese. Makes me wish I was as smart at Barbara Holloway!! So far have very much enjoyed all Kate's books. The mystery of them keeps me coming back as well as the humanity in the characters.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Each book makes my head spin as the story goes on. There is not one story but multiple ones going on and all the while you need to figure out who, what and why. I enjoy the courtroom scenes and I really like the relationship between Barbara and her father Frank. Their's is a complex yet loving one. Bailey was great as usual and I loved Sylvia- what a lady, who I hope is in future books.
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books continue to entertain and delight. I like to imagine that Barbara Holloway is my alter ego. Such a terrific character. Wilhelm has managed to write book after book in this series that grab me from the first page and do not let go until the last. Such a pleasure. And I'm always sad when I reach the end. I'm grateful that there are more books left in the series.
Oct 15, 2008 marked it as to-read
1. Death Qualified:A Mystery of Chaos: 1991
2. The Best Defense: 1994
3. For the Defense: or, Malice Prepense: 1996
4. Defense for the Devil: 1999
5. No Defense: 2000
6. Desperate Measures 2001
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. One thing I like about Wilhelm is the multiple aspects of a book, not just the legal stuff, but the relationships of the main character, both romantic and family. This one had an interesting ending
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. Focus is on solving the riddle by good investigative work and defending the client through intelligence and good legal strategy. All innocent defendants should be lucky enough to have such successful resources to prove their defense.
Gerald Curtis
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you like really overly complicated plots then you would probably like this. Personally, I don’t enjoy the need of several flowcharts in order to track 20 stories in one.
Nov 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
ok. good story. some parts underdeveloped and some parts overdeveloped.
Jackie Simons
Read 9/99
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been reading/listening to this series of books while I walk or drive. They are entertaining, keep me in suspense, and are gently, no major gore.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Kate Wilhelm has written a series of Barbara Holloway books. Barbara is an attorney and every story is so well written. I plan on reading all of them
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had more courtroom drama, which I like.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Listened to this book. Courtroom scenes were very good and very interesting. I always like Wilhelm.
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Kate Wilhelm’s first short story, “The Pint-Sized Genie” was published in Fantastic Stories in 1956. Her first novel, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH, a mystery, was 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 producti ...more
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